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Bad light leaves match hanging in the balance

Australia, thanks largely to Symonds, remain in the hunt for victory before bad light put the brakes on them as WI chase 287 runs to win the opening Test.

cricket Updated: May 26, 2008 12:35 IST

Australia, thanks largely to Andrew Symonds, remained in the hunt for victory before bad light 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 about five minutes before the tea break on the fourth and penultimate day of the Test at Sabina Park.

West Indies were 46 for one in their second innings when bad light stopped play 25 overs early about 40 minutes before the scheduled close.

West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, on eight, and left-handed opener 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 the weather failed to cooperate with the visitors.

Mixing dogged defence with well-chosen moments of his trademark belligerent batting, Symonds led the fight for Australia to recover from a rare batting meltdown that saw them crash to 18 for five.

Symonds reached his second half-century of the match, when he moved down the pitch to loft off-spin bowler Amit Jaggernauth over long-on for the second six in the spinner's third over and the third in his innings.