Fast bowlers from pacers Mitchell Starc (48/5) and Josh Hazlewood (11/3) helped Australia bundle out West Indies for 123 runs in the first ODI to register a 133-run win.
Chasing a target of 257 runs in 49 overs in a rain-hit match, West Indies lost six wickets for 27 runs in the eighth over but captain Kieron Pollard (56) scored a half-century apart from Alzarri Joseph (17) in the seventh. Adding 68 runs for the wicket, saved the team from being reduced to its lowest score. The entire team, however, returned to the pavilion in 26.2 overs.
Earlier, Australia’s stand-in captain Alex Carey, apart from playing an innings of 67 runs, added 104 runs for the fifth wicket with Ashton Turner (49) as the team managed to score 252 for nine in 49 overs. Carey was captaining for the first time since Aaron Finch was ruled out due to a knee injury.
Leg spinner Hayden Walsh took five wickets for the first time in his career. He took five wickets for 39 runs. Chasing the target, West Indies had a very poor start. Evin Lewis caught Starc back on the very first ball of the innings. Starc bowled Jason Mohammed (02) in his next over.
Hazlewood caught Shimron Hetmyer (11) off his own delivery while Starc dismissed Nicholas Pooran (00) lbw. Hazlewood dismissed Darren Bravo (02) lbw in the sixth over to make West Indies 23 for five. This fast bowler then sent Jason Holder (00) to the pavilion as well. Pollard and Joseph put an end to the fall on the wickets but could not save the team from a big defeat.