London, Jun 6 (AP/UNB) — Nathan Coulter-Nile stroked a career-best 92 off 60 balls after Steve Smith led Australia's recovery from 38-4 as the defending champions reached 288 all out against West Indies at the Cricket World Cup.
Coulter-Nile, a fast bowler, made the highest score by a No. 8 in World Cup history by hitting eight fours and four sixes in an onslaught that jolted West Indies' aggressive pace attack after their superb start at Trent Bridge. His previous best ODI score was 34.
Smith steadied an innings that was rocking at 38-4 and at 79-5 with a 103-ball 73, before he was removed by one of the best catches of the tournament. Sheldon Cottrell took the catch one-handed just inside the boundary, tossed the ball in the air before he went over the rope, and returned to the field of play to collect the ball again.
Pacemen took all 10 wickets, just like when West Indies bounced out Pakistan for 105 last week in a seven-wicket win here in Nottingham.
Australia is also going for a second straight win, having already beaten Afghanistan.
Faced with more aggression from West Indies' pace attack, Australia is in trouble on 48-4 at the end of the opening 10-over powerplay at the Cricket World Cup.
Sheldon Cottrell has been the standout quick for the Windies, removing David Warner (3) and Glenn Maxwell (0) and celebrating his wickets with a military-style salute — a nod to his army background.
Usman Khawaja was roughed up by Oshane Thomas before swatting Andre Russell behind for 13. Aaron Finch was the first batsman to depart, to Thomas, for 6.
Australia is the first team this tournament to lose four wickets in the opening powerplay.
West Indies showed similar aggression in its opening group game against Pakistan, which was bounced out for 105.
West Indies has won the toss and chosen to bowl first against defending champion Australia at the Cricket World Cup.
While Australia's lineup is unchanged from its opening win over Afghanistan, West Indies brought in opener Evin Lewis as a replacement for Darren Bravo in a change to the team that opened with a big win over Pakistan. Shai Hope is likely to drop to No. 3 in the batting order.
Australia captain Aaron Finch said he would have batted first anyway if he'd won the toss, adding that the pitch looked dry and could spin later on.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
West Indies and Australia aim to join New Zealand on two wins from two group games at the Cricket World Cup when they meet at Trent Bridge in the only match on Day 8 of the tournament.
They are coming off seven-wicket wins in their first outings, defending champion Australia over Afghanistan and West Indies against Pakistan. The Windies are playing their second straight game in Nottingham.
Australia has bad memories of Trent Bridge, having been smashed for a world-record 481 by England 12 months ago, and the same batting strip is being used for the match against the West Indies.
Both teams are likely to lean heavily on pace on what is set to be a sunny day in central England. The West Indies' quicks took all 10 wickets when roughing up against Pakistan.
Australia has won nine of its last 10 one-day internationals against West Indies, though they haven't met in an official ODI since 2016.
Dhaka, Jun 6 (UNB) — Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said that the team’s batting error against New Zealand in their second World Cup match was bigger than the fumble of Mushfiqur Rahim behind the wicket.
Tigers lost the match by two wickets in spite of posting a moderate total of 244 on the board. However, bowlers kept the things tight for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh started their World Cup campaign with a clinical victory over the Proteas but in their second game, they were shaky with the bat and defective in the field.
“I don’t think we should go after Mushi (Mushfiqur). That throw was straight to the stumps. But as a wicketkeeper, it’s always tough to decide if it was straight or not. He wanted to pick the ball first and then break the stumps but suddenly his elbow disturbed the bell. It was a mistake. No one wants to make this mistake,” Mashrafe told the media after the match.
He also said that the batting error was a bigger reason for their defeat.
Mushfiqur missed the run-out of Kane Williamson. At the time, he was on eight, and he ended up scoring 40. Had Mushfiqur ran him out successfully, the match could have gone Tigers’ way.
Bangladesh bowled well in the match. Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin took two wickets each.
At the end of the game, New Zealand were in deep trouble. Mosaddek and Saifuddin made their work tough with the ball. However, the below-per score did not help the bowlers much.
Bangladesh will take on England in their next game on June 8 at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Mashrafe said they are now focusing on that game instead of putting too much attention on the loss against New Zealand.
Dhaka, June 6 (UNB) - West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first against defending world champions Australia in their second match of the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday.
Both of West Indies and Australia won in their first game. While West Indies outplayed Pakistan by seven wickets, Australia won their match by the same margin against Afghanistan.
To back his decision to bat first, West Indies captain Jason Holder said the wicket is offering some early advantage for the bowlers, and this is why he opted to bowl first.
“It is a good wicket and we are hoping for some early wickets. We want to be disciplined in both of the departments. We want to continue to play some good cricket. I think it is going to be a good surface. We just have to be aggressive. We have made one change in our team, Evin Lewis comes in and Darren Bravo misses out,” Holder told while performing the toss.
