England storm into final beating Australia
Lord’s to host chokers final on July 14
England sailed to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 downing potent Australia by eight wickets on Thursday in the second semi-final of the tournament at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.
Cricket World is thereby going to get new champions for sure since two chokers England and New Zealand are going to take on in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on July 14 at the Lord's.
Earlier in the morning, Australia elected to bat first winning the toss but were proven wrong after their top-order collapsed. Jofra Archer had strike first for the hommies to pick-up the wicket of the skipper of their archrival Australia. Aron Finch went before opening the account as Australia lost their first wicket at four. Chris Woakes's twin smack to claim the wickets of run-machine David Warner and injury recovered Peter Handscomb had shaken Aussie marquee. Australia thus, were struggling with 27 for three after initial powerplay overs.
The old rescuer Steven Smith showed his character once again to tackle the early jostle and stood 103-runs fourth wicket stand with Alex Carey. The wicketkeeper batsman Carey was caught at mid-wicket by James Vince. He was four short of the half century before being preyed by English leggy Adil Rashid. Rashid hit again three balls later to make Marcus Stoinis a leg before wickets and Australia started to fight again to score.
Glenn Maxwell (22) and Mitchell Starc (29) supported nicely to smith to cross the 200-run land mark. Smith was brilliant with 85 runs before being run out unluckily. None of the rest seven Aussie batters could reach even a two digit figure.
Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes shared three wickets each while Jofra Archer got two.
It's English summer and home boys shone as bright as they can. The wet outfield started to get dryer as the sun rose higher and batsmen getting balls to play easily. Eventually England got a great start from their openers to chase the ordinary target of Australia. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow collected 124 runs before being departed. Bairstow went for 34.
The wicket of Jason Roy can be marked as one of the poorest decision in international cricket by umpire onfield. A bouncer from Pett Cummins was caught behind the wicket by keeper Alex Carey and Aussie fielders appealed. Kumar Dharmashena raised his finger despite having clear distance between bat and the ball. Roy departed scoring 85 from 65 balls.
Defending champions succumbed by eight wickets as England reached at 226 for two keeping 107 balls at hand. Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan were unbeaten scoring 49 and 45 runs respectively. Chris Woakes was named the Man of the Match.