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

commentary

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.

Jason Behrendorff is back!

25.6
2
N Lyon to E Morgan, Shorter on off, Morgan guides it down to third man and gets a brace.
25.5
4
N Lyon to E Morgan, FOUR! Up and over with sheer control. Floated on off, Morgan connects his reverse sweep over point for a boundary.
25.4
0
N Lyon to E Morgan, Shorter on middle, Eoin strokes it to extra cover.
25.3
0
N Lyon to E Morgan, Floated on the stumps, Morgan defends it off the front foot.
25.2
0
N Lyon to E Morgan, Flighted outside off, Morgan looks to play the reverse sweep but misses.
25.1
1
N Lyon to Joe Root, On the pads, Root turns it square on the leg side for a single.

Nathan Lyon is back!

24.6
1
M Starc to Joe Root, Length ball on off, Root drives it to the left of mid off and takes one. He will keep the strike. 53 needed off 150 balls, just in case you wondered what was the equation.
24.5
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, JR defends it to point.
24.4
4
M Starc to Joe Root, FOUR! Poor ball this! Full on the pads, Root flicks it fine down the leg side to the the fine leg fence for a boundary. 54 needed now.
24.3
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Back of a length on off, Root defends it off the back foot.
24.2
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Fuller around off, Root drives it but it goes straight to Stoinis at cover. For a minute it looked like he was out caught but he it it on the bounce.
24.1
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root pushes it to mid off.
23.6
4
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, FOUR! Up and over! A little too full by Cummins. Morgan lofts it over the mid off fielder and bags a boundary.
23.5
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, Shorter and on the body, Morgan hops and keeps it out.
23.5
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, A bumper but it is way too short. Morgan ducks under it. Wided.
23.4
1
Pat Cummins to Joe Root, Shortish and outside off, Root slaps it through covers for one.
23.3
1
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, Edge run! This is a good length ball on middle, Morgan looks to defend by staying leg side of the delivery. It goes off the outside edge and down to third man for one.
23.2
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, In the air... but safe! Shorter and on the body, Morgan looks to flick but it hits the handle and lobs beside the pitch.
23.1
1
Pat Cummins to Joe Root, Back of a length on middle, this is played towards wide mid on for one.
22.6
0
M Starc to E Morgan, Back of a length ball on off, Morgan defends it off the back foot.
22.5
4
M Starc to E Morgan, FOUR! Good length ball around off, all the men in the deep are square on either side. Morgan lofts it over square leg for a boundary.

The first slip is deep now. No I have not made any mistake. The man at third man is standing exactly deep where first slip would be if placed inside the circle.

22.4
1
M Starc to Joe Root, On the pads, Root glances it down the leg side for a single.
22.3
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Good length ball on top of the stumps, Root looks to play but misses.
22.2
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Well played and well fielded too! Length ball outside off, Root cuts it hard but Maxwell at dives to his left and saves a certain boundary.
22.1
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Fuller outside off, Root drives it off the upper half of his bat towards mid off.
21.6
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, Pacey good length ball on the body, Morgan looks to defend but the ball raises onto him and hits him on the glove.
21.5
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, Once again short, Eoin sways away from it.
21.4
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, Back of a length ball on the body, Morgan defends it to the side of the pitch on the off side. Eoin shouts a loud no to his partner.
21.3
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, Bouncer! Morgan sways away from it.
21.2
1
Pat Cummins to Joe Root, Length ball on the pads, Root glances it to square leg for one.
21.1
1
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, On the pads, Morgan flicks it to fine leg and gets off the mark. The English skipper unlike the Australian skipper won't bag a golden duck.
20.6
2
M Starc to Joe Root, Nice shot! Slightly shorter and outside off, Root stays leg side of the ball and guides it past point for two.
20.5
0
M Starc to Joe Root, On the off pole, Root defends it onto the ground.
20.4
2
M Starc to Joe Root, Lovely use of the wrists there! This is on middle, Root works it through mid-wicket and bags two.
20.3
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Full and outside off, Root drives it to covers. Three dots.
20.2
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Another fuller ball on off, Root strokes it back to the bowler once again.
20.1
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Fuller and on middle, Root drives it back to the bowler.

