ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Nathan Coulter-Nile produced a fiery show with the willow and Mitchell Starc came up with a sensational bowling spell to guide Australia to a 15-run victory over West Indies at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Starc finished with figures of 5 for 46 to restrict West Indies to 273/9 after Australia, riding on Coulter-Nile’s record 92 off just 60 balls, set 289 despite the early meltdown of the top order.
Brief Scores: Australia 288 (Nathan Coulter-Nile 92, Steven Smith 73; Carlos Brathwaite 3-67, Andre Russell 2-41) beat West Indies 273 (Shai Hope 68, Jason Holder 51; Mitchell Starc 5-46, Pat Cummins 2-41) by 15 runs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Yes, the umpires had an off day but that wasn't the reason the West Indies lost. At important moments, Australia were the better side. Starc was magnificent as were the lower order batsmen who took them to 288. My man of the match was Coulter-Nile too
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 6, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 6, 2019
38 were required of 5 overs with 4 wickets in hand and Holder at the crease for West Indies. But Australia conceded only 6 in the next 4 overs and picked up 3. Such was the brilliance of Mitchell Starc, the first 5-fer of this WC #AUSvWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 6, 2019
Man what a game of cricket
— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) June 6, 2019
This is Australia for you, a champion side knows how to make a comeback. They've done this today twice first in batting and now WI almost won it but Starc literally snatching victory away from the men in maroon!#CWC19 #AUSvWI
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) June 6, 2019
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) June 6, 2019
Australia realised the Gift of the Nile! Nathan Coulter-Nile just missed the most deserved century of #CWC19! That fantastic maiden half-ton of his will be filed under World Cup Classics! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #AUSvWI 🦁💛
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) June 6, 2019
— Mel 'MJ' Jones (@meljones_33) June 6, 2019
Australia were reduced to 79/5 against West Indies, but Nathan Coulter-Nile's fiery 92 off just 60 balls lifted them to a fighting total. 🙌
— ICC (@ICC) June 6, 2019
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) June 6, 2019
How good was Nathan Coulter-Nile earlier?!
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 6, 2019
Outstanding Nathan Coulter-Nile 👏👏👏
— brad davidson (@braddavo) June 6, 2019
— Paddy Sweeney (@SweeneyPaddy9) June 6, 2019
— Ravindra Jadeja Fan (@SirJadeja_Real) June 6, 2019
10th successive ODI win for Australia
To recover from 79/5 to scoring 288 that was a fantastic performance
Nathan Coulter-Nile scored 60-ball 92 batting at No.8
Mitchell Starc took 5/46 – dismissed big hitters Gayle, Russell, Brathwaite, Holder.
Excellent win#AUSvWI #CWC19
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) June 6, 2019
Nathan Coulter-Nile posted the equal 2nd highest score by any batsman batting at no.8 or lower in an ODI:
— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) June 6, 2019