Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile help Australia snatch victory from West Indies

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Chris Gayle was given out on what should have been a free hit in one of several questionable calls by umpire Chris Gaffaney early on in the West Indies' chase of Australia's first innings total of 288 at Trent Bridge.

Nathan Coulter-Nile's career-best 92 and Mitchell Starc's 5-46 earned Australia a hard-fought 15-run win over West Indies in an vast Trent Bridge tussle.

Smith (73) and Coulter-Nile transformed Australia's innings after the top-order succumbed to West Indies' well-executed, short-ball plans.

Chris Gayle and Shai Hope will open the batting for West Indies, with veteran opener Evin Lewis not making the cut.

The two teams, who have won seven out of the 11 World Cups so far between them, are clashing against each other after both cruised to comfortable opening victories. Starc then cleaned up Sheldon Cottrell to claim the first five-wicket haul of the tournament as Australia made it two wins from two.

Aaron Finch (six) did well to nick a crackerjack delivery from Oshane Thomas (2-63) before David Warner (three) carved Cottrell to backward point. Maybe it was a realisation that a year-long ban for ball-tampering had done nothing to diminish the batsman that tortured England in the last Ashes down under and could yet do the same later this summer.

Take a bow Sheldon Cottrell, that was incredible!

Coulter-Nile, whose previous best ODI score was 34, enjoyed a life on 61 when he was dropped in the deep by Shimron Hetmyer off Ashley Nurse, giving Smith the chance to bring up the 100-run stand in style with a four off Thomas. His 92, which featured eight fours and a quartet of sixes and spanned a mere 60 deliveries, bettered the 72 not out collected by Zimbabwe's Heath Streak against New Zealand in Bloemfontein during the 2003 World Cup.

Gaffaney sparked Holding's outrage when he gave Gayle out twice LBW in Mitchell Starc's second over, only for Gayle to successfully challenge both through the decision review system.

But Hope, biding his time, completed a 76-ball fifty.

West Indies, however, suffered a huge setback when Hope chipped a Pat Cummins slower ball to mid-on.

Starc then snared 5-46 in restricting the West Indies' reply to 9-273, in turn becoming the fastest man to 150 ODI wickets.

It was a jaw dropping effort from the West Indies seamer who displayed some fancy footwork before grabbing a one-handed stunner out of thin air to dismiss the unsafe looking Steve Smith for 73 off 103 balls just when he had started to dictate terms in the middle.



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