Mitchell Starc is back!

19.6
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, Outside off on a length, Morgan shoulders arms to it.
19.5
0
Pat Cummins to E Morgan, Bouncer to welcome Morgan. Eoin sways away from it.

Eoin Morgan is the new man in.

19.4
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, OUT! Caught! Roy is unhappy and honestly Dharmasena took a long time to raise his finger. Short ball on the leg side, Roy goes chasing after it with his pull. The ball goes to the left of Carey and he takes it. The Australian players put a very confident appeal. They scream and cry for it. The umpire seemed to be unmoved but at the dying seconds he raises his finger. Roy stands there shell shocked and confused. He has a word with Erasmus, the square leg umpire. He cannot believe he has been given out. Dharmasena comes and joins the chat but Roy has to walk back as England do not have a review. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows no spike on it. One can feel why Roy was unhappy. End of a stupendous knock from Roy. Deserved a 100 in all honesty but he won't get it. Walks back for 85 but to a huge applause from the crowd.
19.3
1
Pat Cummins to Joe Root, Bouncer now. Root pulls it in a controlled manner to deep square leg for a single.
19.2
4
Pat Cummins to Joe Root, FOUR! 4th boundary for Root and he has played just 9 balls. Length ball outside off, Root cuts it through point for a boundary.
19.1
1
Pat Cummins to J Roy, On the pads, Roy flicks it to the on side and gets a single.

Pat Cummins is back on!

18.6
0
M Stoinis to Joe Root, Another dot to end! This is shorter and around off, Root guides it to short point.
18.5
0
M Stoinis to Joe Root, Fuller and on off, Root pushes it to mid off.
18.4
0
M Stoinis to Joe Root, Back of a length and on off, Root pushes it to covers.
18.3
0
M Stoinis to Joe Root, Good length and on off, Root guides it to point.
18.2
1
M Stoinis to J Roy, Shorter and outside off, Roy throws his bat at it but gets an edge down to third man for one.
18.1
4
M Stoinis to J Roy, MISFIELD AND FOUR! It is raining boundaries despite the fall of the wicket. Short and on middle, Roy pulls it towards mid-wicket. It bounces just in front of the fielder there who lets it through and a boundary.
17.6
4
M Starc to Joe Root, FOUR! Crunched! This is the best of the lot in Root's hat-trick of boundaries. Yes, Root has scored 3 boundaries already. Good length ball outside off, Root crunches it through point for a boundary.
17.5
4
M Starc to Joe Root, FOUR! Starc bowls it on the pads, Root just helps it on its way fine down the leg side for a boundary. Carey dives to his left but to no avail.
17.4
0
M Starc to Joe Root, Length ball on off, Root blocks it off the front foot.
17.3
4
M Starc to Joe Root, FOUR! Not the most convincing ways to get off the mark but Root won't mind. Short and fast on the body, Root looks to defend but ends up gloving it fine down the leg side for a boundary.

Joe Root is the new man in!

17.2
0
M Starc to J Bairstow, OUT! LBW! It looked plumb and it was plumb. Good length ball pitching on middle and leg, it straightens up a bit. Bairstow looks to play it across the line but misses. The Australian players put in a loud, confident appeal. The umpire raises his finger. Jonny has a chat with Roy and then takes it upstairs. Ultra Edge shows no involvement of bat. Ball Tracker rolls in and shows the ball was going to hit the middle pole. Bairstow takes the sole review with him but he has done his job here. He will be disappointed but he has ensured that England are just a few meters away from a place in the World Cup final. 27th wicket for Starc in this World Cup, most by any bowler in this edition. Something to cheer for the Aussie fans.

Bairstow has been adjudged LBW here. He has taken the review. Looks dead plumb.

17.1
0
M Starc to J Bairstow, Bouncer! It is around the body, Bairstow sits under it.

Mitchell Starc is back on.

