ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Australia vs England - 2nd Semi Final

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Date & Time: 11 July 2019

England 226/2

RR: 7.02 | England beat Australia by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jason Roy c Alex Carey (W) & b Pat Cummins c Alex Carey (W) & b Pat Cummins 856595
Jonny Bairstow lbw Mitchell Starc lbw Mitchell Starc 344350
Joe Root not out not out 494680
Eoin Morgan not out not out 453980
Ben Stokes
Jos Buttler
Chris Woakes
Liam Plunkett
Adil Rashid
Jofra Archer
Mark Wood
Extras 13 (b 0, lb 1, w 12, nb 0)
Total 226 (2 Wkts, 32.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
124-1 (Jonny Bairstow,17.2), 147-2 (Jason Roy,19.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jason Behrendorff8.1 2 38 0 4.69
Mitchell Starc9 0 70 1 7.78
Pat Cummins7 0 34 1 4.86
Nathan Lyon5 0 49 0 9.80
Steve Smith1 0 21 0 21.00
Marcus Stoinis2 0 13 0 6.50

The final will be played on Sunday, 14th July. That match will begin at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). Whoever, the winner is, it will be the first time that country lifts the Cup. Will it be England? Or will it be New Zealand? Make sure you join us for that to find out who the new champions will be. Till then, take care, cheers!

So, that's it from Semi Final 2. It is going to be England who will battle it out against New Zealand in the final at Lord's. The hosts' 9969 days wait to play in the final is over.

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says he is very delighted and thanks the fans for their support. Mentions they came in here with a lot of confidence, wanted to get better after each game and today was an example. He is very happy for Woakes as he is a cool customer and he goes about his business nicely. States today was his day, Woakes and Archer were excellent with the new balls and the guys later on were brilliant. Mentions Roy and Bairstow are in the form of their lives and are very dangerous once they get in. Says he was 6 when England played in their last final and says he has watched a lot of highlights. Ends by saying it is a big opportunity this Sunday, looking back to where they were in 2015 and seeing what they can achieve on Sunday is a huge improvement.

Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says they were outplayed. Admits after they were 27 for 3 and it got difficult to get back into the game. States it was a combination of both, the wicket doing a bit and England bowling well but you expect the new ball to do a bit in the first half and the English bowlers did well to hit the stumps. Further adds that his bowlers tried to do the same but could not do it. Mentions you always want to win but there have been some positives and a lot of character has been shown in the last 6 months. Also adds that, they had their backs to the walls but have improved very much. Tells they kept looking for wickets and they tried changing it up but could not pick any as Roy and Bairstow played really well. Also says you got to beat everyone in the World Cup, they did have a few injuries but that is not an excuse.

MAN OF THE MATCH, Chris Woakes, says it is an incredible performance by the team as it started off with the ball but the way the batters knocked the runs off was brilliant. Admits they were nervous in the morning which is quite natural but the way they won it speaks a lot about their side. Further adds he was nervous and hence, he got the length wrong on the first ball but then got his length right and it went well. Reckons it was not a bad wicket but they found the right lengths, also, Australia losing early wickets did not help their cause. States they try and not pay attention to what people are saying. Admits they did bowl a little shorter in Lord's but they have come a long way from there and they entered the knockout stages with momentum on their side. Ends by saying he was three when England last made it to the final and he still can't believe they are into the final and he hopes all goes well on Sunday.

The Australian bowlers can't be blamed a lot as it was their batters who let them down today. After winning the toss and electing to bat, their top order was blown away. Smith did show some fight, first with Carey and then with Starc but Woakes and Rashid's brilliant spells ensured they bowl Australia out for a low total which their batters chased down without breaking a sweat.

Not a lot you can write about a side's bowling attack when they have conceded 224 in less than 35 overs. Australia needed early wickets but they did not get any. They seemed helpless as their bowlers got no assistance from the wicket. Also, they had no answers to the assault by Roy and Bairstow. Starc and Cummins did take a wicket each but it was just a mere consolation.

The England innings was all about Jason Roy! Yes, there were scores from the other batters as well but it was Roy's innings which stood out. He was the mainstay in his 124-run stand with Bairstow which more or less sealed the deal for the England side. Roy though was unlucky to be dismissed 15 short of a ton but Morgan and Root then ensured there were no further wickets to fall and the two took England over the line.

England have literally barged into the final! We are now sure of having a new World Cup winner. The English side has done it with so much ease. They have cruised through. They have made the mighty Aussies look so tiny.

