The match between Australia and Windies turned out to be a closely-fought one. In the end, it was the Aussies, who came out trumps by 15 runs at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Most importantly, Aaron Finch and Co continued with their unbeaten streak in the 2019 World Cup. The Caribbean team was the firm favourites, but let a lot of chances go and hence couldn’t come out trumps.
Steve Smith & Coulter-Nile bail Australia from jail
After being put in to bat first, the Australian batsmen had to go through a rather torrid time in the middle. Oshane Thomas accounted for Aaron Finch’s wicket after which Sheldon Cottrell nipped out David Warner as well. Usman Khawaja started well with a couple of fours, but Andre Russell found his outside edge. Glenn Maxwell didn’t have a clue of a bouncer from Cottrell and he perished for a duck.
Marcus Stoinis smacked four boundaries to get 19 and just when he was starting to ominous, Jason Holder got rid of him. Thereafter, Alex Carey joined Steve Smith in the middle and the duo added 68 runs for the sixth wicket. Russell picked up his second wicket in the form of Carey, who could only manage 45. Thereafter, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Smith stitched together a vital stand of 102 runs.
Thomas gave Australia the big breakthrough as he got rid of Smith after the right-hander scored 73 off 103 deliveries with seven boundaries. Carrying on the good work, Coulter-Nile accomplished his fifty in 41 balls. He was unfortunate to have fallen short of a century, getting out on 92 to Carlos Brathwaite. His knock was laced in 60 balls with eight fours and four sixes. The Aussies were bowled out for 288.
Starc picks up a five-wicket haul to Give Australia win
The Windies didn’t make the greatest of starts as Pat Cummins dismissed Evin Lewis, who was in the eleven in place of Darren Bravo. Chris Gayle smacked four boundaries and perished to Mitchell Starc for 21. The Jamaican used the DRS to save himself twice but ran out of luck as he was trapped in front. Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer stitched together a 68-run stand to bring the Windies back into the contest.
Hope took his time initially and he brought up his fifty off 76 balls. Hope ended with 68 with seven fours after which Cummins removed him. Hetmyer succumbed to a run-out. Andre Russell went bonkers to score 15 and gave his wicket away to Starc. At the other end, Holder played some calculated strokes and kept the scoreboard ticking. The Windies captain accomplished a gutsy half-century off 50 deliveries.
Brathwaite played a few dot balls but came into his own to smack Coulter-Nile for a six and then Cummins for a four. The 46th over turned out to be a crucial one as Starc removed Brathwaite and Holder to make the Aussies firm favorites. It all went downhill for the Windies thereafter. Starc castled Sheldon Cottrell to pick up a fifer. By then, the writing was already on the wall for the Caribbeans.