Semifinal 2 highlights: England crush Australia to reach ICC CWC 2019 final

England cricket team. Photo: Reuters

England cricket team entered their first ICC Cricket World Cup final after 9,969 days, decimating five-time champions Australia cricket team by eight wickets after a fearless knock from Jason Roy at The Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham on Thursday. Chasing 224 in a World Cup semifinal was not expected to be a walk in the park but England made it just that with an aggressive approach that has become synonymous with them over the past four years. Openers Roy (85 off 65) and Jonny Bairstow (34 off 43) shared a 124-run stand, their fourth century stand in a row, to do bulk of the job for their team after the bowlers put up an all-round show to dismiss Australia for 223 despite a valiant effort from Steve Smith (85). Joe Root (49 not out off 46) and captain Eoin Morgan (45 not out off 39) knocked off the remaining runs to complete a famous win in just 32.1 overs. England, who lost three World Cup finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992, now have a golden opportunity to win the elusive crown with a victory against New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.

ICC CWC 2019, semifinal 2: Australia vs England full scorecard

 

 

As India experienced in the first semifinal, chasing even a modest target has proved to be tricky in the tournament but England batsmen, especially Roy, made it look easy with their delightful stroke play.

Roy, who was unlucky to be given out caught behind when the replays suggested otherwise, was unstoppable from the word go. He got going with a couple of off-drives before collecting boundaries at will. He was expectedly angry with the umpire's decision and could be penalised ahead of the final.

The early swing that could have troubled the openers was not there, allowing to Roy to go for his shots against the likes of Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff. His entertaining knock comprised nine fours and fives sixes including three off part-timer Smith.

What was remarkable that England did not change their approach after the dismissals of Bairstow and Roy who left England sitting pretty at 147 for two in the 20th over. Steamrolling Australia in a big game is a rare occurrence but the hosts managed to do that. It was Australia's first ever loss in a World Cup semifinal.

Earlier, a hostile bowling performance from England pacers broke the backbone of Australian batting.

Courtesy Smith, Australia got something to bowl at after a fiery opening spell from Chris Woakes (3/20) and Jofra Archer (2/32) had them gasping for breath at 14 for three.

The gutsy right-hander got some help from Alex Carey (46 off 70) and Mitchell Starc (29 off 36) in posting a fighting total. Besides the England pacers, leggie Adil Rashid (3/54) made a significant contribution by taking crucial wickets in the middle overs.

Australia skipper Aaron Finch, who opted to bat, was the first to go after Archer trapped in front of the stumps with a full length ball.

Woakes too was breathing fire from the other end as he got one to jump off a length, surprising the in-form David Warner (9) who ended up edging it to first slip.

Peter Handscomb, playing his first game of the tournament, joined Smith in the middle but lasted only 12 balls. Woakes got another one to nip back in off the seam and Handscomb played all over it to have his stumps rattled.

Smith now had an arduous task of resurrecting the innings and he found support from Carey, who played a brave knock despite being hit on the chin off a sharp Archer bouncer. Such was the impact of the blow that his helmet flew off and blood started dripping from his chin, so much so that he had to apply bandage around his face.

But Carey carried on and forged a valuable 103-run stand with Smith.

With their partnership going strong, it seemed Australia were out of the woods but Rashid ensured England were back on top with a double strike that saw the back of Carey and Marcus Stoinis.

With Glenn Maxwell (22) and Pat Cummins too departing early, a stranded Smith got much needed help from Mitchell Starc (29 off 36) as the duo shared a 51-run stand to push the total past 200.

It took a brilliant direct hit from keeper Jos Buttler to dismiss Smith, whose gritty knock comprised six fours.

Here are the playing 11 of both the teams:

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.

 

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England beats Australia by 8 wicket and register a place in finals after 9969 days

Over 32.1; England win

Morgan hits the first ball off Behrendoff's first ball over mid-off for FOUR to win the match

Over 32; England need 2 runs

Over Summary: 0 4 1 1 0 0  ; England: 

Mitchell Starc [8.0-0-64-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Root cuts towards gully region for no run as Maxwell makes a brilliant effort. 
 
