Host England has reached the final of the ICC World Cup 2019. England defeated Australia by 8 wickets in the second semi-final on Thursday. England bowled superbly and then batted superbly in the match played at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
After winning the toss and batting first, Australia made a challenging 223 runs. In reply, England easily grabbed this goal by losing two wickets in 32.1 overs. England will now clash against New Zealand on 14 July. The England team reached the final for the fourth time.
First Time Australia Lost Semi-Final In World Cup History
For the first time, the Australian team has lost the semi-final. England reached the finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992 but did not win the World Cup. However, this time the hosts were considered to be the strong contenders of the title from the beginning. Now that England and New Zealand are in the final, one-day cricket is set to get a new champion. Actually, the two teams have never been able to clinch the world title.
England started a fantastic start chasing the target. Jason Roy (85) and Johnny Bairstow (34), who came in to start the innings, shared a 124-run partnership for the first wicket. Both of them fired the Australian bowlers from the start. Roy scored fast runs in comparison to Bairstow.
This partnership was broken by Pat Cummins’ second ball of the 18th over by dismissed the Bairstow with LBW. He hit 5 fours in his 43-ball innings. Subsequently, Roy led the inning with Joe Root (49 not out). Both of them added 23 runs for the second wicket.
Roy Missed His Century
Roy was going close to the century but was dismissed behind the wicket on the fourth ball of 20th over. However, the decision to give out Roy by the umpire has been quite controversial. Because at a replay, the ball did not go into the hands of wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
Roy scored nine fours and five sixes in his 65-ball knock. Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan (45 not out) took the front and returned to winning the team. Both of them shared an unbroken partnership of 79 runs for the third wicket.
Earlier, the Australian team made 223 runs in the allotted 49 overs. Steven Smith made the most runs from the Kangaroo team. He played 85 balls with 6 fours in 119 balls. Smith was heading towards his ninth ODI century but ran out in the 48th over.