World Cup Warm up: Steve Smith, bowlers power Australia to victory

Catch live scores and latest updates from the unofficial fixture between Australia and West Indies ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up games.

Australian bowlers restricted West Indies to a modest score of 229.   -  cricket australia

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live updates from the unofficial fixture between Australia and West Indies ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up games. 

 

Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh have ensured Australia goes over the line with plenty to spare. This has been an all-round performance from Aaron Finch and Co. who will begin their title defence against Afghanistan. That would be all from our side. This is Ayan Acharya signing off. Thanks for joining us. Good Night!

  • Australia cruises past 200 thanks to Smith's unbeaten 73 and Shaun Marsh, who is three shy of a fifty. Aus 201/2 after 34 overs.

  • Smith's motoring along nicely at the moment, so is Shaun Marsh. The duo has taken Australia closer to 200... Aus 173/2 after 31 overs.

Smith has been creating a stir since his Australia return, a one-handed stunner  to dismiss New Zealand batsman Tom Latham in a practice game against New Zealand XI being the highlight| Smith takes a blinder

 

  • Steve Smith scores a fifty and along with Shaun Marsh, takes Australia past the 150-mark. The Finch-led team is now 80 shy of the target. Aus 150/2 after 27 OVERS.

  • Aaron Finch falls for 42 off 47, even as Australia reach 100 in 18 overs. Steve Smith batting on 6. Aus 100/2 after 18 overs. They need 130 to win.

 

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  • No such luck for Warner today. He falls to Oshane Thomas for 12. Steve Smith joins Finch. Former captain and current skipper batting together. Aus 53/1 after 9 overs. Australia going at just under six runs an over.

 

While Warner is at the crease, here's a quick throwback to his performances in this year's IPL where he crossed the 600-run mark for the third time| Warner crosses 600 runs for the third time

 

  • Finch has reached 17. Meanwhile, Khawaja has retired hurt for 5. David Warner is in at 3. Aus 37/0 after 17 overs.

  • Khawaja and Finch begin the run chase. Both batsmen get off the mark with a single each. Aus 2/0 after 1 over.

Meanwhile, here's a detailed breakdown of Australia's bowling figures: Starc: 8.2-0-34-2, Behrendorff: 9-0-65-1, Cummins: 9-0-36-2, N Coulter-Nile: 6-0-25-2, A Zampa: 9-1-42-1, Maxwell: 3-0-14-2, Smith: 2-0-11-0

 

Starc gets another one as West Indies folds for 229. Starc, Cummins, Maxwell and Coulter-Nile grabbed two apiece while Behrendorff and Zampa picked up one each. West Indies rode on fifties by Evin Lewis and Carlos Brathwaite to reach 229. Australia needs 230 to win.

 

  • Pat Cummins gets his second, has Fabian Allen caught behind as Windies lose a ninth. WI 219/9 after 44 overs. Floyd Reifer and Ashley Nurse in the middle.

  • Brathwaite has been snapped up by Behrendorff and a brilliant knock comes to an end. His 64-ball 60 has given West Indies a fighting chance here. Wicket No. 8 falls. WI 213/8 after 42 overs.

  • Carlos Brathwaite has brought up his half-century and with it, West Indies also goes past the 200-run mark. It looked highly unlikely at one stage, especially with them being six down for 104, but Brathwaite and Ambris and now Brathwaite and Allen have repaired the early damage. WI 207/7 after 41 overs.

  • GONE! Mitchell Starc breaks the nagging stand, gets rid of Ambris for a 46-ball 37. Fabian Allen comes to the crease. That was a 79-run stand between Ambris and Brathwaite. WI 187/7 after 37 overs.

  • The duo brings up its 50-run stand. West Indies has recovered well through a resilient partnership between Ambris and Brathwaite. WI 160/6 after 33 overs.

  • Ambris and Brathwaite have added 41 for the seventh wicket so far. Brathwaite is batting on 22, Ambris on 19. WI 145/6 after 31 overs.

  • Sunil Ambris (11 no) and Carlos Brathwaite (15 no) have taken West Indies closer to the 150-run mark. WI 135/6 after 29 overs.

  • Russell and Pooran have fallen in the space of six deliveries. Maxwell accounting for Pooran and Adam Zampa cleaning up the dangerous Andre Russell. WI 104/6 after 21 overs.

  • MAXI! Maxwell gets a wicket, traps Lewis in front. A commentator's curse, eh? Australia has snapped up a fourth as Lewis departs  for 50. Sunil Ambris joins Pooran. WI 94/4 after 19 overs.

  • Lewis, meanwhile, is going strong at the other end. He has reached 42... Pooran is unbeaten on 3. WI 86/3 after 18 overs.

  • GONE! Another one bites the dust. Hetmyer falls for 11 and Coulter-Nile has picked up his second. Nicholas Pooran joins Lewis. WI 74/3 after 14 overs.

  • Darren Bravo has been castled by Nathan Couletr-Nile. West Indies loses its second wicket. Hetmyer joins Lewis at the crease. WI 62/2 after 12 overs.

  • Lewis and Bravo take West Indies to 50 at the end of 10 overs. WI 50/1 after 10 overs.

  • Pat Cummins has drawn first blood, gets rid of Hope for 21 (23b, 2x6, 1x4). Darren Bravo joins Lewis in the middle. WI 44/1 after 8 overs.

TRIVIA: Shai Hope and John Campbell set a record one-day international opening stand and just missed out on the highest for any wicket when West Indies racked up 381-3 against Ireland earlier this month.Campbell made 179 off 137 balls – his maiden ODI hundred – and Hope 170 from 152 deliveries.

  • Shai Hope and Evin Lewis, opening the innings for the West Indies, have reached 19 after 3 overs. Hope is on 13, Lewis on 5.

 

TOSS UPDATE: Aaron Finch has won the toss and Australia will bowl.

 

Australia XII: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.

West Indies XIV: Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell.

Right then, both teams are all set to unleash their batting power on this tiny Nursery ground in Hampshire to further tune up their skills before the official warm-ups get underway from May 24.

"You couldn't ask for a better opponent to play against (than) Australia," Chris Gayle was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia's official website. "One of the best bowling attacks in world cricket right now, so you can see where you're at as a batter.

"It's good for all us as batters to go up against them because eventually we're going to see them in the tournament as well. It's a bit of tit for tat for both teams."

Heightened pressure

Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell said, "It's good to put pressure on bowlers and when you get to the real games, you have a bit of respite," he said.

"Our last two games are out on the main ground which will be nice, a nice big ground, although I think we'll be on one short boundary by the looks of the wicket out there.

"It's good to practice your skills under heightened pressure and what you're going to get later in the tournament."