Australia are by far the better 50-over side between these two, and it showed in the opening ODI but they were brought back down to Earth in the follow-up game on Saturday night.
The five-time world champions suffered a horrific start and at one point were 45-6, unsure if they’d even get to a 100. But as vulnerable and weak their top order was, their tail showed just as much grit and determination, helping their side reach a more than respectable 187.
The bowlers, too, did a pretty decent job and had the Windies 72-5 at one point, before Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran’s 93 for the sixth wicket swung the match back in the hosts’ favour.
Pooran, for his unbeaten 59 was named the player of the match but the man on whose demolition job the entire structure of the Windies win was created was left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein.
His three wickets in a six-ball span had wobbled the Aussies so much early on that they never recovered and played catch up almost the entire game.
The victory aside, the Windies had batting problems of their own, especially when facing the excellent Mitchell Starc. He was well-supported by Adam Zampa, who got a two-for but the rest of the Aussie bowlers did not do their part and pick up wickets, which resulted in the defeat.
Another positive for the hosts will be the 52 scored by Holder, who had been alarmingly out of form since World Cup 2019.