Ball 5: Root punches towards extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 4:  A single for Morgan.
 
Ball 3: Root pulls towards deep square leg for a single
 
Ball 2: Root cuts through point region for FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 31; England need 8 runs

Over Summary:  0 Wd 0 0 4 0 1  ; England: 216-2

Behrendoff continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Root towards deep fine leg. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Root pulls towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR
 
Ball 3: DOT

Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 2: WIDE
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 30

Over Summary: 1 4 2 1 4 1  ; England: 210-2

Lyon continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Root towards square leg
 
Ball 5: Root smashes FOUR
 
Ball 4: A single for Morgan
 
Ball 3: Morgan collects a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Morgan smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: A single for Root towards square leg.
England need 27 runs

Over 29; DRINKS BREAK

Over Summary: MAIDEN  ; England: 197-2

Behrendorff continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 28

Over Summary: 1 1 4 4 0 1  ; England: 197-2

Lyon continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Morgan towards deep backward point
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Morgan hits FOUR again
 
Ball 3: Morgan smashes FOUR
 
Ball 2: Root collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Morgan collects a single 

Over 27

Over Summary:  1 0 2 0 4 1  ; England:  186-2

Jason Behrendorff [5.0-1-20-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Morgan drags towards deep fine leg for a single
 
Ball 5: Morgan pulls the short delivery towards deep backward square leg for FOUR
 
Ball 4: Morgan hits towards short mid-wicket for no run.
 
Ball 3: Morgan hits uppishly just over mid-off for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Morgan leaves outside off.
 
Ball 1: Root clips towards deep square leg for a single.

Over 26; CRR: 6.84 REQ: 1.89

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 4 2  ; England: 178-2

Nathan Lyon [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Morgan collects a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: Morgan goes for reverse sweep again and this time he connects it, FOUR runs. 
 
Ball 4: Morgan pushes towards short extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Morgan goes for reverse sweep, misses. 
 
Ball 1: Root nudges towards leg side for a easy single.

Over 25; CRR: 6.84 REQ: 2.12

Over Summary:  0 0 0 4 0 1  ; England:  171-2

Starc continues
 
Ball 6: Root punches wide of mid-off for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Root dabs towards off side for no run.
 
Ball 4: A yorker on leg stump, Root squeezes it to fine leg for FOUR
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 24; CRR: 6.87 REQ: 2.25

Over Summary: 1 0 1 1 Wd 0 4  ; England:  166-2

Pat Cummins continues
 
Ball 6: Morgan hits over mid-off for FOUR

Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 5: WIDE
 
Ball 4: A single for Root
 
Ball 3: A single for Morgan
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Root

Over 23

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 4 0  ; England: 158-2

Starc continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Morgan upper cuts for FOUR
 
Ball 4: A single for Roy towards fine leg.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT
The groundstaff are ready near the boundary rope as there is a slight drizzle. It is not strong enough to stop the play.

Over 22

Over Summary:   1 1 0 0 0 0  ; England:  153-2

Cummins continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Root
 
Ball 1: A single for Morgan towards fine leg

Over 21

Over Summary:  0 0 0 2 0 2  ; England: 151-2

Mitchell Starc [5.0-0-50-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Root cuts towards third man for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A couple of runs for Root towards deep mid-wicket
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 20; Roy departs

Over Summary:  1 4 1 W 0 0  ; England: 147-2

Pat Cummins [4.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Eoin Morgan, left handed bat, comes to the crease and sways away from the line of bumper.
 
Ball 4: A short delivery and Roy edges it to keeper, The Australians go up in unison and umpire Dharmasena had a bit of hesitation in raising his finger. That was what put off Roy. The UltraEdge shows a flatline as ball passes Roy.  Roy c Carey b Pat Cummins 85(65) [4s-9 6s-5]
 
Ball 3: A single for Root
 
Ball 2: Root smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: A single for Roy towards fine leg

Over 19; CRR: 7.42 REQ: 2.68

Over Summary:  4 1 0 0 0 0  ; England: 141-1

Stoinis continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Root punches towards extra cover for no run
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Roy steers down to third man for a single
 
