Mitchell Starc stars as Australia edge past West Indies in a thriller

Mitchell Starc delivered a scintillating bowling performance to help Australia beat West Indies by 15 runs in the 10th game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. West Indies looked well on course to win their 800th one-day game but Mitchell Starc had other ideas as he ran through the lower-order to see Australia register a narrow win at Nottingham.

Mitchell Starc produced a superb spell of bowling to dismiss Captain Jason Holder and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite in the 46th over of the innings. Sheldon Cottrell was cleaned up to see Starc claim his sixth fifer in limited-overs cricket for Australia. Ashley Nurse did strike some meaty blows at the end but it wasn’t enough as Australia edge past West Indies in a thriller.

Earlier in the day, West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first. Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas picked up wickets with the new-ball to see Australia struggling at 38 for 4 after 7.4 overs. David Warner, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell could only produce single digit scores to see West Indies take control of the game.

Former Captain Steven Smith managed to lead a fightback of sorts for Australia as he added 41-run partnership with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Jason Holder also joined the party by picking up the wicket of Stoinis to see Australia reeling at 79 for 5 after 16.1 overs. Smith played exceedingly well and stitched a 68-run partnership with Alex Carey to see Australia push their score beyond 150 runs.

Carey played well and scored 45 off 55 balls with the help of seven boundaries. Smith also produced a half-century in 77 balls to keep the scoreboard ticking for Australia. Nathan Coulter-Nile came to the crease and played a sensible innings for Australia. Smith and Coulter-Nile put on a 102-run partnership to help Australia post a competitive score on the board.

Sheldon Cottrell took a stunning catch to remove Smith, who scored 73 runs off 103 balls with the help of seven boundaries. Nathan Coulter-Nile continued to play his shots as West Indies struggle to stem the flow of runs in the last 15 overs of the innings.

Nathan Coulter-Nile career-best 92 runs and Mitchell Starc’ superb bowling saw Australia eke out a close win over West Indies.

In pursuit of 289 runs, Pat Cummins dismissed Evin Lewis to provide much-needed breakthrough for Australia with the new-ball. Chris Gayle smashed three boundaries in the initial couple of overs. He was really troubled by the menacing spell produced by Mitchell Starc. Gayle’s luck ran out as he was pinned right in front of stumps to see West Indies reduced to 31 for 2 after 5 overs.

Wicket-keeper Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran and decided to rebuild the West Indies innings after the early loss of two wickets. Pooran looked in excellent touch with the bat and kept the scoreboard ticking for West Indies.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa produced a special delivery to dismiss Pooran, who scored 40 off 36 balls with the help of five fours and a six. On the other hand, Shai Hope held the innings together for West Indies in the chase.

Shimron Hetmyer looked in splendid touch with the bat and smashed a couple of boundaries off the bowling of Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile. He also smashed a boundary off Zampa to put on a 50-run partnership with Shai Hope. Left-hander scored 21 off 28 balls with the help of three boundaries before he was run-out by Pat Cummins.

Hope brought up his half-century while Holder survived close calls in the initial part of the innings. Pat Cummins dismissed Hope at a critical stage in the game to see West Indies needing another 84 runs off 76 balls to win the game. Andre Russell made his intentions clear from the word go and smashed a four and six off Zampa. His stay at the crease was cut-short by Starc, who produced a well-directed bouncer to see Russell perish in the 39th over of the innings.

Captain Jason Holder kept his nerves and produced a run-a-ball half-century to see West Indies take the game down to the wire. But Mitchell Starc dismissed Holder to end West Indies’ hopes of pulling of a famous win over Australia in a World Cup.

For Australia, Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets to his name. Pat Cummins produced an excellent performance and finished with figures of 2 for 41 from his ten overs. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa also bowled well and took the key wicket of Nicholas Pooran in the game.

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