Mitchell Starc took five wickets for just for 48 runs in the first ODI against West Indies.
Often a change in the format brings good luck to the team. Well the saying rung true for Australia as they put behind their horror show in the five-match T20I series against West Indies and started with a bang in the first ODI by winning the match by 133 runs in a rain-curtailed game of 49 overs each.
Alex Carey got off to a dream start on his captaincy debut and took the additional responsibility of anchoring the innings too by top-scoring for the team with patient 67 runs and helped Australia post a competitive score of 252 on the board. West Indies who are known as good chasers, floundered during the run-chase as Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood blew the home side to smithereens and bundled them to just 123.
The chase never seemed to take off for West Indies as they were reduced to 27 for six at one stage. But they quickly have to put that horror performance away, as they will play the second ODI on Friday (23 July).
Match – West Indies vs Australia – 2nd match
Venue – Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Time – 00:00 AM IST (July 23), 02:30 PM local time (July 22)
Where to watch live – Fancode
While generally, the chasing team finds it a bit easier to bat second on this particular pitch, West Indies struggled against the pace of Starc and Hazlewood in the first ODI. But still, the home side will fancy themselves while chasing as they generally have a good track record. While persistent rain marred the first game, the forecast predicted is much better for the second game.
Avg score: 250 (40 ODIs in Barbados)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 21, Lost – 18, N/R – 1
Playing combination for WI vs AUS
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo/Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Mohammed/Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell
Bench: Jason Mohammed/Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo/Roston Chase, Romario Shepherd, Anderson Phillip
Matthew Wade, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner/Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (C and WK), Ashton Agar/Daniel Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
Bench: Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar/Daniel Christian, Ashton Turner/Ben McDermott, Wes Agar, Riley Meredith, Mitchell Swepson, Jason Behrendorff
WI vs AUS Head-to-Head
Played – 141 | West Indies – 60 | Australia – 75 | N/R – 3 | Tied- 3
In West Indies
Played – 46 | West Indies – 18 | Australia – 26 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 2
Probable best batsman of the match
Alex Carey– Australia
The responsibility to shoulder the batting line-up again rests on Carey’s shoulders. He paced his innings well while scoring 67 in the first ODI and was there till 44 overs. He will look to continue with the same momentum and help Australia seal the series in the second game itself. With an average of 37.35 in 43 matches, the southpaw has started his ODI career on a bright note indeed.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mitchell Starc– Australia
Starc loves the ODI format. In just 97 ODIs, he has taken an astonishing 189 wickets at a staggering average of 22.81. He showed his class by picking five wickets and bagged the player of the match award too. The left-arm pacer is not only lethal with the new ball but equally potent with the old ball as well. Again the onus of picking early wickets for Australia will rest on Starc.
Today’s match prediction: Australia to win the match.