After the half-centuries by Nathan Coulter Nile and Steve Smith, batting eighth, Mitchell Starc’s stormy bowling helped Australia clinch their second successive win over West Indies by 15 runs in a thrilling clash of ICC World cup 2019 on Thursday.
Chasing Australia’s 289-run target, West Indies team were able to score 273 runs for nine wickets in front of Starc (five wickets at 46 runs) and Pat Cummins (two wickets at 41 runs) stormy bowling.
West Indies ‘ side, Shai Hope (68), skipper Jason Holder (51) and Nicholas Pooran (40) played fine innings but could not win the team.
Earlier, Australia scored 288 runs in 49 overs with the innings of Coulter Nile (92), Smith (73) and Alex Carey (45) after a poor beginning of the inning. Coulter Nile smashed eight fours and four sixes in his innings of 60 balls.
Nathan Coulter-Nile Scored 92 Runs
Smith played a key role and added 102 runs for the seventh wicket with Coulter Nile, with Alex Carey (45) to add 68 runs for the sixth wicket when the team was in trouble after losing five wickets for 79 runs.
This inning of Nathan Coulter-Nile is the best score of any batsman batting after the seventh position in the World Cup. Carlos Brathwaite was the most successful bowler for the West Indies, taking three wickets for 67 runs while Andre Russell (two for 41 runs), Sheldon Cottrell (two for 56 runs) and Oshane Thomas (two wickets for 63 runs).
West Indies Start Poorly
The beginning of the West Indies, which has come to chase the target, is also bad. Evin Lewis was dismissed by Pat Cummins in the second over. The third over of the innings remained dominant in the incident. In the over of Mitchell Starc, the field umpire dismissed opener, Chris Gayle, twice, but he got saved both times with the DRS.
Chris Gayle World’s 18th Batsman To Complete 1000 Runs In World Cup
Gayle hit three fours in the fourth over of the Pat Cummins and during this time, he completed 1,000 runs in the World Cup, becoming the world’s 18th and third West Indian batsman. Stark gave Gayle an LBW in the next over and this time DRS could not save the left-hander and the West Indies scored 31 runs for two wickets. However, later in the replays showed that before the ball was out, Stark threw No ball, who could not see by the umpire, and If that had happened then the ball which got Gayle out was a free hit.