10th Jul, 2019
The clash of the Aussies and English is much awaited. Australia has suffered many injury issues. In contrast, the hosts are hale and hearty and are fighting fit.
England’s capabilities: England’s opening slot has been bolstered by the return of Jason Roy. He and Bairstow will definitely give better starts. Bairstow is among the runs and has two tons to his credit. Bairstow has scored 462 runs this season. On Thursday he will be the main demolition man. Another great player who the Aussies should be careful about is Ben Stokes. He played brilliantly for his half-century against India. That was the only match India lost in this tournament. He had tormented Aussies with bat and ball when they met last month. Joe root, Jos Butler, Eoin Morgan are all run makers and are in excellent form. The bowling line up is also well toned. The Caribbeanorigin new find Archer is also pretty fast and accurate. Wood and Woakescomplement each other. Adil Rashid, Nathan Lyon’s counterpart in England has struggled a lot this season. He may try to prove a point in Thursday’s match.
Australia’s chances: Australia, on the other hand, is no pushers. They have won 5 world cups and they get stronger and mightier as any deciders come their way. Stark needs to be tackled intelligently. He is in top form.
Since his return, David Warner has become the match-winner in his IPL matches and now at the world cup this year. He has demolished the opposition’s bowling and has piled up 638 runs. Steve Smith has struggled a bit but will come strongly in their clash on Thursday. The Aussies are well versed with English conditions. Aaron Finch is very calculating and is a person who leads from the front.He reminds us of Mark Taylor who went to the finals at Lahore in 1996 against Sri Lanka. Finch also has the same temperament and is also a shrewd captain. Alex Carey the keeper is dependable as is Glen Maxwell the ace fielder.
Glen has a role to play in this match. Nathan Lyon may strike hard as he I the wily fox who has foxed many batsmen the world over with his wrong uns. Adil Rashid his counterpart in England has struggled a lot this season. He may try to prove a point in Thursday’s match. Behrendorff and Cummins will be supporting Starc and will come firing on all cylinders. Start already has 26 wickets at an economy rate of 5.18 After demolishing English Batsmen with a haul of 4-43, he again bagged a fifer against New Zealand and single-handedly proved with his damage and proved to the world why he is revered by Batsman the world over. And that He is the right successor to the Ex great Glen Mcgrath.
England has gone to the finals four times but never ever lifted the cup. They are geared up for this time and are favorites as well. Also, they are the hosts this time and would like to bag the cup in front of their home crowd. His hauls and as many fifers. After returning 4-43 against England, Starc bagged 5-26 against New Zealand before taking 2-59 in the last match against South Africa.
The famous Ashes series where the two teams meet as fierce opponents and fight tooth and nail. The same camaraderie the cricket lovers will see in their semifinal clash. England came to the semifinal by beating New Zealand by 119 runs. They secured 12 points after thrashing India with 305 scores and threatening NewZealand with a knock out of the tournament with a challenging 305. Kiwis were sent packing by 186 runs in just 45 overs.
The battle between Aussies and English will be memorable on for cricket lovers as both the teams are evenly poised.
Australians are going into the math without top-order batsman Usman Khawaja and minus Marcus Stoinis. This is also a blow to the, If the English openers manage to scalp Warner and Finch in the early overs, then English will have their hands on the money. If one of them bats till the end then its courting trouble. On paper, though England has a great chance as their team is well balanced and could make the difference on the field. But, Aussies as they are valiant fighters, they will take the challenge head-on. So it’s a cricketing feast for the cricket lovers.
The weather as always may try to play spoilsport but even in overcast conditions like it happened with India NZ match, there is a reserve day for Semifinalists. The match will be replayed the next day, Friday. If again it rains then the team with the better run-rate goes to the final.
So, we will know on Thursday as to which team reaches the finals.
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