Perth: Seamer Mitchell Starc grabbed a second successive five-wicket haul and George Bailey hit his maiden international century as Australia beat West Indies by 54 runs in the second one-dayer, at the WACA, on Sunday.
West Indies, though, had put up a better fight than in the nine-wicket defeat on Friday’s opener, but Bailey’s unbeaten 125 propelled Australia to 266 for seven and Starc (five for 32) helped dismiss the visitors for 212 to give the hosts a 2-0 lead in the ongoing series.
There was controversy, too, when the review system was employed to help Starc claim the wickets of Kieran Powell (83) and Devon Thomas (for naught) off successive deliveries — the latter given out caught behind much to the disbelief of most.
A promising but eventually unsuccessful day at the WACA for West Indies also saw tail-ender Sunil Narine smashing sixes off the first four balls of one Glenn Maxwell over before the latter had him stumped on the sixth.
Maxwell finished with figures of four for 63, but Starc was again the pick of the bowlers having skittled out the top order with three early wickets and returning later as West Indies lost five men for just 20 runs.
Australia, too, suffered a collapse early in their innings before Bailey put on 100 from 123 balls for the seventh wicket with James Faulkner (39) to rescue the team that were reeling at 98 for six. The 30-year-old Bailey saved his best until the end of the innings.
After reaching the three-figure mark with a six over long-on in the penultimate over of the Australian innings, he hammered three sixes, a four and two runs off the last six balls to finish unbeaten on 125.