Starc & Hazlewood fires Aussies to an emphatic win over WI in 1st ODI
Australia may have been humiliated by the West Indies in the recent 5 match T20I series by 4-1 but that did not stop them from creating a massive impact in the longer white-ball version, the ODIs Always a force to reckon with in the ODIs, the Aussies simply steamrollered the hosts in the first ODI at Bridgetown.
Winning the toss and batting first Australia scored 252/9 in 49 overs. The debutant openers Josh Phillipe (39) and Ben McDermott (28) provided the team with a decent start in the absence of senior openers. There was a slight slump in the middle with Marsh (20) and Henriques(7) falling cheaply with the tourists 99/3. However, the innings was rescued by the stand-in captain Alex Carey (67) and Ashton Turner (49) both of whom played some superb attacking shots but sensible cricket.
However the leggie Hayden Walsh who tormented the Aussies in the T20Is was at it again with another 5 wicket haul to restrict the tourists to 252/9 with late wickets. Starc & Hazlewood fires Aussies to an emphatic win over WI in 1st ODI .
Batting second West Indies was provided with a Duckworth Lewis target of 257 due to rain interruption. However, their innings nosedived right from the start due to sustained hostile fast bowling by Starc and Hazlewood. Lewis was out to a leading-edge, caught and bowled by Starc who produced a beauty to knock over Jason Mohammed, the ball swinging in through the gate to knock off his stumps. Hazlewood knocked over Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Holder and Starc had Pooran lbw to leave West Indies tottering at 27/6.
Pollard (55) with Joseph (17) and Walsh (20) added some respectability to the innings but it was too little too late and West Indies were decimated by 133 runs.
Starc (5/48) and Hazlewood (3/11) bowled with pace and hostility and their return to rhythm is great news for Australian cricket with big events coming up.
Australia won by 133 runs (Match reduced to 49 ovs per side due to rain, DLS target 257)
AUS 252/9 (49 Ovs)
Carey(c & wk). 67(87)
Hayden Walsh. 5/39
Alzarri Joseph. 2/40
WI 123/10 (26.2 Ovs)
Hayden Walsh. 20(26)