Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc (L) pumps his fist after taking the wicket of West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard during the first one-day international at the WACA ground in Perth yesterday.Photo: AFP
Australia's Mitchell Starc claimed five wickets as the West Indies were bundled out for just 70 on their way to an embarrassing defeat in the first one-day international in Perth on Friday.
Australia made light of the feeble score -- the West Indies' third-lowest ODI total -- romping to victory in just 9.2 overs for the loss of one wicket.
Left-armer Starc took five wickets for 20 runs in a devastating spell as the tourists imploded after winning the toss and electing to bat in the first game of the five-match series.
The paltry score was well short of Australia's 91 against the West Indies at the same venue in 1987, the previous lowest total at the WACA Ground.
The home side put their opponents' performance into context when they came out to bat, with Glenn Maxwell smashing 51 off 35 balls as they raced towards their target. Usman Khawaja, dropped before he scored, was unbeaten on eight.
When the West Indies slumped to 19-5 after Starc claimed his fourth wicket in eight balls, they appeared in grave danger of falling short of their lowest ever ODI tally of 54, against South Africa in 2004.
Darren Bravo's dismissal for 11 left them floundering at 39-7 before captain Darren Sammy put on 26 for the eighth wicket with debutant Jason Holder.
Sammy, with 16 runs, was the top-scorer with the bat, his tally only eclipsed by the 17 extras Australia conceded.
The West Indies skipper said the low total was more a result of good Australian bowling than poor West Indian batting, vowing to rebound back quickly with the second match at the same venue on Sunday.
Clint McKay (3-10) started the rot for the tourists when he claimed the prize scalp of big-hitting opener Chris Gayle, caught by Aaron Finch at second slip for just four.
The match was effectively over as a contest when Starc used his combination of pace and swing to destroy the West Indian top order.
He claimed the wickets of Kieran Powell (11) and Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, all for ducks, in the space of eight balls.
West Indies paceman Holder took his first one-day wicket in Australia's reply, when he had Finch caught behind for 10 but the home side cantered to victory.
Starc said it was almost a perfect performance by the Australians, who would have bowled first had they won the toss.