Australia was able to bounce back against the Windies in the 10th match of the ICC World Cup to post a competitive total of 288 runs at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Windies fast bowlers were all over the Australian batsmen in the first 15 overs. The Carribean nation pacers came with the same ploy of attacking with the short-pitched deliveries as they had done against Pakistan.

Consequently, the Windies were able to repeat their performance. Australian skipper Aaron Finch was the first one to go when his outside edge was taken by Shai Hope. Subsequently, David Warner played on the up and gave a simple catch to the point fielder.

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Windies fast bowlers were right on the money.

The Windies fast bowler breathed down the neck of Usman Khawaja with short stuff. Subsequently, Khawaja tried to hammer one on the off-side against Andre Russell but could only get an outside edge. Shai Hope dived to his left to take a one-handed blinder.

Glenn Maxwell was also tested by a bouncer from Sheldon Cottrell on the second ball he faced. Maxwell got a top edge and Shai Hope took another catch in his bag. Steven Smith and Marcus Stoinis added 39 runs for the fifth wicket partnership and when it looked like they were getting back on track, the latter was dismissed by Jason Holder. Thus, Australia found them tottering at 79-5.

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Smith batted with gumption.

However, Alex Carey and Steven Smith were able to the rebuilding work. Carey played some delightful shots and Australia was able to score 63 runs from overs 21 to 30. However, the southpaw batsman was dismissed by Andre Russell when he nicked off to Hope.

Nathan Coulter-Nile played a blistering knock.

On the other hand, Steven Smith huffed and puffed to his well deserved fifty after he weathered the storm. However, the match-changing innings came from Nathan Coulter Nile who was able to hit the ground running. Coulter-Nile launched his attack from the get-go and completed his maiden fifty in One-Day cricket. The right-hander’s blistering knock of 92 runs from 60 balls was able to thrust Australia’s tally to runs.

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