16.6
4
M Stoinis to J Roy, FOUR! That has gone to the fence like a tracer bullet! None of the Australian players even moved there. This is short again, Roy comes down the track and smashes it through mid-wicket. Runs needed is 100 now.
16.6
0
M Stoinis to J Roy, WIDE! Way too short and down the leg side.
16.5
0
M Stoinis to J Roy, On the fuller side on off, Roy pushes it to covers.
16.4
0
M Stoinis to J Roy, Around off, Roy looks to drive it with a straight bat but it goes off the outer half to point.
16.3
0
M Stoinis to J Roy, This is angled into the pads, Roy looks to flick but closes the face of the bat early. A leading edge is induced but it falls well short of the bowler.
16.2
2
M Stoinis to J Roy, Well fielded by Lyon! Shorter and on middle, Roy gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket. Lyon runs to his left, dives and pushes it back in. Saves two for his side.
16.1
1
M Stoinis to J Bairstow, This is on the pads, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Marcus Stoinis is back!

15.6
0
S Smith to J Roy, Now calms the storms and blocks it to see through the over. Tossed up on off, Roy gives some breathing space to Smith and pushes this ball to cover. 21 off this Smith over. Don't be shocked if this is the last over we see from Smith in this game.
15.5
6
S Smith to J Roy, SIX! Hat-trick of sixes and Roy is ending Smith's bowling career here. This is the biggest and the baddest of the lot. He has torn the ball to pieces here. Floated on leg, Roy demolishes it two, maybe three rows over the long on fence for a daddy six.
15.4
6
S Smith to J Roy, SIX! Two in two here. Roy is a man possessed. Floated on middle, this time Roy goes straighter but the result is the same.
15.3
6
S Smith to J Roy, SIX! Going...going...gone! Floated on middle and leg, Roy clears his front leg and smashes it over long on. Maxwell jumps and looks to take it but he cannot do anything about it.
15.2
1
S Smith to J Bairstow, Brilliantly from Maxwell. Tossed up on middle and leg, Jonny lofts it over mid on. Maxwell runs and dives to his right and saves a certain boundary.
15.2
0
S Smith to J Bairstow, WIDE! Smith sprays this down the leg side, Bairstow looks to play the paddle but misses. Wide signalled.
15.1
1
S Smith to J Roy, Smith starts with a very low full toss around off, Roy milks it to long on for one.

Steve Smith is on now! Finch trying everything here.

DRINKS! England are doing it very easily at the moment. They need another 129 runs and have 10 wickets in hand. The two out there are in the mood to finish this off quickly. Australia on the other hand, look down and out. They need someone to put their hand up and not get one, two but three wickets very quickly. Will there be some fight from the Aussies or will England crush them?

14.6
1
M Starc to J Roy, On the pads, Jason glances it to the on side and keeps the strike.
14.5
4
M Starc to J Roy, FOUR! What a way to bring up his fifty! Good length ball on off, Roy creams his drive through covers and gets to his 5th World Cup fifty. His 18th in ODIs. Yes England bat deep but this man is just so crucial to this side. He raises his bat and soaks in all the well deserved applause he is getting.
14.5
0
M Starc to J Roy, WIDE! Starc misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Wide signalled.
14.4
0
M Starc to J Roy, Length ball outside off, Roy cuts it hard but Bherendorff dives to the left and saves a certain boundary.
14.3
4
M Starc to J Roy, FOUR! This is just too good! Once again Starc bowls it on the slot in middle, Roy lofts it wide of mid off and scores a boundary. He makes it look all so easy, does Roy.
14.2
1
M Starc to J Bairstow, Now runs it down to third man and gets a single.
14.1
4
M Starc to J Bairstow, FOUR! Powered away! Starc overpitches it on off, Bairstow moves away just a bit and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.

Starc is back on!

