ICC World Cup 2019 title defending champions team Australia have been knocked out from the tournament as hosts England beat them in the second semi-final. With this victory, England have qualified for the cricket world cup final after 27 years long run as last time they appeared in 1992 world cup final where Pakistan defeated them to become champions.
England didn’t have luck with the start of knockout game as Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat. Unfortunately title defenders didn’t get benefited from this and they lost 3 wickets on just 14 runs score. They’re in big trouble and Steve Smith was on the crease. Smith and Alex Carey built hundred runs partnership that made Aussies believe that they could score competitive total.
But England had different plans and their bowlers executed them pretty well.
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Adil Rashid was star for English team when they were searching someone to break the partnership and he took Carey’s wicket to break the rhythm. In the same over, he dismissed Marcus Stoinis as well that caused Australia in deep trouble. However Steve Smith stood tall and score brilliant half century. He made 85 before returning to pavilion.
Australia couldn’t play full overs and team all out in 49 runs after putting 223 runs on the board. These runs were not enough on this pitch and England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow broke the backbone of Australian bowling lineup. Both players played attacking cricket and provided 124 runs stand for the first wicket.
England just needed 100 more runs to win the game with 9 wickets in hand.
It was great show by home team England against Australia to reach the final. England beat Australia by 8 wickets with 109 balls remaining in the match.
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So it was convincing victory for them. Chris woakes was awarded man of the match for his brilliant bowling figures for 3 wickets by spending just 20 runs.
Brief Scores (Match Summary)
Toss: Australia won toss and chose to bat
Australia Innings: 223 all out, 49 overs (Smith- 85 runs, Carey- 46 runs)
England Innings: 226/2, 32.1 overs (Roy- 85 runs, Root- 49* runs)
Result: England won by 8 wickets
Player of the Match: Chris Woakes
England will now be playing New Zealand in the final of cricket world cup 2019 that is scheduled to take place on 14 July at The Lord’s.