England have become the second finalists of the ICC World Cup 2019 with a spectacular 8-wicket victory over arch-rivals Australia in the second semi-final at the Edgbaston, Birmingham. The English bowling trio of Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer bowled amazingly well to restrict Australia within a pretty modest first innings total inspite of Steve Smith’s remarkable innings. In the chase, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow continued their sensational combined run in this tournament providing a strong foundation at the top. In the end, England won the game with much of ease and will now meet New Zealand in the grand finale on Sunday.
Woakes and Rashid's effective spells restricts Australia to 223
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Australian team got off to a horrible start losing two key early wickets in the form of Aaron Finch and David Warner. Australia's troubles against the new ball got intensified as World Cup debutant Peter Handscomb also got dismissed pretty soon leaving them at 14 for 3. The duo of Steve Smith and Alex Carey then joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation.
Both the batters played amazingly well to stitch a remarkable partnership of 103 runs before Carey got out in the 28th over for a 70-ball 46. Along with Carey's wicket, Australia once again went downhill losing wickets at regular intervals.
However, Smith played a brilliant innings of 85 runs off 119 balls to help Australia finish with a competitive total of 223 runs on the board. For England, the pair of Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid bowled very well to pick up three scalps each, while Archer also took two vital wickets.
Roy and Bairstow’s strong opening foundation leads England in the chase
Chasing a stiff target of 224 runs in a pressure game, the English team got off to an excellent start at the top as both the in-form openers, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow provided a solid opening foundation. The duo showed some remarkable composure and temperament to compile a brilliant opening stand of 124 runs.
Bairstow played a vital innings of 34 runs off 43 balls to lend complete support to Roy, who contributed with an exciting knock of 85 runs off 65 balls that included of nine fours and five sixes. Both the openers had batted so well that they had reduced the chase to mere formalities.
In the end, the pair of Joe Root and Eoin Morgan stitched a vital partnership of 79 runs to help England chase down the target quite easily with 17.5 overs to spare. Root remained unbeaten after scoring 49 runs off 46 balls, while Morgan also played well for his unbeaten 39-ball 45.
Australia: 223/10 in 49 overs (Steve Smith-85, Alex Carey-46; Chris Woakes 3/20, Adil Rashid 3/54)
England: 226/2 in 32.1 overs (Jason Roy-85, Joe Root-49*, Eoin Morgan-45)
Result: England won the match by 8 wickets.