13.6
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Uppish but short! A length ball around off, this one holds up in the surface. Roy plays a check-drive which goes on the bounce to mid off. 144 more needed.
13.5
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Back of a length and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.
13.4
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Cummins bangs this one shorter and on middle, Roy evades it.
13.3
4
Pat Cummins to J Roy, FOUR! Easy-peasy! This is down the leg side, Roy helps it on its way to the fine leg fence and bags a boundary. England are cruising at the moment.
13.2
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Slower one on off, this one also bounces a touch extra. Roy does well to keep it down as he plays it towards mid-wicket.
13.1
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Good length on off, Roy mistimes it to point.
12.5
0
N Lyon to J Bairstow, Floated on the stumps, Bairstow blocks it.
12.4
4
N Lyon to J Bairstow, EDGED AND FOUR! Floated around off, Bairstow looks to flick but gets a top edge which flies wide of short third man. Cummins gives it a chase and tries to stop the ball from going to the fence with a dive. He fails in his attempt to do so.
12.3
0
N Lyon to J Bairstow, Good fielding from Warner! Short on middle, Bairstow pulls but Warner moves swiftly across to his left from point and saves runs with a dive.
12.2
0
N Lyon to J Bairstow, Flighted outside off, Bairstow looks to play the paddle sweep but misses.
12.1
1
N Lyon to J Roy, Short off spinner, Roy cuts it from middle stump to sweeper cover for a single.
11.6
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, On the fuller side, Bairstow drives it crisply to mid off.
11.5
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Good delivery! This lands outside off and then comes back in. Bairstow looks to defend but misses to get hit high on the pads.

Jonny Bairstow has taken his pads out and he looks in a lot of pain. The physio is out to have a look. He has had ankle issues before too. He has worn his pads now and Bairstow is all set to go.

11.4
2
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Shorter and outside off, JB guides it past point. They take one, Bairstow slips as he turns for the second but still goes for it and completes it. He is in pain now though.
11.4
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, FIVE WIDES! Bonus runs! This is short and down the leg side. Carey moves to that direction and looks to collect it but it goes over his gloves and into the fine leg fence.
11.3
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Ambitious shot! This is on the pads, Bairstow looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
11.2
1
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Shorter in length and on the body, Roy pulls it down to fine leg for one.
11.1
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Back of a length and on off, Roy defends it out.

Change of ends for Cummins!

10.6
1
N Lyon to J Roy, Edged but safe. Tossed up on off, Roy comes down the track and looks to flick but gets a leading edge on it. Luckily for him, the ball falls well short of point.
10.5
4
N Lyon to J Roy, FOUR! This is just brutal from Roy! This is just unfair on the bowler. Lyon bowls a flighted ball on middle and leg, Roy gets on his knees and reverse sweeps it over point for a boundary. Not a bad ball this but just brilliant batting.
10.4
1
N Lyon to J Bairstow, Floated around off, Bairstow premeditates his sweep and hits it to square leg for one.
10.3
1
N Lyon to J Roy, Short around off, Roy cuts it hard to deep point and gets a single.
10.2
0
N Lyon to J Roy, Bowls it quicker and flatter outside off, Roy looks to push it on the off side but misses.
10.1
6
N Lyon to J Roy, SIX! Lyon is welcomed with a massive six. Not the welcome Nathan would have wanted. He tosses it up on middle, Roy demolishes it over the long on fence for a biggie.

Also, Nathan Lyon is on now.

Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.

