Live Updates

  • 10:09 PM IST

    So, that’s it then, England have booked a place in Sunday’s World Cup final at Lord’s against New Zealand. The World Cup will have a new country as the champion. England are in it for the first time in 27 years. We’ll see you on Sunday, from all of us here, it’s a pleasant English good night!

  • 10:08 PM IST

    Aaron Finch: “We were just totally outplayed today, The way they set the tone with the ball and getting to 27/3 was too hard for us to get back from. You do expect the new ball to seam first up, but they bowled really well by targetting the stumps. But plenty of positives for us in this World Cup especially given where we were last year when we came here. You want to win, but really proud of the boys to get us here. We tried to change it up as much as we could, kept looking for wicket taking options. But they played really well, we know how dynamic they are. You’ve got to beat everyone in every condition. But things didn’t go for us with the injuries, but that’s not really an excuse.”

  • 10:07 PM IST

    Time for the captains now, first up Eoin Morgan: “Absolutely delighted. I would like to thank the fans who’ve come out, our fans have been exemplary. Having beaten India on this ground, we would have come in with similar confidence. We talked about wanting to get better from game to game and we wanted to take control from ball one. Extremely happy for Woakes; he is a cool customer and has been one of the best bowlers in the world in the last year. The guys coming after that really backed him up well. Roy and Jonny at the top of the order are really imposing when they get themselves in. They set the tone for us. I was six in 1992, I don’t remember it, but I have seen a lot of it. It is an opportunity for us on Sunday, a huge one at that too. It is a massive leap from where we were in 2015. Everyone in that dressing room must take a lot of credit for that.”

  • 10:02 PM IST

    Chris Woakes: “This is pretty sweet, incredible performance for the whole team. We started well with the bowling performance. There were few nervous around in the morning but that is natural going into the semifinal of such a big tournament. I think the way we produced the goods shows how good we are as a team. I didn’t think it was a bad wicket by any means, I think we just found the right lengths. And when you pick up wickets early, they have to rebuild and we kept the pressure. We could have bowled fuller at Lords’, we got our lengths little bit wrong that day. We came into the knockout stage with good form and momentum. We played two good games against India and New Zealand and then we carried on that today. I was three years old in 1992, it was a while ago. We have one game to go, hopefully, we will go all the way. Coming into the World Cup as favourites, it was important for us to reach the knockout stages. It’s an incredible feeling to win the semi-final against Australia at the best ground in the world.”

  • 9:58 PM IST

    Some more visuals of the celebrations

  • 9:55 PM IST

    The stats keep coming!

  • 9:51 PM IST

    Chris Woakes is the Player of the Match for his 3/20 in 8 overs.

  • 9:51 PM IST

    Few visuals from Edgbaston

  • 9:45 PM IST

    Few pictures of the match

  • 9:45 PM IST
    IT’S ALL OVER! And after 9969 days of waiting, England are in the final of the World Cup, they thrash defending champions Australia by 8 wickets.
  • 9:40 PM IST

    The hosts are almost in the final!

  • 9:39 PM IST

    Brilliant BOUNDARY by Joe Root to deep mid-wicket, England need 9 runs more to win and book a final berth at Lord’s

  • 9:34 PM IST

    200 UP! FOUR! Short and wide and Morgan cashes in. England are moving closer to seal a place in the final.

  • 9:14 PM IST

    Halfway into the England run-chase and the hosts are cruising to victory, 171/2 (Root 30, Morgan 10), need 53 runs more to win

  • 9:10 PM IST

    ICYMI, Starc seals legend status

  • 9:10 PM IST

    Finally, Morgan gets the BOUNDARY, England moving closer to sealing a spot in the final, 166/2 in 24 overs (Root 25, Morgan 10), need 58 runs to win

  • 8:59 PM IST

    22 overs gone, England 153/2 (Joe Root 22, Eoin Morgan 1), need 71 runs more to win

  • 8:58 PM IST

    Oh, man! There’s a slight drizzle at Edgbaston! It’s not enough to stop play though.

