Just In! Australia has qualified for CWC 2019 semi final stage with a stunning victory over the England. The Kangaroos defeated the home side by 64 runs in the 32nd match at Lord’s London. With that win, Australia are now top of the points table with twelve points. They still got two more games to go far, but they have secured their entrance in the knockout stage.
Whereas, England are in trouble after this defeat and it is now mandatory for them to win their rest of the two games. They will battle against India and New Zealand in their next two fixtures with hopes to win both of these games. However, if they still loose one more game, their expectations to play the knockout stage can fade away.
After wining the toss, England skipper invited Australia to bat first in the 32nd match today at Lord’s. However, Australian openers took this opportunity to lay foundations of a good total. The Skipper Aaron Finch scored a magnificent hundred and his partner David Warner struck 53 runs. Though, Australia were lacking momentum at certain times, but handy innings from Steven Smith and Alex Carry dragged Australia to a reasonable total of 285 for 7 in the last over.
Thus, England needed 286 runs to win this match and secure their place in the semi finals. But, they started in a jittery fashion while losing James Vince and Joe Root in the first three overs. After that, it was all, but a fiasco for England. Though, Ben Stokes stuck on the wicket for a while, but after his departure Australia gripped England with strong hands. In the end, England were wrapped up at 221 in the 44th over. As a result, Australia won this match by 64 runs. Jason Behrendorff picked a fiver for Australia and remained the top bowlers for Aussies in this match.
As a result, Australia are now on the top of the table with twelve points and they have qualified for the semi finals. Whereas, England need to win their rest of the two matches to get in the knockout stage. They stand at the fourth spot on the points table with eight points at the moment. But, not for long, as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are chasing England to qualify for the semi finals.
Tough days are ahead. So, grab your pop corns for the next world cup matches, as it is going to get messy for the weaker sides.