Australia 286 (Labuschagne 71, Green 47, Woakes 4-54) lost England 253 for 33 (Stokes 64, Malan 50, Zampa 3-21)
It’s over. And it’s not just the worst World Cup defense in the history of the international game.
Everything that was taken for granted over eight years about England’s white-ball batting has vanished without a trace, as if some Hollywood baddie pinched a sports almanac (k) from the future and set the dials for the team’s DeLorean. 2015 World Cup. We have re-entered an era of endless, desperate failure – the miracle of 2019 is lost forever to some branch of the space-time continuum.
England’s sixth defeat – by 33 runs in Ahmedabad – was Australia’s fifth win in five in seven games, with them clearing a tough chasing pack to tighten their hold on a semi-final in Barth. It was a little less settled than some of England’s defeats – thanks to another spirited bowling display in the lead Adil Rashid And Chris WeeksWho rallied with the game at the death with the bat, and another interesting but all-too-brief sighting of Ben Stokes in #HeroMode.
But with Adam Zampa rising to the top Wicket-chart of the tournament With an outstanding haul of 3 for 21 from ten overs, Australia’s seemingly 287-run target was not realistically challenged – especially after another dreadful powerplay in which Joe RootOne of England’s undisputed greats across the format, produced a formidable innings that truly deserved his end in the colorful outfit.
England v Australia always exists out of context, but not on this occasion. Australia’s win ended everything – England’s barely-there hopes of a top-four finish; Their claim on the so-called #MoralAshes, especially later Marnus LabuschagneHis Test-tempo 71 proved to be the decisive score in the match; And if another result goes against them in the coming days, they could also hope to play in the 2025 Champions Trophy.
Ironically, the only thing that must remain constant is England’s World Cup campaign. Netherlands trail Pakistan for European Championship glory – Kudrat ka Nizam after them Amazing win in Bengaluru – seems like an ideal day in the life with their 1992 comeback in Calcutta.
As was the case in their 100-run loss to India in the previous match, England played a superb game for the first 50 overs of the match, as they won the toss and dismissed Australia for 286, hoping – then now – that the early evening dew might even produce a two-run wicket and Allows the ball to skid more freely on the bat.
But, as it proved in the end, England’s desperate lack of batting form had long since sunk any hopes of making their line-up count. When the nadir is arguably reached Jos ButtlerTheir captain and white-ball GOAT, Jumper skimmed Cameron Greene at long-off the first ball of the fifth over to trundle six balls for 1 – leaving England at 106 for 4 at the halfway point of their chase – but the Vultures were formidable from the start in a furious chase.
The England of old strikes can have accidents in their field – take, for example, Jason Roy’s mighty white-ball record; That was pockmarked by numerous first-over dismissals, including the first ball of his career, but this attribute was due to his willingness to go first, knowing that his teammates would close the ranks. around him
On the contrary, when Jonny Bairstow Flicked in a harmless leg side loosener Mitchell Starc To leave England 0 for 1 after one ball of their innings, the cries of recognition were palpable from the dug-out to the press-box to the armchairs of every England fan. Stark’s reaction was sheepish in the extreme. Nevertheless, after going wicketless for the first time in his World Cup career against New Zealand last week, Starc got back on the board at the first opportunity and Australia were back on the front foot in their favorite rivals.
What followed, from England’s point of view, was a bloody and uncomfortable scene. Although Dawood Malan hunkered down for the long haul with his acquaintance Sang froid, the balance of the root endure another thorough rinsing. His second-ball drive for four was as good as his night. In his next 15 balls, he survived an lbw appeal from Starc into the leather of his leg bails, a poor drop from Marcus Stoinis at point and a marginal drive from Josh Hazlewood that eluded second slip.
The fate of the route, can you guess? His form, unfortunately, is not, and there was only so much gift that could escape the clutches of Australia. He might have escaped with another life if Stark had lured him once more into the Channel, but Labuschagne complained from cover that he had heard a sound. UltraEdge duly secured a slim sneak in the fifth over to leave England at 19 for 2 and Root suffered his 11th powerplay dismissal in 18 innings since the 2019 World Cup, during which he averaged a formidable 5.63.
