Australia v West Indies, 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Jun 07 2019
Steve Smith was the exception, his patient 73 allowing Alex Carey to up the tempo with 45 before Nathan Coulter-Nile came in and blasted 92 off 60 deliveries - his highest ODI score and the best of any number eight in World Cups.
Holder reached his ninth fifty in ODIs off as many balls and when Brathwaite (16) launched Coulter-Nile long into the midwicket stands, West Indies needed 46 runs off the last six overs.
All-rounder Andre Russell struck in his first over when a thick edge from Usman Khawaja was taken by a brilliant one-handed catch by wicketkeeper Hope, before Glenn Maxwell was snared for a duck by Cottrell.
Aaron Finch was the first to go, undone by a wonderful swinging delivery from Oshane Thomas for 6, before David Warner prodded Sheldon Cottrell to backward point for 3.
The two teams, who have won seven out of the 11 World Cups so far between them, are clashing against each other after both cruised to comfortable opening victories.
The West Indies pacemen used the short ball to devastating effect against Pakistan in their World Cup opener, bowling them out for just 105.
Unsurprisingly, Smith was booed to the crease.
Or maybe it was not admiration.
For this was the same old Smith, only in a yellow kit rather than whites. "It´s just not stuck on the short ball".
It took an extraordinary catch on the boundary from Cottrell - who stuck out a hand at a ball nearly already over the rope, and relayed a throw back to himself to complete the dismissal - to thwart the former skipper.
Take a bow Sheldon Cottrell, that was incredible!
Even Smith paused on his way back to the pavilion to watch the replay on the big screen.
Gayle had already taken the plaudits of the crowd with his antics in the field, and Trent Bridge was willing him on as he threatened to outdo Coulter-Nile.
Starc, who bagged five wickets, claimed he didn't know after until the match he had overstepped the line to bowl a no-ball to Gayle prior to the dismissal.
Chasing 289 for victory, West Indies got off to a poor start before Shai Hope (68) and Nicholas Pooran (40) laid the platform for the power-hitters, but the Starc-led Australian attack kept them on a tight leash, restricting them to 273-9. He was given out twice (once caught behind when the ball hit the stump but the bails did not move, and the second a LBW where the ball was going well down the leg side).
Holder had two incorrect decisions reversed, first off Maxwell and then Zampa.