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Hosts England crush defending champions Aus to set up final against Kiwis

Jason Roy’s smashing knock helped hosts England to crush Australia by eight wickets with as many as 113 balls to spare in the second semi-final at Birmingham on Thursday.

As a result, England will meet New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s on Sunday. Guess what, the team that wins the final on 14 July will be lifting the Cricket World Cup for the first time in its history!

There is no doubt that England will go into the ICC World Cup 2019 final as favorites, as they are the hosts who have plenty of experience about their home conditions, and their batting firepower, which is far superior to that of the Kiwis. You can also try out the odds calculator for betting to see which team has the highest probability of winning the ICC World Cup 2019.

Today, England completely demolished Australia, chasing down 224 in just 32.1 overs, thereby making a mockery of the second semi-final.

England storms into the final of the ICC World Cup 2019

England storms into the final of the ICC World Cup 2019. Image courtesy of Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the Aussies were in an early soup just like India in the first semis against New Zealand. From 14 for 3 in the seventh over, the Aussies ended up with 223 all out. Former skipper Steven Smith led the recovery for the defending champions with a patient knock of 85 from 119 balls. The highly talented wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey scored 46 from 70 balls.

The English bowlers did well in coming back strongly after a fighting 103-run stand for the fourth wicket between Steven Smith and Alex Carey. The unsung Chris Woakes took three for 20 in eight overs while Jofra Archer took two for 32 in 10 overs. Leggie Adil Rashid leaked 54 runs but took three massive wickets that of Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell that put the Aussies on the mat at 157 for 6.

It was only due to Steven Smith’s gritty knock that the Australians could put up a respectable total on board.

The Australian new bowlers had to strike early just like the Kiwis did against India. However, it wasn’t to be as Jason Roy came up with blistering innings, scoring 85 from 65 balls with nine fours and five sixes. In the 16th over, Jason Roy achieved a hat-trick of sixes against the part-time legpsin of Steven Smith.

Jason Roy’s opening partner Jonny Bairstow played his part scoring 34 from 43 balls to help England get to 124 for 1 in 17.2 overs before he was lbw to Mitchell Starc. When Jason Roy got out to Pat Cummins in the 20th over, England was cruising along to victory with just another 77 to score with plenty of balls left. Joe Root with 49 not out from 46 balls and skipper Eoin Morgan with 45 not out from 38 balls simply didn’t give an inch to the Aussies to come back into the contest.

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