Starc beats Australia to win against West Indies

Bridgetown [Barbados], July 21 (ANI): Mitchell Starc’s fierce bowling in the first ODI gave Australia a dominant victory over the West Indies on Tuesday night at the Kensington Oval Barbados.

The left arm playmaker took 5-48 while new ball partner Josh Hazlewood had numbers 3-11 as the home team fell to 123, well below their revised goal of 257 for victory over 49 overs.

For the West Indies, captain Kieron Pollard, who scored the best with 56 out of 57 balls, and Hayden Walsh Jr (20) were the only players to reach 20. Pollard, who hit five fours and three sixes, succeeded 68 points, seventh -Wicket partnership with Alzarri Joseph (17) to hold the heats together.

Earlier, Australia had been held at 252/9 in their 49-overs in a rain affected heat, with a 104-point stand between Carey (67) and Ashton Turner (49) providing the backbone of the sleeves.

Hayden Walsh Jr finished with a career record 5-39 over 10 overs to limit the Australian pursuit. He returned the best tricks of a West Indian leg spinner in history, beating Rajendra Dhanraj 4-26 in 1996. He was backed by quick pitcher Joseph (2-40) and left arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-50), who both claimed two wickets.

Australian captain Alex Carey had the highest score with 67 of 87 balls while Ashton Turner hit 49 of 45 balls with the pair setting up a fifth wicket of 104.

Tuesday’s victory places Australia third in the Cricket World Cup Super League standings with 50 points, one more than India.

Both teams will return to the same location on Thursday for the second ODI. (ANI)

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