Australia demolished England by 64 runs at Lord’s on Tuesday to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Aaron Finch smashed a classy 100, Jason Behrendorff picked 5 for 44 and Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase a target of 286.
Australia, the defending champions are the first team to reach the last four of the 2019 World Cup. England, the hosts and one of the pre-tournament favourites, find themselves uncertain. They are at 8 points from 7 matches and face must-win matches against India and New Zealand to seal a spot.
England lost the plot in the 2nd ball of their chase when James Vince was bowled by Behrendorff. Joe Root, England’s leading run-scorer this World Cup was trapped in a LBW by Starc. Eoin Morgan did not feel comfortable during his brief stay was knocked off from a short ball from Starc. At this point England were at 26 for 3 in the 6th over.
England put hope in Ben Stokes in from the middle order. He anchored and played some enthralling shots to keep England in the hunt. When he started his association with Jos Buttler, it looked like England would take it close. However, England were packed when Marcus Stoinis removed Buttler. After a promising partnership between Stokes and Chris Woakes, Starc produced a lethal yorker to end Stokes’s on 89.
Behrendorff picked up 5-wicket haul in ODIs after dismissing Jofra Archer.
Earlier, England won the toss and decided to put Australia in to bat in overcast conditions. Aaron Finch and David Warner got into their groove and became the first opening pair to be involved in 5 successive 50+ stands in the World Cup.
The duo laid a solid foundation for a big score. David Warner became the 3rd Australian after Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting to score 500 runs in a single edition of the World Cup but he fell to Moeen Ali for 53 after a 123-run opening partnership.
Australia again sent Usman Khawaja before Steve Smith at No.3. Just when it looked that Australia could go par 300, Khawaja fell to Ben Stokes in the 33rd over, Finch miscued a pull shot off Jofra Archer right after getting to his 100 in the 36th over.
Steve Smith tried his best at No.4 with 38 but a horrible mix-up with Marcus Stoinis and regular wickets thereafter allowed England to restrict the Australians. Alex Carey’s unbeaten 38 off 27 meant Australia got to a competitive total against a power-packed English batting line-up.
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