England vs Australia Semi-Final Match Highlights
It is going to be the battle of clashes in the finals as the hosts beat Australia by 8 wickets and entered the finals of the world cup 2019. England showered their all-around skills and hammered the former world champions. The Aussies weren’t as good as they were in the league games. They batted poorly in this encounter against England.
England vs Australia Semi-Final Match Highlights – Australia’s Batting
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. But, they never thought that they would bat so poorly, that too in the semi-final of the world cup. Man in–form skipper Aaron Finch was the first one to go. Archer caught the Aussie skipper plumb in front. Finch was out for a golden duck. In the next over, Australia got another blow. David Warner who was in a destructive form departed for just 9 runs. Even the replacement of Usman Khawaja didn’t trouble the scorers as Peter Handscomb was also dismissed in quick succession. Peter Handscomb was out for just 4 runs. It was all on the ex Aussie skipper Steve Smith and Alex Carey. England pacers dismantled the top of Australia. When Smith and Carey came to the crease, the Aussies were reeling at 14 for 3.
Australia was in search of a big partnership for a magical turnaround. The partnership between Smith and Carey was the one for Australia. They shared a stand of 103 runs that stabilized the Aussie innings. This partnership went on well for Australia as they also crossed the 100 run mark without any further damage. As Carey was about to reach his another half-century he was out to Adil Rashid for 46 runs. Then, it was all Smith who tried his best to anchor the innings. But he had no support as Stoinis was out for a duck and Pat Cummins was also out cheaply for just 6 runs.
Steve Smith then batted with Glenn Maxwell. They both shared a small partnership of 39 runs and took Australia’s score above the 150 run mark. But this partnership didn’t go along as the Aussies wanted to be. Maxwell wasted another start which could have taken the score to 280 runs at last. He was out on 22 runs. Smith carried on and played a good inning. He again shared another partnership with Michell Starc that saw Australia through the 200 run mark. Starc and Smith shared another small partnership of 51 runs as Smith reached his fifty and tried to bat through the innings. But he couldn’t do so. Smith was dismissed in the 47th over after playing a gusty knock of 85 runs. Starc too couldn’t last long after Smith’s dismissal. He was dismissed on the very next ball of the same over. Starc was out for 29 runs and that ended the innings for Australia as Beherndroff was also out for 1 run just in the next over. Australia was bowled out in 49 overs and managed to score just 223 runs on the board.
England vs Australia Semi-Final Match Highlights – England’s Bowling
England continued their great bowling form. Archer Woakes and Adil Rashid were too good for the Aussies batsmen. They used the conditions well and bowled with a proper line and length. Woakes and Rashid picked up 3 wickets each while Archer got 2 and Mark Wood got 1 wicket to his name.
England vs Australia Semi-Final Match Highlights – England’s Batting
It was not an easy Chase for England, but their openers made it look very simple as Roy and Bairstow continued their good form into this semi-final match. Chasing 224 runs, England got to a terrific start. The England openers banged the Aussies new bowlers. Roy and Bairstow stitched another 100 run partnership which took the game away from Australia. Roy reached another half-century as the hosts cruised along nicely. Bairstow played well too, but he wasn’t in his best form in this innings. Still, he managed to hang around with Roy and made 34 runs after which he was out LBW. It was Mitch Starc who broke the stand of 124 runs for Australia.
As Jason Roy was approached his hundred, Pat Cummins struck for Australia. Roy was caught behind but he wasn’t happy with the decision. The Replay also showed that Roy hasn’t nick the ball, the ultra edge confirmed that there was no bat or glove involved. Still, Roy had to depart, he was out after making a wonderful score of 85 runs. Then, the dup of England’s one day captain and the test captain ensured that they chase down the target without any further damage. Skipper Morgan was unbeaten on 45 and Joe Root was not out on 49 runs as England chased this target down in 32.1 overs.
England vs Australia Semi-Final Match Highlights – Australia’s Bowling
The Aussies bowlers were clueless in this match. The new bowlers had no answers to England’s onslaught. The Aussies tried everything. Even Steve Smith rolled his arm over, but nothing happened. Nathan Lyon was smashed all over the park as Australia could pick up only 2 wickets. Starc picked up 1 wicket becoming the highest wicket-taker in the history of World Cup. He has 27 wickets to his name and Pat Cummins was the other wicket-taker for Australia in this innings. England won this match by 8 wickets and progressed to the finals of the 2019 world cup. Chris Woakes was named the man of the match for his brilliant spell.
Next Match – New Zealand Vs England – Finals of the cricket world cup 2019 on Sunday at Lords.