Australia seal semis berth with 64-run win against England
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia have set England a target of 286 in this high-octane clash at the Lord’s. Stay tuned with us for live updates of the match—and more!
In the end, it was all too easy for Australia. Behrendorff took his first fifer, and what time and day to have that record etched up against your name. Starc was sensational and bowled two jaffas to dismiss Root and Stokes. Together, the left-arm quicks shared nine wickets for 87 runs. The only Englishman to put up a show at Lord’s was Ben Stokes. But his gutsy 89 wasn’t backed by any of his fellow mates, and they suffered a 64-run defeat.
Earlier, the Australian openers braved a tentative first powerplay to provide them a solid platform. Warner hit a fifty and captain Finch a century. But the middle-order couldn’t really capitalise to the good start and with some late flourish from Carrey, the Aussies posted 285/7 on the board. That, however, turned out to be enough to contain England.
Australia are through to the semi-finals, and guess what: they've won all the 25 times while defending 275+ target. Oh, and they remain unbeaten against England in the World Cup since 1992. Take a bow!
Australia first team to qualify into the World Cup semi-finals
Adil Rashid spoons this over to the short cover after hitting back-to-back fours off Starc. The left-hander scalps his fourth and Australia defeat England by 64 runs. This is the first time England have lost two consecutive ODIs after January, 2017.
Behrendroff takes a fiver!
Jofra Archer has smashed it straight to the throat of long-off. Behrendorff has five wickets, and Australia are one wicket away from the semi-finals! What a pity! England's top-order and lower-order--the same story.
That's wicket no. 8
A massive wipe that from Chris Woakes. He thought he had cleared the fence but this is a huge ground. And what a comfortable catch that by Maxwell and Finch!
Maxwell hopped to pouch the ball high above his head, and casually lobbed it back to the waiting Finch inside the boundary rope for a routine relay! England are running out of time and wickets.
Moeen Ali is OUT!
There's been a lot of talk about England's depth of batting. But Moeen Ali's shocking run continues at Lord's as well. He edges Jason Behrendorff and Alex Carey takes a routine catch.
The Aussies can smell the semi-final spot here.
Starc yorks Stokes!
A fighting Stokes perishes to a an absolute jaffa. An impeccable outswinging yorker from Mitchell Starc. And once again, he provides a crucial breakthrough. It had to take something special to dismiss Stokes, and special delivery that was. Unplayable!
Stokes drops his bat, possibly wondering: "What could I have done?" He fought the Aussies, braved the cramps, but his fine innings have come to an end (89 off 115 balls). It's getting murkier for England.
When Stokes charges down the pitch!
England required 126 runs from 15 overs.
Enter Cummins, into the 36th. The first ball is battered fast and flat through point by Stokes. The fourth ball, he steps out and slashes ferociously through the covers for a boundary. Woakes hit another for a four to bring 12 off that over.
Quick fact: Stokes averages 172 when he charges down the pitch against seamers in ODIs.
Brace 'self for another storm!
Stokes smokes a coupla sixes!
Stokes hoicks and sweeps a couple of sixes off Maxwell. One over square leg, and the other forward of square. The only two that have been hit in the England's innings. Well, they'd need more of that if they want to chase down 286.
England are 141/5 at the end of 31 overs. Ben Stokes is fighting again trying to keep England afloat. They're still in this given Moeen Ali is still to come. More rubbing for Stokes over his calves.
OUT! Buttler departs
England fans after Jos Buttler was dismissed ???? pic.twitter.com/B1gzGurjH9— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 25, 2019
The Aussies have been magnificent in the field today. What a catch that from Khwaja on the rope! Buttler is shattered! He had flicked the length delivery to deep square only to be a victim of the superb Kangaroo fielding. England are in all sorts of bother now.
Fifty for Stokes
England are 109/4 halfway through the chase. They require another 177 runs with 6 wickets and 25 overs remaining.
Meanwhile, Stokes just brought up his half century. He's joined by Buttler, and together they have played well after the early fall of four wickets. They need to keep this partnership going if they want to win this match. They have already secured 64 crucial runs, and need to knock a few overs around. Both of them have explosive prowess and so does Moeen Ali, who's the next to come.