9.6
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, On the pads, JB glances it to the man at mid-wicket.
9.5
1
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Good length ball on off, Roy pushes it to mid off. The fielder there looks to stop it with a dive but the ball deflects off his hands towards mid on and they take a run. Yet another 50-run stand comes up between the two.
9.4
2
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Another good looking cover drive. Fuller on off, Roy drives it through covers. The fielder inside the circle dives and gets a hand to it. Glenn Maxwell from sweeper cover cleans it up. Two taken.
9.3
1
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, On the pads, Bairstow glances it through mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
9.2
1
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Once again it is on off and middle, Roy flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
9.1
1
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow flicks it square on the leg side and gets a single.
8.6
4
Pat Cummins to J Roy, FOUR! Easily done! Another length ball and this time it is a little too straight. Roy shuffles across and flicks it through backward square leg for a boundary. Spoils what was a potential maiden.
8.5
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Roy walks across the stumps and Cummins lands it on off, JR works it to mid-wicket.
8.4
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, Back of a length on off, Roy stands tall and keeps it out.
8.3
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, A good short one and on the body, Roy ducks under it.
8.2
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, That has gone through him! This is shorter and around middle, Roy hops and tries to hit it on the leg side. The ball stays low and goes beneath the bat but over the stumps.
8.1
0
Pat Cummins to J Roy, This is angled into the batter, Roy looks to flick it on the leg side but misses to get hit high on the pads.
7.6
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Now calmly blocks this one to get through the over. 40 runs off the 8 overs and England are cruising along at this point of time.
7.5
4
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, FOUR! Venom, that's what it was hit with! Overpitched on middle and leg, Bairstow drives it through mid on. Behrendorff looks to block it but he is down the ground. He had no chance of stopping that.
7.4
2
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, On the pads, Bairstow does not miss his flick and manages it to flick it wide of mid-wicket for a couple.
7.3
0
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Appeal from LBW but turned down. It is on the pads, Roy moves across and looks to flick but misses. Behrendorff puts in an appeal but it is turned down. The pitching seemed to be the issue there.
7.2
0
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Good length ball on off, Roy defends it off the front foot.
7.1
0
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Little bit of swing there. Good length ball on top of middle, Roy comes down the track and looks to hit but then seeing the away movement he retracts from his shot.

Change of ends for Jason Behrendorff!

6.6
2
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Fuller on off, Bairstow drives it through covers. Warner gives it a chase and cleans it before the ropes. Two runs taken. So just the brace of Cummins' first. Australia though need wickets here. They cannot defend it.
6.5
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Good shot but straight to the man at cover. Good length ball on off, Bairstow drives it on the up but straight to the fielder at cover.
6.4
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Bouncer! It is slightly away from the body, Jonny sways away from it.
6.3
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Fuller on off, Bairstow looks to drive but the bat turns in his hands as the ball makes contact with the bat and it goes to mid on.
6.2
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Now betters his line and bowls it on off, Jonny defends it off the front foot.
6.1
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Cummins start with a good length ball on middle and leg, Bairstow pushes it towards mid on.

Pat Cummins is on! Australia need a wicket. Can he deliver it?

