CWC 2019 Recap: Australia survive batting collapse to down West Indies
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
Australia 288/10 (49 Overs) [Coulter-Nile 92(60), Smith 73(103); Brathwaite 3/67, A Russell 2/41]
West Indies 273/9 (50 Overs) [Shai Hope(wk) 68(105), Holder(c) 51(57); Starc 5/46, Pat Cummins 2/41]
Result- Australia won by 15 runs
In the 10th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, when Australia were tottering at 38/4, not many would have expected them to reach 288. But, in the crisis, they found three heroes with the bat.
Steve Smith, as you would expect, gutsed it out. Carey gave him decent company but it was Nathan Coulter-Nile who actually stepped up the gas and played his best ODI innings. Once set, he changed gears and took pressure off Smith, who was stunningly caught by Cottrell at the fence. Coulter-Nile himself missed a deserved hundred by 8 runs, but he ensured Australia got a pretty stiff total on a pitch which had a bit of bounce for the pacers.
West Indies were in the game when Hope and Pooran steadied the innings and the captain put his hand up and played a very positive innings. With Russell, Brathwaite and the asking rate not too high, it looked manageable for West Indies.
But, Starc showed his bowling prowess at the death. He conceded just one run in his last two overs for the wickets of a set Holder, a dangerous Brathwaite and Cottrell to kill the game with a fifer.
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