Ball 1: Roy pulls towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR

Over 18; Bairstow departs

Over Summary: 0 W 4 0 4 4  ; England:  136-2

Mitchell Starc [4.0-0-38-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A wide delivery and Root crunched it to point boundary for FOUR
 
Ball 5: Root glances towards deep fine leg boundary for FOUR
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease and Starc greets him with a nasty short delivery on armpit, Root edges it and ball flies to fine leg boundary for FOUR 
 
Ball 2: Starc traps in front of wicket. Bairstow lbw b Starc 34(43) [4s-5]
 
Ball 1: Bairstow ducks under the bumper

Over 17

Over Summary:  1 2 0 0 0 Wd 4  ; England: 124-0

Marcus Stoinis, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Roy smashes FOUR
 
Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Roy collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 1: Bairstow collects a single.

Over 16; Jason Roy wreak havoc

Over Summary: 1 Wd 1 6 6 6 0  ; England:  116-0

Steven Smith, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Roy wallopes the third SIX over long-on.
 
Ball 4: Roy hammers straight down the ground a FLAT SIX.
 
Ball 3: Roy smashes over long-on for SIX

Ball 2: Bairstow collects a single as Maxwell makes a brilliant effort to save a certain boundary.
 
Ball 2: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 1: A single for Roy

DRINKS BREAK


Over 15; Roy hits FIFTY

Over Summary: 4 1 4 0 Wd 4 1  ; England:  95-0

Starc continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Roy towards mid-wicket

Ball 5: Roy drives through extra cover for FOUR and completes his FIFTY
 
Ball 5: WIDE
 
Ball 4: A short and wide delivery, Roy slashes towards point 
 
Ball 3: Another half volley and Jason Roy hits uppishly straight down the ground for FOUR
 
Ball 2: Bairstow hits towards third man for a single
 
Ball 1: A half volley and Bairstow slaps over mid-off for FOUR

Over 14

Over Summary: 0 0 4 0 0 0  ; England: 80-0

Pat Cummins continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A short delivery and Roy leaves it
 
Ball 3: Roy hits towards fine leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 13

Over Summary:  1 0 0 4 0 0  ; England:  76-0

Lyon continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Bairstow smashes FOUR
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Roy towards sweeper cover

Over 12

Over Summary:  0 1 0 5Wd 2 0 0 ; England: 71-0

Pat Cummins [2.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT

Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Bairstow collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 4: A bumper goes over batsman head and Carey fails to collect it. 5 WIDEs given.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Roy
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 11

Over Summary: 6 0 1 1 4 1  ; England: 63-0

Lyon continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Roy
 
Ball 5: Roy smashes FOUR
 
Ball 4: A single for Bairstow behind square
 
Ball 3: A single for Roy
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Roy greets Lyon with a SIX over long-on

Over 10

Over Summary: 1 1 1 2 1 0  ; England: 50-0

Behrendoff continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: A single for Roy
 
Ball 4: A couple of runs for Roy
 
Ball 3: A single for Biarstow towards mid-wicket
 
Ball 2: A single for Roy towards deep square leg
 
Ball 1: A single for Biarstow

Over 9

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 4  ; England:  44-0
 
Ball 6: Roy smashes FOUR
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 8

Over Summary: 0 0 1L 2 4 0  ; England:  40-0

Jason Behrendorff [3.0-1-8-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Bairstow smashes FOUR
 
Ball 4: A couple of runs for Bairstow
 
Ball 3: One leg byes for England
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 7

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 2  ; England: 33-0  

Pat Cummins continues
 
Ball 6: A couple of runs for Bairstow
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 6

Over Summary: Wd 4 0 0 1 6 0  ; England:  31-0

Starc continues

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Roy smashes SIX
 
Ball 4: A single for Bairstow
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Bairstow smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: WIDE

Over 5; CRR: 3.8 REQ: 4.56

Over Summary: 0 0 1 2 0 0  ; England: 19-0 

Behrendoff continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Roy tucks towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs
 
Ball 3: Bairstow works towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 4

Over Summary:  4 2 0 0 0 4  ; England:  16-0

Starc continues
 
Ball 6: A cracking shot from Jason Roy, drives through extra cover for FOUR, neatly
 
Ball 5: Roy taps towards gully region for no run.
 