5.6
0
M Starc to J Roy, Now a solid front foot defense to end the over. 12 off this one and 22 runs have come of Starc's last two overs.
5.5
6
M Starc to J Roy, SIX! First maximum of the day and that was hit with so much ease, wow! Full on the pads, Roy just lifts his flick and sends it over the square leg fence for the first maximum of the innings. The fielder at fine leg goes after it but can just bring the ball back in play.
5.4
1
M Starc to J Bairstow, Length delivery around off, Bairstow runs it down to third man and calls yea to his partner, indicating to come for a run.
5.3
0
M Starc to J Bairstow, Good length ball just outside off, Bairstow tucks it to the left of mid-wicket and looks for a run but Roy sends him back.
5.2
0
M Starc to J Bairstow, Now sensibly defends this one towards mid off.
5.1
4
M Starc to J Bairstow, FOUR! Crunched! Starc is guilty of giving width outside off, Bairstow with the form that he is in, won't miss that and he smashes it through point for a boundary.
5.1
0
M Starc to J Bairstow, WIDE! Starc bowls it at a good pace but down the leg side. Bairstow looks to flick but misses. This ball was bowled at 145 kph.
4.6
0
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Good length ball on top of middle, Bairstow shows signs of aggression as he comes down the track and hits it to mid on. 205 needed off 270 balls.
4.5
0
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Length delivery on the stumps, Roy defends it off the front foot.
4.4
2
J Behrendorff to J Roy, On top of middle, Roy looks to play it to the on side, the ball though goes to the left of deep mid-wicket off the inner half of his bat allowing them to get a brace.
4.3
1
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, On the pads, Jonny flicks it towards square leg and gets to the other end.
4.2
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Good length ball outside off, Bairstow looks to cut but it goes off the inner half of his bat.
4.1
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Full on off, Bairstow looks to drive but it goes to mid on off the inner half of his bat. Finch at mid on stops it.
3.6
4
M Starc to J Roy, FOUR! Gorgeous! That is so gorgeous. Starc overpitches this on off, Roy gets on his front foot and plays a delightful cover drive for a boundary. The over ends the way it started it, i.e, with a boundary.
3.5
0
M Starc to J Roy, Back of a length ball around off, Roy taps it towards point and looks for a run initially but then sees it's not there so backtracks on it.
3.4
0
M Starc to J Roy, Starc bowls it on top of off, Roy defends it back to the bowler. This was the line they bowled at Lord's against England. Roy didn't play that game and he is looking good here.
3.3
0
M Starc to J Roy, Length ball on off, Roy defends it towards point.
3.2
2
M Starc to J Roy, Now flicks this one through mid-wicket and gets a couple. Smart batting this from Roy.
3.1
4
M Starc to J Roy, FOUR! Beautiful hands by Roy! Fuller around off, Roy gets on his front foot and drives it right off the meat of his bat through covers for a boundary. The sound the ball made after connection was just so sweet.
2.6
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Another play and a miss. Good length ball outside off, Bairstow looks to drive this one but misses it completely. Maiden for Behrendorff. Good start for him.
2.5
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Ohh! This one moves slightly away after pitching. It is full pitching around off, Bairstow looks to defend but gets beaten. He was expecting it to come back in but it does not.
2.4
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Good length ball on middle, Bairstow calmly defends it off the front foot.
2.3
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Full on middle, Bairstow pushes it to mid on.
2.2
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Length ball around off, Bairstow pushes it to the man at cover.
2.1
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, Full on off, Bairstow defends it towards mid on and shouts a loud wait on to his partner.
1.6
0
M Starc to J Roy, Corrects his line and bowls it on top of off, Roy defends it with a straight bat. Just a wide off Starc's first. The start of this innings has been like a game of chess.
1.6
0
M Starc to J Roy, WIDE! Starc misses his line and bowls this one down the leg side. It is bowled at 142 kph. Roy looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
1.5
0
M Starc to J Roy, Ouch! That must have hurt! Starc steams in and fires one in at 151 kph. It is on the body, Roy looks to play but gets beaten by the pace. The ball hits him around the belly region.
1.4
0
M Starc to J Roy, Bowls the same line and Roy is in no hurry. He shows his calm and keeps it out.
1.3
0
M Starc to J Roy, Once again bowls it on top of off, Roy blocks it with command.
1.2
0
M Starc to J Roy, Length ball on off, Jason defends it off the front foot with authority.
1.1
0
M Starc to J Roy, Full on middle and leg, Roy pushes it to mid on.

Mitchell Starc to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, An appeal but not given! This is around off, Bairstow plants his front foot forward and tries to defend. There are two noises and the Australians are appealing. The umpire shakes his head thinking it is bat first. Replays later on show that it is pad first but the ball to be clipping the outside of off.
0.5
4
J Behrendorff to J Bairstow, FOUR! Bairstow is off the mark and that too in style. Fuller around off, Bairstow gets on his front foot and plays a brilliant square drive for a boundary. He has been in good form and this shows just that.
0.4
1
J Behrendorff to J Roy, It is off the mark now. Good length ball around off, Roy runs it down to third man and gets off the mark.
0.3
0
J Behrendorff to J Roy, On middle, Jason strokes it to mid-wicket again. Still waiting for the run chase to get off the mark.
0.2
0
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Good length ball on middle and leg, Roy defends it to mid-wicket.
0.1
0
J Behrendorff to J Roy, Behrendorff starts with a good length ball on off, it nips back in. Roy looks to play it on the off side but it goes off the inner half of his bat to square leg. Roy wanted a single but Bairstow sends him back.

We are back for the chase! The Australian players are in a huddle before they take their respective positions in the field. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy walk out to the middle to open the innings for England. Jason Behrendorff to operate with the first new ball. He was the chief tormentor when these two sides met the last time. Can he do it again?