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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 11, Australia vs Windies – Best Memes from the Match

Windies tried hard but the Aussie bowlers were brilliant in the end.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In a game full of action, Australia defeated Windies by 15 runs at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday. The Men in Yellow just had the perfect men in the middle during the different circumstances and that made the difference for them. Windies should’ve batted with a little game awareness as Australia somehow had to get their two overs done from either Marcus Stoinis or Glenn Maxwell.

They could’ve crossed the line if the likes of Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder wouldn’t have played reckless shots. Nevertheless, they put up a great show on the day and were just unlucky to fall short of the target by just 15 runs.

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Earlier in the day, Australia got off to a worst possible start after Jason Holder won the toss and opted to field first. Both the Aussie openers, Aaron Finch and David Warner were dismissed early in the piece courtesy of Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell. Usman Khawaja also followed soon after playing a reckless shot off Andre Russell even as Glenn Maxwell also bagged a duck to leave the team reeling at 38/4.

This is where Steve Smith got into his elements and completely concentrated on rebuilding the innings. He stayed put with his approach of holding one end and stitched a small but important partnership of 41 runs along with Marcus Stonis. However, Alex Carey played a crucial role then in bringing the calmness to the proceedings.

Smith brought assuredness during his stay in the middle while Carey played his shots during his 55-ball 45. Carey’s timely wicket raised Windies’ hopes of closing out the innings quickly. But Nathan Coulter-Nile arrived with completely different intentions and despite struggling with a short ball barrage early on, he cleared the boundary frequently.

Looking at Coulter Nile hitting cleanly, Smith smartly gave him more strike and the run-rate improved significantly. The former Aussie skipper crossed the 50-run mark and within a blink of an eye, Coulter Nile also crossed the 50-run mark. The duo upped the ante in the death overs and while they got quick runs, Smith fell for 73 in the 45th over. Coulter Nile deserved century for the way he batted but he lobbed up a catch in the penultimate over of the innings on 92.

Australia got bowled out on 288 runs in the same over and should’ve been happy at the halfway mark after being at 38/4 and then 79/5 at one stage in the innings.

Hope and Holder score half-centuries but in vain

The Windies reply began poorly as even their openers, Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle were back in the hut with only 31 runs on the board. Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran then joined hands and played some brilliant cricket. The duo stitched 68 runs together only for the latter to throw it away off Adam Zampa. Another partnership blossomed between Shimron Hetmyer and Hope but the former was run-out in a horrible mix-up with his partner.

From here on, Windies were on course for victory but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Hope got out just at the wrong time for them and Andre Russell’s wicket was a huge blow in the chase for them. Mitchell Starc took care of the proceedings then picking a sensational five-wicket haul and ended with the figures of 5/46. Jason Holder’s (51) scalp in the 46th over was the final nail in the coffin as the Caribbeans could only score 273 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs.

Australia won the match by 15 runs and very few would’ve given them the chance after losing five wickets under 80 runs in the first innings. They will face India next on Sunday and would be confident now going into that encounter.

Here are some of the best memes:

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