Nathan Coulte-Nile’s 92 is the highest by a No.8 in World Cups.Australia won against Afghanistan in their opening game.West Indies defeated Pakistan in Trent Bridge. New Delhi: Australia were left reeling at 38/4 in the seventh over after West Indies had won the toss and opted to bat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash in Trent Bridge on Thursday. Steve Smith held the innings together and was given good support from Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey. The partnership with Carey, worth 109 runs, revived Australia but once the wicketkeeper fell for 45, Australia were still miles away from posting a competitive total against the Windies. However, Nathan Coulter-Nile, coming in at No.8, had other ideas and he proceeded to change the course of the game and put West Indies on the backfoot.After starting slowly, Coulter-Nile opened up with two boundaries off Oshane Thomas to signal his intentions. Smith calmly notched up his 20th fifty and he was happy to give the strike more frequently to Coulter-Nile. The right-hander reposed the faith by hammering Andre Russell for a couple of boundaries. The momentum was with Australia as Coulter-Nile smashed a big six off Russell and the bowler walked away after bowling his eighth over due to a hamstring injury, presenting West Indies with some problems. highlights Coulter-Nile neared his fifty with a four off Carlos Brathwaite and he notched up his maiden fifty off the same bowler. Having reached his landmark, the Australia No.8 decided to punish West Indies further by launching Brathwaite straight down the ground for his second six. With Smith departing for 73 thanks to a magnificent catch from Sheldon Cottrell, the onus was on Coulter-Nile and he did not disappoint. He clubbed offspinner Ashley Nurse for a boundary and was dropped by Shimron Hetmyer at midwicketHaving received a life, Coulter-Nile proceeded to punish Sheldon Cottrell for two sixes and he looked good to reach a record century but in the quest for quick runs, Coulter-Nile miscued a lofted shot off Carlos Brathwaite to be caught at long off. His knock of 92 broke plenty of records in the process.Coulter-Nile’s 92 is the highest by a No.8 in the history of World Cups, going past Zimbabwe’s Heath Streak’s 72 against New Zealand in the 2003 World Cup match in Bloemfontein. Coulter-Nile’s effort was the highest by an Australian, going past Andy Bichel’s 64 against England in the 2003 match in Port Elizabeth. The highest score hit by a No.8 in ODIs is Chris Woakes’ unbeaten 95 which he achieved in Trent Bridge during the game against Sri Lanka in 2016. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The Trojans fell to No. 8 Oregon State 63-53 on Friday night, marking the end of the team’s Pac-12 tournament play. Despite rallying several times, the Trojans were unable to outmatch the 3-point shooting to overcome an early deficit.Oregon State opened the game with a 7-run to jump out to an 8-2 lead within the first three minutes of the game. Despite several strong plays from junior Kristen Simon and sophomore Sadie Edwards, the Trojans were unable to keep up the scoring pace and fell behind 18-8. USC chipped away at that lead several times — bringing the score within 6 several times — but consistent 3 shots from Oregon State disrupted the Trojans’ rhythm. But the end of the quarter saw the Trojans bounce back, when freshman Aliyah Mazyck sparked an offensive surge. Edwards finished the half with a converted 3-point play, cutting the deficit to only 6 points.Despite carrying that momentum into the locker room, Oregon State came back with dominating offense to start the second half. After knocking down two 3s and another bucket, the Beavers took a 44-33 lead and held onto it for the rest of the half. Like the first half, the Trojans were able to chip away at Oregon State’s lead, bringing it down to seven or eight points on a few occasions, but it wasn’t enough to keep up against the high-powered Beavers’ shooting.At the end of the game, Oregon State dropped nine 3s against the Trojans’ three and held USC’s leading scorer Temi Fagbenle to only 10 points and six rebounds. Without Fagbenle producing her normal amount of points, Edwards stepped up to deliver 20 points. As a total, the Trojans shot only 38 percent against Oregon State’s 53 percent. The disparity in effectiveness from the floor was the ultimate downfall for the Trojans, as they ended their run in the tournament and fell to 19-13 overall against the highly-ranked Oregon State squad.