Nathan Coulter-Nile Inspires Australia's 15-Run Win Over West Indies
Nathan Coulter-Nile's record-breaking innings laid the platform for Australia's 15-run victory over the West Indies on Thursday as the World Cup holders bounced back from a top-order collapse to make it two successive wins.
Oshane Thomas had Australia captain Aaron Finch caught before opening partner David Warner was held at backward point off Sheldon Cottrell. (All images courtesy: AFP)
Australia were in dire straits at 38 for four after the West Indies fast bowlers proved too hot to handle early on at Trent Bridge.
Nathan Coulter-Nile carried on a recovery started by former skipper Steve Smith (73), with the pair bailing Australia out in a stand of 102 in 89 balls.
Nathan Coulter-Nile's career-best 92, the highest score by any number eight batsman or lower in a World Cup, helped take them to 288 all out.
West Indies, despite a painstaking 68 from opener Shai Hope and 51 from captain Jason Holder finished on 273 for nine.
Fast bowler Mitchell Starc did the bulk of the damage with five for 46, the first five-wicket haul of this World Cup.