The 10th match of the Champions Trophy was played between the World Cup champions Australia and the Champions Trophy runners-up England on Saturday at Edgbaston. It was a must win game for Australia as a win would have given them a place in the semi-finals. Australia lost by 40 runs on DLS method. The World Champions failed to qualify for the semi-finals. England and Bangladesh are the two teams from Group A to have qualified.
The Australian batsmen were in control when Aaron Finch and Captain Steve Smith were batting; they were involved in a 2nd wicket partnership of 96 off 94 balls. A 300 plus score seemed inevitable at that point. From 136 for 1 in the 23rd over, Australia lost their way. The partnership was broken by Ben Stokes who got Finch for 68. Next in was Moises Henriques: his highest ODI score before this game was 18, he fell to Adil Rashid for 17. Steve Smith fell on the very first ball of Mark Wood’s first over of his second spell for 56. Australia were 239 for 5 when Glenn Maxwell’s important wicket was also taken by Wood. After that Adil Rashid took centre stage, he took 3 wickets for 6 runs in 10 balls. Australia lost 5 wickets for 15 runs in only 26 balls before Travis Head took them to a respectable total of 277. Mark Wood and Adil Rashid took 4 wickets each for 74 runs.
This was the first time in the tournament Glenn Maxwell got out to bat; he got a start, scored 20 but failed to capitalize once again. On the first ball of the 43rd over Maxwell was first dropped by Liam Plunkett on the bowling of Mark Wood. But on the third ball of the over Jason Roy made up for the dropped catch by taking a stunner at the boundary. In the last three innings against Mark Wood, Maxwell has faced 21 balls, scored 14 runs and been dismissed twice.
Jason Roy can’t catch a break, his dismal show with the bat continued as Mitchell Starc got rid of him on the second ball of the first over. In the very next over, Alex Hales fell for a duck on the bowling of Josh Hazlewood. Joe Root was sent to the pavilion in the 6th over by Hazlewood. England were 35/3 just when rain stopped play.
England were 35/3 in 6 overs when play resumed after a short spell of rain. Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes had to ensure they stayed at the wicket to reach closer to the target of 278. Well, these two just didn’t stay at the wicket but dismantled the Aussie bowling attack. A 4th wicket stand of 159(157) between Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes was a treat for sore eyes. Morgan hit 8 fours and 5 sixes before he got run-out on 73. Ben Stokes went on to score his 3rd ODI hundred. He hit 13 fours and two sixes.