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World Cup 2019, Semifinal 2: 3 reasons why Australia lost against England

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1.27K   //    12 Jul 2019, 00:28 IST

#2 Rashid dismantles the middle order

The Smith-Carey partnership was broken by Rashid.
The Smith-Carey partnership was broken by Rashid.

Australia’s inform batsman Alex Carey along with former captain Steve Smith brought some parity to the proceedings as the duo added more than 100 runs for the fourth wicket. Just when Carey was looking to launch into the England attack, Rashid dismissed him as the substitute fielder James Vince took a comfortable catch at deep midwicket.

In the very same over, Rashid deceived Marcus Stoinis with the wrong one. Stoinis was struck right in front of the stumps and the on-field umpire Kumar Dharamsena had no hesitation in raising his finger. This double wicket over brought England back on top in the game.

Rashid wasn’t done yet and returned to take the wicket of Pat Cummins to dig Australia in a deeper hole. Rashid’s spell of 3/54 was decisive in the end as it didn’t allow Australia to break free. With all the focus on the faster men, it was Rashid’s wrist spin that did the trick for the home side.

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