Bloodbath! WI crumble in Aussies’ fastest EVER ODI chase as McGurk goes berserk - Apkcombat

Bloodbath! WI crumble in Aussies’ fastest EVER ODI chase as McGurk goes berserk

The West Indies have suffered an embarrassing eight-wicket loss to Australia at Manuka Oval as the world champions cruised towards a 3-0 series whitewash.

The visitors were rolled for 86 in 24.1 overs following a dreadful collapse of 6-15 in Canberra, with Queensland seamer Xavier Bartlett claiming four wickets to continue his golden summer with the ball. Only one player scored more than 12 during the pitiful batting performance as the West Indies registered its second-lowest total against Australia in men’s ODIs and fifth-lowest overall.

The hosts, playing its 1000th ODI, only needed 6.5 overs to reel in the 87-run target, with openers Jake Fraser-McGurk (41 off 18 balls) and Josh Inglis (35 not out off 16 balls) making a mockery of the West Indies’ bowling attack. It was Australia’s fastest successful run chase in men’s ODIs, toppling the 47-ball record against the United States of America in 2004.

The dead rubber finished in just 31 overs, making it the shortest completed ODI on Australian soil; the day-night contest wrapped up before the floodlights were required.

“We are most disappointed in the way we’ve played … but it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon to 2027,” West Indies coach Darren Sammy told reporters in the post-match press conference.

“What I will tell them in the dressing room is if you don’t display the attitude and the brand that we are looking for that will help us to become competitive, you will get left out.”

Australia’s fastest successful run chases in men’s ODIs

6.5 overs vs WI in Canberra, 2024

7.5 overs vs USA in Southampton, 2004

9.2 overs vs WI in Perth, 2013

11.0 overs vs IND in Visakhapatnam, 2023

12.2 overs vs ENG in Sydney, 2003

Meanwhile, Australia quick Lance Morris failed to complete his fifth over after sustaining a side strain, with the 25-year-old set to undergo scans to determine the extent of the injury.

Bartlett created an early breakthrough after captain Steve Smith won the toss and elected to field first, trapping West Indies opener Kjorn Ottley on the pads for 8. However, the left-hander bizarrely opted not to call for a review despite replays showing a thick inside edge.

The tourists lost 3-6 in a chaotic 15-ball passage of play after the Powerplay as Morris wreaked havoc from the Cathedral End. The West Australian, playing his second ODI, snared his maiden international wicket in his opening over after Keacy Carty chipped a catch towards point, where Marnus Labuschagne held onto a superb lunging catch.

The following over, Sean Abbott struck rival captain Shai Hope on the pads, with the West Indies skipper wasting a review before sheepishly trudging off for 4. Moments later, Morris castled West Indies debutant Teddy Bishop with a half-volley on the stumps, bowled for a sixth-ball duck.

West Indies opener Alick Athanaze crawled his way towards 32 before suffering a brain fade in the 20th over, top-edging a sweep shot against leg-spinner Adam Zampa towards deep square leg. A couple of deliveries later, all-rounder Romario Shepherd feathered an outswinger from Bartlett through to wicketkeeper Josh Inglis for 1.

Things soon became comical for the West Indies; Matthew Forde was run out for a second-ball duck after slipping and falling onto the pitch, arguing with teammate Roston Chase before marching off the field. Having lost three wickets in five deliveries, the West Indies were suddenly reeling at 7-73.

Lowest totals for the West Indies in men’s ODIs

54 vs RSA in Cape Town, 2004

61 vs BAN in Chattogram, 2011

70 vs AUS in Perth, 2013

80 vs SL in Brabourne, 2006

86 vs Australia in Canberra, 2024

Chase attempted to hook one of Bartlett’s bouncers out of the stadium but instead spooned a regulation catch towards Jake Fraser-McGurk at deep square leg for 12, exposing the West Indies tail. The following over, Gudakesh Motie missed a sweep shot against Zampa, departing plumb LBW for a fourth-ball duck.

Bartlett wrapped up the innings, removing West Indies vice-captain Alzarri Joseph for 6 and finishing with 4-21 from 7.1 overs.

“Seeing him come out in this series and bowl the way he did was outstanding,” Smith told reporters in the post-match press conference.

“He presented the seam, swung it and got the rewards.

“Looks like he’s got a bright future.”

Fraser-McGurk and Inglis made their intentions clear early in the run chase, plundering 59 runs from the opening four overs of Australia’s innings. Inglis nailed a reverse lap towards the third man boundary before Fraser-McGurk smoked a gorgeous drive through the covers.

The 21-year-old was throwing the kitchen sink at absolutely everything; he charged at Forde and smacked the West Indies quick over long-on for six before pumping another two maximums over deep mid-wicket into the Bob Hawke Stand.

“He’s certainly not short of confidence. Cool to see someone come in at the age of 21 and play with such freedom and no fear at all,” Smith continued.

“I’m sure he’s going to have some learnings along the way. But the way he’s playing right now is exciting for everyone to watch.

“He’s certainly got all the shots around the ground. I haven’t seen a lot of him play against spin yet but from what I’ve seen, he’s powerful. A couple of shots he actually played tonight reminded me a lot of (Glenn Maxwell), the way the ball was coming off the bat and the swing he has.”

Fraser-McGurk looked destined for a maiden ODI half-century before falling victim to West Indies vice-captain Alzarri Joseph in the fifth over, holing out towards mid-on for 41. Having been elevated to No. 3, all-rounder Aaron Hardie only survived five deliveries before nicking behind off Oshane Thomas for 2.

Inglis and skipper Smith got the job done in the seventh over, chasing the target with 259 balls to spare.

“The mood in the dressing room isn’t as bright as we would want it to be,” Hope told reporters in the post-match press conference.

“It happens, it’s cricket. Anyone can be bowled out for under 100, but there’s some things that we can definitely amend.

“We can see there’s areas where we need to improve.”

Australia has now won 12 consecutive ODIs, with the team’s attention turning to the T20 series against the West Indies, which gets underway in Hobart on Friday evening.

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