Australia lock semi-final berth with 64-run win & puts England's qualification chances in jeopardy
When the competition between which pace bowler will clinch a fifer becomes more interesting than the competition between the two teams, it is a good enough indicator to tell you how one-sided the match has been.
Australia 285-7 (50 Overs) [Finch(c) 100(116), Warner 53(61); Woakes 2/46, Stokes 1/29]
England 221-10 (44.4 Overs) [Stokes 89(115), Bairstow 27(39); Behrendorff 5/44, Starc 4/43]
Result- Australia won by 64 runs
A comprehensive victory for Australia over the old enemy!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 25, 2019
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Despite losing two games while chasing in this World Cup, England took a gutsy and right decision of bowling first in cloudy conditions after winning the toss at Lord's in London. The pitch had some moisture in it and the overhead conditions were also conducive for swing bowling.
The English opening pair of Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer troubled Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch at various points, but apart from being a bit inconsistent with their lengths, they were mostly short which did not facilitate wickets.
Finch and Warner didn't mind playing dirty and ensured that they stuck to their task. The Aussies did not lose any wicket till the 23rd over but after Warner and Finch departed in quick succession, wickets started to tumble.
To England's credit, they were successful in restricting Australia to 285, which at one point was threatening to reach around 350.
With conditions favouring them, Australia's new ball bowlers Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc were right on the money from ball one and received the rewards for that with three quick wickets of James Vince, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan within the first six overs.
There is no alternative of a good old-fashioned peg-knocking quick and Mitchell Starc keeps reminding of it every now and then. SERIOUS HEAT!@cricketcomau @englandcricket @cricketworldcup— Cricket World (@Cricket_World) June 25, 2019
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Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler offered some resistance, but once Butler departed, the inevitable happened and England bundled out with more than five overs to spare, as they conceded a 64-run loss.
With this win, Australia have now gained 12 points and have qualified for the semi-finals, while England would ideally need to win both their remaining matches to guarantee themselves a semi-final berth.
England- James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Australia- David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
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