Economical spells from bowlers and a blistering knock from Jason Roy helped England thrash Australia by eight-wicket in the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday, July 11.
While chasing a low total, England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got off to a flying start. Their aggressive batting brought up their half-century partnership within 10 overs. They didn’t spare any of the bowlers and started hitting all over the park.
However, things got worse for Australia when captain Aaron Finch gave the ball to part-time leg-spinner Steve Smith after the 15th over. He was smashed for three back-to-back sixes by Jason Roy who also welcomed Nathan Lyon with a maximum.
Jonny Bairstow, however, dismissed for 34 when Mitchell Starc trapped him before the stumps and they even lost their review as well. That dismissal certainly didn’t affect England’s scoring as Joe Root also joined the party with Jason Roy. Roy brought up his fifty and both set the tone for England’s win.
However, Roy missed the century after he was given out by umpire Kumar Dharmasena as he was out caught behind down the leg side by Alex Carey. But Roy refused to walk back at first and behaving badly with the umpire. Although he later walked back, he was fined for the behaviour with the on-field umpire.
After that, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan took the things to the finish line with ease, stitching 79 runs. Jason Roy’s blistering 65-ball 85 made the winning foundation for his team which they reached in 32.1 overs.
Earlier in the game, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Their prolific openers David Warner and Aaron Finch both failed to score and departed very cheaply. Even the newcomer Peter Handscomb also followed them in the pavilion and left Australia struggling at 14-3 within the first seven overs. Courtesy certainly goes to Chris Woakes who struck twice early.
The pressure fell upon Steve Smith and Alex Carey who both tried to resurrect the innings. In between this, Carey was survived a deadly bouncer by Jofra Archer and continued with a bandaged chin.
They added 103 runs for the fourth-wicket before leg-spinner Adil Rashid struck twice in five balls and dismissed Carey and Marcus Stoinis. Carey fell for 46 after giving an easy catch to substitute fielder James Vince at deep midwicket and Stoinis fell for a two-ball duck after he was trapped before the stumps.
Steve Smith, on the other hand, held the innings and got good support from Mitchell Starc (29). They both added 51 runs before Smith ran out by Jos Buttler’s direct throw. Starc was next to follow and eventually, Australia were bundled out within 223.
Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid bagged 3 wickets each while Jofra Archer took 2 and Mark Wood took 1 for England.
England now will face against New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on Sunday, July 14.