Australia vs West Indies Highlights today. 1st ODI (D/N), Friday 2-2-2024. West Indies tour of Australia 2024, Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The first ODI at the MCG saw Australia win thanks to a brilliant opening ball from Xavier Bartlett, but the West Indies had something to defend thanks to half-centuries from Keacy Carty and Roston Chase, who made 231 after being sent into bat. On his ODI debut, Bartlett destroyed the West Indies top order, finishing with 4 for 17, the second-best numbers for Australia behind current selector Tony Dodemaide. Carty then achieved his greatest ODI score of 88, while Chase hit 59 in a crucial 110-run partnership.
It was just the third time since 1975 that Bartlett and Lance Morris opened bowling simultaneously as Australian ODI debutants, and the first since 2016. In ODI cricket, Bartlett claimed a wicket with his third ball when he magically outswinged a ball that clipped the top of Justin Greaves’ off stump. After he hooped an inswinger onto Alick Athanaze’s front pad, he should have been awarded another three balls, but the umpire judged it was shaping down, so Australia’s captain Steven Smith decided not to review. The ball appeared to be crushing the top of the leg stump, according to the ball-tracking projection.
Bartlett did not let it cost him; instead, he showed off his new-ball talents from the BBL, swerving around Athanaze to get a little of an outside edge. He later fashioned another outswinger away from right-handed Shai Hope in his six-over period with the new ball, catching a thick edge that Matt Short well-pouched at slip. After his debut spell, he had a maiden’s figures of 3 for 10. Later, on the first ball of the 48th over, he came back to take his fourth wicket, but he was unable to take a fifth as Sean Abbott ended the innings in the 49th over.
Following Bartlett’s explosion, Cameron Green took the first of his two wickets, leaving the West Indies down to 59 for 4. However, an outstanding century stand by Carty and Chase stabilized the ship. Carty was deserving of his own century. After losing Chase for 59, he had reached his greatest ODI score, but Abbott’s straight shot with Carty miles short of his ground left him 12 runs short when Hayden Walsh Jr. called him through for a suicidal single to cover.
After playing so brilliantly,
Carty met a sad end. Walsh, who knew full well that he had barbecued Carty in an attempt to go off strike, knelt low at the other end and hoped the dirt would swallow him up. Morris’s added pace really appealed to Carty, who produced two incredible flicks for six over backward square. When Australia’s new firebrand overpitched and thumped many of his over 140 km/h efforts back down the earth, he was equally vicious. Compared to Bartlett, Morris’ debut was far less impressive as he let up 59 runs in his ten overs without taking a wicket.
Chase attacked the spin, hitting four of his seven boundaries off Adam Zampa, while Carty set the tempo. With courage, he swept and removed the stumps, and as a consequence, made money. However, it would ultimately lead to his ruin at a crucial juncture. He went over too much and missed the length totally, getting bowled around his legs while attempting to sweep Zampa off middle stump. Australia should have finished the innings a bit sooner, but the West Indies managed to raise their total to 231 thanks to a few careless mishaps. Travis Head failed to get a third wicket for Green by dropping a simple catch in the deep, and then Josh Inglis and Marnus Labuschagne both mishandled simple run outs.
Toss: Australia, elected to field first.
Australia team: TM Head, JP Inglis†, C Green, SPD Smith*, M Labuschagne, MW Short, AM Hardie, SA Abbott, XC Bartlett, LR Morris, A Zampa
West Indies team: P Greaves, A Athanaze, KU Carty, SD Hope*†, KAR Hodge, RL Chase, R Shepherd, MW Forde, HR Walsh, G Motie, O Thomas.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 143
Australia Won: 76
West Indies Won: 61
Australia ODI Rankings: 2nd
West Indies ODI Rankings: 10th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
West Indies WLWLW
Match Timings: 3:30 AM | 2:30 PM Local
Umpires – Sam Nogajski, Sharfuddoula
TV Umpire – Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Michael Graham-Smith
Match number – ODI no. 4721
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