ICC World Cup2019: Australia beat England by 64 runs

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 21:58
ICC World Cup2019: Australia beat England by 64 runs
It was reminiscent of the Australian swagger of yore as Aaron Finch`s pacers bossed arch-rivals England on their way to the World Cup semifinals with a 64-run victory on Tuesday.

While Australia became the first team to reach the semifinals of the showpiece, England`s defeat, their second straight following the stunning reverse to Sri Lanka, made their path to the last four way tougher than it was not less than a week ago. Captain Finch rose to the occasion with his second century of the tournament before England rallied to stop Australia at 285 for seven in their blockbuster showdown.

In reply, England found the 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 waged a lonely battle for his 89 off 115 balls. England were off to the worst possible start, losing James Vince in only the second ball of the innings. Bigger blows awaited the hosts as the Lord`s saw in disbelief the quick departure of the in-from Joe Root followed by skipper Eoin Morgan. At 26 for three 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.
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