A wasted review and a missed run out
Buttler survives two off two. He skipped down to a 126kmph delivery from Stoinis. The ball hits the pad, huge appeal for an LBW from Stoinis. Umpire nods not out, but he’s emotional: wants his captain to take a review, Finch does at the very last second, but he ball struck Buttler outside the off stump. NOT OUT!
The next ball, Buttler survives a run out as Stokes calls for a quick single. Smith pounces forward and underarmed flicked it. Buttler makes a desperate full-fledged dive and survives as the ball missed the stumps.
Not a happy ground, Lord's!
There's been little to cheer for England fans at the Home of Cricket. They started off well, but couldn't take a wicket until the Aussies were 100+. They did well to pull back things from there and restrict the Kangaroos to 285/7. But the execution from the Australian quicks from the new ball has dented their chase. They are four down, and hope for a much-needed partnership Stokes and Buttler.
Now Lord's hasn't really been great venue for England. They have lost 40 per cent of their matches here since the last World Cup. Of all their home venues, there is nowhere that they lose more often.
This match will really test England's batting depth.
Trouble trouble! Bairstow back in the hut
This is terrible batting from the England opener. He weathered the early storm, but ended with a flaccid finish. England needed Bairstow to play the anchor role. He's beaten for extra bounce from the lanky Behrendroff, just couldn't resist taking on the short ball. He fetched this one wide from off stump and holed out to deep midwicket. England in murky waters here.
Buttler to the rescue?
The fiery Starc!
Mitchell Starc has taken 39 wickets in World Cups. Only eight men in history have taken more--all of them have played more matches, all of them have taken those wickets at a worse average, all of them have taken those wickets with a worse strike rate.
England 39/3 after 10 overs
England have managed only 39 runs in the first powerplay but have lost three crucial wickets: Vince, Root, and Morgan. Australia were 42/0 at the end of ten overs. Bairstow and Stokes are at the crease; the latter Englishman took 12 deliveries to open his account. They should look to build a partnership here if they want to chase down a target of 286, which suddenly seems like a mammoth total.
Oh, well! There really is a tweet for every occassion
Top start starc— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) January 26, 2015
Aussie pacers are bowling with a plan!
Australia have gambled by pitching the ball up, and it's paid off emphatically. They pitched 46 per cent of their deliveries full, compared to England's 27 per cent at the same stage. As a result, they've found more than twice as much swing.
And then, Starc surprised Morgan with a short ball when he was least expecting it. Because, why not? Eoin Morgan has been dismissed thrice and averages just 26.50 when hooking/ pulling this year.
It's Morgan. He's gone, too!
It's a perfect setup. Bowled it full and straight and mixed it up with a short ball. A definite plan it was. Morgan climbs into the pull but that's a top-edge! Cummins takes the catch inside the fine-leg rope!
He was intimated. He was late. Just like his mate, Joe Root. Starc is fast, too fast for the England batsmen. They are in a sort of bother now, in a desperate need of a partnership.
Gone. Root's OUT!
Oh, dear. Root had seen this coming. He was tentative all three balls he faced from Starc. A tad too quick for him: pace, length, inswinging deliveries. He's out, terribly plumb. Just too late on the stroke, once again. England are in dangerous waters now, dismissed to two jaffas. Ain't quite lucky as the Aussies in the initial overs!
Can their captain Morgan carry 'em through?
Jason Behrendorff has first dibs. And he's provided a perfect peach second ball. What a delivery that! A massive inswinger and Vince is castled. Nothing he could've done to save that from breaking into the stumps. Australia rejoice! Just what they wanted: an early breakthrough to rattle England's chase.
In walks Joe Root!
England need 286 runs to win!
A couple of fours each from the last two overs from Carey has given Australia something to bowl at. They made a mess out of the outstanding platform set by their openers Aaron Finch and David Warner. They weathered the early trouble in the first powerplay that was full of 'oohs' and 'aahs'. Warner hit a fifty, captain Finch scored a solid century. But he departed the very next ball, and that was when the English bowlers found an opening. They built up pressure on the new batsmen, and continued picking up wickets. A crucial one this for England. 286 is all they need.
Nature has its way!
In ODIs, a wicket falls about once every nine false shots. Warner and Finch played 28 false shots before the first wicket--England's luck was out.
The Aussies have now played 59 false shots, and lost seven wickets--about one every nine false shots.
The luck has evened out.
Another one bites the dust!
