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England reach first World Cup final since 1992

July 11, 2019
 

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England booked their place in the World Cup final against New Zealand with a dominant eight-wicket win over reigning champions Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Jason Roy hit a blistering 85 as England reached a victory target of 224 with a mammoth 107 balls to spare after restricting Australia.

Openers Roy and Jonny Bairstow (34) put on 124 for the first wicket, their fourth consecutive century stand.

England, losing finalists in 1979, 1987 and 1992, will now face New Zealand, who have also yet to win the World Cup after finishing runners-up to Australia four years ago, in Sunday’s final at Lord’s following the Black Caps’ surprise semi-final win over India.

“I’m pretty speechless,” said man-of-the-match Chris Woakes. “It was an incredible performance from the whole team. It started with the bowling performance and then the way they knocked that off was outstanding. There were some nerves around this morning but that’s natural going into a semi-final. The way we produced the goods just showed how good we are and where we are at as a team.”

Roy, who missed three matches earlier in the tournament with a torn hamstring, was in particularly good form, hitting left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon for sixes.

Australia were in desperate need of early wickets after suffering a top-order collapse on the way to being dismissed for 223, with the record five-time champions thankful for Steve Smith’s battling 85.

All three of England’s defeats this tournament — including a 64-run grou- stage loss to Australia — have come batting second but Roy and Bairstow showed few signs of nerves in Birmingham.

Australia captain Aaron Finch turned to Steve Smith’s occasional leg-spin in a desperate bid to break the partnership.

Smith booed

Smith was booed by a large crowd, a reflection of the former Australia captain’s role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that saw him banned for 12 months.

But the jeers turned to cheers as Roy hit three huge straight sixes in as many balls.

Bairstow fell lbw to Starc, who in the process set a new record for most wickets at a single World Cup of 27.

Roy was in sight of a hundred when he was given out caught behind down the legside by wicketkeeper Alex Carey off fast bowler Pat Cummins.

The batsman was visibly angry and had to be ushered away from the crease by square leg umpire Marais Erasmus. England had earlier squandered their lone review.

Test skipper Joe Root (49 not out) and England captain Eoin Morgan (45 not out) finished the job as the crowd chanted “cricket’s coming home”.

Defeat meant Australia suffered their first loss in eight World Cup semi-finals.

Earlier, Woakes and Adil Rashid each took three wickets apiece.

Woakes struck twice early on at his Warwickshire home ground as Australia slumped to 14-3 after winning the toss.

Australia’s prolific opening pair of David Warner and Finch, as well as Peter Handscomb, were all back in the pavilion by the seventh over.

Warner, who like Smith walked out to boos because of his role in the ball-tampering scandal, returned to even louder cat-calls after being dismissed for nine.

Smith and Alex Carey steadied the innings with a fourth-wicket stand of 103 but wickets tumbled at regular intervals and Australia were unable to set England a testing target.


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ENGLAND

Over 32.1: 226-2 (win by eight wickets)
Side claim emphatic eight-wicket win over arch-rivals Australia

Behrendorff to Morgan, FOUR

Over 32: 222-2 (need 2 more runs to win)
Just two runs needed off the final over as Maxwell delays the inevitable with an incredible dive

Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Morgan, 1 run
Starc to Root, 1 run
Starc to Root, FOUR
Starc to Root, no run

Over 31: 216-2 (need 8 more runs to win)
Six runs in that over. England now need just eight more
Behrendorff to Root, 1 run
Behrendorff to Root, no run
Behrendorff to Root, FOUR
Behrendorff to Root, no run
Behrendorff to Root, no run
Behrendorff to Root, wide
Behrendorff to Root, no run

Over 30: 210-2 (need 14 more runs to win)
England with one foot in final as they near statement win

Lyon to Root, 1 run
Lyon to Root, FOUR
Lyon to Morgan, 1 run
Lyon to Morgan, 2 runs
Lyon to Morgan, FOUR
Lyon to Root, 1 run

