Adelaide, Dec 4(ANI): West Indies middle order batsmen Dwayne Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul steered their team to a respectable total on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
Bravo mixed dashing strokeplay with dashes of luck to post his third Test century before falling for 104, while Chanderpaul scored 62 runs to put on 116 runs for the fourth wicket, which steadied the visitors from an uncertain 84 for three to 336 for six at stumps after skipper Chris Gayle won the toss and elected to bat.
Bravo struck 12 boundaries and a six in an aggressive knock, and rode his luck through a streaky 10-minute period in the final session, and Chanderpaul's fighting four-hour knock of 62 ended controversially when he was adjudged caught behind off Watson's bowling, AAP reported.
For Australia, all rounder Shane Watson took two wickets in the final session, Doug Bollinger was the early destroyer with a couple of scalps, and Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Hauritz claimed a wicket each.
Earlier in the first session, the West Indies lost three wickets - openers Adrian Barath (three), Gayle (26) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (28).
West Indies (1st Innings):
C GAYLE c Haddin b Bollinger 26
A BARATH c Hussey b Bollinger 3
R SARWAN c Clarke b Johnson 28
S CHANDERPAUL c Haddin b Watson 62
B NASH not out 44
D BRAVO b Hauritz 104
D RAMDIN b Watson 4
D SAMMY not out 44
Sundries (4b, 8lb, 5w, 4nb) 21
Total (6 wkts - close) 336
Fall of wickets: 26 (Barath), 39 (Gayle), 84 (Sarwan), 235 (Chanderpaul), 239 (Ramdin), 273 (Bravo).
Bowling: D Bollinger 15-2-42-2 (3nb), P Siddle 19-3-86-0, M Johnson 18-2-69-1 (1w/5), N Hauritz 22-0-85-1 (1nb), S Watson 11-2-42-2. (ANI)