Harris And Hauritz Set Up 113-Win For Australia

Australia 256-8 (Watson 59, Ponting 49) beat
West Indies 143 (Harris 3-24, Hauritz 3-28) by 113 runs

First One-Day International, Melbourne

Ryan Harris and Nathan Hauritz both returned three wickets during Australia's thumping 113-run win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International in Melbourne.

Shane Watson stroked 59 and Ricky Ponting 49 as Australia posted 256 for eight batting first and in reply the tourists were blown away, dismissed for 143 in just 34.2 overs.

Watson faced 74 balls and Ponting 61 and althought they were the only two players to pass 40, enough batsmen got starts to set the West Indies a tough target despite Kieron Pollard impressing with three for 45, dismissing Ponting, Michael Clarke (18) and Brad Haddin (8).

In reply, the West Indies were quickly in trouble when they slipped to 12 for three, losing the wickets of Chris Gayle (7), Runako Morton (3) and Travis Dowlin (1) to the new-ball burst from Doug Bollinger (2-18) and Harris (3-24).

Lendl Simmons made 29 and Pollard 31 as the West Indies tried desperately to rebuild but they continued to lose wickets as they fell further behind the required run rate.

Harris added the wickets of Denesh Ramdin (7) and Nikita Miller (4) to his earlier dismissal of Morton while off-spinner Hauritz dismissed Pollard, Dwayne Smith (7) and Ravi Rampaul (3).

The second of five matches is in Sydney on 9th February.

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