Starc's devastating fiver helps Oz annihilate Windies by nine-wickets in Perth ODI

Sydney, Feb 1(ANI): Australia thrashed West Indies by nine-wickets in the opening one-day international of the five-match series at Perth after bowling the visitors for a paltry 70 in just 23.5 overs.

Pace man Mitchell Starc was the chief destroyer, as he claimed five wickets for just 20 runs in a devastating spell of quick bowling.

Man of the match, Starc was well supported by Clint McKay, who began the decline by dismissing the dangerous Chris Gayle, and ended with 3-10.

After winning the toss, the Windies will regret batting first on a pitch, which Michael Clarke believed had enough moisture to warrant sending the opposition in, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Apart from sundries, the Windies' top-scorer was captain Darren Sammy, who suppressed his urges to hit out by making 16 off 37 balls, though his team needed an innings of far more substance to play out their 50 overs, the paper added.

International rookies Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch, opening together for the first time in Australian colours, rattled off 39 in 21 balls to make a mockery of the supposedly bowler-friendly conditions, the paper said.

Maxwell was not required with the ball but crunched an effortless 51 off only 35 balls, easing Australia to a comfortable win within three hours of play. (ANI)

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