  • 8:49 PM IST

    WICKET! Pat Cummins with the wicket and it’s the big one of Jason Roy, but he’s happy, didn’t look like he nicked it, departs for 85, England 147/2 in 19.4 overs

  • 8:42 PM IST

    And with that wicket, Mitchell Starc sets new record for most wickets (27) in a single World Cup

  • 8:37 PM IST

    GONE! Mitchell Starc finally provides the much-needed breakthrough, Jonny Bairstow walks back for 34, England 124/1

  • 8:35 PM IST

    JASON ROY, you cannot stop him, smashes this one off Stoinis deep mid-wicket for a BOUNDARY, England 124/0 in 17 overs (Roy 79, Bairstow 34)

  • 8:29 PM IST

    BOOM! Back-to-back SIXES for Jason Roy off Steve Smith, he’s lighting up Edgbaston, England 116/0 in 16 overs (Roy 73, Bairstow 33)

  • 8:25 PM IST

    That will be drinks at Edgbaston! England well and truly on their way to the final at Lord’s, 15 overs gone, 95/0 (Roy 54, Bairstow 32)

  • 8:19 PM IST

    It’s all going England’s way now, 14 overs gone, 80/0 (Jason Roy 45, Bairstow 27), TARGET: 224

  • 8:07 PM IST

    Jonny Bairstow is getting some medical attention, looks to have hurt his groin, but he seems to be fine, England 71/0 in 11.4 overs

  • 8:00 PM IST

    Jason Roy is taking on Nathan Lyon here, 13 runs from that over, England in total control, 63/0 in 11 overs (Roy 39, Bairstow 21), need another 161 runs

  • 7:56 PM IST

    That’s the end of the first Powerplay, England 50/0 (Jason Roy 27, Jonny Bairstow 20), need another 174 runs

  • 7:55 PM IST

    50 up for England in 9.5 overs, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have been brilliant so far

  • 7:47 PM IST

    England couldn’t have asked for a better start to the chase at Edgbaston! They are firmly in the driver’s seat, 40/0 in 8 overs (Jason Roy 19, Jonny Bairstow 18)

cricket world cup 2019

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of 2nd semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and England at Edgbaston, Birmingham to be played today.

Match Preview

They came into the tournament as favourites, but England’s poor show in the middle of the group stages saw them almost being ousted from the 2019 World Cup. But the hosts got their act right and won their last two games against India and New Zealand to qualify for the semi-finals of the showpiece event. And now, they are set to take on arch-rivals Australia at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

A resurgent Australian outfit — under the able leadership of Aaron Finch — has taken the showpiece event by storm and has once again shown an affinity to rise to the challenge on the big stage. The first team to qualify for the knockouts, Australia lost their last group game against South Africa which saw them finish second on the points table, otherwise they looked set to be finishing as leaders after the group stage.

However, that will act as motivation for the Australians as they are keen to show the world that the Sandpaper Gate fiasco is a thing of the past and this team is just as good as those that won the showpiece event five times over the years.

For the Englishmen, it is more about staying true to the tag of favourites and not crumbling under the pressure of expectations. They have a talented bunch of players, but consistency has been a worry for them in this tournament. However, with Jason Roy back at the top of the innings, things are looking in control once again for the hosts.

Interestingly, hard-hitting batsman Jos Buttler’s form would definitely be a worry for the Englishmen as he is yet to light up the tournament. Yes, he has scored a century, but the swashbuckling batsman is expected to do a lot more than score just 253 runs. Ben Stokes, on the other hand, has been brilliant coming in lower down the order. He has scored 381 runs with four fifties.

But the stars of the show have been Test skipper Joe Root and opener Jonny Bairstow. While Root is the highest scorer in the team with 500 runs (two centuries and three fifties), Bairstow has managed to score 462 runs with two hundreds and two fifties.

The bowling too has looked good with Jofra Archer picking 17 wickets and Mark Wood clinching 16. But one area of concern would be the form of frontline spinner Adil Rashid. With just 8 wickets from nine games, he definitely needs to buck up.

As for the Aussies, opener David Warner and skipper Finch have led from the front in the batting department. While Warner has 638 runs with three hundreds and three fifties, Finch has 507 runs with two hundreds and two fifties.

In the bowling department too, Mitchell Starc has been one of the best in world cricket. And while he seemed a bit off form coming into the World Cup, he now has 26 wickets in his name. And Pat Cummins has played perfect second fiddle with 13 wickets. Not to forget the left-arm deliveries from Jason Behrendorff.

All in all, it will be a battle of nerves more than talent as only those who have the aptitude to soak in pressure will perform on the big stage.

Squads

England: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson

Editorial team of CricketCountry.