Australia no contest for England as hosts storm into ODI World Cup Final for 1st time since 1992
Right from ball one, England's each move was backed with conviction and the Australians despite having a brilliant run in the tournament simply had no answers to the constant blows inflicted by Morgan & Co.
Australia 223-10 (49 Overs) [Smith 85(119), Carey(wk) 46(70); Woakes 3/20, Adil Rashid 3/54]
England 226-2 (32.1 Overs) [Roy 85(65), Root 49(46); Pat Cummins 1/34, Starc 1/70]
Result- England won by 8 wickets
When Australia beat England at Lord's on 25 June, one more defeat could have seen the hosts crash out of the World Cup in the opening round.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019
Three weeks and three wins later, they're in the #CWC19 final!
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It was in 1992 that England had last qualified into a World Cup Final and it has taken them 27 years to repeat the feat. It was in the 1992 World Cup itself that Australia had beaten each of India, New Zealand and Australia. Victories against all these three sides came at last in the 2019 World Cup on a trot and the team now looks well placed to lift the trophy.
David Warner creamed a ball through covers to make a statement to begin with, but it was all England since then. Both openers Aaron Finch and David Warner, who had been exceptional for Australia in the tournament and had both piled up more than 500 runs each, were dismissed within the first 16 balls.
After Peter Handscomb's short stay at the crease, Steven Smith and Alex Carey stitched a good partnership. Carey gave a glimpse of his tough character as he played a valuable knock of 46, despite getting hit on the chin off
Jofra Archer's deadly bouncer.
Steven Smith was dismissed for 85 and even a good hand from Mitchell Starc towards the end could only pummel them to 223. Chris Woakes (MoM), Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid were among the wickets.
For the 224 chase to get tricky for England, Australia had to pick up a couple of wickets first up, but Jason Roy did not allow that to happen and took the attack to the opponents. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan then raced to forties and saw the team home without any further damage.
England won the semi-final by eight wickets without breaking a sweat and will now face New Zealand in the World Cup Final on Sunday. The odds are heavily stacked in favour of the hosts, but no matter which side wins, cricket will get a new ODI world champion.
Australia- David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
England- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
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