England Run Through Australia To Reach 2019 ICC World Cup Final
Australia was full of confidence entering the second semi-final of the 2019 ICC World Cup. They had never lost a semi-final in the history of the World Cup and had earlier beaten England in the playoffs. In fact, the Aussies are the only team in World Cricket to have won 5 World Cups and were looking to go home with a 6th World Cup championship.
The Australians may have been favourites on paper, but the sportsbooks favoured England with betting odds of 1.68 to Australia at 2.20. Cricket bettors who put money on Australia ended up on the losing side as England had a comfortable win by 8 wickets.
England Bowlers Rip Apart Australia
Australian captain A Finch won the toss and elected to bat first. The Aussies got off to a great start as Warner creamed the first ball from C Woakes to the boundary. However, J Archer dismissed A Finch with the first ball of his over and that started a batting collapse. C Woakes and A Rashid were the main destroyers as they picked up 3 wickets apiece.
Woakes got rid of the dangerous D Warner. He then went on to bowl P Handscomb who replaced the injured U Khawaja. Steven Smith tried to rebuild the innings with wicket-keeper A Carey and they put together a 100 run partnership. It then looked like Australia were going to turn things around. But, wickets then fell in a heap and it was only S Smith that stood in England’s way.
The former Australian captain took charge of the Australian innings showing his class and composure. There was no support at the other end, though. Eventually, Smith (85) got run out pushing for a desperate second run. The Aussies were bowled out in the 49th over and could only reach 223.
Jason Roy Fires Team To Victory
The Aussies knew that they would have to replicate what New Zealand did to the Indian top order if they wanted to defend a small total. Nevertheless, Jason Roy and J Bairstow, who have 3 century opening partnerships in this World Cup, once again played very well. Roy was belligerent in his stroke play, while Bairstow played a more subdued role. The two put together a 124 run partnership that took the game away from Australia.
A Finch decided to give S Smith an over to see if he could pick up a wicket or two. Instead of picking up a wicket, though, J Roy launched him for three consecutive sixes. That took the wind out of the Australians! Roy was all set to get a well-deserved century before he was given out caught behind.
Roy was furious with the decision as replays showed that he had not knicked the ball. However, he could not ask for a review as his opening partner had already used up the one review. The match referee decided to fine Roy 30 percent for his dissension on the field. He will also consider himself lucky for not receiving a one match suspension!
Root and Morgan Steady The Ship
J Root and captain E Morgan then steadied the ship. They subsequently made sure England did not lose any more wickets and helped them coast to victory in the 33 over. Root (49) and Morgan (45) scored at over a run a ball and the duo ended up hitting 8 fours. Both Root and Morgan will be happy with the time they got to spend in the middle leading up into Sunday’s final.
E Morgan said he was absolutely delighted with the way his team played. Given how England performed at the 2015 World Cup, Morgan said it was a massive turnaround for the side. Needless to say, the team is now looking to make the most of its chance to win the World Cup on July 14 at Lord’s.