David Warner, on Tuesday, continued his fine scoring form in the ongoing World Cup, scoring another fifty as Australia beat England. The defending champions beat their arch-rivals by 64 runs to become the first team to enter the semifinal. Chasing 286 on a tough Lord’s track, England were all out for just 221 to suffer their third loss of the tournament.
England started their chase disastrously and found themselves reeling at 26 for 3 inside 6 overs. Ben Stokes then waged a lone battle once again. However, a stunning yorker from Mitchell Starc ended his fighting knock of 89. England soon folded up for a paltry 221. Starc picked up four wickets while Jason Behrendorff picked up five while playing his first World Cup game.
Earlier in the game, Australia scored 285 for 7. England’s bowlers could not make the most of the green pitch despite their captain winning the toss. Australia captain Aaron Finch struck a magnificent hundred, sharing a century stand with David Warner (53) as the opening pair repelled the early threat. England did manage to restrict Australia to less than 300 with a late comeback. However, Australia’s score still turned out to be too much for the hosts.
During the clash an interesting sight was witnessed on the Lord’s balcony. It happened during Australia’s innings. David Warner seemingly had an altercation with Ricky Ponting who is a part of the coaching staff. Warner was talking to Steve Smith when Ricky Ponting walked in between the two and said something to Warner. The left-handed batsman looked furious after that and said something animatedly before resuming to Smith once again.
Here is a clip of that incident between David Warner and Ricky Ponting:
David Warner, on Tuesday, also become the first batsman to score 500 runs in the ongoing World Cup. He is currently the leading run-scorer in the competition, leading his compatriot Aaron Finch by 4 runs.