Behrendorff, Starc, Finch bully England as Australia seal semifinal berth


Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc collaborated to compliment a superb ton from Aaron Finch as Australia became the first side to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019 semifinals with a 64-run win over England at Lord’s on Tuesday (June 25). Set 286 on a slightly challenging track, England were able to manage just 221 and botched their third chase in the tournament. Starc and Behrendorff shared nine wickets between them as England’s chase got over in 44.4 overs.
It all went wrong for England pretty early in the chase. The hosts, clearly feeling the absence of Jason Roy, got another poor start as James was ‘Vinced’ even before he was able to open his account. Even with the hype around Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, all exceptional no doubt, it was the use of the track by the visiting pacers that created the buzz on the afternoon.Australia’sopening quicks – Behrendorff and Starc – bowled a lot fuller than the England pacers and reaped rich returns. Vince was bowled on the second ball of the chase when he was late on a full inswinging delivery from Behrendorff. Joe Root kept chasing the wide ones and was set up by Starc as he was pinged by a full delivery coming in. Starc, however, then left another body blow as he had Eoin Morgan hooking and had the England captain caught at a very fine fine-leg.
From 26 for 3, Jonny Bairstow collaborated with Ben Stokes and took the team past 50. Bairstow then pulled Behrendorff to deep midwicket to leave the side wobbling. Jos Buttler picked an absolutely ordinary delivery to get out as he pulled a back of length ball, bowled at 126 kph, from Marcus Stoinis to square leg. At 124 for 5, things looked bleak for England. Woakes joined Stokes to keep the side afloat – as the duo scored 53 for the sixth wicket – before a peach nipped out the latter.Starc fired a yorker to beat Stokes for pace as the batsman lost his bat after jamming it on the ground after the ball had passed. Moeen Ali struck a boundary and then edged the next one the ‘keeper to give Behrendorff his third in the game. From 189 for 7, with three left for Starc in the last powerplay, England had no chance. Behrendorff completed his maiden five-fer with the wicket of Archer in the 44th over while Starc ended with four as Australia wrapped up their sixth win in seven games.Australia.