ICC WORLD CUP 2019: Australia beat England to reach World Cup semifinals

Defending champions Australia has secured their place in the semi-finals after beating hosts England by 64 runs. This is Australia's sixth win in the tournament and now has 12 points.

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Australia beat England to reach World Cup semifinals

London: Skipper Aron Finch scored another century and Jason Behrendorff's 5-wicket performance helped Australia secure a place in the World Cup semi-finals with a 64-run victory over England here on Tuesday. Meanwhile, another England defeat drowned him in the deep trough of the crisis. With Finch (100 on 116 balls) and David Warner (53 off 61 balls), Australia was 285 for 7 in the stipulated 50 overs.

On the contrary, England's start was poor and they lost 3 wickets for 26 runs. Ben Stokes (89 off 115 balls) was able to play but he did not get along with any other batsman and England were bundled out for 221 in 44.4 overs. Behrendorff took five wickets for 44 runs, the best performance of his career. Mitchell Starc scored 4 wickets for 43 runs. This is England's third defeat in 7 matches, which has dealt a blow to their hopes of reaching the semi-finals. England has 8 points and will have to win their next two matches against India and New Zealand if they are to reach the semi-finals. 

Record intact: AUS not lost since 1992 

Australia also topped the points table with this win. He has 12 points in seven games. The victory also kept Australia on its arch rivals in the World Cup. England last defeated Australia in 1992 in this tournament. Finch has the second century in the tournament. He and Warner shared a partnership of 123 runs for the first wicket, but Australia's middle order collapsed. Alex Carey (38 unbeaten on 27 balls) hit a good batting point in the death overs to lead him to a respectable score. Steven Smith contributed 38 runs on 34 balls.

Jason Behrendorff's five-wicket haul

From the beginning of England, his fans at lords were stunned. Behrendorff's second ball was inswinger, on which he threw James Vince's wicket. Stark threw Joe Root (eight) out on the inswinger and then made good use of the bouncer on Ian Morgan (four), on which the England captain hit the catch on the fine leg. Jonny Bairstow (27) was well-off. Finch changed the end of Behrendorf and his move was successful. It was costly to pull Bairstow on Behrendorff's short pitch ball which went straight into the safe hands of Pat Cummins standing on the deep midwicket. 

Stokes' struggling innings

Stokes boosted England's chances by sharing 71 runs for the 5th wicket with Jos Buttler (25). On that occasion, Usman Khawaja raced to the boundary line, flicking Buttler and turning the ball for six into a catch and gave England a bewildering blow. Then the bowler was Marcus Stonis. Stokes put up two sixes in an over by Glenn Maxwell, but he looked to be troubled by the heat and humidity. Yet he added 53 runs with Chris Wokes. Stark then took the ball and threw Stokes' off-stump thump on the best yorker, which also ended England's hopes. Chris Wokes (26) was on the verge of a defeat, but Maxwell's best effort forced him to return to Pavilion in the 42nd over. 

The thrill of Australia's innings: Warner-Finch 

Earlier, Australia's score was 173 runs at one time, but after that, they lost five wickets in 86 runs and thus could not even reach 300 runs.  Chris Woakes (46 runs and two wickets) bowled well in the second spell. Stokes, Moeen, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer took one wicket each. Finch and Warner played at least half-a-century partnership for the fifth consecutive time, a World Cup record. 

Hooting again, but didn't make the difference on Warner

Finch initially avoided some close appeals. When he was on 15, Vince couldn't get his hard catch on the backward point. Soon after, Woakes had taken the DRS after rejecting the LBW appeal against him. Barring these moments, he batted in a natural manner and managed to score his 15th ODI century. Warner had to bear the spectators' hooting as expected, but his batting did not show any impact.

Carey's Vigorous Batting

Glenn Maxwell (12) hit a six on Archer but quickly returned to Pavilion by catching wicketkeeper Buttler in a state of confusion over Wood's ball. Stonis (eight) got run out in the unlucky way. England also scored Smith's wicket at the right time. The former captain wanted to play The Woakes' ball in the midwicket, but due to lack of timing, he waved in the air on long on, which Archer ran and caught. In such a situation, Carry batted well and scored five fours to save Australia from a complete failure in the death overs. 

ICC WORLD CUP 2019: Australia beat England to reach World Cup semifinals ICC WORLD CUP 2019: Australia beat England to reach World Cup semifinals Reviewed by Cricket Info Tak on June 26, 2019 Rating: 5

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