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Cricket braces to welcome new World Champion as England knock out Australia

Cricket braces to welcome new World Champion as England knock out Australia
Birmingham: Dominant England on Thursday crushed defending-champion Australia by eight wickets as cricket fraternity prepares to welcome new world champion on July 14th.

England will face New Zealand in the finale at Lord’s.

Chasing a below-par target of 224 runs, English openers started cautiously but switched gear soon. Roy and Bairstow hit Aussies all-over the ground and added 124-runs for the first wicket to slash Aussies’ hopes of lifting the trophy for the record sixth time.

Bairstow was the first to depart on individual score of 34 runs. Roy followed the suit soon, though in a controversial fashion. Roy made 85 runs and in doing so, the right-hand batsman hit nine boundaries and five maximums.

However, Morgan and Root ensured that there was no further loss as they achieved the target in 32nd over. Eoin Morgan and Joey Root remained unbeaten on 45 and 49 respectively.

Chris Woods was declared MoM.

Starc and Cummins picked one wicket apiece. Also, it is for the first time that England have defeated Australia in a World Cup encounter since 1992.

Earlier today, Steve Smith saved Australia’s blushes with a gutsy 85 to help the defending champions post 223 all out in 49 overs against England in the second semi-final of the Cricket World Cup.

Australia were on the ropes at 14-3 in the seventh over when Smith forged an obdurate century partnership with Alex Carey, who batted for the major part of his 46 with a bandaged jaw after sustaining a nasty blow on his chin.

Australia captain Aaron Finch’s decision to bat appeared to backfire with Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer blowing away the Australian top order.

Archer figuratively drew first blood with his first delivery to dismiss Finch before leaving Carey with an actual bloodied chin.

By then, the setback had snowballed into a full-blown crisis for Australia.
Woakes removed David Warner, Australia’s leading scorer in the tournament, for nine and bowled Peter Handscomb who was making his World Cup debut as replacement for the injured Usman Khawaja.

Archer bowled with hostility, hitting a hopping Carey on the grill of his helmet and dislodging it from his head.

Carey braved the blow to join Smith in their dogged bid to arrest the free-fall and Australia reached the 100-mark in the 25th over before their middle order caved in.

Adil Rashid claimed 3-54, including the wickets of Carey and Marcus Stoinis, and Archer sent back Glenn Maxwell, who scored at a run-a-ball for his 22 before being deceived by a slower ball.

Smith was run out in the 48th over and Australia eventually folded with an over to go in their innings.