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Australia completed a series sweep of the West Indies by achieving a record-breaking run-chase in the ODI match.
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Australia completed a series sweep of the West Indies by achieving a record-breaking run-chase in the ODI match.

Australia easily defeated a weak West Indies batting team and accomplished a perfect series sweep in the one-day international matches by achieving a record-breaking run chase in less than seven overs.

Unfortunately, the dominant victory over the West Indies was dampened by the news of a potential injury to up-and-coming bowler Lance Morris.

The hosts dominated their opponents at Manuka Oval, easily defeating West Indies with a low score of 86 in the 25th over. They only needed 6.5 overs to achieve this victory.

In his short time at the batting position, Jake Fraser-McGurk proved to be a formidable opener, dominating the West Indian pace bowlers and hitting three impressive sixes in just 18 balls.

Australia achieved their quickest ODI run chase ever, surpassing their previous record of 7.5 overs against the USA in 2004.

However, the victory was not without consequences for the home team, as Morris had to exit the field during the middle of an over due to a side strain. He will be undergoing scans to assess the extent of the injury.

In only his second ODI appearance, Morris displayed a strong presence on the field, claiming his first two international wickets and contributing to his team’s dominant performance.

Captain Steve Smith explained that the player mentioned feeling some discomfort in his side and was having difficulty, therefore he will undergo a scan within the next 12 to 24 hours for further information.

“He was probably a little bit nervous the other day making his debut, but he was starting to get some nice rhythm.

“He has been a valuable member of the group for more than a year, consistently showing his dedication. It is wonderful to witness him getting the opportunity to play a few games.”

Xavier Bartlett, another Australian player, also had an impressive performance in the one-day game, maintaining his outstanding start with a remarkable 4-21.

This reinforced his impressive 4-17 performance in the series opener on Friday in Melbourne.

The West Indies team were somewhat unlucky to have a score of 38-2 in the 11th over, as the Australian fast bowlers were successful in taking early wickets.

Kjorn Ottley (8) was declared out by lbw to Bartlett and chose not to challenge the decision, even though it appeared that he had hit the ball with a significant inside edge onto his leg.

Marnus Labuschagne made a spectacular catch at point to dismiss Keacy Carty (10) for Morris’ first wicket in an ODI match.

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After struggling to reach a score of 71-4, the West Indies team lost six wickets in just 27 balls, resulting in a complete collapse.

Alick Athanaze (32), the opening batsman for the West Indies, displayed true determination at the crease. He may be disappointed by his careless dismissal, as he hit a shot to deep backward square off of Adam Zampa’s bowling.

Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse when Matthew Forde slipped and fell while running, leaving him stranded on the pitch and resulting in a run out. This incident occurred at a crucial point in the game, causing a major setback.

Captain Shai Hope stated that in cricket, it is possible for anyone to be bowled out for under 100 runs.

I was completely caught off guard by my team’s performance at bat. I never expected it to be that impressive.

The Australian bowling was impressive, however, we must strategize to disrupt their rhythm, be more aggressive in our approach, and prevent them from getting comfortable.

Josh Inglis remained unbeaten at 35 while Steve Smith contributed six runs to secure Australia’s victory.

The teams will now travel to Hobart to commence their three-match T20 series on Friday.

Source: theguardian.com