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Starc skittles Windies



A five wicket haul for left arm paceman Mitchell Starc has helped Australia to a massive 133 run (duckworth-lewis) win over the West Indies in the first ODI in Barbados on Wednesday (Australian time).


Starc claimed 5-48 as he blew away the home side's top order along with Josh Hazlewood, the pair sharing six wickets in a devastating new ball spell that saw West Indies slump to 6-27.


Earlier Australia had managed to post a competitive 9-252, a couple of rain delays halting their innings to reduce the match to 49 overs per side.


Alex Carey top scored with 67 from 87 balls, captaining Australia for the first time in the absence of Aaron Finch.


The left hander added 104 with Ashton Turner (49) after ODI debutants Josh Philippe (39) and Ben McDermott (28) added 51 for the first wicket.


Joining McDermott and Philippe as an ODI debutant was Wes Agar, who was presented with his cap by older brother Ashton in a touching pre-match ceremony.


Hayden Walsh continued his outstanding form by claiming the final five wickets of the Australian innings, snaring 5-39 to help restrict the visitors score.


A revised total of 257 was set for the West Indies, Starc striking with the first ball of the innings with Evin Lewis offering a return catch.


Two overs later Starc castled Jason Mohammed with an inswinger, setting the tone for the innings that lost it's way dramatically against the new ball pairing of Starc and Hazlewood.


Starc trapped Nicholas Pooran leg before wicket for a fuck after Hazlewood dismissed Shimron Hetmyer (11) with a return catch of his own, the right armer then dismissing Darren Bravo (2).


At 6-27 it appeared an early finish was in store, before Kieron Pollard decided to counter-attack to the leg spin of Adam Zampa, reaching a run a ball half century.


It was only delaying the inevitable though, Starc fittingly returning to remove Pollard for 56 from 57 balls to hasten the game's conclusion.


He would claim 5-48 from 8 overs as the West Indies were blown away for 123, handing Australia a 1-0 lead in the series.


Hazlewood claimed 3-11 to help get the ball rolling, West Indies with no answer for the New South Wales duo.


The second ODI between the sides is on Friday morning back at the same venue in Barbados.


IMAGE: Sportstar Hindu