Over 29: 197-2 (need 27 more runs to win)
Maiden by Behrendorff but with 27 runs needed off 21 overs, England won’t care

Behrendorff to Morgan, no run
Behrendorff to Morgan, no run
Behrendorff to Morgan, no run
Behrendorff to Morgan, no run
Behrendorff to Morgan, no run
Behrendorff to Morgan, no run

Over 28: 197-2 (need 27 more runs to win)
Morgan hits Lyon for back-to-back boundaries. The partnership is now 50

Lyon to Morgan, 1 run
Lyon to Morgan, no run
Lyon to Morgan, FOUR
Lyon to Morgan, FOUR
Lyon to Root, 1 run
Lyon to Morgan, 1 run

Over 27: 178-2 (need 38 more runs to win)
Behrendorff goes for eight and as Morgan continues to find the boundaries
Behrendorff to Morgan, 1 run
Behrendorff to Morgan, FOUR
Behrendorff to Morgan, no run
Behrendorff to Morgan, 2 runs
Behrendorff to Morgan, no run
Behrendorff to Root, 1 run

Over 26: 178-2 (need 46 more runs to win)
Morgan brings out the reverse-sweep to get himself a boundary

Lyon to Morgan, 2 runs
Lyon to Morgan, FOUR
Lyon to Morgan, no run
Lyon to Morgan, no run
Lyon to Morgan, no run
Lyon to Root, 1 run

Over 25: 171-2 (need 53 more runs to win)
Halfway mark of the innings and England are absolutely cruising

Starc to Root, 1 run
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, FOUR
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, no run

Over 24: 166-2 (need 58 more runs to win)
Morgan doesn’t want to be cowed down and he’s taking on the bowlers. Lifts Cummins over the infield for four
Cummins to Morgan, FOUR
Cummins to Morgan, no run
Cummins to Morgan, wide
Cummins to Root, 1 run
Cummins to Morgan, 1 run
Cummins to Morgan, no run
Cummins to Root, 1 run

Over 23: 158-2 (need 66 more runs to win)
Morgan’s troubles against Starc and bouncers has been talked about but he slashes a Starc bouncer for four with complete authority

Starc to Morgan, no run
Starc to Morgan, FOUR
Starc to Root, 1 run
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, no run

Over 22: 153-2 (need 71 more runs to win)
Two runs in that Cummins over

Cummins to Morgan, no run
Cummins to Morgan, no run
Cummins to Morgan, no run
Cummins to Morgan, no run
Cummins to Root, 1 run
Cummins to Morgan, 1 run

Over 21: 151-2 (need 73 more runs to win)
Root gets two runs through mid-wicket and then two through third man in that Starc over

Starc to Root, 2 runs
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, 2 runs
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, no run

Over 20: 147-2 (need 77 more runs to win)
England in complete control despite controversial Roy wicket

Cummins to Morgan, no run
Cummins to Morgan, no run
Cummins to Roy, CAUGHT
What a horrible way to end an incredible innings. He’s given caught behind when the ball hadn’t hit anything. Dharmasena hesitates but eventually gives him out and Roy is livid
Cummins to Root, 1 run
Cummins to Root, FOUR
Cummins to Roy, 1 run

Over 19: 141-1 (need 83 more runs to win)
Five runs off that Stoinis over after Roy gets himself another boundary
Stoinis to Root, no run
Stoinis to Root, no run
Stoinis to Root, no run
Stoinis to Root, no run
Stoinis to Roy, 1 run
Stoinis to Roy, FOUR

Over 18: 136-1 (need 88 more runs to win)
Even a wicket isn’t slowing England down. Bairstow goes but Root hits Starc for three boundaries in that eventful over
Starc to Root, FOUR
Starc to Root, FOUR
Starc to Root, no run
Starc to Root, FOUR
Starc to Bairstow, LBW
If anyone could have done it, it was Starc. Bairstow is out LBW and England lose their review as hawk-eye comes back with three reds
Starc to Bairstow, no run

