Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Afghanistan's Shahzad out of Cricket World Cup

Afghanistan's Shahzad out of Cricket World Cup

"Always exciting playing the West Indies".

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc produced a devastating display of death bowling as Australia beat West Indies by 15 runs at Trent Bridge for their second consecutive win in the Cricket World Cup on Thursday.

Sheldon Cottrell is delighted, and out comes the salute!

Smith, who was lightly booed onto and off the field for his part in the Australian ball-tampering scandal of past year in South Africa, anchored Australia's recovery from 38-4 and 79-5. Because he was about teeter over the boundary rope, Cottrell tossed the ball in the air, wheeled out and then back in the field of play, before collecting the ball again.

"As a team we really wanted to play this match especially after gaining momentum with the win against England", Pakistan captain Sarfaraz said after rained-out tie on Friday. Chasing will be a good decision for the team and the pitch condition which would support the chasing team to score a bit with game-changing batsmen in West Indies.

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.

But Finch believes it's the mental side of preparations that Australia need to get right, warning his side not to hold back with either bat or ball against Chris Gayle and co.

But with West Indies putting on a destructive short-bowling show in dismissing Pakistan for 105, a step-up is in store if Finch's side want to stay flawless.

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, a two-time World Cup victor, has been impressed by what he has seen from the West Indies so far.

He has played 16 one-day internationals for West Indies, making his debut in 2015.

Australia's Steve Smith can't quite believe he's been caught by Sheldon Cottrell. West Indies, however, suffered a huge setback when Hope chipped a Pat Cummins slower ball to mid-on.

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