Australia vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Australia wins by 15 runs - as it happened

Mitchell Starc's spell of five for 46 led Australia to a 15-run win, its second consecutive win of the 2019 World Cup.

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West Indies quicks Oshane Thomas and Andre Russell will be looking to repeat the short-ball barrage against Australia on Thursday.   -  AP/AFP/GETTY

West Indies was in control at various stages of the match, but didn't have the cutting edge with the bat and ball to go on and make its dominance count.

West Indies innings

◙ 4, 4, 4, 4: Ashley Nurse hits Nathan Coulter-Nile for four consecutive fours to end the match, West Indies loses by 15 runs.

◙ Just one run off the 49th over, West Indies 257/9, needs 32 runs off the final over. Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl.

◙ End of the 48th over. Mitchell Starc finishes with five for 46 and essentially sealed the match for Australia. West Indies 256/9, needs 33 runs from 12 balls. Marcus Stoinis continues.

OUT!  Mitchell Starc castles Sheldon Cottrell, completes his sixth five-for in ODI cricket. West Indies 256/9, needs a further 33 runs from 15 balls.

◙ Three runs off the 47th over, West Indies 255/8, needs 34 more runs from 18 balls. Ashley Nurse is the one capable of playing the big shots, but the key for him is to remain not out and take the match deep. Mitchell Starc continues.

OUT! Two wickets in one over, Jason Holder hooks and is caught at short fine leg by Adam Zampa. He's out for 51, and West Indies needs 37 runs from four overs. The 46th over produced just one for the bargain of two wickets. Australia well on top here! Sheldon Cottrell joins Ashley Nurse.

OUT! Carlos Brathwaite skies a length delivery from Mitchell Starc and is caught by Aaron Finch. He's gone for 16 off 17, Ashley Nurse joins Jason Holder.

◙ Another good over for the West Indies, eight off the 45th, West Indies 251/6, needs a further 38 runs from 30 balls. A four off the first ball by Carlos Brathwaite helped big time, Mitchell Starc replaces Nathan Coulter-Nile from the other end. Pat Cummins finishes his spell, his figures: 10-3-41-2.

◙ Ten runs off the 44th over, West Indies 243/6, needs 46 runs from 36 balls. A six from Carlos Brathwaite makes the over a big one for the West Indies. Pat Cummins continues.

FIFTY FOR JASON HOLDER! His ninth half-century in ODI cricket.

◙ Just one run off the 43rd over, West Indies 233/6, needs 56 more runs from 42 balls. Carlos Brathwaite is struggling to rotate strike, while Jason Holder is looking to play the big shots and is not timing them quite cleanly. Nathan Coulter-Nile continues.

◙ End of the 42nd over, West Indies is 232/6, needs a further 57 runs from 48 balls. The match is evenly poised. Pat Cummins is back into the attack.

Holder is playing a captain's knock! He lofts Zampa over cover region for a four before ending the over with a tap into the vacant slips region for another boundary. WI: 230/6 in 41 overs

Carlos Brathwaite joins Holder. Holder's boundary of Coulter-Nile brings the target down to 68 from the last 10 overs.

OUT! Andre Russell is caught brilliantly by Glenn Maxwell. Russell had kept slogging Starc through the over and the bowler had the last laugh! Gone for 15, West Indies 216/6.

Russell tonks Zampa out of the ground for a six to bring up 200 for the Windies! 103 metres on that! He defends one on the back foot and hits another full delivery straight back past the bowler for a four!  WI: 210/5 in 38 overs. Mitchell Starc continues, Andre Russell on strike.

◙ Holder top edges Starc straight behind the 'keeper for a six! He finishes the over with a single to retain the strike. WI: 198/5 in 37 overs

Required rate now over 7 runs per over. Starc into the attack now.

◙ Ruchira Palliyaguruge gives Holder out LBW again to the bowling off Zampa. Holder reviews it and the tracker shows the ball missing the leg stump by a long way. Loud boos ring around the Bridge.  WI: 191/5 in 36 overs

Andre Russell is the new batsman.

◙ Finch rolls the dice with Cummins' 8th over and the bowler rewards the skipper with a wicket! Hope, who had played over 100 deliveries, gets a leading edge to a ball on leg stump. The ball loops into the hands of the mid-on fielder. WI: 190/5 in 35 overs

◙ Australia persists with Maxwell and Holder helps him to two successive boundaries, through the vacant slip cordon and the cover region. 10 runs of the over. WI: 188/4 in 34 overs

There is still the batting of Russell and Brathwaite left in the hut but the Windies will be hoping they won't have to unleash them yet. They require another 116 runs from 108 balls at just over 6 runs per over. 

