In an incredible display of their bowling prowess, Australia bundled out West Indies for just 83 runs in the first ODI of the series. Without captain Hayley Matthews, the batting lineup just couldn’t manage to fire and withstand the bowling attack of the Aussies.
Winning the toss, captain Alyssa Healy put West Indies to bat in overcast conditions. The visitors clearly struggled. There were no runs until the fifth over and the first boundary came in the ninth. After 10 overs, the scoreboard read a disappointing 14 for 3. The only positive batting display was from Aaliyah Alleyne who scored 35 runs off 39 balls, hitting 7 boundaries.
Kim Garth who had replaced Jess Jonassen and Megan Schutt were impressive with the new ball. Garth who ended with figures of 3 for 8 took the wickets of Djenaba Joseph, Rashada WIlliams, and Aaliyah Alleyne. Shutt took the wicket of opener Zaida James and ended with figures of 1 for 6.
The Aussies were also brilliant with their fielding. Captain Healy took the catches of Stafanie Taylor and Chinelle Henry, was responsible for the stumping of Alleyne, and executed a brilliant run out of Cherry Ann Fraser as well.
Easy-peasy win for the Aussies with 211 balls to spare.
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) October 8, 2023
The chase was easy work for Australia and they reached their target in less than 15 overs. Openers Healy and Phoebe Litchfield scored 38 and 16 runs respectively before getting out. Ellyse Perry added the finishing touches to the chase by scoring 20 runs off 13 balls, hitting 4 fours.
The 2nd ODI is scheduled to take place on October 12 at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.
Exceptional with the bat and gloves! 🙌
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) October 9, 2023
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