After a crushing 33-run loss to Australia, England’s slim prospects of advancing to the Cricket World Cup semi-finals were dashed for the fifth time in as many games. Despite losing in Ahmedabad, the reigning champions still had a remote possibility of finishing in the top four thanks to Pakistan’s previous victory over New Zealand, which was delayed by rain.
The 36th Cricket World Cup match is between England and Australia, and you bet we’re back with another in-depth rundown of the latest team matchups. Here at TopCricketBetting, we’ve got the news, and we’ve got the best online cricket betting sites in India!
Quick Recap: England vs Australia
While Test captain Ben Stokes was at the crease, England had a chance. From 19-2, Stokes put on 84 runs with Dawid Malan, then from 106-4, Stokes and Moeen Ali added 63 runs. At 186-7 in the 40th over, all hope seemed lost after Stokes was out to leg-spinner Adam Zampa, crying “no” as he flicked the leading wicket-taker in the competition to short fine leg.
England were saved by late boundaries from David Willey, Chris Woakes, and Adil Rashid, but Australia ultimately pulled out pretty convincing winners with Rashid being the last man out on the first ball of the 49th over.
England’s Efforts Failed to Pay Off
Woakes and Rashid were the highlights of an excellent bowling effort for England, which helped dismiss Australia for 286 in 49.3 overs. Marnus Labuschagne top-scored for Australia before being trapped lbw by Mark Wood.
But the batsmen disappointed England again – Jonny Bairstow trapped down the leg-side off the first ball of the chase; Joe Root grabbing off for 13; Liam Livingstone drawing calmly to midwicket and skipper Jos Buttler skying the brilliant Zampa to long-off as he hooked out seventh ball.
While Bairstow is averaging 20.14, Root is averaging 26.85, and Livingstone is averaging just 10.14 with a high score of 27, Buttler is struggling with just 15.14 and 106 runs in seven innings.
Australia Claiming the Victory
After Woakes had dismissed Australia’s opening pair of David Warner and Travis Head in under six overs, Labuschagne and Smith put up 75 runs for the third wicket. Then, in consecutive overs, Rashid had Smith and Josh Inglis gnawed at backward point by Moeen, bringing his total of one-day international wickets against Australia to 47.
Zampa and Mitchell Starc’s 38-run standoff only 29 balls tormented the English, but Australia’s final five hitters were dismissed for just 63 runs as Woakes finished off the game with two wickets.
Although there were some tense moments as Stokes (who started slowly but found his rhythm as his innings continued) had fifty-plus partnerships with Malan and Moeen and Willey, Woakes, and Rashid smoked late boundaries, Australia’s lower-order collapse ultimately did not cost them the game.
Woakes and Rashid were left with too much work to do after Zampa dismissed Willey with a brilliant diving catch on the run at fine leg, following his adventurous stint with the bat and 3 wickets with the ball.
Player of the Match: Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa, Spinner, was this match’s MVP as Australia beat England by 33 runs, putting them on the verge of making it to the Cricket World Cup semi-finals, Adam Zampa said that his performance as player of the match was his “most satisfying” ODI.
In a stunning all-around performance in Ahmedabad, Zampa took three important wickets (Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Moeen Ali) for 21 runs, scored 29 runs off of 19 balls, and made a diving outfield catch.
Score: England v Australia
|Australia won by 33 runs|
After an embarrassing few weeks, England’s last two games against the Netherlands on Wednesday and Pakistan on Saturday are all about regaining some sense of dignity and maybe finishing in the top eight to advance to the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in 2025. Australia, however, is one win away from the semifinals after their sixth straight triumph, albeit they showed some hints of vulnerability against England as many starters failed to finish their innings. Go crazy placing your bets at the best online cricket betting sites India as we approach the World Cup semifinals!