Aaron Finch, on the other hand, said he would have opted to bat first as well. The Australian captain said the wicket is looked good to him for the batsman but at the late, the spinners might get some help from the surface.
“I wanted to bat first anyway on this wicket. It looks dry and hopefully, it will assist spinners late in the game. Confidence in the camp has made a difference and we have stepped up our game in crucial moments,” Finch told the broadcaster.
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
England, June 6 (AP/UNB) — South Africa's demoralizing run of injuries and defeats has left a simple equation for Faf du Plessis and his beleaguered team at the Cricket World Cup.
Win six straight games and they're still in the hunt for the elusive title. Lose one, and an already long stretch of unfulfilled potential will likely continue.
The six-wicket loss to India on Wednesday was the third in the first seven days of the tournament for the South Africans, their worst ever run at a Cricket World Cup.
But the skid and the degree of difficulty it has created for the team isn't enough to ruffle veteran opening batsman Hashim Amla, who thinks success just may come from being forced down a different route.
"The last two World Cups, we started off pretty good but unfortunately we didn't win," he said. "Maybe this is another way around. Maybe this could be the one where we start badly, get a win, get some momentum and turn things around."
South Africa will have four days before its next match against the West Indies, again in Southampton.
Some recovery time could be all they need to turn things around, said Amla, who was dismissed for six against India after missing the weekend loss to Bangladesh as a precaution following a head-knock in the opening loss to England.
The South Africans have already lost veteran pace spearhead Dale Steyn for the tournament — he didn't bowl a ball — and have had to do without Lungi Ngidi since he strained his hamstring early in the loss the Bangladesh. Other fast bowlers were injured before the tournament and didn't travel to England.
But an under-resourced attack, led by paceman Kagiso Rabada, did an impressive job in trying to defend a small target of 228 and India only had 15 balls to spare in securing the win.
The losses to top-ranked England and No. 2-ranked India weren't entirely unexpected for the Proteas, although dropping the game to Bangladesh was costly.
South Africa has never reached a Cricket World Cup final but came tantalizingly close in a tied semifinal the last time the tournament was held in England, with Australia advancing on a tiebreaker countback from that game and going on to win the title in 1999.
Every game will be treated like a knockout now for the South Africans. And, who knows, it may even come down to the last group game against Australia in Manchester on July 6 to determine spots in the semifinals.
"We've got to keep things in perspective. Take our time to lament all the results," said Amla, who averages almost 50 and has scored almost 8,000 runs in the ODI format. "Desperate? I don't think just yet. Six out of six basically gets you there. It's about reassessing and getting better."
Dhaka, Jun 6 (UNB) - After posting a moderate total of 244, Bangladesh fought hard against New Zealand but in the end, they ended up losing their second game in the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup by two wickets at the Oval, London on Wednesday.
Three spinners -- Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mosaddek Hossain -- took two wickets each when it needed most. But due to a low score on the board, their brilliant bowling efforts went in vain.
At the same time, a horrible keeping mistake by Mushfiqur Rahim also was a reason behind this loss. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson got a life when he was at eight during the 12th over of their innings.
Ross Tayler pushed the ball towards mid-on. Tamim was there and threw the ball to the striking end. The ball was direct to the stumps, but Mushfiqur came in front of stumps, grabbed the ball and broke the stumps. But grabbing the ball, he disturbed the bells with his elbow. Williamson ended up hitting 40. Bangladesh cost a lot for that fumble.
New Zealand added 35 runs in the first wicket stand while chasing. They lost two wickets in 55 runs. Both of the first two wickets were removed by Shakib. Despite having a low score, Bangladesh fought hard from the start of their defending act.
However, in the third wicket stand, Williamson and Taylor added 105. This stand made the things difficult for the Tigers.
But the bowlers were doing well. They bagged wickets at regular intervals. Miraz removed Williamson who was the biggest threat for Bangladesh. Two runs later, Miraz scalped the wicket of Tom Latham as well. These two wickets brought the Tigers back in the match.
After that, Mosaddek and Mohammad Saifuddin bagged the wickets of Ross Taylor (82 off 91 with nine fours), Colin de Grandhomme (15), James Neesham (25) and Matt Henry (6). However, in the end, Bangladesh lost the game with 17 balls to spare. Mitchell Santner (12) and Lockie Ferguson (4) remained unbeaten. Taylor was the man of the match for his match-winning knock.
Earlier, Bangladesh batted first after losing the toss and posted a moderate total of 244 runs. They gave away 124 dot balls in their innings. Shakib was the best batsman hitting 68. Besides him, Mohammad Saifuddin (29) Mohammad Mithun (26), Soumya Sarkar (25), Tamim Iqbal (24) and Mahmudullah (20) also contributed with the bat.
For New Zealand, Matt Henry took four wickets for 47 runs, and Trent Boult took two for 44.
Bangladesh will take on the hosts England in their third World Cup game on June 8 at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, while New Zealand will face Afghanistan on the same day at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.