England advance to the final after demolishing Australia
The hosts England outplayed Australia at the Edgbaston to qualify for the final of the World Cup.
After an epic encounter between India and New Zealand in the first semi-final, the hosts England had a tough job to do against the firing Australia to qualify for the final, but a stunning start from Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow made the chase all to easy for the hosts.
The Australian captain Aaron Finch had no hesitation to chose bat first after winning the toss, However, England didn’t mind the decision as the fast bowlers gave England a breathtaking start and Australia were 3 down with only 15 runs on the board.
The man in form Steve Smith repaired the early damage along with Alex Carey, who was struck by a deadly bouncer from Jofra Archer. Adil Rashid broke the crucial partnership and removed Carey for 56. Glenn Maxwell (22) and Marcus Stoinis (0) failed yet again.
When Smith was all set to score yet another hundred, a moment of brilliance from Jos Buttler ran the Australian star batsman out. In the end, Australia managed to post 223 runs with Smith (85) scoring the highest.
In reply, Australia would have fancy themselves to defend this total after seeing the first semi-final. But Roy and Bairstow removed all the doubts as the firing openers gave England a thunderous start. Roy, who looked in amazing touch throughout the tournament smashed the leading wicket-taker of the tournament Mitchell Starc all over the park.
With 9 fours and 5 massive sixes, Roy scored 85 off just 65 balls and he was unlucky to not get his hundred as he was wrongly given out by umpire Kumar Dharmasena. Roy was furious with the decision. He had nothing to do, but walk away as England had no review.
However, in the end, English skipper Eoin Morgan took them over the line comfortably along with the Test captain Joe Root with 8 wickets in hand.