1st ODI: Starc claims five-wicket haul as Australia pummel West Indies by 9 wickets
Mitchell Starc (5/20) exhibited a supreme skill of swing bowling before Glenn Maxwell scored a blazing unbeaten fifty as Australia thrashed West Indies by 9 wickets in the first ODI of the 5-match series on Friday.
Glenn Maxwell played a blazing 51 off just 35 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes as Australia overtook the score of West Indies of 70 in just 9.2 overs with nine wickets to spare.
Chasing 71 to win, Australian openers-Aron Flinch and Glenn Maxwell-gave their team a blazing start, scoring 39 off just 3.1 overs but Finch was dismissed by Jason Holder for 10 off the 2nd ball of the fourth over. Glenn Maxwell made all the scoring so far. He hit 4 fours and 2 sixes and remained unbeaten on 28 with Australia soaring at 39/1 after 4th over.
Australia bowled West Indies out for a paltry 70 runs in the first ODI of the 5-match series at Perth on Friday after the tourists lost their last two wickets for just two runs. Sunil Narine was removed by Clint McKay for no score while Jason Holder (7) was cleaned up by Mitchell Starc, who finished with a superb 5/20. For West Indies, only three batsmen could reach double figures with skipper Darren Sammy being the highest scorer with a fighting 16.
West Indies were looking all set to be bowled out for their lowest ODI score ever (54 vs South Africa at Cape Town in 2004) but skipper Darren Sammy and Jason Holder ensured that they did not face the ignominy today with a 26-run stand. Just when it seemed that they might have given their team a chance to take the score past 100, Sammy was taken by Clint McKay for 16. West Indies were 68/8 after 22 overs.
Darren Bravo’s brief resistance at the crease came to an unfortunate end as he was picked up by James Faulkner for 11. Bravo edged one straight to first slip Michael Clerk who made no mistake there. After 13 overs, West Indies were 39/7. Can Australia wrap West Indies up for less than 50?
James Faulkner joined the wicket-taking party as he sent back Devon Thomas for only 3. West Indies were really struggling at 29/6 after 11 overs and they were in danger of being shot down for a two digit score.
Mitchell Starc did it again. After taking two wickets in the same over, he then dismissed Dwayne Bravo and mercurial Kieran Pollard for ducks in his very next over (8th over of the match). After 8 overs, West Indies were reeling at 19/5.
Australian left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc's top class form with the ball continued as he sent back opener Kieran Powell for 11. The batsman edged the second ball of the 6th over to the first slip where captain Michael Clerk completed a simple catch.
Starc then came up with a full length delivery in the fifth ball of the same over that came back viciously to knock the stumps of comeback man Ramnaresh Sarwan for a duck. After 6 overs, West Indies were tottering at 19/3.
Clint McKay drew the first blood for Australia as he removed dangerous Chris Gayle for just 4. West Indies were 14/1 after 5 overs.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the first ODI.
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