England crush Australia to book a date with NZ in the WC final
After 47 games in the 2019 World Cup, there's the small matter of one more at Lord's on Sunday. Take your pick: England or New Zealand?
Eoin Morgan’s England etch an history here at Edgbaston, qualifying for the World Cup final for the first time since 1992, and demolishing the arch rivals Australia on their way. The sounds of the balls rocketing off the bat towards the boundary was music to England fans’ ears. Roy and Bairstow hit their fourth consecutive hundred plus stands as they powered England on in the second semi-final of the World Cup 2019.
Earlier in the day, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes were sensational right from the start as they removed the dangerous Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch in the first three overs. The man looking for redemption, Steve Smith, was booed on as he walked in. But he led the fightback—along with Carey and Starc—to give Australian bowlers 223 to bowl at. That, however, was never going to be enough!
England go on to face New Zealand at the ‘Home of Cricket’ on Sunday, meaning there will be a new name on the World Cup trophy! Thanks for staying with me today right till the end! I'll have a beer, see you on Sunday!
Wins with most balls to spare in World Cup semis:
- 188 Aus v Eng, Leeds (1975)
- 119 WI v NZ, Oval (1975)
- 111 Aus v SA, Gros Islet (2007)
- 107 Eng vs Aus, Edgbaston (2019)
Australia remain winless across formats in Edgbaston since 2002, while England are unbeaten here in their last 11 games here across formats.
England had never defeated India, New Zealand and Australia in a World Cup match since 1992. With this victory, they’ve now beat all of ‘em in their last three matches. What a turnaround!
England are through to the World Cup FINAL!
And what a fitting way to bring that! A boundary from the captain! Eoin Morgan, the captain! Jason Roy with the bat! Archer-Woakes-Rashid with the ball! They have earned this date with New Zealand at the 'Home of Cricket'. And guess what: WE WILL HAVE A NEW CHAMPION THIS TIME!
This is Australia's first World Cup semi-final loss. A heartbreak for them, but they know that they were out-batted, out-bowled by a better side on a fine day! They had a great World Cup, especially Mitchell Starc and openers David Warner and Aaron Finch. But the English fans say: Not today, mate! NOT TODAY!
Just 2 runs away!
Root swats it towards the deep backward point for a four. A couple of singles from the next two deliveries, and England are now just two runs away. Joe Root is on 49, can he scre the winning runs for England? Oh, Maxwell denies him that glorious cut for a definite four! Just delays the inevitable!
England in a hurry to play at Lord's
13 runs from that over from Lyon. A couple of boundaries, one each from Morgan and Root. A slice up and over seeeper cover and next, a reverse sweep towards the backward point for a boundary. England are just 14 runs away from playing New Zealand at the 'Home of Cricket' in the World Cup final.
I'll go with Roy! Wasn't he NOT OUT?
Morgan looks to finish this ASAP
Eight runs from that over. The intent is there from the captain, he wants to take his side home early. Morgan dismisses the slow 128kmph short delivery for a four; absolutely clobbered it away behind square leg.
Next over, he takes Lyon for a couple boundaries on the trot. They are just 27 runs away from making it to the finals.
Lick 'em some more!
Short: Block, Full: Smash
Aussie captain Aaron Finch has done everything here. He's asked of his quickmen to bowl to Morgan's vulnerability: the short ball. Morgan, on the other hand, has been hopping and blocking and evading the short balls. He gets one pitched up on off, and he gives himself some swinging room and pumps it over mid-off. Wickets aren't coming for Australia, and the match is slipping away every ball.
Joe Root helps a full toss sliding down the leg side towards the fine leg to bring his fifth boundary. England require just 53 more runs to qualify to the final!
Short ball to Morgan: FOUR!
So, you know that Eoin Morgan is vulnerable against the short ball. But he's done well here to survive! The short ball from Starc and Morgan backs away and scythes it up and over cover. There's Finch patrolling right behind keeper Carey at the long stop.
England are 158/2 after 23 overs.
Jason Roy departs!
He is furious. Jason Roy is absolutely livid at the umpire! Roy has been given out but he stood his ground. The umpires are having a word with him and ask him to leave the field. Roy doesn't have a review left! The ultra-edge doesn't show any signs! That was NOT OUT! He throws his gloves in the changing room. He had played a gem of an innings here and deserved a century! A shocker decision by the umpire denies him the milestone!
