2017 ICC Champions Trophy: England v Australia – Five Turning Points
England registered a memorable win by 40 runs (DLS) at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham to oust Australia from the Champions Trophy. The win came rather easily than what was expected, as the challengers, Australia, faced a must-win situation after two washed out games.
Batting first, the Aussies posted 277/9. They reached the functional total huffing and puffing through the last 10 overs. Opener Aaron Finch (68 from 64 balls) and skipper Steve Smith (56 from 77 balls) gave a smooth start to the innings before the English bowlers pulled the strings forcing a middle order failure. Fortunately, there was Travis Head (71 from 64) who battled it out till the end of the innings after coming in to bat in the 28th over.
England’s chase unfolded smoothly after early jolts from Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc. Jason Roy, the struggling opener, was removed for just four by Starc. Shortly, Hazlewood removed two in from men Alex Hales and Joe Root to put England in a bothersome situation. But, these were only moments Australia could cheer.
Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes joined in the middle and combined 159 runs for the 4th the wicket to make the chase look easy. The winning runs could not be hit, unfortunately, as the rains arrived and forced the game to be abandoned. England was way ahead of the DLS par score of 200/4 and thus ended up pocketing the win.
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