World Cup 2019, Semifinal 2: England vs Australia - 4 standout performances
- England defeated Australia in the World Cup semi-final on the back of some outstanding performances.
England bowled first and dismissed Australia for just 223. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow then knocked off the runs with 18 overs to spare.
The hosts started the match on the front foot. They took three early wickets and reduced Australia to 14-3. Steve Smith and Alex Carey were defiant with a 103-run partnership, but it was never going to be enough to change the result.
England started their innings in imperious fashion and scored 124 runs for the first wicket. Thereafter, the result was never in doubt.
Eoin Morgan's side are now through to Sunday’s final and will be happy with their convincing win. There were several standout performances in Thursday’s semi-final and here, we take a look at four of those.
#1 Chris Woakes (3/20)
Chris Woakes was instrumental in restricting Australia to a low score. The 30-year-old took two wickets in his opening spell, joining forces with Jofra Archer.
Archer trapped Aaron Finch in front of the wickets in the second over. This dismissal paved the way for Woakes to strike. He slowly built pressure with dot balls, which led to David Warner’s dismissal. Warner was caught unawares by the extra bounce Woakes generated off the surface and nicked the ball to slip.
Woakes was relentless in the subsequent overs, testing Peter Handscomb’s technique on several occasions. The 30-year-old bowled Handscomb in the end, leaving Australia reeling at 14-3. The Warwickshire pacer returned at the death and dismissed Mitchell Starc to cap off a wonderful spell.
Woakes is one of the best ODI bowlers in the world and this performance is evidence of that.
#2 Adil Rashid (3/54)
Adil Rashid was unusually quiet in the group stage; he took only eight wickets and never looked threatening. However, he awoke from his slumber in Thursday’s semi-final.
Rashid was brought on to bowl in the 20th over and immediately made an impact. The 31-year-old broke the crucial partnership between Smith and Carey at exactly the right time.
Rashid tossed the ball up to Carey who lofted it straight to James Vince at deep mid-wicket. It was a huge blow for Australia, one they would never recover from.
Rashid took two more wickets later on, capping a superb outing for the leg-spinner.
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