England 147/2 after 20 overs.
Starc dismisses Bairstow!
Well, well, well! What do we have here? Is this the moment? Can Australia spring back yet again inthe World Cup? If it was anyone to take a breakthrough, it had to be their main man, Mitchell Starc! Australia draw the first blood--could this be one of many?
Oh, Joe Root has seems to be in a hurry here as well! Four balls, and he glanced a couple boundaries--and cracks the last ball of Starc for another four towards the seeeper boundary. 12 runs and a wicket from that over and England are 136/1 after 18 overs.
A hat-trick of SIXES!
This is RIDICULOUS batting from Jason Roy. Back to back three sixes. Jason Roy has outsmarted Finch here--if ever he thought bringing Steve Smith in the attack will fetch them the wicket! It's a statement! Each sixes better than the other. Roy is playing a masterclass innings. He's in an unbelievable form.
England 116/0 after 16 overs.
Fifty for Roy!
That's a desparate attempt from Finch to break this partnership! Brings back Starc, and Bairstow gets up and under the first ball for a boundary over mid-off. This is sensational batting! A ruthless slap that to an overpitched delivery.
A single next delivery, and Roy hits that flat and hard dead-straight for another four. They're taking the Aussie paceman for a joyride! And he drives another half-volley through extra cover to bring up his fifty. And what a fifty it has been!
England take 15 runs from the 15th over,a nd they've bulldozed their way to 95/0. Just so you know Starc's figures read: 4-0-38-0.
Edged and four!
Now some luck comes England way! Looped up just outside off, Bairstow went back to smack it across the line. Extra bounce takes the outside balsde of the bat and evades hort third man and runs away! Cummins can't pull it back on the rope!
Eng 76/0 after 13 overs.
Never in doubt!
Has Bairstow injured himself?
A little slip and stumble; a little more of that strees and strain on that injured ankle! Has Bairstow damaged himself? It looks like a groin injury! He seems to be in pain and calls for the physio. Some treatment there, and Bairstow is up! He'll continue, and England would love that.
Meanwhile, all of this has brought about a nice little break? Can Australia bounce back from here?
The pleasure of being in the England dugout RN!
Jason boy— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) April 22, 2015
Lyon King comes into attack
...and goes for a SIX first ball! That's a statement from Jason Roy. He's going all out here against him! Ain't gonna let him settle, yeah? And now he improvises! Reverse-sweeps Lyon for a four! It's part of his repertoire. It's the way he carries out his craftiness.
Alright, 13 runs from the first over off Lyon. England are just 161 runs away!
Fifty comes up!
An the fine partnership continues! Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy give England yet another briliant start! They're eyeing the big prize now! Onwards, they march.
FOUR! Eng 44/0 after 9 overs
That's a deftful flick! Wristed away through square leg for a boundary the last ball off Cummin's over. Roy is looking in great touch--and so is Bairstow! Spoils an immaculate ninth over!
Change of ends for Behrendorff!
He's been the only bowler who has caused Roy and Bairstow some discomfort! And Roy tries to take him on, charges down the track, but is beaten all ends up. Third ball is an appeal for LBW, but umpire denies Australia any ease--must'e pitched outside leg.
Bairstow takes a coupla runs and then smashes a pitched up delivery straight down the ground for a four. A half-chance that for Behrendorff. England cruising along well at 40/0 after 8 overs.
Cummins continues his second over from the other end.
SIX and a FOUR!
Oh, that's brilliant batting! Such a positive start from the England openers! Looks like they are batting on a different pitch altogether! Roy and Bairstow--they've taken Australia's best bowler for a ride! 12 runs from the sixth over, and England are 31/0 already.
Starc has conceded 23 runs from his three overs at 7.66rpo. Talk about nerves!
Tell you what, England are off to a good start! Sorry, Aussie fans! Not today! A couple boundaries first and the last delivery from that from Starc over. The last one has been absolutely c-r-u-n-c-h-e-d through covers. 10 runs come from it, and England are up and running--they're 16/0 after 4 overs.
