Kingstown, March 17
Australia scored a convincing 64-run victory over the West Indies in their opening one-day international on Friday after left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty took an impressive 4-49 for the tourists.
The West Indies, chasing a modest target of 205, was bowled out for 140 off 32.2 overs at Arnos Vale after Doherty rebounded from being hit for three sixes in his first over to spark a collapse.
Seamers Daniel Christian (2-12) and Clint McKay (2-22) supported well, while Brett Lee supplied a wicket and a crucial run out.
Earlier, George Bailey hit a topscore of 48 to anchor Australia to 204-8 off 50 overs on a sluggish pitch. Bailey hit five boundaries off 67 balls in a performance that earned him the man of the match award.
There were solid contributions throughout Australia’s top order with opener David Warner (40), fellow left-hander Mike Hussey (32), Peter Forrest (26) and captain Shane Watson (21) all chipping in.
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo took 3-58 for the hosts, while off-spinner Marlon Samuels (2-29) and pacer Kemar Roach (2-33) also enjoyed the conditions. Finger spinner Sunil Narine was miserly in claiming 1-24 off 10 overs.
After winning the toss, Australia got a bright start from openers Watson and Warner, who added 31 in the first seven overs before Bravo claimed Watson leg before.
Warner and Forrest shared a second wicket stand of 60 to consolidate Australia’s edge before Samuels tilted the momentum by removing both batsmen in the same over. Forrest was stumped as he tried to advance, while Warner, after hitting five fours off 55 deliveries, was pouched brilliantly at midwicket, one-handed by Kieron Pollard at 92-3.
Australia dipped further to 99-4 when David Hussey fell for a duck as he edged Roach low to wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh, but Michael Hussey and Bailey rebuilt the innings in a stand of 63 for the fifth wicket.
They were unable to provide acceleration in the closing overs as Hussey holed out to long-on off Bravo, while Bailey also skied a catch, off Roach. Daniel Christian compiled a useful, unbeaten 18 off 21 balls, though, towards the end.
The West Indies was set back by three early losses as Johnson Charles, Kieron Powell and Darren Bravo fell inside the first 11 overs. Charles, on his debut, lashed three fours before slicing McKay to third man, while his opening partner Powell miscued a pull to mid-on off Lee.
Lee soon made it 33-3, supplying the crucial scalp of Darren Bravo with a brilliant direct hit run out from mid-on as the left-hander tried to scamper a single.
Bravo’s elder brother Dwayne counter-attacked to lift the mood in the stands and shared a restorative fourth wicket stand of 64. Samuels also got into the act by taking Doherty’s first over for 18 with three straight sixes.