With England already through to the semi-final round, it was the Australians who needed to win in order to get to the semi-final. The Bangladesh team probably were in their hotel rooms anxiously awaiting the result of this match. In order for the Bangladeshi team to advance the Aussies needed to be on the losing end.
England’s captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and sent the Australian into bat first. Australia’s openers David Warner and Aaron Finch got off to a great start, getting to a 40 runs opening partnership before Warner nicked one to the wicketkeeper, he departed on 21 runs. In came Australia’s captain Steve Smith, he and Finch flourished the innings punishing the English bowlers. These two were looking good to get into three figures, until Finch will mistime a shot, rocketing the ball which got into the hands of captain Morgan, bowled by Ben Stokes, breaking the 96 runs partnership stand. Finch departed on 68 runs inclusive of 8 boundaries. Before being dismissed by Mark Wood, Smith got to his half-century, ending on a well played 58. Seems like the Australian batsmen were getting great starts but were unable to carry on, playing some soft shots resulting in their removal. The next sensible partnership came with Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, with a 58 runs partnership.
Limiting Australia to getting a massive total were Mark Wood and Adil Rashid. Although the Australians were striving to advance to a 300+ runs target, this wouldn’t be as the destruction came in the 43rd over. Maxwell will be the first to go as he skied one landing into the hands of Jason Roy who took a stunning catch, Australia now 239-5. Rashid will strike 6 runs later in the 44th over as he caught and bowled Matthew Wade for just 2 runs. Same over he got the wicket of Mitchell Starc who went for a golden duck. The demolition continued as he also caught and bowl Pat Cummins, Mark Wood will get the last wicket to fall bowling Adam Zampa for a duck. Australia ended on 277-9 when their 50 overs were completed. Rashid ended with figures of 41-4 and Wood 33-4, both bowling 10 overs.
Only with victory on their minds the Australians major goal was to claim wickets early to give them a chance to win the game. Things started great for the Aussies as they got success in their first over when Mitchell Starc trapped Jason Roy for lbw, England 1-4. Hazelwood continued shining the light for the Aussies as he got two quick wickets before the rains came, at the interval England were batting with 3-35 after six overs. At this point Australia was in total control of the game. Thankfully play continued with no overs being lost. England’s Ben Stokes and captain Morgan came out blasting the Australian bowlers all over the oval. These two shared a 159 runs partnership, dealing in boundaries and maximums mainly. Nothing was working for the Australian bowlers, as captain Steve Smith kept rotating, adding new bowlers. Unfortunately, for Morgan there was mixup in the middle between him and Stokes resulting in him being runout. He departed on 87 runs, inclusive of 8 4s and 5 6s.
Stokes continued and will reach his 3rd ODI hundred and his 1st at the Champions Trophy. He remained not out on 102 runs, receiving the man-of-the-match award for his brilliant batting also claiming 1 wicket. Once again the rains came with England batting 240/4. The match was abandoned with England winning by 40 runs under the D/L system.
So, now it is official Bangladesh and England are through to the semifinals from Group A, knocking out Australia and New Zealand. No team has qualified for the semifinals from Group B just yet as all teams sit on 2 points. That will change tomorrow as India and South Africa play against to each other fighting for a semifinal spot.