Australia maintained its six-year unbeaten run against the West Indies when it cantered to a 64-run victory in the first one-dayer on Friday after the home side suffered an embarrassing batting collapse.
Chasing a modest 205 target, West Indies, who had lost 14 of its last 15 one-dayers against the Australians coming into the match, was well set at 97 for three in the 24th over.
But it then lost the next six wickets for a paltry seven runs and despite a final-wicket flourish with skipper Darren Sammy hitting 35, with five fours and three sixes, the Windies were still left looking for a first win over Australia since 2006.
A fourth-wicket partnership of 64 between Marlon Samuels, who made 35 with three huge sixes off one over by left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty and Dwayne Bravo (32 off 43 balls with five fours and a six) had put the West Indies in the driving seat.
But once Bravo, bowled by Dan Christian, and Samuels had been dismissed in successive overs, West Indies was bowled out for 140 in the 33rd over with Doherty taking four for 49 off eight overs.
“We knew it was an average score and knew it should be enough if we bowled well,” said Australia captain Shane Watson.
Sammy admitted it had been another poor day for the home team.
“We are very disappointed. Losing six wickets for seven runs set us back a little bit,” he said. “Hopefully we can bounce back in the second match on Sunday. We have two more games here, we have a history of getting better as a series goes on.”
Australia had made 204 for eight off 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat on a typically slow Arnos Vale pitch.
Twenty20 skipper George Bailey marked his one-day debut with the top score of 48 off 67 balls with five fours, a steady performance which earned him the man of the match award.
Dwayne Bravo, the vice-captain, took three wickets for 58 with fellow seamer Kemar Roach claiming two for 33. — AFP
Australia: S. Watson lbw b Dwayne Bravo 21, D. Warner c Pollard b Samuels 40, P. Forrest st. Baugh b Samuels 26, M. Hussey c Roach b Dwayne Bravo 32, D. Hussey c Baugh b Roach 0, G. Bailey c Narine b Roach 48, M. Wade c Dwayne Bravo b Narine 0, D. Christian (not out) 18, B. Lee c Charles b Dwayne Bravo 5, C. McKay (not out) 0; Extras (b-3, lb-6, w-5): 14; Total (for eight wkts. in 50 overs): 204.
Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-91, 3-92, 4-99, 5-162, 6-162, 7-195, 8-203.
West Indies bowling: Roach 10-1-33-2, Dwayne Bravo 10-1-58-3, Russell 4-0-21-0, Sammy 8-0-30-0, Narine 10-0-24-1, Samuels 8-0-29-2.
West Indies: K. Powell c Bailey b Lee 8, J. Charles c M. Hussey b McKay 13, M. Samuels c Watson b Doherty 35, Darren Bravo (run out) 4, Dwayne Bravo b Christian 32, K. Pollard c Bailey b Christian 4, C. Baugh lbw b Doherty 0, A. Russell st. Wade b Doherty 1, D. Sammy c Christian b McKay 35, S. Narine c Bailey b Doherty 0, K. Roach (not out) 1; Extras (b-4, w-3): 7; Total (in 32.2 overs): 140.
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-23, 3-33, 4-97, 5-97, 6-97, 7-101, 8-103, 9-104.
Australia bowling: Lee 7-1-25-1, McKay 5.2-1-22-2, Watson 4-1-13-0, David Hussey 2-0-15-0, Doherty 8-2-49-4, Christian 6-2-12-2.
Australia's T20 skipper Bailey makes ODI debut Host loses six wickets for a paltry seven runs
Australia's T20 skipper Bailey makes ODI debut
Host loses six wickets for a paltry seven runs