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Twitter Reactions: Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile brush the Caribbeans aside in Nottingham

Starc picked up a five-wicket haul.

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

After crushing Afghanistan, Australia continued with their winning momentum in the 2019 World Cup. At the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the Aaron Finch-captained unit defeated the Windies by 15 runs and remained unbeaten in the mega event. The Men in Yellow found themselves in trouble in a  number of instances but didn’t allow the pressure to unnerve them. Meanwhile, the Windies tasted their first loss.

Coulter-Nile steps up and deliver

After winning their first match against Afghanistan, Australia went unchanged for the game. Under bright and sunny conditions, the Windies opted to field first after winning the toss and the decision paid dividends initially. Oshane Thomas found Aaron Finch’s outside edge after which Sheldon Cottrell sent David Warner packing. Andre Russell added to the wickets column, dismissing Usman Khawaja.

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Then Cottrell bounced out Glenn Maxwell for a golden duck. Marcus Stoinis tried hard with a 23-ball 19 after which he mistimed a pull off Jason Holder into the hands of Nicholas Pooran. With the Aussies five-down in the 17th over, Alex Carey joined Steve Smith in the middle. The duo stitched together a partnership of 68 runs to build some momentum. Russell got rid of Carey for 45 to separate them.

Smith went on to accomplish his fifty in 77 balls. After Carey’s dismissal, Nathan Coulter-Nile joined Smith and they added 102 runs for the seventh wicket. Thomas nipped out Smith after he scored 73 off 103 with seven fours. At the other end, Coulter-Nile got his maiden ODI fifty in 41 balls and went to rack up 92 off 60 with eight fours and a six. The knock helped the Aussies put up a significant 288 in 50 overs.

Australia canter home comfortably

The start wasn’t an auspicious one for the Windies as Pat Cummins got rid of the dangerous Evin Lewis, who replaced Darren Bravo in the lineup. Chris Gayle tried to go hammer and tongs but got out on 21 off 17. He used the DRS successfully as many as two times and both against Mitchell Starc. Third time around, Starc trapped him in front. Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer added 68 runs to steady the ship.

Hope was slow to start with but picked up as his knock progressed. Pooran didn’t die wondering and scored 40 off 36. Adam Zampa nipped out Pooran in the 20th over. Hetmyer got 21 and then succumbed to a run-out. In the meantime, Hope got to his fifty in 76 balls. However, he perished to Pat Cummins after scoring 68 off 105 with seven fours. Thereafter, Andre Russell joined Holder in the middle.

The Jamaican tried to hit everything out of the park before perishing to Starc. Holder brought up his fifty at a run-a-ball. Carlos Brathwaite strained for a while but gained momentum with a six and a four off Coulter-Nile and Cummins respectively. Starc dismissed him in the 46th over. Then he pinned Holder to deliver the body blow. Starc picked up a five-wicket haul and Australia finished things off clinically.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the closely-fought match

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