Australia proved too strong for hosts England in the 32nd match of the ICC World Cup 2019 as they won by 64 runs. The Men in Yellow posted a competitive score of 285 runs after England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Thus, Australia has become the first side to qualify for the semifinal of the tournament.
Australian openers, Aaron Finch and David Warner once again provided a great start to their team as they added 123 runs for the opening partnership. In fact, Finch and Warner were troubled by England bowlers in the initial phase of the innings.
However, both the batsmen were able to hang on to the difficult phase. Subsequently, both the batters played their shot after getting settled and scored runs at will. Furthermore, they completed their fifth consecutive fifty run partnership and became the first pair in World Cup history to do so.
But Warner could not judge the steep bounce from Moeen Ali and gave a simple catch to Joe Root at the point region. However, Aaron Finch continued his good form going as he completed his second hundred of the tournament. Finch was dismissed on the next ball after reaching his milestone when he could not control his pull shot.
Australia once again could not add the finishing touches but got to a fighting score of 285 runs. On the other hand, England got off to a worse possible start as they lost four wickets early. The hosts were tottering at 53-4 after Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff broke the top order spine.
Ben Stokes gave a ray of hope to England with his well-made knock of 89 runs. But England was always catching up in the chase after early blow. Stokes resistance was put paid by a brilliant yorker from Mitchell Starc. Jason Behrendorff scalped a five-wicket haul.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Australia’s win:
Great catch on the boundary from Uzzie to snare the pivotal wicket of Buttler. Aussies on top but still lots to do #ENGvAUS
— Brett Graham (@worldofBG) June 25, 2019
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) June 25, 2019
Me: I have not felt that low in months.. (watching England go down like that)
ICC: England is yet to face India, son.
— ?????? ????? (@GautamSodhi1) June 25, 2019
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 25, 2019
That, from Mitch Starc to Ben Stokes, has to be one of the best yorkers you will see. Almost certainly the ball that guarantees Australia a place in the semi-final.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 25, 2019
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 25, 2019
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) June 25, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 25, 2019
If Wasim Akram was half as good as Starc is, then he must have been pretty good bowler I'd say ??#engvaus
— सानु (@Sanuslays) June 25, 2019
England's loss today will go in favour of Pakistan. If England lose another game and Pakistan win remaining three then Pakistan will qualify for the semis (provided SL do not win more than two).
It also means that PAK won't be out even if they lose to NZ tomorrow. #CWC19
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 25, 2019
Some of the shot selection by Eng has been poor,Aus quite brilliant.. #EngvAus
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 25, 2019
Last two years have been completely contrasting for both Australia and England… Who would’ve thought Australia would qualify for the semis ahead of the favourites… #EngvAus Tables have turned
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) June 25, 2019
Hell of a delivery to end a hell of an innings ? #CWC19
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) June 25, 2019
@Gmaxi_32 and @AaronFinch5 made that rebound catch look as easy as chucking housekeys at each other, which they would have done a lot back when they were housemates in Melbourne @cricbuzz #CWC19 #ENGvAUS
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) June 25, 2019
Well played Australia.. nice win. ??????
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) June 25, 2019
Mitch Starc produces the ball of the World Cup to pick up Ben Stokes. What a delivery that was!! Wow!
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) June 25, 2019
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) June 25, 2019
??????? ENGLAND FOUR DOWN! ?
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) June 25, 2019
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 25, 2019
What is it about the Aussies and Lords? From the days of Trumper/Bradman to Massie to a Behrendoff today, something about Lords that seems to get the best of the Aussies. As for England, from Davidson to Gilmour to now Behrendoff/Starc, left arm pace ain’t their thing! #AUSvENG
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 25, 2019