“Crickey Mate!!” Aussies Grill Windies on the Barbie
… Carey’s half century, Starc’s five-for instrumental
The first ODI was a one-sided affair, the Australians made a total of the West Indies. The men in maroon, after coming off a successful T20I series win, had no answer for the strict but disciplined Australian bowling. The Aussies were able to record a comfortable victory by 133 runs as the West Indies were bundled out for 123 in reply to Australia’s 252-9 in 49 overs. This was thanks to Mitchell Starc’s 5-48 and Alex Carey’s 67.
Starc, Hazelwood dampen Windies chance of a win
Mitchell Starc had a horrible T20I series, but he worked out what ever issues he had as he removed Evin Lewis for a duck with his first ball. Starc then went on to remove Jason Mohammed for 2 and Nicholas Pooran for a duck.
Josh Hazelwood also played his part, as he removed opener Shimron Hetmyer for 11 and Darren Bravo and Jason Holder for 2 and zero respectively. West Indies were now reeling at 27-6 and staring down the barrel of an embarrassing thrashing.
Starc breaks Pollard’s resolve, Aussies record huge win
With all the wickets tumbling, Kieron Pollard stepped up to the plate and played an aggressive innings in the early part of the game. Alzarri Joseph and Kieron Pollard put together a 68-run partnership, but Mitchell Marsh dismissed Joseph for 17.
Pollard needed to carry on, but Mitchell Starc, who has gotten him so many times, managed to break his resolve and send him packing for a well-played 56 off 57 deliveries.
Things took another drastic turn as Starc picked up wicket number five when he removed Akeal Hosein for a duck to have the West Indies at 98-9. In the end, Hayden Walsh Jr fell to Adam Zampa to wrap up the game after playing a small cameo of 20.
Australia make a solid start
Earlier in the innings, Josh Phillipe and Ben McDermott got Australia off to a solid start, scoring 51 runs in the first 10.6 overs. The pair looked fluid and confident, but Akeal Hosein came on and enticed Phillipe, which resulted in the partnership being broken.
Phillipe departed for a well-played 39, but this brought Mitchell Marsh to the crease, and despite his flurry of boundaries, he, too, went back in the pavilion for 20. In the space of 19 runs, two more wickets fell as Australia moved for 80-2 to 114-4, this was as a result of Alzarri Joseph and Hosein bagging two wickets each.
frustrate the local boys
Even with four wickets down, Alex Carey stepped up to the plate. The 26th captain of Australia, alongside Ashton Turner, ensured that his side would not turn over so easily. They produced a handsome partnership of in excess of 100 runs, which put them back on course.
Carey played a handy knock of 67 off 87 deliveries, while turner supported with 49 off 45 deliveries.
Walsh stamps his authority
Even though Australia were well settled and cruising comfortably, Hayden Walsh Jr, who was crowned ‘man of the series’ for his performance with the ball in the T20I series, pulled things back for the West Indies. He removed the in-form Carey and Turner in the space of three balls to turn the tide.
Walsh was far from over; he went on to grab his maiden ODI five-for as he demolished three more Aussie wickets to bag figures of 5-39 and put the West Indies in a comfortable position, leaving them a target of 257 via the Duckworth-Lewis Method.