Australia Vs England: 2003 World Cup, Kenya qualifies for Semis. 2017 Champions Trophy, Bangladesh qualifies for Semis: A better love story, isn’t it? Well, Australia had just one task in hand, to not lose and they ended up doing that, badly indeed. Snapshot review of the match:
- Australian innings can be divided into two parts. First 42 over and the second, last 8. 239-4 at 42.2, a platform for big total was set. And then Australia pulled a mess. Losing 7 wickets for 15 runs, more like India’s 7/11 show (remember?)
Mark Wood and Rashid did the maximum of damage and in this quest, Wood registered best bowling figures by an English bowler in CT history. Rashid’s 4/41 is the best by an English Spinner in CT history. Remarkable feet, indeed.
This match was just like a copy of previous match. Initially New Zealand hitting but Bangladesh pulling back things and then while batting, being reduced for 31/4. England too was reduced to 35/3. But then Morgan and stokes Stitched a partnership of 159 runs: highest 4th wicket partnership in CT to bring Barmy Army on winning ways.
England was ahead of the Duckworth Lewis Stern par score by 40 runs when rain interuppted the play and prolonged interuption handed England a handsome win by 40 runs.
Eoin Morgan looks like to be in subprime form scoring 14th 50+ score against Australia, highest by an English batsman in history. Stokes got a double – 1000 runs and 50 wickets. Indeed he is made for more.
The win means that Bangladesh has qualified along with England to the semis. The two other teams will be decided in next two matches.
England won by 40 runs (DLS)
Pic courtesy: ICC world