The West Indies had a rough go of it at first in their one-day cricket series against Australia in Barbados as the result of the heroic efforts of Indies batsmen Marlon Samuels and Danesh Ramdin.
Samuels and Ramdin combined for a hundred-run partnership when it appeared as though their hopes were dim as they were reduced to 3 – 31 after the first nine overs. Twenty-one overs later, they had recovered to 3 – 153.
Things started swimmingly for the Aussies, who chose to bowl first and saw the benefits of that decision provide immediate returns with Mitchell Starc catching Johnson Charles at slip for a duck in the first over.
After a washout against South Africa a couple of days ago turned the match into a semi-final for Australia as they hope to play in the decisive match against the winner of the West Indies v South Africa match later this week.
All-rounders James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell reclaimed their spots that had vanished when the match against the Proteas was abandoned and both hope to make contributions when they face the West Indies at Kensington Oval.
When the two sides played in St. Kitts last week, the hosts won by four wickets, so an Australian victory is anything but a foregone conclusion.