ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Date & Time: 06 June 2019
RR: 5.46 | Australia beat West Indies by 15 runs
Yet another day ends in the World Cup! The 2015 finalists are topping the table as of now, with New Zealand leading the group. The caravan moves to Bristol, where match number 11 sees Pakistan and Sri Lanka clash. However, there could be a third party intervention. RAIN. There is plenty of it forecast but hopefully, it is proved wrong. Join us at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT) on Friday, June 7, 2019. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, smiles and says that they just tried to hang in there. Mentions that the stand between Carey and Smith took them a little deeper and then the way Nathan Coulter-Nile batted was exceptional. Admits that he was nervous at 38/4 but they hung in there and he considers it outstanding that they got 280-odd from there. Tells that he had to keep taking wickets and steal some momentum from Windies' batting innings. Says that the output of the Aussie top order was disappointing and agrees that they have a lot of improvement to do.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says that he is disappointed as they were well in the game. Rues the fact that there were a few irresponsible shots played. States that there are still many positives from this game. Tells that they dropped Coulter-Nile on 60 odd and he got plenty at the end. Feels that their batters need to take more responsibility. Terms the run out of Shimron Hetmyer costly. Mentions that they still believe in themselves and it's early days in the tournament. Wants to get consistent with their performance.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is chosen for the Man of the Match award! Says that he didn't think he will get that many with the bat. Tells that the plan was to stick around a little bit and admits that the luck went his way too. States that they backed themselves at the halfway mark as they have two world class bowlers in their team. On the surface, NCN replies that the pitch was a bit up and down. Praises Starc for his brilliant spell.
West Indies had plenty of positives. The seamers dismantled Australia in the first hour and a half, then the batsmen showed that they can chase down any total irrespective of whether Gayle fires or not. But if they just manage to play those crucial moments better - for example, not taking the foot off the throat when on top and not throw it away when in a good position. Who is your Man Of The Match? Starc? Or Coulter-Nile? Tough choice. Here comes the presentation...
Positives for Australia? No one performing but the glue showing its effect. Precocious Steven Peter Devereux Smith. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Smith showed what Australia have been missing in the last 15 months. Nathan Coulter-Nile's 92 - showing that Australia's tail can wag. And Starc's 5-fer signalling that he is slowly coming back to form.
1. First innings. Australia 79/5. West Indies let loose their grip and allow Carey and Coulter-Nile to take the game away, with 150 coming for the next 2 wickets. 2. Nathan Coulter-Nile dropped on 61. Australia were 238/6, added 50 more. 3. Second innings. West Indies going nicely at 149/3, needing 140 from 137 balls, only for Hope to run Hetmyer out. 4. West Indies have the match in control at 190/4, needing 99 from 91 balls. Cummins is probably bowling the last over of his second spell. Hope loses patience and brings Australia back in the game. 5. Russell blitzes away, gets the target down to 73 from 68 balls. Finch forced to go to his main bowler Starc. Dre Russ misreads the situation, throws it away due to over-attacking and Australia are back again. 6. 252/6 - 37 needed from 28 balls and Brathwaite and Holder lose the plot, handing Starc a double-wicket over. So if you can see, who was tilting the balance? West Indies, every time. But then, due to their own folly, kept getting Australia back in and eventually, paid the price for it. Of course, had Chris Gaffaney not missed the no ball on the delivery prior to Gayle's dismissal, the scenes might have been totally different.
While we go ga-ga over Australia, West Indies will be gutted with themselves. They had the match in control, only to throw it away at crucial moments. Australia were not necessarily better but they played out the nervous moments nicely. Those are the ones where the game shifts due to the momentum. Let us count.
Credit to Australia for getting their 10th straight win in ODIs. They showed character and nerves of steel when the going got tough and probably slight inexperience from the West Indies helped them. But Australia will not mind, as they get their second victory of this World Cup.
Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl the last over. 32 needed for West Indies.
Oshane Thomas is the last man in. 33 needed from 15 balls. If West Indies cannot win, can they come close and reduce the defeat margin?
What is the plan? Short ball? Or full and fast?
Square leg comes up.
Mitchell Starc to bowl out here. Can he get a fifer?
Sheldon Cottrell comes in at number 10. It is all upto Nurse now. Get those inside edges, outside edges, some clean shots and who knows, it might be West Indies running home. That is the fun of watching 9, 10 and 11 bat. Never know what to expect when. Marcus Stoinis has been given the ball now. 2-0-14-0 so far.
