After a disastrous start to their innings, Australia fought back to beat the West Indies by 15 runs in a pulsating encounter at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
In the second match for both teams at the Cricket World Cup, full of twists and turns, it was the fearsome West Indies bowling attack to draw first blood, as they knocked over Australia’s first four wickets for a miserly 38 runs.
Captain Steve Smith however showed the character of a true competitor and his 73 was the start of the revival for Australia. It was going to take something special to dismiss him – a tremendous catch on the very edge of the boundary by Sheldon Cottrell, which will be contention for catch of the tournament alongside the opening day screamer by Ben Stokes.
Number eight Nathan Coulter-Nile stepped up to be Australia’s hero, with his incredible 60-ball 92-run knock, which restored respectability to his team, who finished on 288 all out.
After Chris Gayle’s premature end to his quickfire innings of 21, Shai Hope assumed to role of anchor for the West Indies in partnerships with Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and captain Jason Holder.
However the magnificent Mitchell Starc struck twice in the same over to remove Holder and dangerous death hitter Carlos Brathwaite. His performance of 5-46 was vital in securing victory for the Aussies, as the West Indies only manged to muster 273-9.