Bailey and Starc blow Windies away
George Bailey’s unbeaten century and another five-wicket haul from Mitchell Starc led Australia to a 54-run win over West Indies in the second one-day international in Perth.
Australia slumped to 98 for six after being asked to bat first by Windies captain Darren Sammy, but Bailey, who finished with 125 not out, combined with James Faulkner for a 100-run partnership that helped the hosts to 266 for seven.
The Windies' chase did not start well when Starc claimed the key wickets of Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan in the second over.
A 126-run stand between Kieran Powell and Dwayne Bravo, who compiled 83 and 45 respectively, had the tourists in front before Glenn Maxwell removed Bravo with his first limited-overs wicket and then Starc claimed two more in the 30th over.
Starc dismissed Powell with an overturned lbw decision and another review on a glove behind from Devon Thomas proved successful after a two-minute deliberation by third umpire Asad Rauf.
West Indies went from 159 for three, and seemingly in control of the run chase, to 179 for eight and out of the game.
Sunil Narine did his best to produce an unlikely victory when he hit Maxwell for four sixes in a row en route to 24, but Maxwell had him stumped with the final ball of the 37th over.
The tourists were then all out for 212 in the 39th over as Bailey put the icing on the cake by running out Jason Holder.
Australia had earlier made a steady start to their innings before openers Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch went in quick succession.
The hosts then slumped to 56 for four in the 13th over when Phillip Hughes and Michael Clarke fell within three balls of each other.
Bailey combined with Matthew Wade for a 37-run partnership before Faulkner linked up with the Australia number five for a more substantial stand.
Bailey brought up his hundred off the final ball of the 49th over with a six over wide long-on and then took the attack to Dwayne Bravo as 25 came off the final over, which included three sixes and a four.
West Indies had set the tone for their improved effort after Friday's debacle with three sensational catches in the field.
Powell removed Khawaja with a full-length dive to his right; Dwayne Bravo took a hard-hit Finch cut at point and Sammy caught Wade high and to his left at first slip off Narine.