MELBOURNE: Allrounder Mitchell Marsh claimed four wickets as Australia broke up a defiant West Indies second innings to claim a 177-run win Tuesday in the second test to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.
Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin both scored half centuries and shared an aggressive 100-run partnership to highlight a gritty batting performance for the West Indies after Australia declared on its overnight score of 179-3.
Chasing the unlikely target of 460, the West Indies batted patiently in the early stages and went to tea on 146-4. The test seemed destined for a fifth day, but Marsh (4-61) sparked a collapse midway through the evening session when he had Ramdin caught behind for 59.
Offspinner Nathan Lyon took a wicket in each session to finish with figures of 3-85 as the West Indies were bowled out for 282.
After Kraigg Brathwaite (31) provided the only wicket of the morning session, the Australian bowlers took three hard-fought wickets after lunch.
Peter Siddle had Darren Bravo caught behind for 21 with a fullish outswinging delivery and Rajendra Chandrika opened up and played his shots before falling lbw to James Pattinson for a test career-best 37.
Marlon Samuels, who took 16 balls to get off the mark, was caught behind for 19 off Marsh.
Lyon claimed his second dismissal in the second over after tea when he trapped Jermaine Blackwood lbw for 20, before Ramdin and Holder combined to frustrate the Australian attack.
Marsh finally broke through with the wicket of Ramdin (59) who smashed nine boundaries from his 90 balls.
Lyon struck again to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite for 2 when his in-swinging delivery brushed the top of off-stump to dislodge the bail and Jason Holder ended his gutsy innings at 68 when he spooned a Marsh ball to Josh Hazlewood at mid-off.
Kemar Roach was out three balls later for 11, caught at third slip by David Warner off Pattinson.
Holder encapsulated the West Indies' defiance and even raised hopes of an unlikely victory push, hitting seven boundaries and punishing two loose Lyon deliveries for six, the first hoisted over mid-wicket deep into the stands.
The third and final test begins Sunday in Sydney.
Australia's hopes of a quick victory were hit by another instance of sloppy bowling when Bravo edged a ball to slip just before lunch only for replays to show Hazelwood overstepped. It was the third time in the match the West Indies had benefited from a similar no ball.
James Pattinson squandered two dismissals of Carlos Brathwaite due to no balls Monday to significantly prolong the West Indies innings and deny Australia a possible three-day victory.
Brief Scores (for FULL SCORECARD click here)
Australia 1st innings: 551-3 declared (Usman Khuwaja 144, Steven Smith 134 not out, Joe Burns 128, Adam Voges 106 not out; Jerome Taylor 2-97)
West Indies 1st innings: 271 (Darren Bravo 81, Carlos Brathwaite 59; Nathan Lyon 4-66, James Pattinson 4-72)
Australia 2nd innings: 179-3 declared (Steven Smith 70 not out, Usman Khuwaja 56; Jason Holder 2-49) def.
West Indies 2nd innings: 282 (Jason Holder 68, Dinesh Ramdin 59; Mitchell Marsh 4-61, Nathan Lyon 3-85)
Result: Australia beat West Indies by 177 runs.