England have beaten Australia by 40 runs in DLS method after no further play was possible due to rain after 40.2 overs of the match. England were 240/4 with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler remaining not out on the crease with 102 and 29 runs respectively. Because of this loss, Australia have been knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. It is now England and Bangladesh from Group A to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ইংল্যান্ডের জয়ে সেমিতে টাইগাররা]
Chasing a modest target of 278 runs set by the Aussies, England had the worst beginning possible, losing Jason Roy in the very first over, and then Alex Hales in the following one to become 6 for 2 in just 1.2 overs. Joe Root too fell cheaply when England’s team total was 35 in 5.4 overs.
But then came the partnership between Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes. These two batsmen produced somewhat a poorer repetition but marginally an equally effective batting display like what Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad did the other day to get the better of New Zealand.
Morgan and Stokes batted wonderfully well, eating up all the pressure, and shared a brilliant 159-run between them before the English skipper was dismissed through an unfortunate run-out as result of a horrible mix-up with Stokes in the 32nd over of the innings.
But by then, with 194 runs on the board, England were quite comfortable in the driver’s seat of the match, needing just 84 runs more off 18.1 overs. Morgan made 87 off 81 balls with the help of 8 fours and 5 sixes.
While Morgan missed out on a ton, Stokes did not make the same mistake, rather went on to score his first Champions Trophy century by hitting a four off Adam Zampa in the first delivery of the 41th over. Just after Stokes’ century came the rain, and it never went away.
Stokes was unbeaten on 102 off 109 balls, with his knock featuring 13 fours and 2 sixes. Jos Buttler’s 32-ball 29-ball knock included 3 fours and one six.
For Australia, Josh Hazlewood took two wickets for 50 runs in 9 overs, while the other wicket went to Mitchell Starc’s kitty. Starc gave away 52 runs in his 10 overs.
Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match for his super all-round performance (1-61 and 102*).
Earlier in the match after being sent to bat first, the Aussies brought up a brilliant start to their innings, picking up 39 runs in just 7 overs with the openers David Warner and Aaron Finch hitting the ball hard all around the park.
But then came the breakthrough in the 8th over, as Mark Wood got rid of Warner at the score of 40, and Warner was out on 21 off 25 balls. But that one wicket couldn’t score any scrath on Australia’s momentum; Finch combined with the skipper Steven Smith put together a valuable 96-run second wicket partnership to take the game away from the hosts.
However, once Finch departed on 68 off 64, England were back in the game, and they also picked up the wickets of Moises Henriques and Smith (56 off 77). Suddenly Australia were in some kind of spot of bother, having lost four wickets for 181 runs in 32.1 overs.
But there still was enough hope left for the Aussies, as Travis Head hinted signs of playing a big solid knock. With Glenn Maxwell, he stitched a 58-run stand where the later’s contribution was 20. But once Maxwell was gone, there arrived a collapse in Australia innings, and they lost four more wickets in quick succession, and reeling on 254 for 9 out of nowhere.
Their innings should have been ended right there, but courtesy of some late breeze from Head who eventually remained unbeaten on 71 off 64 balls with the help of 5 fours and 2 sixes, Australia were able to play out full 50 overs, and in the end their score read 277 for 9.
For England, Mark Wood was the pick of the bowlers, snatching four wickets for just 33 runs in his 10-over quota of bowling. Adil Rashid too took four, at expense of 41 runs, while Ben Stokes took one.
Brief score: England 240/4 off 40.2 overs (Stokes 102*, Morgan 87; Hazlewood 2/50, Starc 1/52) beat Australia 277/9 off 50 overs (Head 71*, Finch 68; Wood 4/33, Rashid 4/41) by runs 40 runs (DLS method).
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com