Australia beat West Indies by 15 runs at Trent Bridge after a spectacular bounce back at Trent Bridge on Thursday to record their second victory of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Australia recovered from 79 for 5 to set West Indies a target of 289 after Steve Smith hit 73 while Nathan Coulter-Nile, at No.8, smashed 60 ball 92.
West Indies would have found the 289 target short in fact given their battling lineup, while Evin Lewis fell to Pat Cummins in the second over of the innings while Chris Gayle used the DRS successfully twice before running out of luck. The umpire failed to notice a no-ball from Mitchell Starc and Gayle was given out LBW off the next ball. Had the umpire called the no ball, the next delivery would have been a free hit.
Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran then added 68 for the 3rd wicket before Pooran was done in by Adam Zampa for 40. Shimron Hetmyer looked good in his composed 21 but his run out pushed West Indies further back. Later, Shai Hope and Jason Holder found a partnership before Hope became Pat Cummins’ second victim.
Carlos Brathwaite joined Holder at the crease, Windies needed 73 off 11.1 overs. Both men brought West Indies close with a 36-run stand but both men were removed by Mitchell Starc in the 46th over as Australia closed in on their 2nd win of the tournament. Starc meanwhile picked his 6th five-wicket haul when he dismissed Sheldon Cottrell, he also became the fastest to 150 ODI wickets.
Earlier, West Indies pacers Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell took two wickets each, while Carlos Brathwaite pocketed 3 and Jason Holder took 1, as Aaron Finch, David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell fell within the first 8 overs as the Aussies slipped to 38 for 4.
Steve Smith and Carey put a tough fight, before Carey fell. Later, Coulter-Nile and Smith registered the highest score by a No.8 in World Cups. Smith was removed by Oshane Thomas for 73.