Over 17: 124-0 (need 100 more runs to win)
Stoinis introduced and he goes for eight. Finch and Australia are clueless in front of this brutal assault

Stoinis to Roy, FOUR
Stoinis to Roy, wide
Stoinis to Roy, no run
Stoinis to Roy, no run
Stoinis to Roy, no run
Stoinis to Roy, 2 runs
Stoinis to Bairstow, 1 run

Over 16: 116-0 (need 108 more runs to win)
Incredible cricket from Roy as he hits Smith for three straight sixes. The first one just cleared long-on, the second went into the crowd and the third nearly went out of the stadium
Smith to Roy, no run
Smith to Roy, SIX
Smith to Roy, SIX
Smith to Roy, SIX
Smith to Bairstow, 1 run
Smith to Bairstow, wide
Smith to Roy, 1 run

Over 15: 95-0 (need 129 more runs to win)
Starc into the attack and he goes for 15
Starc to Roy, 1 run
Starc to Roy, FOUR – reaches his 50
Roy reaches his half-century to further highlight how important he is for this England side
Starc to Roy, wide
Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, FOUR
Starc to Bairstow, 1 run
Starc to Bairstow, FOUR

Over 14: 80-0 (need 144 more runs to win)
Cummins strays down leg and Roy helps himself to four runs. England doing well to punish the bad deliveries

Cummins to Roy, no run
Cummins to Roy, no run
Cummins to Roy, no run
Cummins to Roy, FOUR
Cummins to Roy, no run
Cummins to Roy, no run

Over 13: 76-0 (need 148 more runs to win)
It just seems to be England’s day. Bairstow pulls but gets a thick edge that evades Cummins at short third man and races away for four

Lyon to Bairstow, no run
Lyon to Bairstow, no run
Lyon to Bairstow, FOUR
Lyon to Bairstow, no run
Lyon to Bairstow, no run
Lyon to Roy, 1 run

Over 12: 71-0 (need 153 more runs to win)
A never-ending over as Cummins balls it down legside for five wides before Bairstow injures his knee. He’s ok to continue though

Cummins to Bairstow, no run
Cummins to Bairstow, no run
Cummins to Bairstow, 2 runs
Cummins to Bairstow, 5 wides
Cummins to Bairstow, no run
Cummins to Roy, 1 run
Cummins to Roy, no run

Over 11: 63-0 (need 161 more runs to win)
Lyon is greeted with a straight six over the head of long-on by Roy, who then reverse sweeps him for four. England motoring along

Lyon to Roy, 1 run
Lyon to Roy, FOUR
Lyon to Bairstow, 1 run
Lyon to Roy, 1 run
Lyon to Roy, no run
Lyon to Roy, SIX

Over 10: 50-0 (need 174 more runs to win)
England in complete control as runs flow freely

Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Roy, 1 run
Behrendorff to Roy, 2 runs
Behrendorff to Bairstow, 1 run
Behrendorff to Roy, 1 run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, 1 run

Over 9: 44-0 (need 180 more runs to win)
Twice now has Cummins bowled five good deliveries before bowling a loose one on the final delivery. Roy whips it off his pad for another wristy four

Cummins to Roy, FOUR
Cummins to Roy, no run
Cummins to Roy, no run
Cummins to Roy, no run
Cummins to Roy, no run
Cummins to Roy, no run

Over 8: 40-0 (need 184 more runs to win)
Bairstow with nothing more than a punch and the ball races straight back down the ground for a four

Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, FOUR
Behrendorff to Bairstow, 2 runs
Behrendorff to Roy, 1 leg bye
Behrendorff to Roy, no run
Behrendorff to Roy, no run

Over 7: 33-0 (need 191 more runs to win)
Cummins into the attack and he starts well. Almost a maiden before Bairstow punches it through cover for a couple off the final delivery

Cummins to Bairstow, 2 runs
Cummins to Bairstow, no run
Cummins to Bairstow, no run
Cummins to Bairstow, no run
Cummins to Bairstow, no run
Cummins to Bairstow, no run

