The defending champions Australia have become the first team to secure a place in the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2019. The five-time title holder displayed a staggering performance to register a fighting 64-run victory over hosts England at the Lord’s on Tuesday. The first innings of the match got divided into two halves, wherein the Aussie skipper Aaron Finch stroked a brilliant hundred and along with David Warner provided his team a solid opening foundation. But then the English team staged a remarkable comeback to restrict Australia to a modest first innings total.
In the second innings, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell were absolutely sensational with the ball as the duo continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals. Ben Stokes played as the lone warrior for England and at the end, his remarkable effort with the bat got went in vain as Australia cruised to an emphatic win. With this victory, Australia are also back at the top of the points table.
England’s fine comeback restricts Australia after Finch’s remarkable century
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, Australian team got off to a brilliant start as the two openers, Aaron Finch and David Warner played very nicely from the word go, handling the England bowlers very well in the opening overs. The duo stitched a fabulous opening partnership of 123 runs to provide a solid foundation at the top before Warner got out for a 61-ball 53. However, the Aussie skipper, Finch, didn’t get bothered much by Warner’s dismissal and kept playing his natural aggressive game.
Finch racked up his second hundred of the tournament and compiled a valuable half-century partnership with Usman Khawaja. But after their stand was broken at the score of 173, Australia’s massive downfall started as they lost six wickets for just 86 runs.
The defending champions were reeling at 259 for 7 and then wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey played a fine unbeaten cameo of 38 runs off 27 balls to help Australia finish with 285 runs on the board. For England, Chris Woakes picked up two scalps, while Archer, Wood, Moeen and Stokes finished with a wicket each.
Behrendorff and Starc’s staggering spells rattles England
Chasing a stiff target of 286 runs in a pressure game, England got off to a horrendous start losing the key scalps of James Vince, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan with just 26 runs on the scoreboard. Things were in a mess for England and their problems increased when the in-form Jonny Bairstow also got out pretty quickly. The two Aussie new ball bowlers, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc bowled amazing opening spells to rattle the English top-order quite early in the innings.
After the early jitters, the pair of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. Stokes notched up a vital half-century and stitched an excellent partnership of 71 runs along with Buttler. Just when things were looking good for England, the dangerous Buttler got out as Usman Khawaja took a fantastic catch just near the boundary line. After his dismissal, Stokes took England’s progress further in the chase along with Chris Woakes.
Stokes was playing a responsible innings of 89 runs and just when he looked to take the game away, Starc bowled an amazing toe-crushing yorker to shatter the left-hander’s stumps right through and also brought a massive moment in the game. After Stokes’ wicket, Behrendorff and Starc wrapped up the England lower-order pretty quickly as England got bowled out for 221 runs in 44.4 overs. For Australia, Behrendorff claimed a phenomenal five-wicket haul, while Starc finished with four crucial wickets to his name.
Australia: 285/7 in 50 overs (Aaron Finch-100, David Warner-53; Chris Woakes 2/46, Ben Stokes 1/42)
England: 221/10 in 44.4 overs (Ben Stokes-89; Jason Behrendorff 5/44, Mitchell Starc 4/43)
Result: Australia won the match by 64 runs.