Maiden third over!
Bairstow has played a MAIDEN! Oh, my! I can't believe it. Well, the revived apporach this English batsmen have taken post the early 2015 World Cup exit, this seemed like an exception! But, tht's the way things stand. They can't lose early wickets. He got beat twice the last two balls--a good variation from the left-handed Behrendroff.
Starc, the ripper, from the other end
On the money straightaway! But Roy drives it smoothly. He defends the next ball two balls solidly. This is a crucial over, will take some nerves from both the English batsman to keep their wicket intact.
Ooh! That must have hurt! 151kmph smashed up short delivery, and Roy takes a blow on his body! Shakes him up, this pace! But he soldily defends the last delivery feeling the off-stump.
Two overs gone, and no damage done! England 6/0.
Let's get on with the chase!
Alright, here they are. Roy and Bairstow are at the crease. Roy is on strike. Behrendorff will open the attack.
Jason Roy is off strike to a toe-end nudge to third man the fourth delivery. Some nervey cheers in Edgbaston! But how good is Bairstow! Strikes four first ball he's faced this crucial chase. A tidy over, save that boundary.
England are up and running, 5/0 after 1 over.
Australia bowled out for 223
That sound! That's the crack of the timber! Rattles the stump with a yorker! Couldn't have bowled a better delivery to a tailender, Mark Wood. That yorker had loads of pace as well. Behrendoff is gone, and Australia are bowled out in the second semi-final of the World Cup 2019 for 223 in 49 overs.
England bowlers were sensational right from the start, felling three Aussie men under seven overs. There were a couple of good partnerships: Smith-Carey for a hundred, and Smith-Starc for a fifty. That was Australia's only saving grace! Heartbreak for Smith for not getting a century, and Carey to get out at 46 despite losing blood for the cause. But that's the story, alright! England kept picking wickets, and Rashid rattled though the Aussies in the middle overs to ensure they never get off easy!
Can Australia do a New Zealand? We'll see soon enough.
Two consecutive WICKETS!
That's a direct hit at the bowler's end, and he's gone. Smith's gone! Jos Buttler is a freak with the bat, and now he's done freakish stuff on the field. Gets his gloves off as Australia scamper for a quick single; a direct hit on the bowler's end, and Smith is caught inches short. A brilliant vigil comes to an end! Well played, Smith!
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Oh, gone! That's two in two! Chris Woakes, you beaut! Triggered a collapse early on, and repeats the same in the end! Both set batsmen are gone in successive deliveries and these could be significant to the final score. Starc look to go big, instead edges it to keeper Buttler.
Australia are 218/9 after 48 overs.
50 runs partnership
How much crucial will this partnership prove? We'll know soon enough when England come in to bat the second innings.
Australia 217/7 after 47 overs.
Just 4 runs from the 46th over
Australia are 210/7 after 46 overs. Close shave for Smith last ball! LBW Umpire's call!
How many will Australia want? I reckon 240 will be definitely competitive the way this pitch has behaved--New Zealand won by 18 runs the last day. England will know that this isn't an easy surface and will have to hold their nerve.
A bundary previous ball and now a SIX! Blasted it away over mid-off, that goes all the way. Can't write the Aussies off, mate! They're doing excatly what the Kiwis did last day--put up a fighting total!
Ravindra Starc? Mitchell Jadeja? Anyone?!
Meanwhile, Smith believes he's had enoguh, and pulls the last delivery for a boundary. Good over this for the Aussies, 14 came off it. Australia are now 206/7 after 45 overs.
Jofra Archer, take a bow!
No England bowler has ever taken more wickets in a World Cup than Jofra Archer has in 2019. A remarkable debut summer for the young man!
Meanwhile, Australia are happy ticking along. Starc and Smith look to bat out their innings, play a full 50 overs. They're 181/7 after 42 overs.
Another WICKET for Rashid!
Oh, that's a brilliant grab! It went flat and low at him at first slip, but Root just plucks it out in the air. Rashid has his third wicket! First he broke the crucial--a threatening--partnership between Smith and Carey and then he knocked Cummins over with a googly!
Australia are in deep trouble having lost seven wickets at the score of 171 in 39 overs.
