Defending Champions Australia Crucify Favorite England

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch

Defending Champions Australia race to the top of Points Table

Defending Champions Australia proved to be too much for hosts England in their crucial match at Lord’s. First, they posted 285 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and then bowled the hosts out for 221, winning the match by 64 runs.

Aaron Finch’s Second World Cup Ton Helped Defending Champions Big Time

Australian Skipper Aaron Finch continued his rich form and scored his second World Cup century against arch-rival England. Although he took 115 balls to reach the three-figure mark, he added 123 runs for the first wicket with David Warner who scored 53. A mini collapse saw the defending champions manage just 285 runs, but for the hosts, it was to prove too difficult to chase.

Jason Behrendorff made his presence felt with five wickets

Chasing 286 to win the match and ensure their place in the next stage was never going to be easy for the hosts. They were no match for Jason Behrendorff who ended with 5 wickets in what was his World Cup debut. The left-arm fast bowler accounted for big names including James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali to name a few. His five wickets for 44 runs were his best figures in an ODI and helped him make a place for himself on the Aussie XI.

And then there was Mitchell Starc bowling with brilliance

Those who didn’t fall to Jason Behrendorff fell to Mitchell Starc who ended with figures of 4 for 43. Not only he has been in phenomenal form during the World Cup, but he has also been bowling intelligently too. Apart from Ben Stokes who was bowled by Starc for 89, none of the English batsmen was a match for the defending champions and their excellent fielding.

Defending Champions Make It To Last Four; The Race Is Still Open

With 12 points after 7 matches, Australia is the first team to qualify for the World Cup Semi-Finals. New Zealand’s entry into the last four will depend on their performance against Pakistan. If they manage to beat Pakistan today, they will top the table, without losing a match. If Pakistan manages to win, the Kiwis’ chance of reaching the last four will depend on other team’s results. England will have to win its last two matches to remain in contention for the next stage. For Pakistan, even one loss would mean the end of the road, and the same goes for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India will have to continue its golden run if it wants to be part of the Big Four, in the World Cup.

World Cup Points Table

TEAM    M            W            L              PT           NRR

AUS       7              6              1              12           0.906

NZ          6              5              0              11           1.306

INDIA    5              4              0              9              0.809

ENG       7              4              3              8              1.051

BDESH   7              3              3              7              -0.133

SL            6              2              2              6              -1.119

PAK        6              2              3              5              -1.265

WI          6              1              4              3              0.19

SA           7              1              5              3              -0.324

AFG       7              0              7              0              -1.634

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