ICC World Cup 2019: Coulter-Nile's blitzkrieg helps Australia recover before Starc cuts short Windies chase

Highlights

  • Coulter-Nile's career-best 92 is the highest score by any number eight batsman or lower in a World Cup.
  • Starc took four wickets for two runs in his last 11 balls to cut the Windies' spirited chase to pieces.
  • With this 15-run win, Australia now go into the game against India on Sunday at the Oval with their tails up.
Australian cricketers at the end of the match. (Reuters Photo)
ICC World Cup 2019: Coulter-Nile's blitzkrieg helps Australia recover before Starc cuts short Windies chase
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NOTTINGHAM: After this game, Nathan Coulter-Nile may just quietly walk up to Australian captain Aaron Finch and demand a promotion in the batting order.

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Playing the innings of his life - his highest ODI score was 34 before this - the 31-year-old blasted 92 off just 60 balls to help Australia score an imposing 288, after they looked to have been scorched by the West Indies pace battery on Thursday morning at Trent Bridge. Coulter-Nile's extraordinary effort, that included eight fours and four massive sixes, is the highest score by a No. 8 batsman in the history of the World Cup.

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When they were tottering at 38/4, and then 79/5, not even in their dreams would the Aussies have imagined that they would land up with such a huge total. But Coulter-Nile's heroics helped them stage an unbelievable recovery.

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The West Indies were in the hunt as long as skipper Jason Holder (51; 57b, 7x4, 1x6) was in the middle, but in the end, he was left with too much to do. With Mitchell Starc (5/46) bowling fast, full and straight, they lost four wickets for four runs, and eventually finished at 273/9 in 50 overs.

Firing all cylinders, the left-arm pacer took four wickets for two runs in his last 11 balls to cut the Windies' spirited chase to pieces.

With this 15-run win being their second in the bag, Australia now go into the game against India on Sunday at the Oval with their tails up.

The West Indies will rue that Shai Hope (68; 105b, 7x4) and Nicholas Pooran (40; 38b, 5x4, 1x6) both looked good before they got out. Laid low by a knee injury which had earlier forced him to limp off the field, Andre Russell smashed an 11-ball 15 that included two fours and a six, but was snapped up by Glenn Maxwell, who ran at least 15 metres behind at point to pull off a stunner.

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Initially, West Indies suffered a setback when they lost both their explosive openers, Chris Gayle - who couldn't survive the DRS for a third time - and Evin Lewis with just 31 on the board. Pat Cummins had Lewis edging to second slip in just the second over, while Gayle threatened for a while, but was adjudged LBW after being late in getting his bat down to an 86mph fuller ball pitched on leg stump by Starc.

From the time he walked to the crease, Coulter-Nile looked positive, swinging the bat cleanly. Increasing the tempo of the innings by a few notches, he dominated a 102-run stand, which took merely 82 balls, for the eighth wicket with former captain Steve Smith, who rescued Australia at a difficult time with a fighting innings of 73 (103b, 7x4).

After Smith was caught brilliantly off Oshane Thomas by Sheldon Cottrell at long leg, running 20 yards to his left at full speed before palming the ball in and pouching it, Coulter-Nile took it upon himself to take care of the slog, puling and lofting Cottrell for consecutive sixes in the 46th over. Coulter-Nile's innings can be placed right among the best of this World Cup.


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The credit for the Aussie resurgence must also go to wicketkeeper Alex Carey. A controversial selection considering many favoured the more experienced Matthew Wade, it was Carey who provided the initial spark with a 55-ball 45, adding 69 with Smith in 87 balls to pull Australia out of the woods. Peppered with the short stuff with caused the doom of the other Aussie batsmen on the day, Carey took 15 balls to get off the mark, with the crowd even greeting him with a mock applause for doing so!


However, after he had crawled to three off 25, the 27-year-old showed some of the fighting qualities which he must have imbibed as an Australian Rules footballer earlier in his life.


World Cup 2019: Coulter-Nile, Starc star in Australia’s 15-run win over West Indies

Australia celebrate after registering win over Windies. (Reuters photo)
Nathan Coulter-Nile pulls the ball. (AP Photo)
David Warner walks back after scoring 3 runs. (AP Photo)
Smith and Coulter-Nile during their 102-run stand. (AFP Photo)
Coulter-Nile raises bat after scoring his maiden fifty. (AFP photo)
Chris Gayle was dismissed for 21. (Reuters photo)
Hope and Pooran during their 68-run stand. (AP photo)
Mitchell Starc celebrates his five-wicket haul. (AP photo)
Zampa celebrating the wicket of Pooran. (AP photo)

Australia celebrate after registering win over Windies. (Reuters photo)

Australia registered their second win of the World Cup as they defeated West Indies by 15 runs at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.

Nathan Coulter-Nile pulls the ball. (AP Photo)

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Starc stood out for the defending champions as Australia ended up on the winning side after suffering a disastrous start.

David Warner walks back after scoring 3 runs. (AP Photo)

Batting first after losing the toss, Australia were stuttering at 79 for five after West Indies pacers rattled the top order.

Smith and Coulter-Nile during their 102-run stand. (AFP Photo)

But Steve Smith (73) along with Nathan Coulter-Nile fought back for Australia with a 102-run stand for the seventh wicket.

Coulter-Nile raises bat after scoring his maiden fifty. (AFP photo)

Coulter-Nile went on to score 92 -- highest score for a No.8 batsman at the World Cup -- helping Australia reach 288 (all out) in 49 overs

Chris Gayle was dismissed for 21. (Reuters photo)

Chasing a challenging total, West Indies too got off to a poor start, losing both openers inside the first five overs.

Hope and Pooran during their 68-run stand. (AP photo)

Shai Hope (68) and Nicholas Pooran (40) tried to steady the West Indies chase with a 68-run partnership but Australian bowlers chipped in with wickets at crucial junctures

Mitchell Starc celebrates his five-wicket haul. (AP photo)

Mitchell Starc returned figures of 5 for 46 -- first five-wicket haul in 2019 World Cup.

Zampa celebrating the wicket of Pooran. (AP photo)

Pat Cummins picked up two while Adam Zampa chipped in with one wicket helping Australia restrict West Indies to 273 for 9 in 50 overs.


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