◙ Maxwell's five overs goes for just 21 runs as the umpire calls for a drinks break. WI: 173/4 in 32 overs

◙ Hope given out lbw to Maxwell. He reviews it immediately. DRS review shows the ball pitches outside the line and the decision is overturned. Maxwell was bowling from around the wicket. Maiden over from Maxwell. WI: 160/4 in 30 overs

Jason Holder is the new man in.

Mix up and it's a run-out! Not what they needed. Hope hits it to mid-off, Hetmyer takes off for a single but his partner stops in his tracks. Cummins underams a through to Zampa and he whips the bails off. Hetmyer out for 21. WI: 151/4 in 28 overs

◙ Boundaries are flowing for the Windies at the moment and Hope, Hetmyer are in full flouris.h. Hope with back-to-back boundaries off Coulter-Nile. He reaches his maiden World Cup fifty.

◙ Hope getting a move along here here after a slow start. Dispatches Zampa to the boundary, first, on the sweep, then, on the pull. He moves to 36 off 44 balls. WI: 126/3 in 24 overs

◙ Starc bowls his fifth and sixth over against the new batsman Hetmyer. Hetmyer responds by pulling him on the front foot to the mid-wicket boundary. WI: 116/3 in 23 overs

100 up for West Indies.

OUT. Finally the breakthrough with Adam Zampa taking Pooran out for 40. This was the opening the Australians were looking for. Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman at the crease. WI: 99/3 in 19.1 overs.

◙ The Aussie bowlers have failed to make an impact after the two earlier strikes as Pooran and Hope anchor the Windies chase of 289 runs.

◙ Glenn Maxwell introduced into the attack and concedes 10 runs. Pooran and Hope have been steady so far in their partnership so far. WI: 68/2 in 12 overs. 

The no-ball that wasn't called. (HOTSTAR SCREENGRAB)

 

TV broadcasters show that the ball before the one which got Gayle out was a huge no-ball, which wasn't spotted by Gaffaney. That would mean Gayle should have been facing a free-hit...  Another gaffe by Gaffaney...

◙ Pooran, who is playing only his third ODI, is unfazed by the early setbacks. He drives Starc on the up, who overpitches looking for swing, for two boundaries. He, then, pulls Coulter-Nile for two back-to-back boundaries to bring up fifty for West Indies.

◙ After two successful calls, Gayle is not lucky in his review the third time. Starc gets him this time for 21, trapped leg before. Boos ring around  WI: 31/2 in 4.5 overs.

◙ Gayle takes Cummins to the cleaners with 15 runs from it, which included three boundaries. WI: 27/1 in 4 overs.

◙ An eventful over this has been. Starc fires the last delivery, rapped on the foot, given out leg before. Gayle quickly takes the review and the impact was clearly outside leg.

◙ Again the zing bails don't budge after brushing the stumps. This is the second instance in this World Cup. Gayle was first given out caught behind but the review didn't show any edge.

◙ Starc bowls wide and Gayle cuts it in the air, lucky not to carry to one of the covers fielder. Starc and Cummins firing it in.

OUT. Pat Cummins strikes early for Australia. A length delivery, shaping away to get the outside edge of Lewis for 1.

◙ Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis are out for the chase. Starc starts with a wide and it runs behind for a four. Same way Thomas did with the ball for the Windies.

Smith and Coulter-Nile have given Australia a big total to bowl to. Over to their bowlers now.

Agonising end to a breathtaking innings! Coulter-Nile goes for the big one into the long-off region and he holes out to Jason Holder. He falls for 92 off just 60 balls. The big man deserved a century having walked in at no. 8 with the score at 147/6 in the 31st over. And one brings two. Starc, too, holes out to Holder, this time at long-on. Australia finishes with 288 in the 49th over. The total seemed impossible after tottering at 38/4 in the 8th over of the innings.

NLC moves into the 90s.

◙ Coulter-Nile slams back-to-back boundaries and he is well on his way to his maiden ODI hundred.  AUS: 277/8 in 47 overs

WICKET! Cummins pulls Brathwaite high and Cottrell with an easy catch this time. Mitchell Statc joins NLC in the middle. AUS: 268/8 in 46.1 overs

◙ Coulter-Nile with one of the flattest sixes you will see on the pull. He follows it with a monster six over long-on. Poor from Cottrell, bowling it right in the slot. He moves into the 80s.

Gayle puts in the dive to stop a boundary at the short fine leg region and Trent Bridge gives him a huge applause for his effort. Gayle acknowledges it with a wave and a big smile.

A ridicu-catch for the ages from Sheldon Cottrell! Steve Smith can't believe it! Smith flicks it high behind square and Cottrell on the run sticks out his hand right along the boundary and the ball sticks in his palm. He lobs it over on the run to steady himself and grabs it with two ghands this time. Thomas with the wicket. Smith departs for 73, superb knock under the circumstances. AUS: 252/7 in 45 overs

◙ Hundred run partnership now between the pair and the duo has turned the game around here.

