result
32nd match, London, Jun 25 2019, ICC Cricket World Cup
(44.4/50 ov, target 286)221
Australia won by 64 runs
player of the match
Aaron Finch
Australia
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• The Report by Daniel Brettig

Finch combines forces with Behrendorff and Starc to put Australia in semi-finals

England's plans of qualifying for the final four hang in the balance after a second successive loss, this one by 64 runs

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Australia285/7(50 overs)
Aaron Finch100 (116)
David Warner53 (61)
Chris Woakes2/46(10)
Ben Stokes1/29(6)
England221/10(44.4 overs)

6.30pm Right, that's your lot for today. And to think last week, we were worried about the top four being locked out before the end of the round robin ... trust England to keep the group stages lively with their habitual chaos. It was like this in 2011 and 2015 too ... but they remain a vastly better team now than in either of those campaigns, in spite of appearances today. As for Australia, well, the defending champions have just flexed their muscles to supreme effect.

Sunday at Edgbaston, England v India. It can't come quickly enough! From Andrew Miller, Alex Malcolm and Chandan Duorah, good night

6.21pm So, a final word on the points table. Australia's qualification is secure because they have already won six games - even if others equal their points, they will have more wins which is the first criteria ahead of NRR.

Lakshman Kumar: "Australia showing how dominant they are when it comes to WC..! England as usual crashing out before the Semis..! South Africa's WC woes continue..! NZ and India's habit of making it to the Semis is on course..! Pakistan's usual dark horse performances are intact..! So after all the hype, normal service has been restored..!! "

As for England, well, it is now looking like fourth or bust ... 12 points is the most that they can now get ... and it would take some freak results for India, New Zealand and Australia not to get more than that. But as Morgan says, their destiny is in their own hands. Beat India and New Zealand, they are through. Beat one of them, and they still have hope. It's not ideal ... but they have two games to reach the semi-finals. They are... err ... through to the Last 16 of a ten-team World Cup ...

6.19pm Australia in World Cup while defending 275+ targets ... played 25, won 25... Fetch that and bowl me another!

6.13pm Time for some presentations. Here's Eoin Morgan: "I thought a lot of today we were outplayed, Australia played and missed a lot and built a good partnership, and us losing early wickets wasn't ideal. The wicket was soft when we started, batting would have been a horrific decision. They dominated until the 25th but to restrict them to 280 was a good effort. But to be 20 for 3 pegs us bad considerably. Given the circumstances it's not hugely disappointed, our fate is in our own hands. Everything we need to turn around is quite simple, the basics have let us down, and hopefully we will improve on them moving forward."

Finch on qualification: "That's the first part ticked off, which is a really nice feeling. I think England are a stand-out side who can take you apart with ball and bat quite quickly. It was nice that we found ways to keep getting wickets."

"Behrendorff bowled beautifully, we've you've got a guy who can swing the ball back down the line to the right handers, that's an asset. And Warner is playing nicely, people say it's not the Warner of old, but there's bowling that demands respect, and today was close to his best. You're looking to be positive, but he got us off to a good start. We're confident with what we've got, and we've won five World Cups in our history."

6.10pm Bharath Seervi has dug out the instances of nine wickets being shared by opening bowlers in a WC game. It's a rare feat, more usually achieved against, err, lesser teams

Jon: "Why was Finch given MoM when Behrendorff got a five for? I think Behrendorff earned it more than Finch" He stuck it out in massively tricky conditions this morning. A close call, but justifiable even in this batsman's game.

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Player of the Match is Aaron Finch. "I didn't play too badly, it's nice to get a hundred in a win. To get sent in on a wicket that was seaming around ... Woakesy bowled a hell of a spell. There's teams that you have a bit more confidence when you walk out and play. It was nipping around and seaming but we played well to rein it in, and cash in on width."

Dawood: "This is what overconfidence can bring. Eng were a bit too easy while chasing against SL and all of a sudden they are under a lot of pressure. "

6.02pm Wow. Behrendorff, five wickets. Starc, four wickets. Left-arm quicks, 9 for 87 all told! England have been yorker-ised in the World Cup Ashes showdown, and now their campaign really is on the ropes!

Well, Jarrod Kimber called it before the match. There's a World Cup pedigree that Australia can tap into, one that England can only gaze upon longingly. Despite a gutsy 89 from Ben Stokes - one that was ended by the ball of the tournament so far - they never came close to challenging their target.

Rohit Raman: "Please explain how could Australia qualify as broadcaster showing as 5 teams can reach 12 or more points?? " It might have something to do with England and India playing each other. One or both is going to drop points.

44.4
W
Starc to Rashid, OUT

opens the face again, and it's all over! A spooned drive to short cover, and Australia have wrapped up a 64-run victory and a place in the World Cup semi-finals!

