England booked their place in the WC final against New Zealand with a dominant eight-wicket win over reigning champions Australia at Edgbaston
England crushed Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston on Thursday. It was an all-round exhibition from the Three Lions against the defending champions.
England will face New Zealand in the finale.
Batting first, Aussies managed 223/10. England then raced past the target.
How did the match pan out?
Aussies were under pressure from the start. England pacers Chris Woakes (3/20) and Jofra Archer (2/32) were terrific. Smith and Carey brought stability for Australia after they were reeling at 14/3.
Adil Rashid (3/54) showed his class in the middle overs. Smith battled on, but England were on top. In reply, the hosts got off to a flier and won the game.
English bowlers had a dream start
Aussies were under pressure from the start. Aaron Finch was dismissed for a first ball duck. Talisman David Warner perished for nine. England pacer Chris Woakes bowled a beauty to Peter Handscomb (4) to leave Australia reeling at 14/3.
The opening spell was magnificent and both Jofra Archer and Woakes were right on the money.
Spinner Rashid stuns Australia with three wickets
Adil Rashid (3/54) provided the impetus for the Three Lions in the middle phase. That hurt the Aussies as they surrendered the momentum.
He tempted Carey to go for a big shot and then got Marcus Stoinis (0). Archer got the dangerous Glenn Maxwell (22) next before Rashid grabbed his third to dismiss Pat Cummins (6). From 117/3, Australia were reduced to 166/7.
Roy and Bairstow did the remaining
Jason Roy (85) slammed his sixth ODI fifty in 2019. He now has 828 runs for England in ODIs this year. Roy also smashed his 18th career ODI fifty. The opening batsman smashed his fourth fifty in CWC19. Roy and Jonny Bairstow (34) stitched a brisk 124-run stand for the opening wicket.
The two batsmen scripted their fourth successive century-plus stand in CWC 19.
This was their 11th career century-plus stand in ODIs and they almost crossed the line for hosts to enter the finals after 27 years.
England bowlers deserve all the plaudits
Credit to England bowlers for coming out and delivering their best.
Jofra Archer (2/32) was prolific and he executed the plans perfectly. Woakes continued with his wicket-taking prowess. Rashid’s experience came into play as well.
The others rallied around. The positive approach will please skipper Eoin Morgan.