SENSATIONAL bowling spell and a fiery show with the willow ensured that current world champions Australia, score a 15 run victory over the West Indies in the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge.
Asked to bat first on a flat pitch at Trent Bridge, champions Australia got off to a terrible start as they were reduced to 79-5, before Coulter-Nile and Smith staged a rescue act with a 102-run stand for the seventh wicket. As a result Australia posted a competitive score of 288 all out.
During their inning the West Indies also got off to a poor start as both openers Ewin Lewis and Chris Gayle fell cheaply. Lewis was dismissed in the second over by Pat Cummins while Chris Gayle was sent back by Mitchell Starc in the sixth over.
While West Indies kept losing wickets at regular intervals, Shai Hope and skipper Jason Holder kept the Caribbean side in the hunt. When Andre Russell stepped in with his monster shots, one six having travelled 103 metres, West Indies looked like the match favourites. However, a spate of late wickets meant that Australia did not have to sweat till the 50th over.