Ball 4: Roy defends back to bowler.
 
Ball 3: Roy dabs towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 2: Roy flicks towards cow corner region a couple of runs
 
Ball 1: Roy drives through a tad wide of mid-off for FOUR

Over 3

Over Summary:  MAIDEN  ; England: 6-0

Behrendoff continues
 
Ball 6: Bairstow goes a fancy cover drive misse
 
Ball 5: Behrendoff beats Bairstow outside off.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Bairstow defends on front foot

Over 2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 Wd 0  ; England: 6-0

Mitchell Starc, left arm fast, comes into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 4 0  ; England: 5-0

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are at the crease. Roy is on strike. Jason Behrendorff opens the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Biartsow drives the half volley through covers for FOUR
 
Ball 4: A single for Roy
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Innings Break: England need 224 runs to get a place in finals

Over 49; Australia ALL OUT

Over Summary:  0 1 1 2 1 W  ; Australia: 223-10

Mark Wood continues
 
Ball 6: Mark Wood castles Behrendoff by SUPERB yorker.
 
Ball 5: A single for Lyon
 
Ball 4: Lyon collects a couple of runs towards backward square leg
 
Ball 3: A single for Behrendoff
 
Ball 2: A single for Lyon towards cover
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 48; Smith, Starc depart

Over Summary:  W W 0 1 0 0  ; Australia: 218-9

Woakes continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Lyon collects a single
 
Ball 3: Nathan Lyon, right handed bat, comes to the crease and defends
 
Ball 2: A wild swing from Starc, but manages only feather edge. GONE. Starc c Buttler b Woakes 29(36) [4s-1 6s-1]

Jason Behrendorff, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Smith gets RUNOUT, and misses his century by 17 runs. Smith run out (Buttler) 85(119) [4s-6]

Over 47

Over Summary: 1 2 2 0 1 1  ; Australia: 217-7

Mark Wood [7.0-0-33-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Smith pulls towards deep mid-wicket for a single
 
Ball 5: A short delivery and Starc top edges towards deep fine leg for a single
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Starc glances towards deep fine leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Starc tucks towards deep square leg for a couple of rus.
 
Ball 1: A full delivery and Smith collects a single.

Over 46

Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 1 1L  ; Australia: 210-7

Chris Woakes [6.0-0-16-2] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A loud appeal for LBW against Smith, umpire remains unmoved. England REVIEWs and it is umpire's call. One leg byes taken.
 
Ball 5: A short delivery and Starc pulls towards deep backward square leg for a single.
 
Ball 4: A short delivery and Starc hits towards mid-off for no run. 
 
Ball 3: Starc pushes towards mid-off for no run.
 
Ball 2: Smith drags towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 1: Starc steers down to third man for a single

Over 45

Over Summary:  6 1 1 Wd 0 1 4 ; Australia: 206-7

Plunkett continues
 
Ball 6: Smith smashes FOUR
 
Ball 5: A single for Starc

Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 4: WIDE
 
Ball 3: A single for Smith
 
Ball 2: A single for Starc towards square leg
 
Ball 1: Starc smashes SIX

Over 44

Over Summary:  0 4 0 0 Wd 1 0  ; Australia: 192-7

Mark Wood continues
 
Ball 6: DOT

Ball 5: A single for Starc
 
Ball 5: WIDE
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Starc smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 43

Over Summary: 1 1 1 0 0 2  ; Australia: 186-7

Plunkett continues
 
Ball 6: A couple of runs for Smith
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Starc towards deep backward square leg
 
Ball 2: A tight single for Smith
 
Ball 1: A single for Starc towards fine leg

Over 42

Over Summary:  1L 0 1L 1 1 1  ; Australia: 181-7

Mark Wood continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Starc
 
Ball 5: Smith clips towards square leg for a single
 
Ball 4: Starc steers down to third man for a single
 
Ball 3: One leg byes for Australia
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: One leg byes for Australia

Over 41

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1  ; Australia: 176-7

Liam Plunkett [5.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Starc
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 40

