-Australia defeats England by 69 runs
-Australia 285 for 7; England 221
-Australia moves up to the top and qualifies for the semi-finals
Defending champions Australia became the first team to book the semi-finals berth in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The Aussies went on to beat hosts England at Lord’s in match number 32 of the 2019 World Cup.
Since 1992, England has not been able to defeat their ashes-rival in a World Cup match.
Batting first, Australia rode on Aaron Finch’s 100 to amass 285/7. England failed to chase down the target.
How did the match pan out?
Australian openers laid the perfect foundation with both Finch and Warner producing substance. Finch and Usman Khawaja added another 50-run stand. Post that, the Aussies kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Alex Carey’s unbeaten 38 helped them get to 285/7.
In reply, England lost quick wickets, before Stokes and Buttler brought some comfort.
Stokes rallied on, but Starc’s yorker sealed the deal for Australia.
Aaron Finch scored his second hundred in the ongoing World Cup. He now has 496 runs CWC 19 and went past Shakib Al Hasan(476). Finch also smashed his third career World Cup century and 15th in total. He now has 776 World Cup runs for Australia.
The opening batsman became the first player to register four ODI tons in 2019.
Starc impresses with the ball yet again
Mitchell Starc now has 19 wickets in 2019 World Cup. This is the highest tally so far. Starc raced to 41 career World Cup wickets.
He got past former South African legend Allan Donald (38) in terms of career World Cup wickets.
Starc became only the fifth pacer and the second Australian to take 15-plus wickets across ODI World Cups.
Ben Stokes fighting alone as usual
Ben Stokes (89) scored his third fifty-plus score in CWC 19. The all-rounder went past the 500-run mark in ODIs this year and became the sixth Englishman to do so. This was his 18th career ODI fifty.
Stokes also registered the third highest individual score for England against Australia in an ODI World Cup match after Kevin Pietersen and James Taylor.
England are lucky to still be in this World Cup after the latest exhibition of their fragility against the defending champions Aussies.