Australia vs West Indies - Highlights & Stats

Australia vs West Indies - Highlights & Stats

Chris Gaffaney and Sri Lankan Ruchira Palliyaguruge were given a fearsome tune-up by Michael Holding in the commentary box for their performances in Australia's 15-run win at the Cricket World Cup in Nottingham.

The fans will be treated to a cracker of a match as Australia and West Indies lock horns in what will be the second World Cup encounter of both teams. The catch halted Australia's momentum just as Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile (92 from 60 balls) were looking to accelerate the innings at the death.

West Indies, despite a painstaking 68 from opener Shai Hope and 51 from captain Jason Holder finished on 273 for nine.

Aaron Finch (six) did well to nick a crackerjack delivery from Oshane Thomas (2-63) before David Warner (three) carved Cottrell to backward point.

It took something truly remarkable for Cottrell to dismiss him, the fielder making amends after slipping when trying to take a catch when Smith had only 26. After arriving at the wicket with just 20 overs remaining, Coulter-Nile plundered his highest score in any format and first global half-century.

The bowler was fielding at fine-leg when Smith flicked a fuller delivery from Oshane Thomas drifting into the pads towards the deep midwicket fence during the 45th over of the match.

His blistering assault off 60 balls featuring eight fours and four sixes also saw him beat former Zimbabwe worldwide Heath Streak's previous World Cup best by a No 8 of 72 before, in sight of a hundred, he drove Carlos Brathwaite to Holder at long-off.

The kicker came in Starc's next over as Gayle was adjudged LBW by Gaffaney, and another DRS call from the West Indian showed it was only just clipping the stumps.

But Hope, biding his time, completed a 76-ball fifty.

Captain Holder said he was ignoring the past to focus on maintaining the form that brought victory over Pakistan last Friday, with a tough test in store against an Australia side also on a high from victory over Afghanistan.

West Indies, however, suffered a huge setback when Hope chipped a Pat Cummins slower ball to mid-on.

West Indies came out on top against Australia in the first World Cup final in 1975 and won the next tournament, also in England, four years later.

In reply, West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals as they were restricted to 273/9 in 50 overs. The West Indies seamer covered some good ground to his left before jumping and stretching out his left hand out to grab a one handed stunner midway in the air.

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