Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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'Atrocious': Windies slam umpires in loss to Australia

Australia recovered from an bad start to beat West Indies by 15 runs in a wonderful World Cup encounter at Trent Bridge. With the West Indies needing 37 from 27 balls, and on course with the alliance of Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite, Starc's reverse swing and chicanery accounted for Brathwaite with a slower ball and then Holder with a bouncer that followed him.

'They are being intimidated (by Australia's appealing), that means they are weak.

Australia's top-order batsman Steve Smith was dismissed by one of the best outfield catches ever seen by the West Indies star Sheldon Cottrell at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Usman Khawaja (13) seemed similarly unsettled after being struck on the helmet by Thomas and was caught on the drive by a flying Hope.

His opening partner David Warner too did not last long as he was caught by Shimron Hetmyer off Sheldon Cottrell.

Alex Carey (45 off 55) tilted the balance back towards Australia after overcoming a nervy start to take three boundaries off one Cottrell over and with Smith rotating the strike well, the total began to build.

Steve Smith (73) played the anchor role to perfection, combining with Coulter-Nile to stage a rescue act with a 102-run stand for the seventh wicket.

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He was eventually dismissed LBW for 21 after a third review was unsuccessful.

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.

The West Indies successfully overturned four separate "out" decisions in their doomed chase of 289, while umpire Chris Gaffaney also missed a no-ball call the delivery before Chris Gayle was dismissed.

"You have to keep trying to get wickets, once the West Indies batsmen get set they are so destructive and can hit it to all parts", Australian captain Aaron Finch said.

Hope had barely put a foot wrong until he chipped Cummins to mid-on and the burden on Holder grew a little heavier after Russell (15 off 11) fell to a fine catch by Maxwell, taking a hanging ball as he ran back from point.

A day where fortunes fluctuated throughout could have been over quickly when the ferocious West Indies pace attack reduced the defending champions to 38-4 and 79-5.

Finishing with the excellent figures of 5-46, Starc's late-innings performance was key as the West Indies batted out the overs in the knowledge the game had gone.

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