Over Summary:  0 2 1 0 1 0  ; Australia: 175-7

Mark Wood continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Starc steers down to third man for a single
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Smith down to fine leg
 
Ball 2: A couple of runs for Smith
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 38

Over Summary:  0 0 1 W 0 0  ; Australia: 166-7

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Mitchell Starc, left handed bat, comes to the crease and Rashid beats him outside off
 
Ball 4: Cummins edges to first slip and Root takes an excellent catch to remover Cummins. Pat Cummins c Root b Adil Rashid 6(10)
 
Ball 3: A single for Smith towards sweeper cover
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 37

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 0 2  ; Australia: 165-6

Jofra Archer continues
 
Ball 6: A couple of runs for Cummins
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A couple of runs for Cummins towards backward point

Over 36

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 1 0  ; Australia: 161-6

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: A single for Cummins
 
Ball 4: A single for Smith
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Cummins towards deep point
 
Ball 1: A single for Smith

Over 35; Maxwell departs

Over Summary: 1 1 0 Wd 1 Wd W 0  ; Australia: 157-6

Jofra Archer continues
 
Ball 6: Pat Cummins, right handed bat, comes to the crease and drives towards backward point for no run. 

Ball 5: Jofra Archer scalps Maxwell. England needed this breakthrough. Maxwell c Morgan b Jofra Archer 22(23) [4s-2 6s-1]
 
Ball 5: WIDE

Ball 4: Smith works towards deep square leg for a single
 
Ball 4: WIDE
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Maxwell collects a single towards point region
 
Ball 1: Smith nearly gets played on, collects a single.

Over 34

Over Summary:  2 0 0 4 1 1  ; Australia: 152-5

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Smith
 
Ball 5: Maxwell collects a single towards sweeper cover
 
Ball 4: Maxwell smashes FOUR
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A couple of runs for Maxwell towards cow corner

Over 33

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 1 ; Australia: 144-5

Jofra Archer continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Maxwell towards deep square leg
 
Ball 5: A single for Smith towards deep point 
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 32; Maxwell smashes SIX

Over Summary:  0 0 1 6 0 0 ; Australia: 142-5

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Maxwell smashes SIX
 
Ball 3: A single for Smith towards fine leg
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 31; CRR: 4.35

Over Summary:  1 0 0 4 0 0  ; Australia: 135-5

Jofra Archer [5.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Maxwell smashes FOUR
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Smith

Over 30

Over Summary: 1 2 0 0 0 0  ; Australia: 130-5

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT 
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Maxwell collects a couple of runs.
 
Ball 1: A single for Smith down the ground

Over 29

Over Summary:  2 1 0 1 4 1  ; Australia: 127-5

Stokes continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Smith
 
Ball 5: Smith smashes FOUR
 
Ball 4: A single for Maxwell
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Smith collects a couple of runs

Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 28; Rashid scalps two

Over Summary: 1 W 0 1 0 W  ; Australia: 118-5

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: Rashid deceives Stoinis with a googly, follows by a loud appeal for LBW. GONE. Stoinis lbw b Adil Rashid 0(2) 
 
Ball 5: Stoinis hits towards cover for no run
 
Ball 4: A single for Smith towards long-on and with this he completes his FIFTY
 
Ball 3: DOT

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Carey down the wicket and goes aerial but holed out to deep mid-wicket. Carey c (sub)James Vince b Adil Rashid 46(70) [4s-4]
 
Ball 1: A single for Smith down the ground

Over 27; CRR: 4.3

Over Summary: 1 0 2 0 0 0  ; Australia:  116-3

Ben Stokes [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Carey hits towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Smith

Over 26

Over Summary:  Wd 1 4 1 1 1 1  ; Australia: 113-3

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Smith
 
Ball 5: A single for Carey
 
Ball 4: A single for Smith
 
Ball 3: A single for Carey towards sweeper cover
 
Ball 2: Carey sweeps towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR

Ball 1: A single for Smith down the ground
 
Ball 1: WIDE

Over 25

Over Summary:  1 Wd 1 1 0 Wd 0 0 ; Australia: 103-3

Plunkett continues
 
Ball 6: DOT

Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 5: WIDE
 
Ball 4:  DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Smith

Ball 2: A single for Carey
 
Ball 2: WIDE
 
Ball 1: A single for Smith

Over 24

Over Summary: 1 0 2 0 2 1  ; Australia: 98-3

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Smith
 
Ball 5: A couple of runs for Smith
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Smith
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Carey towards long-on

