England produced a thumping performance in 2nd semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament to decimate arch-rivals Australia. On a good batting wicket, defending champions batted first to post a paltry total of 223 runs on the board. In reply, England portrayed their white-ball revamping in no uncertain terms as the top-ranked ODI unit aced the chase inside 33 overs.
On an otherwise gloomy day, the biggest positive for Australia came in the form of masterclass batsman Steve Smith. The former captain recorded another impressive batting display to become the first batsman to register 50 plus scores in four consecutive World Cup knock-out games.
Before this game, Smith’s class was on exhibition in the last edition of the mega-event. In the 2015 World Cup’s quarter-final, Steve amassed 65 runs against Pakistan before scoring a sublime century in the semi-final against India. Extending his rich form, the 30-year old mustered another unbeaten half-century in the final playing against New Zealand.
To his dismay, the New South Wales failed to take his team to the World Cup final. Nevertheless, a new champion is guaranteed on July 14 as England will take on New Zealand at the iconic stadium called Lord’s.