Australia’s frontline speedster Mitchell Starc dominated the proceedings in the first One-Day Internationals (ODI) against West Indies at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, in Barbados on Tuesday. Starc’s impressive performance with the ball helped the visitors in registering a thumping victory to go 1-0 up in the ongoing three-match series.
Chasing 257 (DLS target), the hosts witnessed one of the worst batting collapses to eventually fold up for 123, losing the contest by a massive margin of 133 runs. Starc ran through the Caribbean batting unit to pick up a five-wicket haul for 48 runs in 8 overs, including a maiden. It was Starc’s eighth 5-fer in the 50-overs format. Apart from the left-armer, Josh Hazlewood also impressed with three scalps to his name in six overs while conceding only 11 runs.
Only Kieron Pollard was able to stand tall in front of a lethal Aussie bowling attack. The West Indies skipper scored 56 runs from 57 deliveries to save his side from the threat of a record low score as the Windies were struggling at 27/6 at one stage.
Earlier, after opting to bat first, Australia posted 252/9 on the scoreboard in 49 overs (the match got reduced to 49 overs per side due to rain). Stand-in captain Alex Carey shined with the bat and ended the innings as the top-scorer.
Carey made 67 off 87 balls and formed a crucial 104-run partnership with Ashton Turner (49) to help the touring party reach a competitive total. Josh Philippe (39), Ben McDermott (28) and Mitchell Marsh (20) also chipped in with valuable contributions.
For the home team, Hayden Walsh bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in ODI cricket. Walsh grabbed a fifer for 39 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Aussie Aussie Aussie! Zampa takes the last wicket. Australia wins by 133 runs (DLS). What a win this is. Australia’s bowling unit decimating the WIndies batting lineup in the first ODI. And Starcy’s five wicket haul 🔥 great to see he’s on. #WIvAUS
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) July 21, 2021
A resounding victory for Alex Carey in his first match as @CricketAus captain 👨✈️
Australia win the first #WIvAUS ODI by 133 runs 🇦🇺
— ICC (@ICC) July 21, 2021
Full list of cricketers with more ODI wickets at a better bowling average than Mitchell Starc:
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) July 21, 2021
Mitchell Starc's eighth five-wicket haul in ODIs gets our series off to the perfect start! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/gCfJAvTN4V
— Australian Cricketers' Association (@ACA_Players) July 21, 2021
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 21, 2021
Alex Carey seems so much more comfortable changing gears while batting in ODIs as compared to T20Is as his career strike rate of 90+ suggests #WIvAUS
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) July 20, 2021
Alex Carey top scores in his first game as ODI captain, Mitch Starc takes five wickets…
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) July 21, 2021
Big day for South Australia cricket:
Alex Carey captains Australia and Wes Agar makes his international debut#WIvAUS
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) July 20, 2021
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) July 19, 2021
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) July 21, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 21, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) July 21, 2021