17 Mar 2012

Australia claim win in first ODI over West Indies

2:05 pm on 17 March 2012

Australia's bowlers have delivered a 64-run win over the West Indies in the opening one-day cricket international in St Vincent.

Defending 204 for eight, Australia dismissed the hosts for just 140 after a batting collapse by the Windies to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

The hosts had appeared on track to claim a first ODI win over Australia since 2006 when Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels added 64 for the fourth wicket.

But when Bravo was bowled by Dan Christian it sparked a remarkable collapse as the hosts lost six wickets for just seven runs to slump to 104 for nine.

Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty, smashed for three sixes in his first over, rebounded magnificently to claim four quick wickets in his second spell and derail the West Indies' run chase.