Cricket WCup update: Australia beats West Indies by 15 runs

West Indies' Shai Hope (R) reacts after losing his wicket for 68 during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Australia and West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England, on June 6, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

Australia made it two wins from two games at the start of its Cricket World Cup title defence by eking out a 15-run win over West Indies.

Chasing 289 to win at Trent Bridge, West Indies had half-centuries from Shai Hope (68) and captain Jason Holder (51) but was restricted to 273-9 — mainly because of Mitchell Starc’s 5-46, the first five-wicket haul of the tournament.

The Australians, who have also beaten Afghanistan by seven wickets, were only given a decent score to protect courtesy of Steve Smith’s 73 and a career-best 92 off 60 balls by Nathan Coulter-Nile. That was the highest score by a No 8, or lower, in World Cup history.

Australia had been reeling on 38-4 and 79-5.

West Indies opened the tournament with a big win over Pakistan in Nottingham.

Australia joins New Zealand on a maximum four points.