Adil Rashid c Stoinis b Starc 25 (24m 20b 3x4 1x6) SR: 125
44.3
Starc to Rashid, no run

slower ball, hops over the stumps as Rashid gets in a tangle

44.2
4
Starc to Rashid, FOUR runs

back-to-back boundaries, the patient has a pulse! Rashid has been working on this stroke, an open-faced wristy steer from deep in the crease, through the covers

44.1
4
Starc to Rashid, FOUR runs

round the wicket, banged in short, a violent swipe and a top-edge over the keeper! It's something ...

end of over 443 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 213/9CRR: 4.84 RRR: 12.17 • Need 73 from 36b
Mark Wood1 (2)
Adil Rashid17 (16)
Jason Behrendorff10-0-44-5
Mitchell Starc8-1-35-3

Kev : "As an England fan regarding our world cup hopes, to quote Kent Brockmann, would you say it's time to start cracking open each others heads & feast on the goo inside?"

Crack on! Spoons for everyone!

43.6
Behrendorff to Wood, no run

Behrendorff's stunning spell is done, to a riot of backslaps from his gleeful team-mates. What a win this has been

43.5
1lb
Behrendorff to Rashid, 1 leg bye

leg-sided, Rashid rushes through for the single

43.4
1
Behrendorff to Wood, 1 run

opens the face on a full length, dabbed to point

Here comes Mark Wood. It's all a bit forlorn for England, but there are formalities to complete

43.3
W
Behrendorff to Archer, OUT

battered down the throat of long-off! Behrendorff has five wickets, and Australia are one wicket away from the semi-finals! In the slot, but Archer's indifferent batting continues. A new entry for the new-look ODI honours boards

Jofra Archer c Warner b Behrendorff 1 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
43.2
Behrendorff to Archer, no run

heave ho! Archer's head ends up pointing at the floodlights as he aims something dirty over the leg side and misses

43.1
1
Behrendorff to Rashid, 1 run

pounded out to the midwicket sweeper, a moment of excitement for a subdued crowd, until it was clear the boundary was well protected

end of over 433 runs
ENG: 210/8CRR: 4.88 RRR: 10.86 • Need 76 from 42b
Adil Rashid16 (14)
Jofra Archer1 (2)
Mitchell Starc8-1-35-3
Jason Behrendorff9-0-42-4
42.6
1
Starc to Rashid, 1 run

full length, bending into the stumps, eased out to cover

42.5
Starc to Rashid, no run

Rashid is so nearly bowled! Staying leg-side, trying to open the off, but misses with a windy back-foot waft as the ball skims the off stump

42.4
1
Starc to Archer, 1 run

round the wicket, angled into the pads on the full, an open-faced nurdle to third man

42.3
1
Starc to Rashid, 1 run

good solid connection on the back foot, but punched straight to the cover sweeper

42.2
Starc to Rashid, no run

sizzling drive, off the back foot, but connects with thin air!

Moin: "Wonder if Morgan will ask fans not to boo the English team " Ha! Nope, it's up to them, he said ...

42.1
Starc to Rashid, no run

angled into the right-hander, very full, beats a down-on-one-knee drive

Starc senses blood, here he comes, round the wicket

end of over 427 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 207/8CRR: 4.92 RRR: 9.88 • Need 79 from 48b
Jofra Archer0 (1)
Adil Rashid14 (9)
Jason Behrendorff9-0-42-4
Nathan Lyon9-0-43-0

Raj: "How come Behrendoff was excluded from the team until now?" It's a good question. Nathan Coulter Nile isn't a patch on his threat with the ball

41.6
Behrendorff to Archer, no run

nibbles past a tentative edge

41.5
1
Behrendorff to Rashid, 1 run

tucked to the off side

41.4
4
Behrendorff to Rashid, FOUR runs

flipped off the toes, short fine leg is briefly in business, but the ball skims over his head and away to the rope

Athul: "So... England and South Africa just swapped their roles in world cups." Haven't they just! Extraordinary scenes

41.3
W
Behrendorff to Woakes, OUT

a massive wipe over the leg side, but what a catch! Woakes thought he had nailed it, in the arc, a huge heave, but Maxwell tracked back on the edge of the rope, hopped to pouch the ball high above his head, then, cool as you like, lobbed it back to the waiting Finch to complete a routine relay! England, as if you didn't already know it, are sunk without trace in this one!

Chris Woakes c Finch b Behrendorff 26 (64m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.47
Best performances - batsmen
Aaron Finch portrait
AJ Finch
100 runs (116)
11 fours
2 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
cover drive
24 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Ben Stokes portrait
BA Stokes
89 runs (115)
8 fours
2 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
pull
24 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Player portrait, Jason Behrendorff
JP Behrendorff
O
10
M
0
R
44
W
5
ECO
4.4
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Mitchell Starc
MA Starc
O
8.4
M
1
R
43
W
4
ECO
4.96
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Lord's, London
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup
Season2019
Player Of The Match
Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch
Match numberODI no. 4173
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Match days25 June 2019 - day(50-over match)
Umpires
New Zealand Image
Chris Gaffaney
India Image
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Joel Wilson
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsAustralia 2, England 0