Australia beat the West Indies by 15 runs in Thursday’s World Cup fixture at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
- Coulter-Nile breaks World Cup record
- Gayle dismissed in controversial fashion
- Australia, like New Zealand, remain unbeaten
The result saw Australia join New Zealand at the top of the 2019 tournament’s 10-team standings. Both have two victories from as many matches.
Former captain Steven Smith struck an ODI half-century for the first time since September 2017. Of course, that period included a 12-month ban for being involved in last year’s ball-tampering scandal that marred Australia’s Test tour of South Africa.
The hard-hitting Nathan Coulter-Nile, meanwhile, hit the highest score by a No 8 batsman in World Cup cricket. His 92, which featured eight fours and a quartet of sixes, and spanned a mere 60 deliveries, bettered the 72 not out collected by Zimbabwe’s Heath Streak against New Zealand in Bloemfontein during the 2003 World Cup.
Coulter-Nile’s late salvo rescued the Australians from a precarious 147 for six to a final total of 288 all out, which ultimately proved ample.
The West Indies’ response reached an insufficient 273 for nine, but might have been more – and successful – had opening batsman Chris Gayle not been robbed by a mistake from umpire Chris Gaffaney. Gaffaney failed to signal a no-ball for the delivery prior to Gayle’s dismissal.
Fast bowler Mitchell Starc overstepped the crease by a substantial margin – and removed the left-handed Gayle a delivery later. The ball that dismissed Gayle should have been deemed a free hit. The wicket was among five for Starc, who didn’t beat Coulter-Nile to the Player of the Match accolade, regardless.
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