Kaven Hodge and Joshua Da Silva lead West Indies fightback in Pink-Ball Test at the Gabba

In a determined display on the opening day of the pink-ball Test at the Gabba, West Indies’ Kaven Hodge and Joshua Da Silva forged an unyielding 81-run partnership, ensuring Australia remained wicket-less in the second session. Despite the top-order faltering in the afternoon, the resilient sixth-wicket duo countered the challenging conditions to guide the visitors to Dinner at 145/5.

Facing a familiar scenario of a struggling team amid a collapse, Da Silva showcased positive intent from the outset, scoring briskly and weathering the Australian attack. Hodge joined the fray, launching a six off Mitchell Starc to propel the visitors past the 100-run mark after Tea.

As the pink ball softened and the pitch eased for batting, Hodge and Da Silva displayed exceptional resolve, frustrating the Australian bowlers. Despite the host’s persistent attempts, including varied bowling options and even introducing Marnus Labuschagne, the West Indies duo held firm.

By the end of the session, West Indies had notched up their second half-century stand of the series, marking a commendable recovery after a shaky start from the top-order.

Brief scores: West Indies 145/5 (Kavem Hodge 44*, Joshua Da Silva 37*; Mitchell Starc 3-44) vs Australia