32.1
4
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, FOUR! That's it! England go to the finals for the first time since 1992. Good length ball on off, Morgan flat-bats it over mid on for a boundary. The crowd erupt in joy. The ODI skipper and Test skipper have a hug and smile in the middle. The English fans are delighted. The defending champions are out and we will have a new champion. ENGLAND WIN BY 8 WICKETS.
31.6
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Excellent fielding! The Aussies won't just give it up. Good length ball around off, Root cuts but Maxwell at short third man dives to his left and stops the winning runs. Just delaying the inevitable.
31.5
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Full again on off, Root strokes it to mid off.
31.4
1
M Starc to E Morgan, Very full on off, Morgan strokes it to covers and gets a single. There is an overthrow at the keeper's end but no extra run.
31.3
1
M Starc to Joe Root, Back of a length ball, Root pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single.
31.2
4
M Starc to Joe Root, FOUR! Just used the pace of the ball. Good length ball on off, Root drives it through covers and gets a boundary. Moves to 48 and now England just a boundary away from sealing their place in the Final.
31.1
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Back of a length ball on off, Root defends it off the front foot.

Mitchell Starc is back!

30.6
1
J Behrendorff to Joe Root, Full toss on off, Root does not make the most of it. He hit it to fine leg and gets a single.
30.5
0
J Behrendorff to Joe Root, Yorker on off, Root does well to dig it out.
30.4
4
J Behrendorff to Joe Root, FOUR! Too good! Bouncer on middle, Root pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Just 9 needed now. The 1992 inspired kit is taking this England team to the finals for the first time since 1992.
30.3
0
J Behrendorff to Joe Root, Length delivery on off, Root blocks it off the front foot.
30.2
0
J Behrendorff to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root defends it off the back foot.
30.2
0
J Behrendorff to Joe Root, WIDE! Behrendorff misses his line with the slower one. It is down the leg side. Wide signalled.
30.1
0
J Behrendorff to Joe Root, Good length ball around off, Root stands tall and punches it to point.
29.6
1
N Lyon to Joe Root, On the pads, Root flicks it to the on side and keeps the strike. Just 14 runs needed now.
29.5
4
N Lyon to Joe Root, FOUR! Tossed up on middle, Root reverse sweeps it through point for a boundary.
29.4
1
N Lyon to E Morgan, Short around off, Morgan punches it through covers for a single.
29.3
2
N Lyon to E Morgan, On the pads, Morgan sweeps it wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple.
29.2
4
N Lyon to E Morgan, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Morgan lofts his punch over extra cover for a boundary. There was a shout for catch it but don't know for whom.
29.1
1
N Lyon to Joe Root, Off spinner on off, Root turns it with the spin to square leg and gets a single.

Drinks Break! Nothing much to tell, England are cruising along and have all but sealed their place in the Finals. Only a giant miracle can see Australia win this, it looks almost impossible for them.

28.6
0
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, Morgan comes down the track and hits it to mid on. Another maiden for Behrendorff.
28.5
0
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, Slower bouncer. It is bowled at 112 kph but it is on the leg side it has not been wided.
28.4
0
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, Good length ball on off, Morgan defends it to the off side.
28.3
0
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, Bouncer! Morgan sits under it.
28.2
0
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, Length delivery around off, Morgan comes down the track and pulls it to mid-wicket off the inner half of his bat.
28.1
0
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, Good length ball on off, Morgan looks to pull but it does not come off the middle. It goes to the man at mid on.
27.6
1
N Lyon to E Morgan, Short again, this time Morgan strokes it towards point and keeps the strike with a single. 50-run stand comes up between the ODI skipper and Test skipper.
27.5
0
N Lyon to E Morgan, In the air but safe. Quicker and shorter, Morgan looks to cut but gets it off the upper half of his bat. The ball falls short of the man at short third man.
27.4
4
N Lyon to E Morgan, FOUR! Cut and cut hard this time. Short around off, Morgan gets on his back foot and cuts it through cover-point for a boundary.
27.3
4
N Lyon to E Morgan, FOUR! Darted on the pads, Morgan premeditates his sweep and hits it fine down the leg side. The fielder is up inside the circle there. He gives it a chase but cannot stop it.
27.2
1
N Lyon to Joe Root, Tossed up around off, Root milks it to long on for one.
27.1
1
N Lyon to E Morgan, Short on middle, Morgan cuts it towards point and gets one.
26.6
1
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, Another short ball, once again Morgan pulls it in control towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
26.5
4
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, FOUR! Morgan standing tall and facing the short balls with authority now. Short ball on off, Morgan pulls it with control through square leg for a boundary.

Change of bats for Morgan. Seems like his handle is off.

26.4
0
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, On the pads, Morgan flicks it to mid-wicket.
26.3
2
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, In the air..but just wide! Slower ball on off, Morgan looks to go over mid off. He does not time it well as the ball comes off the lower half of his bat. It still goes over mid off. Finch runs behind and stretches his arms out wide but cannot get there. Two taken.
26.2
0
J Behrendorff to E Morgan, Good length ball outside off, Morgan looks to defend inside the line but misses.
26.1
1
J Behrendorff to Joe Root, Full on the pads, Root flicks it towards square leg and gets a single.