Australia Humiliate W'Indies in 1st ODI
February 2nd 2013 08:40
West Indies were dismissed for their lowest ever total in a one-day international against Australia, who cruised to a nine-wicket victory at the WACA thanks in part to Mitchell Starc's superb five-wicket haul.
After Captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat, the tourists were all out for 70 off 23.5 overs, their third lowest total behind 54 against South Africa in 2004 and 61 against Bangladesh in 2011.
Glenn Maxwell took the hosts to their target before the 10th over with a crunching 51 not out from 35 balls to compound the Windies' humiliation.
Four of their batsmen were dismissed for ducks with only Sammy (16), Kieran Powell (11) and Darren Bravo (11) making it into double figures. Clint McKay started the rot when he removed former captain Chris Gayle (four), but it was Starc who did the majority of the damage to finish with figures of five for 20. James Faulkner (two for 14 off five overs) took a wicket with his fifth delivery in ODI cricket when he removed Dwayne Bravo for a duck and was able to finish off the work of his fellow left-armer Starc.
Faulkner's dismissals came from identical deliveries that angled across right-handers to take the outside edge and find first slip Michael Clarke, who snaffled three in the cordon.
Starc followed up McKay's opening blow by dismissing Powell with a perfect outswinger to a left-hander, then had Ramnaresh Sarwan bowled with another swinging delivery through the gate two balls later. When Starc dismissed Dwayne Bravo and Kieran Pollard both for ducks in his fourth, the visitors had fallen to 19 for five having lost four wickets for just one run. Pollard had survived a big lbw shout, which was reviewed with just more than half the ball being shown to be missing the stumps before he played on with an expansive drive.
Captain Darren Sammy and debutant Jason Holder (seven) led a brief revival when they combined for a 26-run partnership before McKay returned to the attack to remove Sammy. McKay then had Sunil Narine caught behind before chief destroyer Starc returned to knock over Jason Holder when he played a flamboyant looking drive.
If there were any thoughts Australia would find the total tricky, they were soon forgotten when Maxwell plundered three fours and a towering six over wide long-on off Kemar Roach's first over. The tourists did at least avoid a 10-wicket whitewash after Aaron Finch was caught behind from a waft at a wide Holder delivery. That failed to stop Maxwell's charge, however and he reached his 50 in the ninth over with his ninth four. Usman Khawaja (eight not out) then hit the winning runs in the next over to complete a sensational day for Australia.
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