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Australia into semis as Bangladesh’s hope alive

  • Published at 03:07 pm June 25th, 2019
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Australia's Aaron Finch plays a shot during their World Cup match against England in London Tuesday AFP

Left-arm seamers Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc bagged five and four wickets respectively

Reigning champion Australia became the first team in the World Cup 2019 to officially confirm a semi-final spot after beating host England by 64 runs at Lord’s Tuesday.

Chasing a competitive 286, England were all out for 221 in 44.4 overs with all-rounder Ben Stokes (89) playing a lone hand.

Left-arm seamers Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc bagged five and four wickets respectively.

Earlier, England fought back after another solid opening stand between Aaron Finch and David Warner to restrict Australia to 285 for the loss of seven wickets.

Captain Finch and Warner put on 123 runs - their fifth fifty-partnership in a row - before Warner fell, after being put in to bat on a murky morning at the home of cricket.

Finch went on to his second century of the tournament.

Warner is now the leading batsman in the tournament with 500 runs, just four more than Finch in second place.

England, under pressure following their shock loss to Sri Lanka, initially looked nervous in the field. 

But they bowled tightly in the closing overs to limit the Australians to a manageable score.

Finch and Warner appeared to be in complete control before the latter, on 53, spooned a catch to Joe Root at backward point off Moeen Ali.

After Ben Stokes had bowled Usman Khawaja for 23, Finch reached three figure off 115 balls. 

But he skied Jofra Archer's next delivery straight into the hands of Chris Woakes at fine leg and Australia lost momentum.

Glenn Maxwell crunched Archer over mid-wicket for six before edging Mark Wood to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler for 12, and Marcus Stoinis was run out for eight following a comical mix-up with Steve Smith.

The former Australia captain made 38 before chipping Woakes to Archer at mid-on, and he left the field to a smattering of boos in reference to his role in last year's ball-tampering scandal.

Pat Cummins edged Woakes to Buttler for one and although Alex Carey pierced the field with a few crisp strokes to finish unbeaten on 38, the Australians may be disappointed with their score as they bid for a sixth win of the tournament.

An Australian victory would virtually secure their place in the semi-finals, and if England lose they might need to beat India and New Zealand in their last two group game to be sure of making the last four.

MATCH 32

AUSTRALIA INNINGS        R    B

Finch c Woakes b Archer    100    116

Warner c Root b Moeen     53    61

Khawaja b Stokes        23    29

Smith c Archer b Woakes    38    34

Maxwell c Buttler b Wood    12    8

Stoinis run out (Bairstow)    8    15

Carey not out            38    27

Cummins c Buttler b Woakes    1    4

Starc not out            4    6

Extras (lb 4, w 4)        8 

Total (50 Overs)        285/7 

Fall Of Wickets

1-123 (Warner), 2-173 (Khawaja), 3-185 (Finch), 4-213 (Maxwell), 5-228 (Stoinis), 6-250 (Smith), 7-259 (Cummins)

Bowling

Woakes 10-0-46-2, Archer 9-0-56-1, Wood 9-0-59-1, Stokes 6-0-29-1, Moeen 6-0-42-1, Rashid 10-0-49-0

ENGLAND INNINGS            R    B

Vince b Behrendorff            0    2

Bairstow c Cummins b Behrendorff    27    39

Root lbw b Starc            8    9

Morgan c Cummins b Starc        4    7

Stokes b Starc                89    115

Buttler c Khawaja b Stoinis        25    27

Woakes c Finch b Behrendorff    26    34

Moeen c Carey b Behrendorff    6    9

Rashid c Stoinis b Starc        25    20

Archer c Warner b Behrendorff    1    4

Wood not out                1    2

Extras (b 1, lb 5, w 3)            9 

Total (44.4 Overs)            221 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-0 (Vince), 2-15 (Root), 3-26 (Morgan), 4-53 (Bairstow), 5-124 (Buttler), 6-177 (Stokes), 7-189 (Moeen), 8-202 (Woakes), 9-211 (Archer), 10-221 (Rashid)

Bowling

Behrendorff 10-0-44-5, Starc 8.4-1-43-4, Cummins 8-1-41-0, Lyon 9-0-43-0, Stoinis 7-0-29-1, Maxwell 2-0-15-0

Australia won by 64 runs

MoM: Aaron Finch