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Mitchell Starc Jostled West Indies as Australia won the 1st ODI

Zia Rana February 1, 2013

Australia 1-71 (Glenn Maxwell 51*, Aaron Finch 10, Jason Holder 1-18) beat West Indies 70 (Darren Sammy 16, Kieran Powell 11, Mitchell Starc 5-20) by nine wickets.

A sheer spell of fast bowling from the speedster, Mitchell Starc, destroyed the mighty batting line up of West Indies that led Australia to a comfortable win.

The Windies were dismissed for 70 mere runs in 23.5 overs and the Kangaroos rushed to the target in just 9.2 overs by smashing 71 runs for the loss of just one wicket.

Mitchell Starc - Career best figures of  5-20

Mitchell Starc – Career best figures of 5-20

Mitchell Starc (Australia) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his career’s best performance of 5-20 runs.

The first One Day International of the five match series was played at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth, on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Earlier, Darren Sammy, the captain of West Indies, won the toss and sent his batsmen to bat on a fast and bouncy track. Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell opened the innings with caution by scoring three runs in the first over followed by two maiden overs. Powell hit the first four of the innings in the fourth over as Gayle tasted his only boundary in the next over. Gayle was gone for just four runs in the same over at 14 and Powell became the first victim of Mitchell Starc after scoring 11 runs.

The second wicket fell at 18 as Starc broke the back of the Windies batting line up by claiming three quick wickets and the visitors were reeling at 5-19 in 7.3 overs. Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard surrendered without opening their accounts as Devon Thomas joined in with Darren Bravo. They crept to 28 when Thomas was caught by the Australian skipper, Michael Clarke, off James Faulkner for three runs. Faulkner got his second wicket by removing Darren Bravo for 11 and the seventh wicket was lost at 39 in 12.5 overs. The highest partnership was witnessed for the eighth wicket between Sammy and Jason Holder as they contributed 26 runs. Sammy became the highest scorer with 16 as the visitors were dismissed for 70 runs in 23.5 overs.

Mitchell Starc was the star performer by grabbing five wickets, Clint McKay held three whereas James Faulkner claimed two.

Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch started off briskly for the Aussies as Maxwell dispatched 18 runs in the first over off Kemar Roach comprising 1 huge six and 3 fours. Maxwell added another 10 runs in the third over with 1 six and 1 four and the score was enhanced to 39 in 3.3 overs when Aaron Finch was caught behind by the wicketkeeper Thomas off Jason Holder for 10 runs.

Usman Khawaja got together with the hard hitting Maxwell and the pair got another nine runs in the seventh over with a couple of fours. Glenn Maxwell attained his second ODI fifty with 2 fours in the 9th over as Khawaja hit the winning run on the second ball of the next over. Australia powered 71 runs as Maxwell remained unbeaten for 51 off 35 balls with 2 grand sixes and 9 fours and Usman Khawaja secured his end at 8 runs.

Australia crushed West Indies in the first ODI with a huge margin of nine wickets and leads the five match series 1-0.

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