Australia Defeat England to Inch Closer to Semi Final

In a significant result in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Australia beat England by 64 runs. The result makes Australia a near certainty for the semi final. On the other hand, it jeopardizes England’s chances. England have to win both the remaining matches. It is easier said than done because the matches are against India and New Zealand, the only two unbeaten sides in the tournament so far.

This result also rekindled the hopes of three struggling Asian teams: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. If England lose one or both the remaining matches, one of these teams can sneak through to the semi final at the host’s expense.

Aaron Finch Scores Century for Australia

England won the toss and asked Australia’s to bat first. Australia made a robust start with skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner deciding to lay a strong foundation. They put on 123 runs in 140 balls before Warner fell to Moeen Ali. He scored 53 from 61 balls.

Finch went on to score a century, his second of the tournament. He got out immediately after reaching the century. He had hit 11 fours and two sixes. The score was 185 for three at the 35th over when Finch got out.

Australia lost their momentum thereafter. They managed just 100 runs in the 15 overs. Steven Smith and Alex Carey made useful contributions. But they could not get the score past 300. Australia finished with 285 for seven.

England’s Top Order Struggle

Australia’s fast bowlers produced blistering opening spells to reduce England to 53 for four in 13.5 overs. Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared the spoils. England lost the match’s grip within the first 15 overs.

Ben Stokes waged a lone battle for England. He scored a patient 89. But as Starc returned to see him off, England’s hopes vanished. Eventually, England were bowled out for 221 runs.

Finch was declared the man of the match. He praised his players for the result in the post-match presentation:

“Behrendorff bowled beautifully, we’ve you’ve got a guy who can swing the ball back down the line to the right handers, that’s an asset. And Warner is playing nicely, people say it’s not the Warner of old, but there’s bowling that demands respect, and today was close to his best. You’re looking to be positive, but he got us off to a good start.”