ICC World Cup 2019 : Defending Champions Australia Beat West Indies By 15-Run At Nottingham
Australia beat West Indies by 15 runs in a come back win after West Indies dominated early in the innings in the ICC World Cup Match at Nottingham. PTV Sports telecast the match live.
Sent-in to bat first, Captain Steven Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile helped Australia recover and post 288 in 49 overs after West Indies enjoyed the early momentum. Just like against Pakistan, West Indians employed well directed short-balls to their maximum advantage sending Finch, Warner, Khawaja and Maxwell back to Pavillion early and reducing Aussies to 38 for 4 within first 10 overs. After Stoinis was removed early too, captain Steven Smith and Alex carry resisted the slide and added 68 for the sixth wicket stand. Carey was caught behind on 45 and Australia were 147 for 6. Captain Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile then dug deep and scored fast-paced 102 for the seventh wicket and suddenly 300 looked possible. Although Smith fell on 73 to a brilliant catch by Cotterell at the Boundary, and Cummins departed after only 2, coulter-nile kept hitting boundaries keeping the run-rate hovering around six an over. But 300 was not to be as Coulter-Nile and Mitchel Starc fell within a few balls of each other to Braithwaite, with an over to spare, setting West Indies 289 to win. Braithwaite finished with three while Thomas, Cottrell and Russel bagged two wickets each.
Chasing 289, West Indies did not start promisingly loosing Elvin Lewis and Chris Gayle early. Lewis made 1 while Gayle scored 21. Shai hope and Pooran scored 68 during third wicket stand but Pooran fell after scoring 40 while hope posted 68 before he was out. West Indies looked on course at one stage but when Captain Jason Holder got out after scoring 51 off Starc, the tide began to turn in Australia's favor. Starc soon claimed wickets of Russell, Braithwaite and Cottrell practically sealing the match for Australia. West Indies needed 32 of last over but managed only 16, losing by 15 runs. Mitchel Starc claimed 5 wickets with Cummins 2 and Zampa one.