ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date & Time: 11 July 2019
RR: 7.02 | England beat Australia by 8 wickets
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.
Mitchell Starc is back!
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.
Change of bats for Morgan. Seems like his handle is off.
Jason Behrendorff is back!
Nathan Lyon is back!
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.
Eoin Morgan is the new man in.
Pat Cummins is back on!
Joe Root is the new man in!
Bairstow has been adjudged LBW here. He has taken the review. Looks dead plumb.
Mitchell Starc is back on.
Marcus Stoinis is back!
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?
Starc is back on!
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.
Change of ends for Cummins!
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.
Change of ends for Jason Behrendorff!
Pat Cummins is on! Australia need a wicket. Can he deliver it?
Mitchell Starc to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
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?