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Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia Edge Out West Indies in Thrilling Contest

Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia Edge Out West Indies in Thrilling Contest Photo: TT
Starc Helped Australia Beat West Indies

Australia beat the West Indies by 15 runs at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

Put into bat, Australia made a poor start losing openers Aaron Finch and David Warner early to the fast bowling duo of Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas. When Uswan Khawaja was caught behind off Andre Russell, and then Glenn Maxwell fell in the same way to Cottrell, the Aussies were 38 – 4. Marcus Stoinis and Steve Smith put on 41 for the fifth wicket, but then Stoinis was caught by Nicholas Pooran off Jason Holder for 19. Then it was the turn of Smith to combine with wicketkeeper Alex Carey, and the pair duly put on 68 until Carey was caught behind off Andre Russell.

It was left to Nathan Coulter-Nile to provide support to Smith, and the duo shared a stand of 102 for the seventh wicket which changed the complexion of the match. Smith eventually fell for 73 to the bowling of Thomas, caught by Cottrell, and Pat Cummins became the first of three late wickets for Carlos Braithwaite. But Coulter-Nile found late help from Mitchell Starc, until Coulter-Nile, who had scored 92, including 4 sixes, eventually was caught by Holder off Braithwaite, Starc falling the same way four balls later, as Australia were bowled out for 288.

The West Indies suffered an early blow of their own, losing Evin Lewis in the second over, caught by Smith off the bowling of Cummins. Chris Gayle and Shai Hope added 24, but Gayle was lbw to Starc for 21. Then Hope and Pooran combined in a stand of 68, which was broken when Pooran, who had reached 40, was caught by Finch off the spin of Adam Zampa. Hope and Shimron Hetmyer put on 50 but then, when he had reached 21, Hetmyer was run out by Cummins.

Then it was the turn of Hope to share a partnership with this captain Holder of 41 which came to a sudden end when Hope was caught by Khawaja, with Cummins the bowler. The next man to fall was Russell, caught by Maxwell off the bowling of Starc, before Holder and Braithwaite shared a stand of 36 for the seventh wicket.

Starc then produced two deliveries in the 46th over to remove both Braithwaite for 19, and Holder, whose 51 included one six, swinging the match decisively in Australia’s favourite. He would go on to claim a fifth victim in the form of Cottrell bowled for a single, and although Ashley Nurse was unbeaten on 19, his side could only reach 273 – 9, some way short of their target.

Starc finished with figures of 5 for 46.

Rajeev mcallister
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