Over 23

Over Summary: 0 4 0 1 0 0  ; Australia: 92-3

Plunkett continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Carey
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Carey leans forward and drives towards cover for FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 22

Over Summary: 1 1 2 1 1 1  ; Australia: 87-3

Adil Rashid continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Carey
 
Ball 5: A single for Smith
 
Ball 4: A single for Carey
 
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Carey
 
Ball 2: A single for Smith
 
Ball 1: Carey comes down the wicket and hits towards long-on for a single

Over 21

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 1  ; Australia: 80-3

Liam Plunkett [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Carey
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Smith
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 20

Over Summary:  0 0 1 1 4 0  ; Australia:  78-3

Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Carey smashes FOUR
 
Ball 4: A single for Smith
 
Ball 3: A single for Carey
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Carey hits back to bowler

Over 19

Over Summary: 4 1 0 0 0 1  ; Australia: 72-3

Mark Wood continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Carey
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Smith 
 
Ball 1: Smith smashes FOUR

Over 18

Over Summary:  1 1 0 2 0 0  ; Australia: 66-3

Plunkett continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Carey collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Smith
 
Ball 1: A single for Carey

Over 17

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 2 4  ; Australia: 62-3

Mark Wood continues after drinks break
 
Ball 6: Smith smashes FOUR
 
Ball 5: A couple of runs for Smith
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Carey 
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 16

Over Summary: 4 1 0 0 3 0  ; Australia: 55-3

Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Carey collects 3 runs
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Smith
 
Ball 1: Smith smashes FOUR

Over 15

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 1 0  ; Australia: 47-3

Mark Wood continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Smith edges towards third man for a single
 
Ball 4: Carey collects a single towards backward point
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 14

Over Summary: 1 4 0 0 2 2  ; Australia: 45-3

Stokes continues
 
Ball 6: Another couple of runs for Smith
 
Ball 5: A couple of runs for Smith
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Smith smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: A single for Carey

Over 13

Over Summary:  Wd 1 0 Wd 2L 1 Wd 0 0  ; Australia: 36-3

Mark Wood, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Mark Wood beats Smith with a peach of delivery

Ball 5; DOT
 
Ball 5: WIDE
 
Ball 4: A single for Carey

Ball 3: Two leg byes for Australia
 
Ball 3: WIDE
 
Ball 2: DOT

Ball 1: A single for Smith towards cover
 
Ball 1: WIDE

Over 12

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 0  ; Australia: 29-3 

Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Smith drives towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Smith defends

Over 11

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0  ; Australia: 28-3

Woakes continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Smith towards sweeper covre
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 10; CRR: 2.7

Over Summary: 0 1 1 1 0 0  ; Australia: 27-3

Jofra Archer continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Smith towards behind square.
 
Ball 3: Carey clips towards deep backward square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 2: A single for Smith towards third man
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 9; CRR: 2.67

Over Summary:  0 1L 0 0 0 4  ; Australia: 24-3

Woakes continues
 
Ball 6: A half-volley and Carey drives handsomely towards deep extra cover for FOUR
 
Ball 5: Woakes beats Carey outside off
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: One leg byes for Australia
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 8; Carey bleeding after getting hit on chin

Over Summary:  0 3 0 1 0 0  ; Australia: 19-3

Jofra Archer continues
 
Ball 6: A bumper from Jofra hits Carey on chin and he is bleeding. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Smith dabs towards cover for a single
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Carey drives straight down the ground for 3 runs.
 
Ball 1: Carey leaves outside off

Over 7

Over Summary:  W 1 0 0 0 0  ; Australia: 15-3

Woakes continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Alex Carey, left handed bat, comes to the crease and edges to slip but it doesn't carry. A single for Carey.
 
