Australia registered their second consecutive win in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 2019) as they beat West Indies by 15 runs at Trent Bridge. Chasing 289, West Indies were restricted to 272/9 in 50 overs. Australia, with this win, have moved to second place on the CWC 2019 points table while Windies have dropped to third place. At one stage, Windies looked in control of their chase however some good bowling towards the end by Mitchell Starc made things difficult for them. He ended with a five-wicket haul. Australia vs West Indies Highlights of ICC World Cup 2019 Match.
Windies chase began on a shaky note as they lost two wickets for just 31 runs. Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran then added some stability to Windies innings with 68-run sand for the third wicket. After Pooran’s departure, Hope stitched a 50-run partnership with Shimron Hetmyer.
Hetmyer was then run-out and that opened the gates for Australia. Andre Russell then tried to play a cameo but was unsuccessful. Windies then kept losing wickets with Jason Holder scoring a half-century. ICC CWC 2019 points table
Following the win, Australian skipper Aaron Finch was happy with the team’s overall performance. “Really proud of the guys. Absolutely, I was nervous when they were coming hard at us at 30/4. We kept fighting back, we kept taking wickets which was crucial. You have to keep taking wickets against West Indies since they are so destructive,” Finch said.
“Our top-order was disappointing, few poor shots. And with the bowl, we have few areas to improve. I thought some of the short balls weren't high enough. To still come out with 2 points, with a lot of improvement to do, is a real positive for us,” he added. AUS vs WI, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Twitterati Lauds Mitchell Starc for his Five-Wicket Haul As Australia Beat West Indies.
Here are some stat highlights from AUS vs WI CWC 2019 match
# This is the 10th consecutive win for Australia in ODIs and eighth successive in World Cups.
# Head to head between Australia and West Indies in World Cup is now levelled at 5-5.
# Mitchell Starc becomes fastest to 150 ODI wickets.
# Nathan Coulter-Nile now holds the highest score for a number eight or lower batsman in World Cup.
# Chris Gayle has now completed 1000 runs in World Cup matches.
Earlier, Australia fought back after reeling at 79 for five. Steve Smith scored a half-century while Nathan Coulter-Nile played a breathtaking knock of 92 runs off just 60 balls. Alex Carey almost made a valuable contribution of 45 runs.