February 1, 2013
First ODI, WACA
Australia 71/1 (9.2 overs) beat West Indies 70 (23.5 overs)
Australia cruised to a nine wicket victory over West Indies today in the first ODI in just over a couple hours cricket at the WACA.
Batting first, West Indies capitulated to just 70 all out in 23.5 overs in what was an embarrassing display by the men from the Caribbean. Only three batsmen recorded double figures for the tourists, with their captain Darren Sammy top scoring with just 16 from 37 balls.
Mitchell Starc was the hero for Australia taking 5-20 from 6.5 devastating overs. Starc bowled with real pace and aggression and the tourists couldn’t cope with the extra bounce that is provided by the pitch at the WACA. Starc was well supported by Clint McKay who claimed 3-10.
Australia made light work of the run chase at they achieved their target in 9.2 overs thanks to Glen Maxwell who scored 52 from just 35 balls. On a day where the fans left the ground feeling short changed, Maxwell at least provided some entertainment in an innings that included 9 fours and 2 sixes.
West Indies will be hoping for a better performance in the second ODI and the only positive for Western Australian cricket was that they didn’t have to spend any money on electricity for the floodlights.
The Scoop 01/02/13