Australia inch closer to semis, officially knock out England with 5th straight win

Man of the match, Adam Zampa starred with both bat and ball as he helped Australia get one over on their arch-rivals, sending defending champion England crashing out of the tournament on Saturday.

The Aussies were bowled out for 286 batting first, with Marnus Labuschagne top-scoring with 71 off 83 balls with 7 fours. Marnus and Steve Smith put on 75 for the 3rd wicket after Australia lost both their openers in the first six overs.

Smith was dismissed for 44 off 52 balls with 3 fours as Adil Rashid (2/38, 10ov) struck a double blow. Cameron Green, who made 47 in 52 balls with 5 fours, then added another 61 with Marnus.

Marcus Stoinis had a good contribution of 35 from 32 balls, including 3 fours and 2 sixes, but the Aussies looked like they’d post a sub-par total when he departed on 241 for 7. But Adam Zampa stepped up and played a brilliant cameo, smashing 4 fours in his 29 off 19 balls as he and Mitchell Starc (10 off 13) lifted their side to 286.

Chris Woakes picked up 4/54 in 9.3 overs, while Mark Wood took 2/70 in 10, David Willey 1/48 in 10 and Liam Livingstone 1/42 in 6 overs.

England had the worst start possible, as Jonny Bairstow was caught behind down the leg side off Mitchell Starc for a duck off the first ball of the innings.

Starc (2/66) then struck again with the big scalp of Joe Root, who made 13. Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes steadied the ship with an 84-run stand before Malan was dismissed for 50 off 64 balls with 4 fours and a six.

Adam Zampa (3/21) then struck a massive blow, removing Jos Buttler for 1 before Stokes and Moeen Ali added 63 to take England to 169. At that point, with the game finely poised, Zampa and Pat Cummins (2/49) came up big for the Aussies with three crucial wickets.

Zampa removed Stokes for 64 off 90 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes, Cummins got rid of Livingstone for 2, and Zampa struck again to dismiss Moeen Ali for 42 off 43 balls which included 6 fours. Woakes hit a late 32 and Rashid, 20, but it wasn’t enough to save England from crashing out of the World Cup.

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