GONE! Maxwell is OUT!
Not quite a glory day for Maxwell! He departs! And England once again break a flourishing partnership. Spliced into the lap of short cover. Clever, clever that from Archer. That's a slower one on good length--a knuckle ball--and Maxwell lobs a dolly. He was looking to push at it with hard hands, and was completely deceived by that change of pace. Didn't pick it at well!
Australia in trouble now even as Smith's grind from the other end continues. Australia are 161/6 after 36 overs.
Big match player, ain't he?
And he marches on! This could be a match-defining score from Smith. What a day to make your mark in the World Cup! He has respected the good length delivery today. He's scored just nine deliveries against the 25 good length balls he's faced. However, he's looked to punish England when they've missed their length, scoring at 7.4rpo against full balls. Clinical batting!
Meanwhile, Maxwell is playing his natural game. He is scoring run-a-ball, and has already scored a couple of boundaries and a six! Eight runs come from the 34th over, and Australia are 152/5.
Up and over! That's enough blocking Rashid, Maxwell says, 'I'm gonna go big!' And he does in quite a fashion: smokes it over long-on for a huge six! That's probably the shot of the day--but can he play the innings of his life! A lot riding on Maxwell, today. Can Maxwell restrict the temptations of his natural game? Well, he seems to going along fine for now.
Australia are 142/5 after 32 overs.
Ready, steady, pouch!
That's TWO in one over!
Yes, that was a great recovery! But Rashid, the leggie, breaks Carey's vigil! Skips down and flicked towards the leg side. Well, that was an outrageously well-timed shot for his bad luck! Picks out deep midwicket on the fence! A lapse that from a fighter.
Oh, wait! That's another one. A magical over that from Adil Rashid. The googly that Stoinis didn't pick. Rashid's double strike has sent Australia stuttering once again. This game turns on its head again!
From 116/3 in 27 overs, Australia are 118/5 next over.
100 comes up for Australia
In 25th over. Bang! Bang! BANG! The Aussies had lost three wickets inside seven overs, but what a labour this has been from Steve Smith and Alex Carey: one's got much to prove, and the other has been terrific all round this World Cup.
This is a whole different ballgame. There were talks about 350-400 runs before this tournament, and look where we are now! India fell 18 runs short chasing 239 in the first semi-final! It's nerves! And batting first is a real bonus in these tricky chases!
10 runs from that Rashid over, and the Aussies are 113/3 after 26 overs.
Talk about rebuilding!
...and accelerating: Steven Smith was 7 off 34 balls. In the next 20 balls, he's got 28 runs.
Australia 87/3 after 22 overs.
Fifty runs partnership!
Smith is finding his range now! Carey doesn't look bogged down, either! They've laboured the difficult period, haven't they? And no they're grooving along well. Picked up a crucial 50-runs partnership. A boundary almost every over into the second session, and Smith is up and running. He's looking to target Wood, specifically. The last ball of the 17th over he whiplashed a drive behind point and the first ball of the 19th, pulled it wide of fine leg for a boundary.
Australia are 72/3 after 19 overs.
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Plunkett into the action!
And the first ball has been exquisitively driven past the bowler for a four. Cracking shot that from Steve Smith. Australia started the proceedings with a first ball four, they've welcomed the next session with another. Eight runs from that over! Smith looks positive--Australia look positive--after those early wickets. It's game on!
Australia 55/3 after 16 overs.
Nine runs from that over!
That's the best over Australia would take playing the second sem-final against England. They seem to have weathered early blues, and both Smith and Carey look fine in the middle. It's been all England today, but Steve Smith can really take the game away from them. He hasn't had a great tournament so far, and the class batsman that he is--this might just be his day! He is doing all the labour with Carey by his side, and things have just started to look better for the Aussies.
At the end of 15 overs, they're 47/3.
Aus 36/3 after 13
So, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes have taken the relay baton from Archer and Woakes, who were superb up front. Stokes started superbly, but Wood was average first over--save that last ball, which was a peach of a delivery that just escaped Smith's outside edge.
Carey is getting some more treatment in the middle. His bandaged chin is soaked with blood. Archer sips a drink on the boundary line. Right then, he is now bandaged all across his face. It looks really nasty!
