Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile entered the record books as he smashed 92 off just 60 balls against West Indies at Trent Bridge in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Coulter-Nile now holds the record of highest score by a number eight or lower batsman in the World Cup history. Coulter-Nile surpassed for Zimbabwe cricketer Heath Streak's 72 against New Zealand in the 2003 World Cup. West Indies Becomes 5th Team to Play 800 ODIs, Achieves Milestone During AUS vs WI, ICC CWC 2019 Match at Southampton; Check Full List Here.
Coulter-Nile's 92 also happens to be the highest by an Australian, going past Andy Bichel's 64 against England in 2003. Nathan Coulter-Nile almost surpassed England’s Chris Woakes’ record of the highest score by a number eight batsman in ODIs. Woakes scored 95 against Sri Lanka in 2016.
Coulter-Nile’s innings was laced with eight four and four sixes as he took the Windies bowlers to the cleaners. At one stage, Aussies were reduced to 38/4 inside the first eight overs after asking them to bat first. With Coulter-Nile’s knock Australia ended posting 288. Salutes for Sheldon Cottrell's Unbelievable Catch, Boos for Steve Smith During AUS vs WI ICC CWC 2019 Match; Watch Video.
Former skipper Steve Smith (73 off 103 balls) started the fightback by holding fort at one end as batsmen fell around him, but once Coulter-Nile joined him in the middle after the dismissal of Alex Carey (45 off 55 balls), the defending champions got the much needed push, bludgeoning 43 runs in the last overs.
Smith and Coulter-Nile shared a 102-run stand for the seventh wicket off just 83 balls after Smith and Carey put on 68 to bring the team back in the game and wrest the advantage. For the Windies, Carlos Brathwaite was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/67 as he cleaned up the tail, while Oshane Thomas (2/63), Sheldon Cottrell (2/56) and Andre Russell (2/41) did the damage up front. (With IANS inputs).