Poor Umpiring and Better Strategy Won For Australia

ICC World Cup 2019
Australia Vs West Indies Played at Nottingham on 6 June 2019

Brief Scorecard
Australia 288 All Out ( NM Coulter –Nile 92, SPD Smith 73,AT Carey 45 ,CR Brathwaite 3/67, AD Russell 2/41,SSCotrell 2/46,OThomas 2/63) beat West Indies 273 /9 ( SD Hope 68, JOHolder51,N Pooran 40, HO Hetmeyer21, CH Gayle 21, A Nurse 19, M Starc 5/46, PJ Cummins 2/41) by 15 Runs.

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Pat Cummins celebrates as he takes the wicket of Evin Lewis.

Set to score 289 runs for a major win, West Indies appeared cruising at a stage, lost their way for their one dimensional approach. Captain Holder and all-rounder Brathwaite fell into the trap that Australians laid. West Indies could reach 273/9 losing by 15 runs.

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Poor umpiring took some gloss out of the high voltage match. Several mistakes required almost half a dozen DRS. Australians sensing poor umpiring, kept on appealing.

West Indies knows one way of batting only, belting the ball with brute force. They fell in the trap of Aron Flinch strategy. M Starc is one of the top death over bowlers in the world. His penetration and accuracy led West Indies losing their way from a seemingly winning position. Australia won by 15 runs surviving a great Caribbean scare.

Australia were put into bat first. West Indian fast bowling battery, in no time, created shock and awe in Australian camp.

Flinch, Warner, Khawaja and Maxwell were blown away in no time. Thomas, Cottrell, Russel and Holder were looking menacing.

Only Smith stood his ground firm. As the white balls started getting soft Australians carefully counter attacked. Even Stoinis left after putting up some resistance. Most teams would have succumbed from 4/38 and 5/79. But Kangaroos have large strong pair of hind legs and a large tails. Kangaroo tail wagged.

Smith shepherded Australia left nothing unturned. Coulter –Nile played a blinder. His 60 balls 92 featuring 8 fours and 4 sixes lead Australia reaching 288 which was an unbelievable destination as top five were gone doing little.

Smith held the innings together defying all onslaughts. His 73 in 103 balls rescued Australia from total disaster. West Indian pacers shared the wickets, Brathwaite with 3/67 was the peak. Russell (2/41), Cottrell (2/46), Thomas (2/63) were equally menacing. But they kept on bowling in one length even when balls got softer and movement was gone. West Indies missed a wicket taking or a containing spinner.

Chasing 289 against a very potent Australian attack was not going to be easy. On top of that lop sided umpiring (definitely mistakes) marred the beauty of the contest.

Gayle had to request for DRS three times (twice successful) before getting out. At least half a dozen mistakes were made. West Indies were unlucky to some extent. Hope ICC would take notice of it. Even after all these West Indies were well on course.

At 6/216 in the 39th over with Holder and Brathwaite at wicket, victory was well in sight. The great death bowler Starc was strategically held back till the last 5 overs and he delivered. Holder, Braithwaite and Cottrell fell to Starc like a pack of cards.

West Indies could reach 273/9 still 15 runs short of the target. They lost a golden opportunity of winning and brightening their prospect for a knock out round appearance.

Starc took 5/ 46 and Cummins 2/41. Coulter-Nile for his exploits with the bat was adjudged player of the match.

Saleque Sufi

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