There have been quite a few exciting rivalries on the cricketing field and one of them is the battle between two heavyweight teams, England and Australia. In the first half of the 32nd game of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Lord’s, Australia got off to a exceptional start on the back of skipper Aaron Finch’s remarkable hundred and his partner David Warner’s impressive half-century. But then the host English team staged a brilliant comeback and restricted Australia within a par first innings total because at the start, the defending champions were looking good to post a huge total on the board.
Finch and Warner compile third 100-run stand of World Cup 2019
England captain won the toss and opted to bowl first because he reckoned that the pitch will provide some assistance early on as it has rained quite a bit overnight. However, the two Australian in-form openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch, downed Morgan’s plans quite early by going after the English fast bowlers from the word go. The Aussie experienced opening duo came out with a smart plan of playing out the dangerous Jofra Archer and taking apart the rest of the bowlers.
Both Warner and Finch scored brilliant half-centuries each and put on a fabulous partnership of 123 runs to provide a massive foundation at the top. After his pacers failed to do the job, Morgan was forced to bring on the spinners into the play and Moeen Ali provided his team with the opening breakthrough in the form of Warner’s massive wicket. Finch then carried forward Australia’s progress further along with another left-hand batsman Usman Khawaja.
Finch racks up a staggering hundred
The pair added a vital stand of 50 runs to take Australia’s score to 173, but then Ben Stokes bowled a beautiful delivery to shatter Khawaja’s stumps right through. However, Finch never lost his focus and notched up a sensational hundred in the 36th over. Morgan brought back Archer for another spell in the search of wickets and he instantly delivered by removing the dangerous Aussie skipper just after the latter scored his second century of the tournament. Before getting out, Finch had already done a fabulous job, playing a phenomenal innings of 100 runs off 116 balls that included of 11 fours and 2 sixes.
English team makes a comeback
Finch’s dismissal brought in Glenn Maxwell at the crease and he immediately smashed Archer for a couple of amazing shots. However, as it has been thus far in the competition, Maxwell once again threw his wicket away after going guns at the start and this time ended up nicking behind to Jos Buttler. Marcus Stoinis, who came in at six, got involved in a big mix-up with Steve Smith and in that process, the former lost his wicket and this allowed England to make a remarkable comeback in the game.
Australia suffered a heavy batting collapse as they lost six wickets for just 86 runs and after a fantastic start, they managed to score 285 runs in their quota of 50 overs. Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey contributed with an amazing cameo of 38 runs to help Australia finish on a high. For England, Chris Woakes picked up two scalps, while Archer, Wood, Moeen and Stokes finished with a wicket each.
Australia 285/7 in 50 overs (Aaron Finch-100, David Warner-53, Alex Carey-38*; Chris Woakes 2/46, Ben Stokes 1/29) vs England.