Coulter-Nile brings up his first ODI fifty! What a timely innings this has been for his team's cause. He then displays his power-hitting capability by tonking a Brathwaite full toss for a six! Fifty off just 41 balls. AUS: 233/6  in 43 overs

Coulter-Nile is into the 40s now.

200 up for Australia! Coulter-Nile flicks it over the deep-midwicket boundary to get to the point and also the fifty run partnership between the pair.

Steve Smith with a streaky boundary to third man and that's his fifty! It comes off 77 balls. Coulter-Nile with another hooked boundary behind square and another partnership threatening to provide Australia with some much-needed momentum as it heads into the last phase of the innings. AUS: 195/6 in 38 overs

◙ Coulter-Nile can strike a few and he is showing it today to the agony of the Windies bowlers. Thomas strays a bit to the leg side and he puts it away straight and behind square region. He top edges Russell to the fine leg region for another four. Russell sneaks in a yorker but NCL digs it out well. AUS: 175/6 in 35 overs

150 comes up for Australia in the 33rd over.

Another drinks break brings another wicket for Windies. Just like Stoinis, Carey departs first ball after a break. Russell with a cracking delivery on the fourth stump line, which takes a nick of Carey's bat and into the gloves of Hope. Carey departs for a 55-ball 45. Nathan Coulter-Nile comes in at no. 8. AUS: 148/6 in 31 overs

◙ The partnership is threatening to take the game away from the Windies. 67-run stand with Carey in full flourish, punishing any bad delivery thrown at him. Smith is happy playing second fiddle and is setting himself up well for a big score here. AUS: 146/5 in 30 overs

SPIN! Ashley Nurse's off-spin introduced after 27 overs of pace. Will it bring a breakthrough?  It will certainly help Windies' over-rate troubles.

◙ Fifty run partnership between Smith and Carey and in quick time too. Both batsmen are into the 30s, Carey has been the aggressor with six boundaries. AUS: 129/5 in 27 overs

◙ Carey slices Cottrell over point and brings up 100 for Australia. He follows it up with another boundary before a lovely cover drive from the final ball of the over. Shot of the afternoon! Carey quickly moves on to 25. AUS: 110/5 in 24 overs

◙ Smith takes a single and gives the strike to Carey with the total on Australia's unlucky number 87. Carey makes sure he won't be the unlucky one, guides Thomas with a ramp shot for a boundary as the total moves into the 90s. Carey slaps him just over the mid-off fielder for another boundary. AUS: 96/5 in 23 overs

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The Windies smelling blood here.. brings Oshan Thomas back into the attack.

◙ Brathwaite strikes Alex Carey on the pads with an in-dipper! Umpire turns it down, Windies call for a DRS. The ball is missing the stumps and they lose their review. AUS: 80/5 in 17 overs

WICKET! Poor stuff from Stoinis. Not so good delivery from Holder, who bowls it around the batsman's midriff region and Stoinis playing his first ball after the drinks break hits it straight into the hands of Pooran at short mid wicket! The fielder didn't have to move an inch. A wicket maiden from Holder. AUS: 79/5 in 16 overs

Maxwell departs for a duck. PHOTO: REUTERS

 

◙ A crucial partnership for Australia. Both Smith and Stoinis has settled in at the moment having to tackle the medium pace of Holder and Brathwaite. The pair has added 34 runs in 6.2 overs. Umpire calls for drinks in only the 14th over. AUS: 75/4 in 14 overs

◙ Smith has helped himself to two boundaries off Russell and Brathwaite each as fifty comes up for Australia. AUS: 60/4 in 12 overs

Meanwhile, Smith is at the other end batting on 4 from 14 balls. No boos today for Smith.

◙ Carlos Brathwaite's lack of pace brings some respite for the Aussies. Stoinis hits a full toss down the ground and pulls a short ball behind square for two boundaries to end the powerplay overs. AUS: 48/4 in 10 overs

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WICKET! Oh, Maxwell. It's just over number eight and only your second delivery... Cottrell on the money with his short delivery and Maxwell goes for the pull, gets a top edge into the gloves of Hope. Stoinis is in and he gets a beauty, moving away and missing his outside edge by a whisker! Australia in tatters at Trent Bridge. AUS: 38/4 in 8 overs

◙ Andre Russell is into the attack, replacing Sheldon Cottrell. He tests Khawaja with short deliveries and has the batsman worried. WICKET! Khawaja, then, makes room and goes for a heave and could only get a thick edge, which is snaffled up by Hope with a one-handed effort! Windies are on a roll here. AUS: 36/3 in 7 overs

Finch's torrid run against the Windies continues. In 10 innings, he has just 173 runs at an average of 17. His highest score is 47.

