West Indies' abject batting display
Following West Indies' extraordinary collapse, Australia completed the chase under ten overs. Here are stats from an extremely lop-sided ODI in Perth.
- The number of balls remaining after the win (244) is the second-highest for Australia in an ODI and their highest against a Test-playing team. Australia also surpassed Sri Lanka's record for the most deliveries remaining after a successful chase in an ODI against West Indies. The match lasted a total of 199 deliveries. This is the lowest number of deliveries in a completed match in Australia (matches with results). In matches played among top Test teams (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe), this match has the second-lowest number of deliveries after the Pakistan-West Indies game in Cape Town in 1993.
- West Indies' total of 70 is their third-lowest ODI score and their lowest against Australia. Their lowest total overall is 54 against South Africa in 2004. The total is also West Indies' second-lowest batting first. There have been only two previous occasions (India in 1981 and South Africa in 1993) when teams have registered lower totals in an ODI in Australia.
- The highest score in the West Indies innings was 16. This is only the second time for West Indies that none of the batsmen passed 16. The previous such occasions came in Cape Town (2004). It is also the 12th time overall and the first since the World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan in 2011 that a West Indies innings has had four or more ducks.
- Mitchell Starc's 5 for 20 is the second-best bowling performance by an Australian bowler against West Indies after Glenn McGrath's 5 for 14 at Old Trafford in 1999. It is also the second-best bowling display in Perth after Ryan Harris' 5 for 19 against Pakistan in 2010. Starc's performance, however, is only eighth on the list of best bowling displays against West Indies.
- For the first time, three left-arm fast bowlers bowled in an innings for Australia. India was the previous team to field three left-arm fast bowlers (against Sri Lanka in 2008).
- Glenn Maxwell's strike rate of 145.71 is his second-best for a fifty-plus score and the sixth-best for an Australian batsman against West Indies (50-plus scores). Maxwell's strike rate is seventh on the list of top strike rates for fifty-plus scores in Perth. Surprisingly, Michael Holding is fourth and sixth on the list. The number of runs scored in boundaries by Maxwell (48) is the joint fifth-highest by an Australian batsman in the first ten overs of an innings (matches since 2000). Adam Gilchrist is on top with 60 runs against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2006.
Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo