West Indies vs Australia, 1st ODI: Mitchell Starc bowls Aussies to a win
West Indies failed to combat an incisive spell of pace bowling from Mitchell Starc and went down to Australia in the first CG Insurance ODI on Tuesday night. The left-arm pacer took 5-48 while new ball partner Josh Hazlewood captured 3-11 as the home team fell for 123, well short of their revised target of 257 for victory off 49 overs.
West Indies 123/10 (26.2 ov)
Australia 252/9 (49 ov)
Australia won by 133 runs (D/L method)
Captain Kieron Pollard top-scored with 56 off 57 balls and Hayden Walsh Jr (20) were the only players to reach 20. Pollard, who hit five fours and three sixes, inspired a 68-run, seventh wicket partnership with Alzarri Joseph (17) to hold the innings together.
When Australia batted earlier in the day, Walsh followed up his brilliance in the recent five-match T20 International series. He finished with a career-best 5-39 off 10 overs to limit the Australian run pursuit.
He returned the best figures by a West Indian leg-spinner in history, beating the 4-26 by Rajendra Dhanraj back in 1996. Walsh was also the first West Indian spinner to take a five-wicket haul since Sunil Narine had 6-27 against South Africa five years ago.
He was supported by fast bowler Joseph (2-40) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-50), both of whom claimed two wickets. Captain Alex Carey top-scored with 67 off 87 balls while Ashton Turner struck a breezy 49 off 45 balls, the pair staging a fifth wicket stand of 104.
The two teams will return to the same venue on Thursday for the second CG Insurance ODI. First ball is 2:30pm (1:30pm Jamaica Time).
West Indies - Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein
Australia - Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey Aaron Finch(c)(wk), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Wes Agar, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Start Time: 19:30
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
Officials: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson, Leslie Reifer, Nigel Duguid, Richard Richardson
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