Australia defeated the West Indies by 15 runs in the 10th match of the World Cup on Thursday thanks to the spectacular innings by Nathan Coulter-Nile (92) and Steve Smith (73) and dangerous bowling of Mitchell Starc (5 wickets).
Batting first, losing the toss, Australia were all out for 288 runs in 49 overs. In reply, the West Indies team could score 273 runs in the allotted 50 overs and lost the match. Nathan Coulter-Nile was adjudged Man of the Match for playing a magnificent inning.
This is Australia's second win in the tournament, while it is the first defeat of the West Indies. Earlier, the Kangaroo team defeated Afghanistan by seven wickets. At the same time, the Caribbean team defeated Pakistan by seven wickets.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, smiles and says that they just tried to hang in there. Mentions that the stand between Carey and Smith took them a little deeper and then the way Nathan Coulter-Nile batted was exceptional. Admits that he was nervous at 38/4 but they hung in there and he considers it outstanding that they got 280-odd from there. Tells that he had to keep taking wickets and steal some momentum from Windies' batting innings. Says that the output of the Aussie top order was disappointing and agrees that they have a lot of improvement to do.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says that he is disappointed as they were well in the game. Rues the fact that there were a few irresponsible shots played. States that there are still many positives from this game. Tells that they dropped Coulter-Nile on 60 odd and he got plenty at the end. Feels that their batters need to take more responsibility. Terms the run out of Shimron Hetmyer costly. Mentions that they still believe in themselves and it's early days in the tournament. Wants to get consistent with their performance.
Australia (UNCHANGED PLAYING XI) - Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
West Indies (Playing XI) - Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.