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Symonds stars with fine knock at Sabina Park

BRAVO FOR BRAVO The Australian all-rounder was eventually dismissed by the pick of the West Indies bowlers, Dwayne Bravo, who finished up with four wickets

AFP , KINGSTON

Australia, thanks largely to Andrew Symonds, remained in the hunt for victory before bad light on Sunday put the brakes on them as West Indies chased 287 runs to win the opening Test.

Symonds waged an almost single-handed battle to hit the top score of 79, as Australia were dismissed for 167 in their second innings just before tea on the fourth day of the Test at Sabina Park.

West Indies were 46 for one in their second innings when bad light stopped play about 40 minutes before the scheduled close.

West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, on eight, and Devon Smith, on 19, were the not out batsmen.

Australia claimed the scalp of opener Brenton Parchment for 15, when he edged a short-of-a-length delivery from Stuart Clark and was caught behind before Sarwan joined Smith and they batted with aplomb to carry the home team through until close of play.

Symonds led the fight for Australia to recover from a rare batting meltdown that saw them crash to 18 for five. He reached his second half-century of the match, when he moved down the pitch to loft Amit Jaggernauth over long-on for six.

He shared two valuable partnerships that put Australia back on track adding 52 for the sixth wicket with Brad Hodge before lunch, and after the interval, 70 for the seventh wicket with Brad Haddin before the visitors lost their last four wickets �X including Symonds �X for 23 runs in the space of 55 balls.

Trying to clear long-on with a short, rising delivery from Dwayne Bravo, Symonds miscued his pull and was caught at mid-off.

Bravo was the most successful West Indies bowler with four for 47. Powell captured three for 36 and Fidel Edwards snared three for 40.

After Haddin departed, caught at short extra cover off a slower ball by Bravo for 23, there was little resistance from the lower order of the Australia batting.

Before lunch, Hodge and Symonds stabilized Australia, but their batting continued its melt down in the second innings, and they subsided to 93 for six at the interval.

Hodge and Symonds added 52 for the fifth wicket, after Australia crashed to 18 for five, when nightwatchman Mitchell Johnson was caught behind off Powell for four in the first over of the morning.

Symonds joined Hodge and they steadied the ship with circumspect batting.

Just when it appeared that the Aussies were getting into the thick of things, Hodge was caught behind off Bravo for 27 edging a ball that Ramdin swooped low to clutch.

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