Mitchell Starc took five wickets and Glenn Maxwell smashed 51 runs off 35 balls to lead Australia to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over the West Indies with more than 40 overs to spare in the first one-day international Friday.
Starc (5-20) helped dismiss the West Indies, which won the toss and elected to bat first, for a paltry 70 runs off 23.5 overs before Maxwell’s half-century guided Australia to 71-1 in little over 9 overs and in just 41 minutes.
Australia had already scored more than a quarter of the victory target after just five balls following Maxwell’s early scoring burst during which he hit Kemar Roach for three fours and a six.
The second game of the five-match series will be played at the WACA on Sunday.
Australia 71-1 in 9.2 overs (Glenn Maxwell 51 not out),
West Indies 70 in 23.5 overs (Darren Sammy 16, Kieran Powell 11; Mitchell Starc 5-20, Clint McKay 3-10)
Earlier, West Indies captain Darren Sammy has won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the teams’ opening limited-overs international at the WACA Ground on Friday.
Fast bowler James Faulkner will make his international debut and was handed his ODI cap by former bowling great Dennis Lillee, a West Australian.
The West Indies have won 10 of their 17 one-day internationals at the WACA. The teams will play five one-day matches in the series, including another Sunday in Perth.
Australia Phillip Hughes, Aaron Finch, Michael Clarke (captain), Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay.
West Indies Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Darren Sammy (captain), Sunil Narine, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach.
Umpires Asad Rauf, Pakistan, and Paul Reiffel, Australia.
TV Umpire Nigel Llong, England. Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.