What a terrific catch this from Buttler. Diving forward to an outside edge off Cummin's bat. And Australia just can't accelerate. They've lost wickets in regular intervals after Finch's departure. England have dragged this back extremely back!
Oh, it's Steve Smith now. The sixth Aussie batsman to depart. Gone looking to accelerate as we move into the final overs now. He holes this one out to long on, and Archer takes the catch running in! Smith is absolutely furious with himself.
Woakes and Stokes have stemmed the strokes. England's pressure has paid off!
Smithy can use the long handle as well
Steve Smith is an immensely good top-order player, but he can still hit at the death. His scoring rate in the last 10 overs, 7.92rpo, isn't off the chart dangerous but it's still solid. He has hit 36 runs off 29 balls in this match. Can he talke the Aussie side over 300?
Mark Wood: 1st vs 2nd spell
In his second spell, Wood has been superb. His extra pace has really been put to use, bowling short with 57% of his deliveries in this spell. He's a much better bowler hitting that hard length, rather than looking to swing the ball. #CWC19 https://t.co/hmTdD8eOOl— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 25, 2019
And Australia lose their fifth wicket. A horror mix up and Stoinis is run out as they end up at the same end! A gift really from Australia. They're spoiling the terrific start led by their captain Aaron Finch. England, meanwhile, have done great to pull back things here.
Australia are 233/5 at the end of 43 overs.
Oh, what have you done Maxwell? He was caught in two minds, tried to run down the short ball from Mark Wood towards the third man. But he's ended up guiding it into the hands of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Australia are four down! The last thing they want is a wasted finish to a superb start.
Maxwell onto what he does best
In walks Glenn Maxwell. He's scored at 12.58rpo in this World Cup so far. Nobody who faced 20+ deliveries has scored more quickly. But is it too early for Maxi? Well, he has got Smith on the other side, who's hit two back-to-back boundaries in the 37th over. A good platform this.
And just as I write, Maxwell has launched Archer over wide long on for a six; the next ball: well, he's heaved that over midwicket for one bounce four.
100 and WICKET!
Finch has lost his wicket the very next ball after scoring a century. He mistimes a hook shot and Chris Woakes take a good catch at fine leg off the bowling of Jofra Archer.
A deja vu: Last year, Aaron Finch also got out on exactly 100 making a century in England.
Smith greeted by loud boos!
You know it's Steven Smith who's walked in to bat. A pretty ominous atmosphere at the Lord's. The crowd doesn't spare. But this will pass, Smithy.
Well, he doesn't need no telling. He goes about his business and has quickly taken a single to hand strike back to Finch.
How desperately did England need a wicket? Stokes delivers. Right on the money, into the blockhole. Khwaja is beaten for pace as this shaped back in as he wafted rather loosely across the line.
Over to you, Stokes!
England are in the hunt for a desperate second wicket. Morgan has gone back to Ben Stokes. He has kept Finch and Khwaja quiet and is getting the ball to move around a bit, too. Just conceded seven runs in the two overs of his second spell.
Sloppy. Sloppy that from wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. A perfect googly, tweaks past the edge as the back foot slides out of the crease, and Buttler has missed that. The next ball, and Khwaja reverse sweeps it for four. Sumps up just the kind of day England are having.
England survive a scare
Huge wicket for England. As this @CricViz graphic shows, Warner has accelerated very effectively in this World Cup. He could have taken the game away from the hosts very easily. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/sKpeXYBVBq— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 25, 2019
Meanwhile, Australia have moved onto 129/1 after 25 overs.
WICKET! Warner departs
Alright, folks. David Warner's just completed 500 runs at the 2019 World Cup. But he has to go now. A bizarre, soft dismissal. How England needed that! Moeen Ali, the spinner, has provided the breakthrough.
Warner in IPL 2019: 692
Warner in World Cup 2019: 500*
Fifty for Finch and Warner
Warner brings up his fifty soon after that from his partner, the Aussie captain Aaron Finch. Both the openers have weathered the early storm at the Home of Cricket and they've reached their third century partnership of the tournament!
Average for all non-Australian openers in this World Cup - 36.21
Average for Australian openers in this World Cup - 85.27
Can spinners provide England the much needed breakthrough?
Despite the overcast conditions and the perfect seam/ swing conditions, England have gone for a couple of spinners. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid against Curran and Plunkett. Right decision?