Over 6: 31-0 (need 193 more runs to win)
Starc is being afforded no respect in Birmingham. Bairstow cuts him for four before Roy times a flick so perfectly that it sails for six despite being nothing more than a flick of the wrists

Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, SIX
Starc to Bairstow, 1 run
Starc to Bairstow, no run
Starc to Bairstow, no run
Starc to Bairstow, FOUR
Starc to Bairstow, wide

Over 5: 19-0 (need 205 more runs to win)
Three runs off that over. Roy isn’t in the mood to let Australia dictate play

Behrendorff to Roy, no run
Behrendorff to Roy, no run
Behrendorff to Roy, 2 runs
Behrendorff to Bairstow, 1 run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run

Over 4: 16-0 (need 208 more runs to win)
Roy has taken the attack to the Australians. Some incredible batting yields 10 off Starc’s over and the pressure seems to have waned

Starc to Roy, FOUR
Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, 2 runs
Starc to Roy, FOUR

Over 3: 6-0 (need 218 more runs to win)
Behrendorff with a maiden. Great over that. Both Australian pacers are in the mood right now. Wicket around the corner?

Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run

Over 2: 6-0 (need 218 more runs to win)
Just the one wide off that Starc over. He’s bowling with real pace and has already bowled a delivery at 151kph or 94mph

Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, wide
Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, no run
Starc to Roy, no run

Over 1: 5-0 (need 219 more runs to win)
Bairstow hits a boundary on the off side as England pick up five run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, no run
Behrendorff to Bairstow, FOUR
Behrendorff to Roy, 1 run
Behrendorff to Roy, no run
Behrendorff to Roy, no run
Behrendorff to Roy, no run

AUSTRALIA

Over 49: 223
England need 224 to reach World Cup final
Wood to Behrendorff, BOWLED
Wood finishes off the Australian innings with a fantastic yorker
Wood to Lyon, 1 run
Wood to Lyon, 2 runs
Wood to Behrendorff, 1 run
Wood to Lyon, 1 run
Wood to Lyon, no run

Over 48: 218-9
What an over by Woakes. One run and two wickets in it, albeit one was a run-out

Woakes to Behrendorff, no run
Woakes to Behrendorff, no run
Woakes to Lyon, 1 run
Woakes to Lyon, no run
Woakes to Starc, CAUGHT
And now Starc goes off the very next delivery
Woakes to Smith, RUN OUT
Smith is run out and an incredible innings comes to an end

Over 47: 217-7
Seven runs off that over

Wood to Smith, 1 run
Wood to Starc, 1 run
Wood to Starc, no run
Wood to Starc, 2 runs
Wood to Starc, 2 runs
Wood to Smith, 1 run

Over 46: 210-7
Great over by Woakes, who gives away just four runs and almost dismisses Smith too

Woakes to Smith, 1 leg bye
Woakes to Starc, 1 run
Woakes to Starc, no run
Woakes to Starc, no run
Woakes to Smith, 1 run
Woakes to Starc, 1 run

Over 45: 206-7
Big over for Australia. Starc hits Plunkett back over his head for a six off the first ball before Smith pulls him for four off the final delivery

Plunkett to Smith, FOUR
Plunkett to Starc, 1 run
Plunkett to Starc, no run
Plunkett to Starc, wide
Plunkett to Smith, 1 run
Plunkett to Starc, 1 run
Plunkett to Starc, SIX

Over 44: 192-7
Starc with a great straight drive. Six runs off that over

Wood to Smith, no run
Wood to Starc, 1 run
Wood to Starc, wide
Wood to Starc, no run
Wood to Starc, no run
Wood to Starc, FOUR
Wood to Starc, no run

Over 43: 186-7
Smith cuts it behind point to get himself a couple off the final delivery

Plunkett to Smith, 2 runs
Plunkett to Smith, no run
Plunkett to Smith, no run
Plunkett to Starc, 1 run
Plunkett to Smith, 1 run
Plunkett to Starc, 1 run

