Day 8 at the World Cup: In another World Cup 2019 cracker, Australia held off West Indies in a run chase at Trent Bridge to win by 14 runs. The Aussies should have recorded a much lower score after their top order was bounced out, but Nathan Coulter-Nile smashed a career-best 92 to save his team.
On the World Cup Daily, Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins are following the Cup all around England and Wales. Their long weekly podcast The Final Word has been going for five years, but now it has changed into a short daily form for cricket’s biggest tournament.
Every day, The Final Word will team up with First Post to bring you a new episode from wherever Geoff and Adam are on the road. On trains and buses, in pubs, on the street, in parks, on barges floating down rivers, and anywhere else that they might end up.
They are also watching an awful lot of cricket, and can summarise all the matches that you didn’t have time to see, or can bring you into the discussion about the ones you did watch.
They will nominate their player of the day, who will probably not be the official man of the match, and will pick one moment or person or incident to go into The Final Word Hall of Fame, with an overall winner to come at the end of the tournament.
Today’s episode for Day 8 comes to you from Trent Bridge, where Geoff and Adam were watching the West Indies v Australia match.
Steve Smith made 73 to join Coulter-Nile in rescuing the innings, after a brilliant opening burst from the West Indies quicks reduced Australia to 79 for 5. Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas were all prominent.
But Australia fought back to post 288, and then Mitchell Starc's five wickets eventually swung the match in Australia's favour.
Tomorrow on Day 9 we move on to Bristol, where Pakistan will look for a second win over Sri Lanka.
Tune in to The Final Word World Cup Daily on Day 9.