Well, here are the top wicket takers this World Cup:
Mohammad Amir (Pakistan) - 15
Jofra Archer (England) - 15
Mitchell Starc (Australia) - 15
Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand) - 14
Mark Wood (England) - 12
Notice, anything in particular? Well, they're all pacers.
Cautious Finch, Warner shift gears
After the end of a cautious first powerplay--and a plenty of misses and half-chances--Aussies openers David Warner are looking to score boundaries here. The 13th and 14th over saw a couple of fours each. They saw off the 15th--the first over by Ben Stokes--but smoked the very first ball and the fifth of 16th over for a boundary.
Sums up the first powerplay
Australia have played 32 per cent false shots in the first 10 overs; the last time any team in the world played that many false shots in the first 10 without losing a wicket was in January 2017.
Australia back to old-school style batting
The ball is jagging sharply. Lot of movement here on this Lord’s pitch. It’s crazy that Australia haven’t even lost a wicket: credit some good batting, and a lot of good luck.
Warner and Finch are doing a decent job of seeing off the new ball. It could get very difficult for England if they don't manage to get them out soon.
Australia seem to have learnt from their previous 5-0 series loss to England when they tried to beat them in their own game. Now, they have gone back to the old-school style, save wickets up front and slash and hoick the deliveries in the final ten overs.
Bowl it full, bowl it at good length!
England can't afford to waste the new ball, and they can't afford to waste these conditions. They need to pitch it up, and particularly to Finch--the Aussie right-hander bats superbly against the short ball.
So damn unlucky!
Huge LBW shout. Review. Umpire's Call
6.1 Finch was pinned on to the crease by a ball that nipped back in. England review. It hit Finch above the knee roll and he was on his toes. Ball tracking says clipping the bails! Not out remains because it's umpire's call!
6.3 Four. Lofted over mid-off!
6.4 A ripper of a delivery from Woakes. Warner is beaten all ends up. Appeal for caught behind! Not out. No review. It clipped the back thigh and went through to the keeper.
A worthy start
Apart from the game against West Indies, Australia haven't lost a single wicket in the first powerplay in their other five games.
It's been a little tentative start for the Aussies: missing some and edging a few. But both Finch and Warner have been quick to punish anything that's pitched short.
Dropped! Australia are in luck here. A sliced drive to backward point, Vince flew like a goalkeeper and just tipped it over the bar with the right hand. Saved two runs for his team.
David Warner struggles against extreme pace. England will be keen to get Archer up against him early. The Australian averages 31.70 against 140kph+ bowling, compared to 51.89 against 130-140kph bowling.
David Warner has been scratchy in this World Cup so far, but he's actually given the bowlers very little at the start of his innings. In Overs 1-10, he's played 15% false shots, while the average for all batsmen in that period is 20%. #CWC19— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 25, 2019
Meanwhile, Woakes is bowling beautifully. He beat Warner twice and the one went over his off stump. Not to forget, the second ball chance against Finch.
Just over second slip!
England haven't won against Australia in a World Cup since 1992. Can they change it this time around?
Chris Woakes starts the bowling for England. The first ball nips back in, and the very next ball goes past Root in the second slip. Chance, chance!
Three slips for Warner. A tentative start this from the left-hander. Two balls he faced: the first one, he got beat and the second goes over first stump.
A first WC 2019 game for Nathan Lyon
England playing XI: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
Toss: England bowl first
Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl first. England playing 11 unchanged as of last match. Australia brought in Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon for Adam Zampa and Nathna Coulter-Nile.
Little bit of swing is expected as there is some moisture, the teams would look to bowl first to reap maximum benefits. And given the overhead condition, this flip of the coin could be half the battle won.
Australia and England have faced each other in 7 matches in ICC Cricket World Cups. Out of these 7 games, Australia have won 5 and England have won 2 matches. The highest total posted by Australia is 342 runs while highest score posted by England is 247 in World Cup matches. The lowest total posted by England is 93 and the lowest total posted by Australia is 94.
Joe Root has had a phenomenal run in the World Cup so far. He has hit a couple of centuries and three half-centuries so far with an average of 84.80. At Lord's, he averages exactly 70.
Oh, just so you know, David Warner has scored 23 more runs than Root with an average of 89.40 in this World Cup. A tight contest between the two!