Australia demolish the hosts to secure semi-final spot
Australia win the battle comfortably against England and become the first team to qualify in the semi-final of the World Cup.
The shock defeat against Sri Lanka have completely changed things for the hosts England as they suffer their second defeat in a row against the arch-rivals Australia at The Lords.
It was yet another a brilliant show by the in-form openers David Warner and Aaron Finch. Warner scored 53 runs and became the leading run-scorer of the World Cup once again overcoming Shakib Al Hasan. While the Australian skipper Aaron Finch scored yet another hundred. England rallied to stop Australia at 285 for seven in their blockbuster showdown.
In reply, England found the firing left-arm pace duo of Jason Behrendorff (5/-43) and Mitchell Starc (4/44) too hot to handle, capitulating to 221 all out in 44.4 overs. Ben Stokes was the lone batsman who couldn’t fight and scored 89 runs. But courtesy of a stunning yorker, Stokes had to bow down to Starc.
At 26 for 3 in the sixth over, England were staring down the barrel against a side that is historically known to raise its game on the biggest stage, more so when the stakes are high. With a 71-run partnership for the 5th wicket, Stokes and Jos Buttler somewhat rescued the innings, but the wicketkeeper-batsman got out after making 25 off 27 balls.
The match was as good as over when Starc bowled Stokes with one of the tournament’s finest yorkers to leave England reeling at 177 for six. It also ended the hopes of England and they suffered a massive defeat of 64 runs in the end.
AUS 285/7 (50.0)
ENG 221-all out (44.4)
Result: Australia won by 64 runs