Australia has become the first team to reach the semi-final of this ICC Cricket World Cup. And what a performance from them. I had told that Australia would win the match but I didn’t say that they would win this match so comprehensively.
England had won the toss and decided to field first. The ball was moving and swinging. David Warner and Aaron Finch batted really well. They had a test match partnership. In the first 10 overs, they scored 45. Then, 75 runs in 15 overs. It wasn’t that Australia was blazing but they had not lost a wicket. They had the wickets in hand.
Warner scored a 50, Finch 100, Smith and Carey 38 each. When they got 285, one of my friends said they have fallen some runs short. But I said that England under pressure hasn’t been able to chase the target in any match. Against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and in this match, all three times England batted second and failed to win.
For Australia, Mitchell Starc brought the ball in brilliantly. James Vince was bold. Joe Root got out of a faster delivery. When Ben Stokes was looking to turn the match having scored 89, Mitchell Starc got him out as well.
Both Starc and Jason Behrendorff were terrific. An inspired bit of captaincy to bring in Behrendorff instead of Nathan Coulter-Nile. Behrendorff in his World Cup debut picked up five wickets at the Lord’s. What can be a better occasion than this?
What a moment for Australia! The five-time World Champions are yet again into the World Cup semi-final. England will now be staring down the barrel. They have to beat India and New Zealand. Can England reach the semi-final? Million dollar question.
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