Poor umpiring decisions may have cost West Indies the game

Poor umpiring decisions may have cost West Indies the game

Australia recovered from an bad start to beat West Indies by 15 runs in a wonderful World Cup encounter at Trent Bridge.

Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier struck a defiant 92, the highest World Cup score for a number eight batsman, after Australia lost their first five wickets for 79 runs.

A year on and his side are back at the ground with West Indies the opponents this time around, as both teams search for a momentum-building second win of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.

After Chris Gayle threatened to thrill in his 21, West Indies were anchored by Shai Hope's 68.


That's a tough hurdle for Australia but once they've played a couple of decent teams, they will have a better idea of where they are at with regards to the rest of the tournament.

"I would say it's a bit of a both", said Flower, who along with his elder brother Andy formed the backbone of the Zimbabwe team in 1990s. The former skipper while speaking to media said that if the Pakistani team wanted to hit their spinners, they should now plan how to do it without losing wickets. "Steve Smith can not believe it, he thought it was six for all money", said former Australian captain Michael Clarke in commentary.

West Indies captain Jason Holder made a change to the team. If the powers that be decide it is a 25 or 30-over game then we adapt to that as much as we can. Despite the injury, he played against Sri Lanka and Australia.

Australia held together by the unflappable Steve Smith, who made 73 and was only dismissed by the most incredible boundary catch by Sheldon Cottrell, one that perhaps bettered the grab of England's Ben Stokes in the opening game against South Africa.


The Proteas mustered just 227 for nine to open a World Cup with three straight losses for the first time, as Bumrah claimed a masterful two for 35 and India batsman Rohit Sharma racked up 122 not out.

West Indies believe a shortened match against Australia could play into their hands if rain hits Nottingham as expected.

"Stranger things have happened in the past in World Cups in any sport".

"I remember walking down to the gate at the end nearly wanting to give all the boys a hug because it was brutal", Langer said of last year's visit.


However, every bowler will have to be disciplined to leave no stone unturned in choking the Australian side.

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