Providence - David Warner scored an
unbeaten half century as Australia romped to a six-wicket thrashing of West
Indies in their opening Tri-Nation Series day-night game at the Guyana National
Stadium on Sunday.
Warner's 55 not out saw Australia home with
almost 25 overs to spare after the West Indies earlier collapsed from 50 for
one to 116 all out from 32.3 overs.
Australia then wasted little time in
getting to the modest target, Warner anchoring the effort to ensure a victory
that was never in doubt despite the loss of three wickets for seven runs with
the end in sight.
Spinners Sunil Narine, with two wickets in
one over, and Sulieman Benn caused the discomfort but it was not enough to save
The emphatic victory earned Australia a
bonus point to move ahead of the West Indies in the three-team standings before
Tuesday's final game at Providence against South Africa.
"Our batting is a real concern,"
said West Indies coach Phil Simmons.
"The bowlers and fielding side are
doing a great job but we need to get it together with the bat for the next two
matches in St Kitts."
Boosted by a four-wicket win in the
tournament-opener against the South Africans at the same venue two days
earlier, the West Indies plummeted back down to earth at the feet of the World
Cup-holders, whose frontline spinners Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa did the bulk
of the damage with three wickets apiece after the usual effective opening burst
from Mitchell Starc.
"I really enjoyed it out there on that
pitch," Zampa enthused after his performance.
"South Africa will be a big challenge
though on Tuesday with so many quality batsmen."
Playing his first international match for
more than six months after being side-lined by injury, the left-arm fast bowler
breached the defences of openers Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles to finish
with figures of two for 37 from nine overs.
He showed signs of rustiness in delivering
five wides and a no-ball, however his lethal pace proved more than a handful
for the West Indies top order.
Starc's tally of ODI wickets is now at 92
in his 47th match and should he take eight more before the end of this
competition he will eclipse Pakistan's Saqlain Mustaq for the record as the
fastest to 100 wickets in terms of matches played in this format of the
Charles top scored with a chancy 22 while
all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was last out for 21, Aaron Finch taking the catch
at long-on to give Zampa his third wicket.
Notwithstanding the turgid surface, the
home batsmen contributed to their swift demise with a succession of poor shots,
exemplified by Darren Bravo's loose cover-drive at seamer Mitchell Marsh which
offered a straightforward catch to Zampa at cover.
Lyon, the experienced off-spinner, had an
almost instant impact in disposing of Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard off
successive deliveries. Pollard, whose unbeaten 67 guided the West Indies to
victory over the Proteas two days earlier, attempted a heave over long-on to be
taken by Warner on the boundary.
Jason Holder gave mystery spinner Narine
first use of the new ball from one end in hopes of an immediate breakthrough at
the start of the Australian reply, but it was left to the captain to separate
the opening pair as Warner and Finch got off to a flying start with a
succession of boundaries on both sides of the wicket.
They had put on 44 by the eighth over when
Finch was leg-before for 19 in Holder's first over, giving the gangling
Barbadian his 50th wicket in One-Day International cricket.