On Thursday afternoon the much anticipated matchup between Australia and the West Indies took place. From the get go the match was characterised by intense fasting bowling, crazy batting and some rather mediocre fielding mixed with some mind blowing moments.
The game was packed with everything one would want to see in a cricket match. But there were also some controversial moments that left the West Indies supporters and players rather shocked.
Australia somehow, someway managed to dig themselves out of a hole against the West Indies. They survived a top order melt down to beat the West Indies by just 15 runs in a nail biting encounter at Trent Bridge. This was now their second win already at this years World Cup. The game started in disastrous fashion for the Aussies as their slumped to 38-4 and then 79-5 but some how they still managed to put up a competitive score of 289 to win.
Smith Showed The Way
The recovery was led by Steve Smith 73 but he was not the star of the show. Smith started the fight back with Alex Carey with a 68 run partnership but Carey was soon dismissed for 45. But they surprisingly weren’t the stars of the show, instead it was Australia’s number 8 batsman Nathan Coulter-Nile rose to the occasion and smashed 92 off just 60 balls.
West Indies Heartbreak
The West Indies were confident going in to bat since they just needed to chase down 288 and in today’s game that is an average score. Their batting lineup is also immensely strong and could get the target easily. But their luck ran out when Evin Lewis in just the second over to Pat Cummings. Big hitter Chris Gayle tried his best to survive by using DRS twice to be found not out, until he wasn’t that lucky anymore.
Struggled With The Bat
Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran put up a partnership of 68 but that was also quickly broken up by Adam Zampa who dismissed Pooran on 40. Their all rounders were completely restricted by devastating fast bowling from Mitchell Starc, he took key wickets in Jason Holder who scored 51. Starc kept the scoring to a minimum during the last overs and ended with figures of 5-46 in his 10 overs.
Disappointing Match Officials
West Indies have slammed the match officials for some shocking decision making which arguably cost them the game. It started with the wicket of Gayle who was dismissed to a ball that should’ve been a free hit. The previous ball Starc had clearly bowled a no ball but the umpires failed to notice it, the very next ball he trapped Gayle LBW. Both on field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Ruchira Paliyaguruge had two decisions over turned which was a clear indicator of their misguided judgement. It appears that both umpires were intimidated by the Australian appealing and couldn’t handle the pressure.
Going forward we can only hope for games to go a lot smoother but that’s also not to take away from the entertaining game that took place. Both sides look extremely strong going forward and should they meet again will be sure to be a fierce encounter.