The local HERO!
Did someone say 350-400?!
- 24/4 Ind v NZ Manchester
- 27/1 NZ v Ind Manchester
- 27/3 Aus v Eng Birmingham
- 28/1 Ind v Eng Birmingham
- 29/2 WI v Ind Manchester
- 30/2 NZ v WI Manchester
That's the stats about the lowest first Powerplay scores in World Cup 2019. Note that the top three have come in the semi-finals.
That's been absolutely cruuunched between extra cover and mid-off for a four. Went like a rocket! Carey sweetly timed that floaty, friendly over-pitched delivery outside off--leaned into the drive and shunted that away like a boss! No one moved!
Australia's lowest first Powerplay of the tournament: 27/3 after 10 overs.
That's a nasty bouncer from Archer! Hit Carey right on his chin. His helmet came off immediately but he had the presence of mind to catch that as it was falling over to the wicket. He signals straightway to the dressing room! As he turns forward, blood could be seen dripping from his chin. That's a bad bad cut! He gets some treatment in the middle, and is rightly taking his time to settle after that blow. He's got his chin bandaged but can he get past that? Australia need him real bad to build a partnership with Smith at this stage.
The Aussies are 19/3 after 8 overs.
In walks Carey!
Alex Carey, who's had a fantastic World Cup so far, has been promoted to number 5 ahead of Glenn Maxwell. Can he save the day for the Aussies alongwith Steve Smith?
Australia are known to make stunning recoveries in World Cup semis. They were 15 for 4 against West Indies in the 1996 semi-finals, then that famous match here in Edgbaston, in 1999. Can they do it once again?
That's wicket number 3!
England are at the top of their game. The ball’s moving—it’s moving a bit too much! And both the English bowlers—Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes—are exploiting the pitch and making the best of the new ball.
Line, length and shape! Man, he loves to bowl on his homeground. Woakes gets Handscomb--he bowls him, through the gate, and splatters the wicket. This was coming--it's just a matter of time for Handscomb! Highly skilfull bowling this! Truly magnificient!
England are all over Australia, who are three down for 14 inside seven overs.
GONE! Warner bites the dust
This is a massive wicket! Sensational start from Woakes and England! Nasty delivery that, and Warner has been bounced out! The length ball rose a tad too high and an uncomfortable Warner hopped that bounce--he was absolutely squared up and ended up edging it to the first slip. A good overhead catch from Bairstow and the dangerous Warner has to depart. And yes, Warner could've left that. EVen Rahul could've left that--oh, I'm getting all nostalgic!
The next ball is right on the money. The perfect delivery to Handscomb, who's playing his first World Cup game: a full inswinger that caught him on the pads. A huge shout for LBW--the ball-tracking showed umpires call! It's all happening at Edgbaston, fellas!
Australia are 12/2 after 4 overs.
Jofra Archer: First ball wicket!
Oh, this is exciting! Super sensational stuff. Full inswinger, struck on the pads, and Finch is gone for a golden duck! He wants a review, but the ball tracking shows the wicket the cannoning into middle stump. First World Cup semi-final, the very first ball--take a bow, Jofra Archer!
Loud boos from the Edgbaston stands, and you know Steve Smith has come out to bat. Can you believe it: it's Smith and Warner at the crease against England!
Australia are 6/1 after 2 overs.
Australia's last ODI win in Edgbaston came in 1993. England is unbeaten in Edgbaston in their last ten games here across formats.
Chris Woakes to start for England. This rivalry between these two teams, this will never change. Warner takes the strike. And the first ball has been driven through the covers for a four. Oh, whatta start! Woakes has pulled back his length after that first delivery--and that's five dots on the trot.
Australia are 4/0 at the end of first over.
One more time?
Handscomb comes in for Khwaja
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
Australia win toss, bat first
Australia captain Aaron Finch wins the toss and elects to bat first.
Match Analysis: Ian Bishop
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Matthew Wade in for Khwaja
The ICC yesterday approved Mathew Wade as a replacement for injured Usman Khawaja in the Australian squad for the remainder of the World Cup. Khawaja suffered a hamstring injury, which will take three to four weeks to recover, during his side's 10-run defeat at the hands of South Africa on Saturday.