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Stokes, Morgan end Australia's Champions Trophy campaign

Ben Stokes celebrating his century against Australia
Ben Stokes celebrating his century against Australia

England 240-4 (Stokes 102no) beat
Australia 277-9 (Head 71no) by 40 runs D/L
10th match, Group A, ICC Champions Trophy, Edgbaston

Extraordinary batting performance from Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan helped England get out of a sticky situation while chasing 278 as the Champions Trophy hosts won the game by 40 runs (D/L Method) much to the joy of Bangladesh, who now have progressed to the second semi finals spot from Group A.

The Aussies were put to bat by Morgan, who won the toss under overcast conditions at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch gave their side a decent 40-run stand in seven overs before Mark Wood found the outside edge of Warner's bat while he was batting on 21.

Skipper Steve Smith along with Finch then provided some much needed stability to their innings by putting up a 96-run partnership stand for the second wicket at just about run-a-ball pace.

Finch reached his 16th One-Day International (ODI) fifty in just 47 balls after hitting seven boundaries. However, five overs later he was dismissed on 68 by Stokes, who deceived the batsman with a leg-cutter as Finch tried to slog one over the in-field.

Moises Henriques joined his skipper for the third wicket stand which lasted just about five overs. In the meantime Smith got to his 17th ODI fifty in 68 balls using five boundaries.

Henriques was dismissed on 17 by Adil Rashid while attempting to slog the leggie over mid-on.

Travis Head then joined his skipper in the middle with Australia in a decent position after scoring 161 at the loss of three wickets in the 28th over.

However, Wood managed to effect a soft dismissal of Smith in the 33rd over as the Aussie skipper departed on 56 after hitting it straight into the hands of Liam Plunkett at mid-off.

Glenn Maxwell and Head added 58 in the next 10 overs for the Aussies to position themselves for a big finish.

However, things went completely south for the Australians from the 43rd over as they lost five wickets in five overs in a collapse effectively triggered by Wood and Rashid.

A short ball from Wood to Maxwell, who smacked it hard and flat towards the fence for a six was snapped by Jason Roy just millimeters from the line as Maxwell departed on 20 which was the start of the monumental collapse.

Matthew Wade in the very next over was dismissed caught and bowled by Rashid while batting on two as Mitchell Starc got out a duck three deliveries later giving a simple catch to Root.

In his next over, Rashid then got rid of Pat Cummins caught and bowled on four and an over later Wood cleaned up Adam Zampa for a duck.

Head, who was watching the procession from the other end after completing his 6th ODI fifty in 49 balls with help of four boundaries, did his best to add 19 runs in the final two overs after hitting a couple of sixes and a boundary to reach 71 unbeaten from just 64 balls.

Rashid and Wood picked four wickets each with Stokes picking one.

The England run-chase got off to an atrocious start after Jason Roy was caught LBW while batting on four, right in front of middle and leg by Starc on the very second delivery of the innings. Roy decided to review the decision instantaneously but the review held-up the on-field call of umpire Dharmasena.

In the next over Alex Hales was dismissed on a duck after facing four balls by Josh Hazlewood. The right-hander nicked it straight to Finch at first slip.

In form Joe Root was also dismissed by Hazlewood in the sixth over after he edged one to Wade in a similar fashion to that of Hales. He was dismissed on 15 from 14.

With the hosts struggling at 35 for three in six overs, skipper Morgan and Stokes came together for a game changing 159-run partnership stand for the fourth wicket in 26 overs to completely change the momentum of the match.

Morgan reached his 34th ODI fifty in 51 balls after hitting six boundaries and a couple of sixes.

Stokes on the other end completed his fifty in an explosive fashion in just 39 balls after hitting eight boundaries and a six.

The breakthrough for the Aussies came in the 32nd over when a direct hit from Zampa caught Morgan run-out on 87 dismissing him 13 short of a well deserving 100.

Jos Buttler then joined stokes for the fifth wicket as the pair added 46 runs in nine overs.

Stokes in the meantime reached to his 3rd ODI hundred in 108 balls with help of 13 boundaries and a couple of sixes.

Shortly afterwards, rain interrupted the proceedings in the 41st over with England having 240 runs on the board at the loss of four wickets with Buttler unbeaten on 29 from 32 balls and Stokes batting on 102 from 109 balls.

With rain not showing any signs of rescinding sooner, the match officials declared England the winner of the contest by 40 runs as per the duckworth lewis method.

Stokes was deservingly awarded the man-of-the-match award.

With this win, Bangladesh have now qualified to the second semi finals spot from Group A as England takes the first semi finals spot.

The Group B will witness a virtual quarter finals clash when India will play South Africa and Pakistan will play Sri Lanka as all teams have secured a win each after playing two games.

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