◙ Khawaja is under the pump from Thomas. Short leg with the helmet on is in place for a snorter. Khawaja fends at one which falls short of second slip before he dangerously pulls the ball to the fine leg boundary. AUS: 32/2 in 5 overs

WICKET! Cottrell is in to the game now! He bowls one slightly wide and Warner comes on the front foot and slices it to point where Hetmyer didn't even have to move to grab that. Cottrell marches and strikes the salute! Warner can't believe what he has done and neither can we. Both Aussie openers are back in the hut for single digit scores. Steve Smith is the new man in. AUS: 26/2 in 4 overs

WICKET! Oshane Thomas does it again! Finch goes for a wild swing with no feet movement off the first ball and misses it. Thomas keeps the ball a bit closer to fourth stump and gets Finch to fend and get an edge behind. Poor from the Aussie captain, brilliant from Thomas! Khawaja is struck on the grill and requires some attention. That was some serious pace from Thomas. Remember, this is the second time Khawaja is being struck on the helmet after being hit in a practice game by Andre Russell. AUS: 22/1 in 3 overs

◙ Finch and Warner walk out to bat for Australia. Oshane Thomas starts with five wides, the ball is pitched on leg and swings wildly away from Hope and goes to the boundary. Thomas raps Warner on his toes with an inswinger but its a no-ball! Replay shows there was an inside edge. Just a single from the free-hit. Pace, swing and bounce in the first over. AUS: 10/0 in 1 over

Australia innings

◙ The teams line up for the national anthems.

◙ Skipper Finch has been in good touch too. He scored a 49-ball 66 partnering Warner against Afghanistan.

◙ Australia will be buoyed by David Warner's unbeaten 89 in the chase against Afghanistan in the first game. He was cautious in his approach in what was his first international match after his year-long ban. The Aussies will be thrilled to see him replicate his IPL form in what will be a belter of a track.

Australia XI: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

West Indies XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas

 

WI skipper Holder says," Hopefully we can get some early wickets. Wickets don't really change much. We need to be aggressive and replicate what we did in the previous game. Ewin Lewis comes in for Darren Bravo. Tough choice, but Ewin is our main opener."

Finch: "We would have batted first as well. Hopefully later in the game it starts to spin a bit. There is a lot of confidence in the group from (2018 to 2019). The guys have stepped up with their games. I think teams are totally changed and history has no bearing here. No changes, same team."

TOSS: West Indies wins toss, decides to bowl first.

Pitch report from Shaun Pollock: Conditions are nice, sunny and blue skies. Surface same as Pakistan vs England. Good surface to bat on and we know what top expect. Batting from Radcliffe road, batsmen have shorter boundary to play with. Australia conceded 481 the last time they bowled here.

Michael Holding chuckles and adds: "It looks that type of a surface. Justin Langer was walking by and he said "He would love to come out of retirement to play on this surface."

More on the pitch: "No grass, it has a tinge of green. The cracks have not opened up. There is a fair amount of moisture, and I doubt they have pourrd water on the pitch, It looks like a belter. Good luck to the bowlers!"

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  • Australia has won nine of its last 10 ODIs against West Indies, although the teams have not met in this format since 2016.
  • After winning their first four World Cup matches versus Australia, the Windies have been beaten in four of the subsequent five meetings between the sides in this tournament.

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Bouncer, the key weapon

Thursday's encounter is likely to witness a short-ball series by the fast bowlers. Australia is used to playing pace and bounce at home, but it can be challenging in the English conditions. Oshane Thomas and Andre Russell will be going hard at the star-studded batting line-up.

The Aussies, however, have the pacers to retaliate. Mitchell Starc can alone clean up the Windies.

How West Indies, Australia started their campaign

Hostile bowling by West Indies pacers against Pakistan in its Cup opener turned the clock backwards. The two-time champion started with a big win. The Caribbeans dismissed Pakistan for 105 and chased down the target in 13.4 overs.

Oshane Thomas, playing in his maiden World Cup, picked up four wickets and the man-of-the-match trophy.

Even the Australians had a smooth sail in its opener against Afghanistan. Chasing 208 for victory, David Warner led the chase with an unbeaten 89. Prior to the Cricket Australia sanction for ball-tampering, Warner meant endless strokes, risks and a galloping run-rate. The new Warner is measured. The left-hander showed immense mental strength on his Australia return — amid the jeers from English fans — to start his campaign on a high.

SWOT analysis

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Team news

The five-time world champion is set to be unchanged, while the Windies are hopeful Andre Russell - a star performer with the ball against Pakistan - will be fit to retain his place after a recurring knee problem flared up. Chris Gayle is also set to feature again despite suffering back pain in the opener.

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Squads

Australia Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon

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

Toss: 2.30 pm (9 am, GMT)

Match starts at 3 pm

 

The match will be streamed live on Hotstar.