Over 42: 181-7
Five runs off Wood’s over as Australia seem happy to deal in singles for now

Wood to Starc, 1 run
Wood to Smith, 1 run
Wood to Starc, 1 run
Wood to Smith, 1 leg bye
Wood to Smith, no run
Wood to Starc, 1 leg bye

Over 41: 176-7
Starc picks up a single on the last delivery

Plunkett to Starc, 1 run
Plunkett to Starc, no run
Plunkett to Starc, no run
Plunkett to Starc, no run
Plunkett to Starc, no run
Plunkett to Starc, no run

Over 40: 175-7
Smith fights alone but he’s running out of partners

Wood to Smith, no run
Wood to Starc, 1 run
Wood to Starc, no run
Wood to Smith, 1 run
Wood to Smith, 2 runs
Wood to Smith, no run

Over 39: 171-7
And that’s the end of Archer’s 10 overs as well. 2-32 for him

Archer to Starc, no run
Archer to Starc, 2 runs
Archer to Smith, 1 run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Starc, 1 run
Archer to Smith, 1 run

Over 38: 166-7
Rashid gets a wicket in his final over to finish with 3-54 in his 10
Rashid to Starc, no run
Rashid to Starc, no run
Rashid to Cummins, CAUGHT
Cummins misreads the googly and cuts it straight to Root at slip, who holds on for a sharp low catch
Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, no run
Rashid to Smith, no run

Over 37: 165-6
Another four run over. Archer may be finishing his overs here

Archer to Cummins, 2 runs
Archer to Cummins, no run
Archer to Cummins, no run
Archer to Cummins, no run
Archer to Cummins, no run
Archer to Cummins, 2 runs

Over 36: 161-6
Four runs off that over

Rashid to Smith, no run
Rashid to Cummins, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, no run
Rashid to Cummins, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, 1 run

Over 35: 157-6
Morgan decides to give Archer one more over and he delivers by taking the big wicket of Maxwell

Archer to Cummins, no run
Archer to Maxwell, CAUGHT
Archer does the business. Gets the splice off Maxwell’s bat and he hands it straight to Morgan at cover
Archer to Maxwell, wide
Archer to Smith, 1 run
Archer to Smith, wide
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Maxwell, 1 run
Archer to Smith, 1 run

Over 34: 152-5
Eight runs off Rashid’s over. Australia have played the spinner well apart from that one over of madness

Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Maxwell, 1 run
Rashid to Maxwell, FOUR
Rashid to Maxwell, no run
Rashid to Maxwell, no run
Rashid to Maxwell, 2 runs

Over 33: 144-5
Two runs in Archer’s over. Australia seem happy to play out his second burst

Archer to Maxwell, 1 run
Archer to Smith, 1 run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Smith, no run

Over 32: 142-5
The Big Show shows just why England are so desperate to break this stand quickly as he sends Rashid’s delivery sailing into the stands with the minimum of fuss. Seven off the over and players take drinks

Rashid to Maxwell, no run
Rashid to Maxwell, no run
Rashid to Maxwell, SIX
Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, no run
Rashid to Smith, no run

Over 31: 135-5
Maxwell pulls Archer with textbook technique as five runs come off it. Morgan is going for the kill here though

Archer to Maxwell, no run
Archer to Maxwell, no run
Archer to Maxwell, FOUR
Archer to Maxwell, no run
Archer to Maxwell, no run
Archer to Smith, 1 run

Over 30: 130-5
Smith holds key with Australia teetering on the brink

Rashid to Maxwell, no run
Rashid to Maxwell, no run
Rashid to Maxwell, no run
Rashid to Maxwell, no run
Rashid to Maxwell, 2 runs
Rashid to Smith, 1 run

Over 29: 127-5
Smith continues on his merry way despite the loss of wickets. Nine runs off that over as he drives the ball through cover for four

Stokes to Smith, 1 run
Stokes to Smith, FOUR
Stokes to Maxwell, 1 run
Stokes to Maxwell, no run
Stokes to Smith, 1 run
Stokes to Smith, 2 runs

