Australia's lower order batsman Nathan Coulter Nile displayed his batting prowess and he entertained the crazy crowd at the Trent Bridge Stadium on the last night with his delightful innings and helped Aussie to outclass West Indies by 15 runs in Nottingham. It was the second win for Australia in this season as they continued their winning streak. With this win, Aaron Finch and his boys sent a strong message to all the teams that they are strong contenders in the ongoing 2019 World Cup.
Steven Smith fantastic batting 73 helped to generate the Australian innings when they lost 5 wickets in just 79 runs. The Windies bowlers justified captain Holder's decision and bowled very tightly in the first 35 overs. Let us have a look at the highlights of the 10th World Cup encounter between Australia & West Indies.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and asked Aaron Finch and his boys set the target in the 10th World Cup match.
West Indies have made 1 change in their squad, Evin Lewis was replaced by Darren Bravo.
Australia have retained the same playing XI from the previous game.
Aussie lost both the openers Aaron Finch and David Warner started the innings on a shaky note as left-hander David Warner scored just 3 runs while the Australian skipper Aaron Finch made 6 runs. Both the openers got out in the first power-play.
The inform batsman Usman Khawaja came at No 3 position and failed to score runs freely as he was out for 13 runs with a couple of boundaries. The left hand batsman was trapped by Russell in the 7th over.
After 1 over, the hard hitting player Glenn Maxwell also departed to the pavilion as he was bowled by Cottrell for a golden duck.
Marcus Stoinis joined with Steve Smith to accelerate the innings as both batsmen added 41-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Australia reached 100 runs in the 23rd over with the loss of 5 wickets. Steve Smith and Alex Carey tried to develop the run rate but unfortunately Alex Carey got out for 45 runs in 55 balls with 7 hits to the fence. Both the players added 68-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Steve Smith (73) ans Nathan Coulter Nile (92) were the top run scorers for their team. Steve Smith hit 7 beautiful boundaries before being out in Oshane Thomas' bowling.
Nathan Coulter Nile made 92 runs in 60 balls with 8 hits to the fence and 4 hits above the fence with a strike rate of 153.33.
Australia were bundled out for 288 runs in 49 overs. For West Indies, Carlos Brathwaite scalped 3 wickets while Russell, Cottrell and Thomas picked 2 wickets each.
West Indies Innings
West Indies got a poor start as their opening batsman Evin Lewis got out for a single run in Pat Cummin's bowling. Another opener, veteran Chris Gayle started the innings on an aggressive note as he hit 21 runs in 17 balls with 4 beautiful boundaries and also he reached 1000 World Cup runs before being trapped by Starc before the wickets.
Shai Hope scored 68 runs in 105 balls with 7 fours and Nicholas Pooran made 40 runs in 36 balls with 5 hits to the rope and 1 hit above the rope.
Jason Holder made 51 runs while other batsmen scored Shimron Hetmyer (21), Andre Russell (15), Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Ashley Nurse (19) contributed for their team. But all these batsmen failed to chase the target as Australian pacers build the pressure at the end moment.
Windies skipper hit 7 beautiful boundaries and 1 maximum into the crowd with the strike rate of 89.47. Finally, West Indies scored 273 runs with the loss of 9 wickets in their quota of 50 overs.
Mitchell Starc grabbed 5 wickets while Pat Cummins scalped 2 wickets and Zampa snared a wicket. The Aussies speedster has become the fastest quick-man to scalp 150 wickets as he reached this milestone in the ongoing 2019 World Cup.
Australia:288-10 (Nathan Coulter Nile 92, Steve Smith 73; Brathwaite 3/67, Russell 2/41).
West Indies: 273-9 (Shai Hope 68, Jason Holder 51; Starc 5-46, Cummins 2-41).
Player-of-the-Match: Nathan Coulter Nile 92
In the next World Cup match, Pakistan will face Sri Lanka at the County Ground in Bristol on June 7.
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