Chennai Super Kings batsman George Bailey starred in a 64-run win for Australia in the first ODI of the five-match series against West Indies at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingston. Bailey’s 48-run knock helped his side defend a modest score of 204 against the hosts.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Australia got off to a relatively decent start with Delhi Daredevils’ David Warner scoring a 55-ball 40. However, regular strikes from Chennai Super Kings’ Dwayne Bravo (three for 58) and Pune Warriors India’s Marlon Samuels (two for 29) kept the Australian scoring rate in check.
However Bailey, pushed the Australian score beyond 200 as he battled it out for 91 minutes to score a 67-ball 48. Deccan Charger’s Daniel Christian also chipped in with an unbeaten 18.
Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty helped the Australian cause and took four for 49. Even Christian and Mumbai Indians pacer Clint McKay chipped in two wickets each as the hosts were bowled out for 140 in 32.2 overs. The only notable contributions from the West Indies top order came from Samuels (35) and Bravo (32). The rest of the batsmen faltered and failed to make any significant contributions.
The second ODI of this series will be played at the same venue on March 18.
Brief scores: Australia 204/8 in 50.0 overs (George Bailey 48, David Warner 40, Dwayne Bravo 3/58) beat West Indies 140/10 in 32.2 overs (Marlon Samuels 35, Xavier Doherty 4/49) by 64 runs.