Prime News, International Sport, Nottingham (England), June 7:- Defending champions Australia pulled off a 15-run win against West Indies in a tense match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham last night.
Chasing 289 for a win, the West Indies could manage 273 for 9 in 50 overs with the help of Shai Hope’s 68 runs and Jason Holder’s 51 runs. Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc grabbed five wickets for 46 runs.
Put into bat first, defending champions Australia were all out on 288 runs. Australia, who had easily beaten Afghanistan in their first match, lost four quick wickets for just 38 runs in the eighth over with Aaron Finch (6), David Warner (3), Usman Khawaja (13) and Glenn Maxwell (0) falling cheaply.
But, Smith led a remarkable fightback with 73 runs while Coulter-Nile unleashed a late onslaught with an unbelievable 92 off 60 balls. Coulter-Nile became the highest run scorer by a number eight batsman in a World Cup. This was his maiden fifty in his 29th ODI.
West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite was the most successful bowler with 3 for 67 while his fast bowling colleagues Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell took two wickets apiece.
Australia join New Zealand on two wins from two matches.
Sri Lanka will play against Pakistan at 3:00 pm IST at Bristol. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)