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Kieron Pollard beats during his best score of 56. (Photo courtesy of CWI Media)

Inane hitters from the West Indies and a destructive spell from Mitchell Starc eclipsed a career-best spell from Hayden Walsh Jr, and Australia crushed international cricket’s return to Barbados with a full 133-run victory under the Duckworth Method. Lewis-Stern in the first Rainy Day International.

Chasing a revised target of 257 from 49 overs under the lights of an empty Kensington Oval, the Windies’ stick failed to shoot, and they were eliminated for 123 in 26.2 overs – a far cry from what their coach Phil Simmons said. had wanted before the series.

Only a 56-best score from West Indies captain Kieron Pollard kept the Caribbean side from falling to a total of under 100, after Starc and new partner Josh Hazlewood flattened the hosts’ premier stick.

The Windies were on 35 for six before the first power play ended and Pollard eased the pain of another catastrophic at-bat collapse with five fours and three sixes in his 57-ball stroke.

Starc finished with five for 48 from eight overs and Hazlewood took three for 11 from six overs.

Fate further inflicted a cruel hand on Walsh when he edged out compatriot Adam Zampa and was caught late for 20 to make the result official.

The result meant the West Indies trailed 0-1 in the three-game series, which continues at the same venue on Thursday, starting at 2:30 p.m.

It also meant that the Windies are now under immense pressure to win the remaining two matches in order to earn valuable points and step up their efforts to automatically qualify for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

Regarding batting performance, Pollard said after the game: “It is what it is. My biggest thing is that I want guys to fight. Just because the ball is swaying or moving, don’t just give it away with soft releases. Let them work for your counter.

“Because sometimes it’s a good ball, that doesn’t mean you have to go. The most important factor for me is that we haven’t shown this kind of fight.

He added: “We knew Australia are very dangerous with the new ball and that’s where they’re looking to pounce on oppositions.

“Once we can fight through that, looking at the rest of the attack, I think it’s something we can handle, so we have to find a way to get through those first 10 overs and see where that leads us. “

Earlier, Walsh caught five for 39 of his 10 overs allowed, and the Australians reached 252 for nine of their 49-overs allowance between four saves for rain, after choosing to strike.

“I think we did pretty well (with the ball),” Pollard said. “The score around here is around 260, 270. To be able to narrow it down to around 250, I think that was a fantastic effort from the bowlers.

“If I’m brutally honest I thought we gave around 20-25 points on the pitch with a few freebies. But I was thinking about the way the guys bowling; the bowlers did a fantastic job for us.

Walsh is no stranger to the island, having played a few seasons with the Barbados Pride and Barbados Tridents, and club matches until last year for Gladiola, reigning Barbados Cricket Association Twenty20 Cup champion.

He stifled a dangerous end of the round to restrict the Australians, having been introduced late in the attack.

The Windies were under pressure early on when ODI debutants Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott gave Australia a confident start of 50 in the first Power Play.

But pacer Alzarri Joseph and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein took two wickets apiece and the Caribbean side had the visitors on the ropes on 114 for four in the 26th.

The West Indies met resistance from substitute Australian captain Alex Carey, with 67 of 87 balls being the best score, and Ashton Turner with 49 of 45 balls, when the pair put in 104 for the fifth wicket.

Bowling within the last 10 overs, Walsh turned the tide, taking both in the space of five balls in the 45th, and the Australians were cautious in the cool breeze east the rest of the way.

Summary Notes:

AUSTRALIA 252 for new on 49 overs (Alex Carey 67, Ashton Turner 49, Josh Philippe 39, Ben McDermott 28, Mitchell Marsh 20, Adam Zampa 12 not released; Hayden Walsh Jr 10-0-39-5, Alzarri Joseph 2-40, Akeal Hosein 2-50) .

ANTILLES 123 from 26.2 (Kieron Pollard 56, Hayden Walsh Jr 20, Alzarri Joseph 17, Shimron Hetmyer 11; Mitchell Starc 8-1-48-5, Josh Hazlewood 3-11).


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