Ashley Nurse is the new batsman.
Mitchell Starc returns into the attack.
Is that a run out? Jason Holder seems to have stretched out but to the naked eye, looks to be in. Yes... replays show that the long levers have helped him.
Pat Cummins is back on. 8-3-33-2, so far.
Mid-wicket drops back. Mid on and mid off are up. Down the ground is a safe shot at the moment.
Powerplay 3 about to begin. 68 needed more. Australia can now put 5 fielders outside the circle till the end. Also, there is a bowling change. Adam Zampa to roll his arm.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back into the attack.
Time to make your name again - Carlos Brathwaite is the new batsman with 73 runs needed more.
Mitchell Starc is back on. Good move with Russell still new at the crease.
Jason Holder once again has been given out lbw! He walks up to his partner to have a chat and then signals for the DRS. This time it's closer than the last one. Let's see. No inside edge. What will the Hawk Eye show? Missing? Or clipping?
Jason Holder, meanwhile, is lying flat on the ground receiving some massage. Who will join him in the middle now? Andre Russell has come out to bat. The chase begins now. Adam Zampa comes back as well. 7-0-36-1 so far.
Drinks break. This match is interestingly poised at the moment. 116 needed off 108 balls. Shai Hope has applied himself superbly to the demands of this run chase and is holding one end well. He just needs support from one end. Jason Holder is currently providing him that. Their target will be to narrow down the runs required as much as possible for their big hitters to finish it in a flourish. For Australia, they have to keep chipping away at the wickets to stay in the hunt. Pat Cummins will continue after the mini-break.
Pat Cummins is back. 5-3-19-1 so far.
Huge shout for an lbw! THE FINGER HAS GONE UP! Jason Holder is disappointed with the decision and takes the referral. Looks like touch and go.
Adam Zampa is back on. Change of ends for him.
Jason Holder is in next.
Glenn Maxwell is back on.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back on.
Mitchell Starc returns. 4-0-26-1 so far.
Shimron Hetmyer is in the new batsman. Adam Zampa has a slip in place now.
Marcus Stoinis is into the attack now.
Is that a run out? Carey is appealing while Zampa barely reacts. Hope looks to be in though. Yes. Replays confirm.
Adam Zampa to bowl his leggies now. There are no close-in fielders for him. Hmm...
Without a doubt, short balls are the way to go on this surface. But ironically, the fuller length balls have been more productive for Australia. The bouncers have been there but the West Indian batters have been playing those well.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back on. 2-0-13-0 so far.
Glenn Maxwell to roll his arm now.
Powerplay 2 begins. Australia can now have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the ring. Pat Cummins to continue...
BREAKING NEWS - The ball before Gayle's wicket was a no ball, which meant the wicket would have been a FREE HIT! Unlucky for Gayle, lucky for Starc.
Change of ends for Pat Cummins.
Nathan Coulter-Nile replaces Cummins into the attack. Two slips stay.
Another left-hander walks in. It is Nicholas Pooran. He can hit the ball too but West Indies don't need pinch-hitters. They need a partnership.
It's all about the two Chris at the moment. Once again Chris Gayle has been adjudged lbw by Chris Gaffaney. Has missed the bat. Will it miss leg? Will it be a hat-trick for Gaffaney? Last two times he gave Gayle out, it was overturned. No hat-trick. This is clipping leg. The Gayle show is over.
Second review in this over! Gayle is given out lbw here. The Jamaican opts for the DRS immediately. Looks to be missing leg here. Let's find out.
Caught behind! This is a big moment. But Chris Gayle is going nowhere. He takes the review immediately. Starc laughs on his way past Gayle who shakes his head and indicates that he did not nick it! And for sure! Because the ball has missed the outside edge and hit the off stump! Gayle will bat on...
Hope, who is not 'Shai' of scoring runs these days is the next batsman in.
Pat Cummins to steam in from the other end with the second new ball. He also has two slips in place.
Welcome back, folks! The chase is about to begin and the two West Indian openers have come out in the middle. Chris Gayle, a giant figure, has been in amazing form in 2019 and he has a new partner in Evin Lewis today. Both are known for their destructive batting and Australia will have to be at their best with the ball. There will be some early assistance for their bowlers and let's wait and watch how the likes of Starc, Coulter-Nile and Cummins fare. The former to kick start with the first new ball. Two slips in place. Here we go...