Ball 1: Handscomb chops onto the stumps and GONE. Australia is in big big trouble. Handscomb b Woakes 4(12)

Over 6

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 1  ; Australia: 14-2

Jofra Archer continues
 
Ball 6: Handscomb steers down to third man for a single.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Jofra Archer beats Handscomb with a peach of delivery.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Handscomb defends

Over 5

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0  ; Australia: 13-2

Woakes continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Handscomb
 
Ball 1: A loud appeal of LBW against Handscomb, umpire remains unmoved. 

Over 4

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 0 0  ; Australia: 12-2

Jofra Archer continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Handscomb

Over 3; Warner departs

Over Summary: 0 0 4 W 0 1  ; Australia: 11-2

Woakes continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Handscomb
 
Ball 5: Peter Handscomb, right handed bat, comes to the crease and ball hits him on the pads follows by a loud appeal. Umpire remains unmoved. England takes REVIEW. It is umpire's call. 
 
Ball 4: A short of length delivery and Warner edges to first slip, GONE.  Warner c Bairstow b Woakes 9(11) [4s-2]
 
Ball 3: Warner drives straight down the ground for FOUR
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 2; Finch departs

Over Summary: W 0 0 1 1 0  ; Australia: 6-1 

Jofra Archer, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Warner clips towards fine leg for a single.
 
Ball 4: Smith pushes towards mid-on for a quick single.
 
Ball 3: Smith gets a thick inside edge towards short mid-wicket for no run.
 
Ball 2: Steven Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease and Jofra greets him with a well directed bumper. 
 
Ball 1: An inswinger from Jofra to start with and Finch tries to defend it, hits him on the pads follows by a loud appeal. Dharmseena raises his finger. Finch REVIEWs and it is three REDs. Australian captain departs for a GOLDEN DUCK. 

Over 1

Over Summary:  4 0 0 0 0 0  ; Australia: 4-0

David Warner and Aaron Finch are at the crease. Warner is on strike. Woakes opens the attack
 
Ball 6: David Warner taps towards backward point for no run. 
 
Ball 5: David Warner leaves outside off
 
Ball 4: David Warner nudges towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 3: David Warner drives towards mid-on for no run.
 
Ball 2: David Warner leaves outside off. 
 
Ball 1: David Warner drives through extra cover for FOUR

Match officials for today's match

Umpires: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Christopher Gaffaney, Aleem Dar

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle

England playing 11

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Australia playing 11

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon

Australia while batting first in ICC CWC 2019

Australia won all the 6 matches while batting first in ICC World Cup 2019

Toss Alert: England to bowl first

Australia captain Aaron Finch win the toss and elect to bat first

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins key for Australia cricket team

In the bowling department too, Mitchell Starc has been one of the best in world cricket. And while he seemed a bit off form coming into the World Cup, he now has 26 wickets in his name. And Pat Cummins has played perfect second fiddle with 13 wickets. Not to forget the left-arm deliveries from Jason Behrendorff.

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David Warner and Aaron Finch will be for Australia at the top

As for the Aussies, opener David Warner and skipper Finch have led from the front in the batting department. While Warner has 638 runs with three hundreds and three fifties, Finch has 507 runs with two hundreds and two fifties.


In pic: No grass on pitch

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Key bowler for Australia

Mitchell Starc
 
The 29-year-old left-arm pacer has been in exceptional form in the tournament. The joint highest wicket-taker with Trent Boult in the 2015 edition, Starc is the leading wicket-taker in ICC CWC 2019 with 26 wickets so far. Known for nailing the perfect yorker, Starc picked up four wickets each against England and Sri Lanka, respectively. He also returned with a five-wicket haul against West Indies. In fixture against England, Starc stunned Ben Stokes as he delivered a perfect off-stump yorker. The cricket fraternity praised the delivery and even called it the ball of the tournament. Starc returned with the figure of 5-26 in the last game against New Zealand.
 

Here are the playing 11 prediction of both the teams

England playing 11: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid

Australia playing 11: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Natham Lyon

Here's what Finch said about on David Warner

Asked about David Warner and whether he's shown extra responsibility since his return after a one year suspension, Finch said: "Yeah, it's been unbelievable, his output I think just purely based on the amount of runs he's made has been a huge contribution to why we are here in the semi-finals.

