CWC 2019 Will Write Fate In Blue or Black
Believe it or not two top favorites of CWC 2019 are knocked out in two different semi finals over the last two days.
Yesterday at Birmingham host England clinically executed annihilation of Australian cricket pride thumping them with a punishing 8 wickets win. New Zealand knocked out other favorites India in a closely contested low scoring match day before in Manchester.
The winners will now meet at iconic cricket coliseum Lords on Sunday. CWC 2019 will write its fate with either in blue and black. It will be fourth final for England. They lost to West Indies, Australia and Pakistan early at Lords, Kolkata and Melbourne.
For New Zealand it will be second final. They are losing finalist of CWC 2015 when the lost to Australia at MCG Melbourne.
The must expected exciting contest of two top dogs was reduced to a mere one sided affair when English bowlers bowling fast and pitching at right channel created early panic in Aussie camp.
Woakes and Archer created Tsunami which swept away inform Flinch and Warner. From 1/04, 2/10 and 3 /14 Smith and Carey recovered desperately to 117/4. But with so much damage done early even Smith could not guide Aussie cruise ship to safe anchorage in the Turbulent English Channel.
Australia was all out 223 in 49 overs. There was some saving grace through Smith in his pain taking innings of 85 before getting smartly run out by Buttler. Carey scoring 46 fell to the guiles of Leggie Adil Rashid. Woakes with 3/20, Rashid 3/54 and Archer 2/32 did the damage. Australia never looked at all in it’s never die mode.
On a wicket where English bowlers ruled Australian vaunted pace attack looked toothless. Roy and Bairstow ruthlessly punished racing to 124 in the first wicket partnership in no time before relatively polite Bairstow left scoring 34. Roy played yet another cameo of 85 in 65 deliveries.
Unfortunately Starc, Cummins and Behrendorff could not extract the swing and bounce from the surface which Woakes, Archer, Wood and Plunkett did early on. Root (49*) and Morgan (45*) stormed English Lions to the final scaring way the Kangaroos. Australia lost the CWC semi final for the first time proving it 7th time unlucky for them.
Such a huge loss will leave scar on Australia. Soon they will engage with England in Ashes. CWC will witness new champion on Sunday 14 July.
CWC 2019 Second Semi Final Played at Birmingham On 11 July
England Vs Australia
England 226/2 in 32.1 overs ( J Roy 85, JE Root 49* , EJG Morgan 45* , JM Bairstow 34) beat Australia 223 All Out in 49 Overs ( SPD Smith 85, AT Carey 46, MA Starc 29, GJ Maxwell 22, CR Woakes 3/20 , AU Rashid 3/54, Jofra Archer 2/32) by 8 wickets
Player of The Match: Chris Woakes