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ICC World Cup 2019: 2nd Semi-Final, AUS v ENG – England Player Ratings

With England and New Zealand in the final, one of them will get their hands on the coveted trophy to the first time.

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Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Australia got off to a dreadful start after they chose to bat first in the semi-final against England. However, the Kangaroos were struck with such blows they’d wouldn’t have imagined of. David Warner, Aaron Finch and Peter Handscomb got out for single-digit scores bringing the score down to 14/3. It was a high-pressure when Steve Smith joined hands with Alex Carey in the middle.

Moreover, Carey was hit on his chin by Jofra Archer and he started bleeding. Yet, he played with some strapping and both these men showed some great resilience. The wicket-keeper played some great cricket before he got out for 46. Steve Smith fought hard, scored 85 runs but got run out towards the end of the innings. This affected Australia’s chances of finishing on a high as they were restricted to 223/10 in 49 overs.

The ever-reliable English openers, once again in the tournament, got the team off to an excellent start. With Jason Roy being the aggressor, they added 124 runs for the opening wicket. They particularly targetted Mitchell Starc – the spearhead of the Australian bowling attack. Thus, they were one step ahead in the game. After they both fell, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan steered England past the winning line. The chase was accomplished in just 32.1 overs with 8 wickets to spare.

Here are the England Player Ratings for the match

Jason Roy – 9.5/10

Jason Roy
Jason Roy. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Jason Roy deserved a hundred in this match. If it was not for the umpiring blunder, he’d have easily got there. The Durban-born provided his team with an electric start and eased the pressure off his partner. Roy even smashed Steve Smith for three consecutive sixes with one of them even going out of the park. He mustered 85 runs off only 65 balls before he was wrongly adjudged out.

Jonny Bairstow – 5/10

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo Source: Twitter)

When your partner is playing so well, there is no place you’d want to be at other than the non-striker’s end. Bairstow did exactly that and played the second fiddle. He was on 34 before Mitchell Starc got him out LBW. With this wicket, Starc broke the record for most wickets in a single World Cup, i.e., 27 wickets.

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