"The way he has gone about his innings, particularly at the start of the tournament, was finding his feet a little bit back, finding the pace of the game again, but the last few games against some really world-class attacks he's played beautifully, under pressure he's played really well also."

It will be down to whoever holds their nerve: Finch

Australia captain Aaron Finch feels with the amount of time they have played England in recent times, it will all boil down to whoever holds their nerve better when the two traditional rivals lock horns in the second semi-final of the World Cup at Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Thursday.

England have won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two sides since the 2015 World Cup.

At this World Cup, Australia beat England by 64 runs earlier at Lord's.

Finch said England have been "front-runners" in world cricket since the last World Cup which Australia and New Zealand hosted.

"I think when we look at our side at the moment we are full of confidence going into this game. Obviously England have been probably the front-runners in world cricket over the last four years, the way they have changed the game, their game plan in particular has been very aggressive, taking it to the opposition," Finch said at the pre-match press conference.

"So for us we know how they are going to play, they know how we are going to play. We have played each other a lot over the last couple of years, so it will be whoever holds their nerves, whoever takes the half chances, whoever starts off the game really well in the first ten overs, whether it is with bat or ball, it will be so important for either side.

"I think World Cups are very special, they bring out the best in the best players, so I think that's why Australia have had a very rich history in World Cups. I mean, winning four of the last five, it's been a great achievement," he said.

Here are the squads of both the teams

Australia world cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa (Standby players: Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh)
 
England world cup squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

ICC approves Mathew Wade as Khawaja's replacement

ICC on Wednesday approved Mathew Wade as a replacement of injured Usman Khawaja in the Australian squad for the remainder of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.

The ICC received the application on July 10 from Cricket Australia to replace Khawaja who has sustained a hamstring injury which has ruled him out of the World Cup.

The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.

The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).

Khawaja suffered a hamstring injury, which will take three to four weeks to recover, during his side's 10-run defeat at the hands of South Africa on Saturday.

"Usman got a hamstring strain so he'll be out for probably three to four weeks which is a real shame but we have to work hard on getting him up for the Ashes now. Such a pity for him he's been so integral to how we've been playing. Like Shaun [Marsh] I feel sad for him that he's going to miss the World Cup semi-final," ESPN Cricinfo quoted coach Justin Langer as saying.

Key player for England

Ben Stokes
 
Stokes, who was the man of the match in the opening match against South Africa, is at his devastating best form as he is delivering an all-around performance. Stokes scored 89 runs to help England post a target of 312 for South Africa and later took two wickets. Stokes has also registered three consecutive fifty-plus scores in the tournament. Stokes has scored 381 runs and has picked up 7 wickets in the ongoing World Cup so far.
Ben Stokes playing against Australia

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England finished at the third position in the tournaments standing with 12 points. In their last league match, they defeated New Zealand by 119 runs and have the momentum in favour of them.

On the other hand, Australia with 14 points came at the number two spot in the points table. In the last league game of the tournament, South Africa won by 10 runs against Australia. Aussies were in the first position before losing to South Africa.

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Preview

They came into the tournament as favourites, but Englands poor show in the middle of the group stages saw them almost being ousted from the 2019 World Cup. But the hosts got their act right and won their last two games against India and New Zealand to qualify for the semi-finals of the showpiece event. And now, they are set to take on arch-rivals Australia at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Thursday.

A resurgent Australian outfit -- under the able leadership of Aaron Finch -- has taken the showpiece event by storm and has once again shown an affinity to rise to the challenge on the big stage. The first team to qualify for the knockouts, Australia lost their last group game against South Africa which saw them finish second on the points table, otherwise they looked set to be finishing as leaders after the group stage.

However, that will act as motivation for the Australians as they are keen to show the world that the Sandpaper Gate fiasco is a thing of the past and this team is just as good as those that won the showpiece event five times over the years.

For the Englishmen, it is more about staying true to the tag of favourites and not crumbling under the pressure of expectations. They have a talented bunch of players, but consistency has been a worry for them in this tournament. However, with Jason Roy back at the top of the innings, things are looking in control once again for the hosts.
 



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