Australia vs West Indies Match Highlights – In what could be called a classic one-day cricket match which glorifies the meaning of cricket, West Indies succumbed to the pressure thereby handing Australia their second win by 15 runs, a win which looked distant when Hope and Hetmyer were going on quite nicely. A late-inning from Captain Holder looked promising but it went in vain as there was no ample support from the other side. Such was the story of a high voltage match which was pegged on a rivalry between the best bouncer bowlers of the tournament and also between the two hard-hitting southpaws. In a match which saw all phases of an excellent cricketing event, a lot of promise was made.
Australia vs West Indies Match Highlights – Australia batting
Earlier in the day, West Indies won the toss and asked Australia to bat in what seemed like a good surface to bat in. However, the wicket seemed to have some demons which came out buzzing once the West Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing. The match was pegged to be one where the word bouncer was the key and it proved to be so. First one to depart was the captain who edged one past to keeper Hope who made no mistake in latching to it. Warner too could not stay at the wicket as he cut one directly to the point who held onto it. While Finch could not understand the delivery, which moved a little to the right, Warner was outdone by the bouncer from Cottrell who then went on to do his salute gestures.
Australia vs West Indies Match Highlights
Must Read: Top 3 India vs Pakistan World Cup clashes
West Indies was soon on the top with when Khawaja too nicked one behind on the bowling of Andre Russel to keeper Hope for whom it was the second catch in three wickets. Maxwell departed soon on a bouncer from Oshane Thomas which he could not read at all. Maxwell tried to pull the bouncer to square leg region but it lobbed straight up only to be back in the gloves of Hope who claimed his third catch. Steven Smith and Stoinis embarked on a rebuilding mission but Stoinis, after having been set at the crease holed one to Pooran off Captain Holder. But it brought out a man who changed the complexion of the game. Alex Carey walked out to the crease with a lot of tasks to be done. He had scored 3 runs off 19 balls but a flurry of boundaries saw him get to 25 off 25 balls. He eventually got out at 45 runs edging one back to Hope for his fourth catch. This brought Nathan Coulter Nile who went berserk only to score highest runs at number eight. With his 92 and 73 from Steven Smith, Australia posted a competitive total of 288 runs.
Australia vs West Indies Match Highlights – West Indies batting
West Indies experienced their first jolt when Evin Lewis who had replaced DM Bravo nicked one to the sleep cordon where Smith made no mistake at all. Gayle was the second batsman to depart on a straighter delivery onto the pads. This also was controversial as the previous ball was a clear no-ball which was not given by the umpire. Had the ball been given a no ball, the next ball would be a free hit and Gayle would have survived. Such umpiring blunders have an impact on the match as well as the tournament as well. A fine partnership between Hope and Hetmyer began to grow when an impatient Hetmyer compensated with his wicket where Maxwell made no mistake at all. The rest of the team could not do much and remained 15 runs short.
Must Read: Some of the best moments of World Cup