Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Jason Roy all rose to the occasion as England outclassed defending champion Australia by 8 wickets at Edgbaston. The Three Lions will be in the final of the Cricket World Cup after 27 years.
Australia, having won the toss and electing to bat first, had a shaky start as Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer got rid off Aaron Finch and David Warner.
Peter Handscomb, who replaced the injured Usman Khawaja in the squad, also couldn’t do anything as Chris Woakes broke through his defense and clean bowled him.
However, Steve Smith and wicket-keeper Alex Carey added 103 for the fourth and decent cameo from Mitchell Starc made sure Australia crossed 200 runs mark.
Steve Smith scored 85 before getting run-out, while Carey contributed with 46 and played with a bleeding chin after Jofra Archer had knocked him with a bouncer.
In the end, The Aussies were bundled out for just 223.
Although, England openers started on firing cylinders as Bairstow and Roy gave them a brilliant start, adding 124 for the first wicket. Jason Roy (85 off 65 deliveries) hammered the Australian bowling unit but was wrongly sent back to the pavilion.
But, the damage had been done. Captain Eoin Morgan and the forever reliable Joe Root took England beyond the finishing line.
Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid bagged 3 wickets each while Archer also bowled well. Chris Woakes was adjudged player of the match for his figures of 20/3.
The defending champions Australia defeated England earlier in the pool match but the hosts were too powerful today.
The Three Lions will now face the Kiwis in the final on Sunday at Lord’s, hoping to lift the marquee trophy for the first time in their history. The Black Caps are also yet to lift the trophy after defeat in the final, back in 2015.
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IT’S ALL OVER! England win by 8 wickets.
200 UP FOR ENGLAND. COMPLETE DOMINANCE IN BOTH THE DEPARTMENTS.
FOUR! NICE SHOT BY JOE ROOT.
OUT! Jason Roy is gone after a brilliant 85. fells 15 runs short of his hundred.
ENG 141/1 (19)
FOUR! Three boundaries from the last 4 balls.
OUT! First Wicket falls. Jonny Bairstow departs.
Jason Roy is on attacking mode as he moves to 78.
FOUR! Fifty for Jason Roy.
FOUR! EDGED and races down towards the third man.
SIX! Jason Roy attacks Nathan Lyon.
FOUR! NICE SHOT from Jonny Bairstow.
ENG 19/0 (5)
just 3 runs of the over.
ENG 16/0 (4)
Decent start by the hosts. Australia must take a couple of early wickets if they want to take this game till the last ball.
AUS 223 (49)
Australia is all out for 223. England needs 224 to win but it won’t be easy considering what New Zealand did to India yesterday.
OUT! Bowled Him! Chris Woakes strikes.
RUN OUT! Steve Smith fells short of his hundred.
SIX! Mitchell Starc hits a biggie. 200 up for Australia.
OUT! Caught at slip. Rashid Khan removes Pat Cummins.
OUT! CAUGHT! The ball takes an unexpected bounce and Maxwell mistimes it. Caugh!
OUT! Plum LBW! Stoinis departs.
OUT! Alex Carey departs.
AUS 103/3 (25)
Alex Carey and Steve Smith have kept Australia in the game. A partnership of 89 between these two.
Hundred up for Australia.
FOUR! Nice Shot by Steve Smith.
AUS 29/3 (12)
Just one run from the over.
OUT! BOWLED HIM! Chris Woakes through Peter Handscomb’s defences.
OUT! EDGED AND GONE! David Warner departs. Chris Woakes strikes.
AUS 6/1 (2)
Two runs and a wicket from the over.
OUT! Trapped LBW! Finch Departs. Jofra Archer provides an early breakthrough.
AUS 4/0 (1)
Just a boundary from the over.
AUS 4/0 (0.1)
FOUR! David Warner starts the proceedings with a boundary.