Over 28: 118-5
What an over by Rashid. Two wickets in it and Australia are in big trouble once again
Rashid to Stoinis, LBW
Stoinis fails to pick Rashid’s googly and it thuds into his pads. Kumar Dharmasena’s finger goes up and Australia are now five down

Rashid to Stoinis, no run
Rashid to Smith, 1 run – reaches his 50
Rashid to Smith, no run
Rashid to Carey, CAUGHT
Carey what have you done? He comes down the track and flicks it straight to Plunkett in the deep. Still a very well made 46 off 70 deliveries for the wicketkeeper batsman
Rashid to Smith, 1 run

Over 27: 116-3
Just three runs off Stokes’ over but the partnership between these two is now 102

Stokes to Carey, no run
Stokes to Carey, no run
Stokes to Carey, no run
Stokes to Carey, 2 runs
Stokes to Carey, no run
Stokes to Smith, 1 run

Over 26: 113-3
Carey nails a great sweep that races to the boundary

Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Carey, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Carey, 1 run
Rashid to Carey, FOUR
Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, wide

Over 25: 103-3
Plunkett goes for five. England need a wicket

Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Carey, wide
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Smith, 1 run
Plunkett to Carey, 1 run
Plunkett to Carey, wide
Plunkett to Smith, 1 run

Over 24: 98-3
Australia are getting runs much more easily now. Six runs off that over without too many risks taken

Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, 2 runs
Rashid to Smith, no run
Rashid to Smith, 2 runs
Rashid to Smith, no run
Rashid to Carey, 1 run

Over 23: 92-3
Carey with a smooth cover drive that bisects mid-on and cover and goes for four

Plunkett to Smith, no run
Plunkett to Smith, no run
Plunkett to Carey, 1 run
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Carey, FOUR
Plunkett to Carey, no run

Over 22: 87-3
Seven runs come off Adil Rashid’s second over

Rashid to Carey, 1 run
Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Carey, 1 run
Rashid to Carey, 2 runs
Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Carey, 1 run

Over 21: 80-3
Two runs off the medium pacer’s over 

Plunkett to Carey, 1 run
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Smith, 1 run
Plunkett to Smith, no run
Plunkett to Smith, no run

Over 20: 78-3
Australia rebuilding nicely after loss of early wickets
Rashid to Carey, no run
Rashid to Carey, FOUR
Rashid to Smith, 1 run
Rashid to Carey, 1 run
Rashid to Carey, no run
Rashid to Carey, no run

Over 19: 72-3
Smith picks up a boundary in the six-run over
Wood to Carey, 1 run
Wood to Carey, no run
Wood to Carey, no run
Wood to Carey, no run
Wood to Smith, 1 run
Wood to Smith, FOUR

Over 18: 66-3
Four runs off the over

Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Carey, 2 runs
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Smith, 1 run
Plunkett to Carey, 1 run

Over 17: 62-3
Smith with an incredible cut that races wide of backward point for four. Australia rebuilding nicely

Wood to Smith, FOUR
Wood to Smith, 2 runs
Wood to Smith, no run
Wood to Smith, no run
Wood to Carey, 1 run
Wood to Carey, no run

Over 16: 55-3
Eight runs in that over as both batsmen unleash two superb straight drives

Plunkett to Smith, no run
Plunkett to Carey, 3 runs
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Carey, no run
Plunkett to Smith, 1 run
Plunkett to Smith, FOUR

Over 15: 47-3
Two runs off that over and the players take a well-deserved break after a frantic start to the second semi-final

Wood to Carey, no run
Wood to Smith, 1 run
Wood to Carey, 1 run
Wood to Carey, no run
Wood to Carey, no run
Wood to Carey, no run

Over 14: 45-3
Good over for Australia as they plunder nine off it

Stokes to Smith, 2 runs
Stokes to Smith, 2 runs
Stokes to Smith, no run
Stokes to Smith, no run
Stokes to Smith, FOUR
Stokes to Carey, 1 run

