The third day of the Gabba Test between Australia and West Indies delivered an enthralling display of cricketing prowess, with standout moments in batting, bowling, and fielding. However, it was Aussie skipper Steve Smith‘s breathtaking catch that stole the spotlight, dismissing Alzarri Joseph and leaving fans in awe.
West Indies’ batting highlights
Resuming their innings at 13/1, West Indies displayed determination to extend their lead, with notable contributions from Kirk McKenzie (41) and Alick Athanaze (35). Following their dismissals, Kavem Hodge (29) and Justin Greaves (33) showcased resilience in the middle order. Unfortunately, the floodgates opened after their departure, and wickets fell at regular intervals.
Steve Smith pulls off a stunner
One of the crucial wickets during this period was that of Windies vice-captain Joseph, who fell victim to a spectacular catch by Smith. The defining moment occurred when Josh Hazlewood bowled a pitched-up delivery just outside off. Joseph, attempting a forceful drive, edged the ball high and quickly towards the second slip. Smith’s athleticism came to the fore as he timed his jump to perfection, stretching out to reel in the catch. The exceptional display left Joseph departing for a 4-ball duck without troubling the scorers.
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The domino effect of Joseph’s wicket
Joseph’s dismissal acted as a catalyst, prompting the departure of other West Indies batters. The Caribbean side eventually concluded their second innings with a score of 193/9, with the last batter, Shamar Joseph, retired hurt.
Australia’s bowling brilliance
The duo of Australian bowlers Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon emerged as the sole destructors for the home side, each claiming three wickets. Their disciplined bowling and ability to capitalize on the momentum created by Smith’s exceptional catch played a pivotal role in restricting West Indies from posting a challenging total.
Steve Smith sets the tone for Australia’s chase
In reply, Australia maintained their poise on the path to victory despite a few early setbacks. Steve Smith (33*) displayed resilience in his batting and was well-complemented by fellow players, steering the Australian side to conclude the day at a score of 60/2.
- 1 West Indies’ batting highlights
- 2 Steve Smith pulls off a stunner
- 3 The domino effect of Joseph’s wicket
- 4 Australia’s bowling brilliance
- 5 Steve Smith sets the tone for Australia’s chase