In Stokes and Malone, England still had a pair of batsmen whose seemingly opposite approaches were united in the belief that good things come to those who lay a platform. And as they stood out for 84 runs for the third wicket, the same pace Labuschagne and Steve Smith revived Australia’s own innings, flickers of muscle memory returned to England’s equation.
But then Malan, on 50, gave up his innings with an over-eager pull off to Cummins, exposing Buttler to a match situation his game-brain could not currently reckon with, and Moeen Ali became awkward though. A labored run chance off 42 balls, the whole mindset of England’s innings screamed “Stokes or bust” and Australia knew it too.
Despite his horrendous call against India, Stokes’ presence on the stage was unexpected, as he reached 15 off 37 balls before his first real shot at anger, a fierce straight drive for four off Starc. Then, he grew increasingly strong and muscular, his innings replaced with forced limbs as that pesky left knee repeatedly buckled under the force of his legs from his launches.
But for all his Superman bravado, his innings had too much in common with his losing Ashes forays at Headingley and Lord’s – and his loud “Oh no!” His innings of 64 from 90 was over when he swept the undrafted Zampa as Stoinis stuck to short fine leg. Liam Livingstone, strangely favored by Harry Brook despite his own lack of form, duly lasted less than an over before being pulled towards midwicket and when Moeen got to third with a brilliant spell at Jumper, the rest was sheer city.
It was a measure of England’s desperate funk that Australia arguably won against Head, given their own piecemeal batting display that never really got going, and would have been more closely challenged by almost any other chasing side in this tournament.
Without the strength of Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell in their middle order, Australia rode heavily on their equally active opening partnership, but Woakes got both Travis Head and David Warner within his first three overs, meaning 38 for 2. To avoid a repeat of the 2019 semi-final disaster, a third wicket stand of 75 in 16 overs, Labuschagne and Smith had little option but to return to their best in the Ashes.
The late entry of England key player Rashid will destabilize Australia’s innings once again. With 20 overs gone, Smith’s time was still eluding him when Rashid served a slow and wide googly in his second over, which sank into the cut he tried to loop to Moeen at backward point for 44 runs.
It soon became 117 for 4 when Josh Inglis fell to a similar combination in Rashid’s second over – this time an ill-judged reverse-sweep on his sixth delivery – and Labuschagne brought up his half-century off 63 balls, Rashid’s odd variation. , and his willingness to slow down against his tight opponents, kept Australia waiting for an opportunity to loosen them up.
A visible step-up in Australia’s tempo requires Wood’s return to attack. Green, Maxwell’s stand-in, looked deeply uncomfortable against Wood’s express pace – at one point, four fields converged on a top-edge pull as his bat bounced out of his hands towards the square-leg umpire – but he somehow gained enough advantage. The wide line continued to snaffle his runs through backward point, including a stunning four on a 153kph yorker.
And although Wood once again made a gut-wrenching effort to make a difference – taking out an lbw that left Labuschenne unplaced as his review showed three reds, before later bombing Cummins out with a short ball – his final tally of 2 for 70 ensured It would be another night where his raw pace proved too unappetizing whenever he missed his mark.
Fittingly, Zampai proved this point in decisive fashion. At 247 for 8, he found the courage to kick the death over alone – although a 149kph throttle-ball from Wood took off his gloves and bounced over the heads of four defenders, requiring a great deal of luck. Undeterred, Zampa ground his next delivery for another boundary and he raced to 29 from 29 before Oakes ended Australia’s late charge with two wickets in three balls to prove the virtues of the pace-off. On a playful deck.
It shouldn’t have been nearly enough, given England’s once-reputed reputation for chasing and their belief in the toss that dew would be a factor. It will prove enough, that night the usual service on the white ball leg of this ancient rivalry resumed in emphatic fashion.