Over 13: 36-3
Some good fielding ensures Wood gives away just five runs in his first over despite not starting too well

Wood to Smith, no run
Wood to Smith, no run
Wood to Smith, wide
Wood to Carey, 1 run
Wood to Carey, 2 leg byes
Wood to Carey, wide
Wood to Carey, no run
Wood to Smith, 1 run
Wood to Smith, wide

Over 12: 29-3
Stokes is introduced into the attack and he gives away just one run in that over

Stokes to Carey, no run
Stokes to Carey, no run
Stokes to Carey, no run
Stokes to Smith, 1 run
Stokes to Smith, no run
Stokes to Smith, no run

Over 11: 28-3
Woakes gives away one run

Woakes to Carey, no run
Woakes to Carey, no run
Woakes to Smith, 1 run
Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Smith, no run

Over 10: 27-3
Australia in big trouble after losing early wickets

Archer to Carey, no run
Archer to Carey, no run
Archer to Smith, 1 run
Archer to Carey, 1 run
Archer to Smith, 1 run
Archer to Smith, no run

Over 9: 24-3
Carey is all patched up and he unleashes a glorious shot to get four off the final delivery. That was only the third four of the Australian innings so far

Woakes to Carey, FOUR
Woakes to Carey, no run
Woakes to Carey, no run
Woakes to Carey, no run
Woakes to Smith, 1 leg bye
Woakes to Smith, no run

Over 8: 19-3
Four runs off that over but it ends with a nasty bouncer that hits Carrey on the helmet. There’s some damage as blood pours down his chin and the physio has been called

Archer to Carey, no run
Archer to Carey, no run
Archer to Smith, 1 run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Carey, 3 runs
Archer to Carey, no run

Over 7: 15-3
One run and a wicket in that Woakes over. Australia in big trouble

Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Carey, 1 run
Woakes to Handscomb, BOWLED
Handscomb goes now and Australia are in big trouble

Over 6: 14-2
England bowling tight overs as Archer gives away just a single

Archer to Handscomb, 1 run
Archer to Handscomb, no run
Archer to Handscomb, no run
Archer to Handscomb, no run
Archer to Handscomb, no run
Archer to Handscomb, no run

Over 5: 13-2
Another one-run over as Australia look to rebild

Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Smith, no run
Woakes to Handscomb, 1 run
Woakes to Handscomb, no run

Over 4: 12-2
Just one run in that over and England are relentless

Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Handscomb, 1 run

Over 3: 11-2
Australia in deep trouble now. Both openers are back in the hut
Woakes to Handscomb, 1 run
Woakes to Handscomb, no run
Woakes to Warner, CAUGHT
And now both openers are gone. Carnage here in England and the hosts are ecstatic
Woakes to Warner, FOUR
Woakes to Warner, no run
Woakes to Warner, no run

Over 2: 6-1
Early wickets were needed and Archer has delivered. Advantage England early on
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Warner, 1 run
Archer to Smith, 1 run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Smith, no run
Archer to Finch, LBW
Finch goes for a first ball duck and Australia have lost their review

Over 1: 4-0
Warner begins with a boundary but plays out five dots after it
Woakes to Warner, no run
Woakes to Warner, no run
Woakes to Warner, no run
Woakes to Warner, no run
Woakes to Warner, no run
Woakes to Warner, FOUR

England XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood

Australia XI: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff

One change for Australia as injured Usman Khawaja has been replaced with Peter Handscomb. No changes in the playing XI for England.

Australia have elected to bat after winning the toss 

We had a cracker first semi-final between two-time champions India and New Zealand in Manchester. The Black Caps bowlers dismissed Kohli’s men for 221 while defending a target of 240, thus securing a place in the final after winning by 18-run margin

Squads: 

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, James Vince, Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson

Australia had clinched a comfortable 64-run victory over England when the two sides met in the round-robin stage

Hello and welcome to the live updates of the second semi-final of this year’s Cricket World Cup between hosts England and defending champions Australia in Birmingham


 

 
 
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