World Cup 2019 Semifinal 2

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England's Jason Roy plays a shot during the second semifinal of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Australia in Birmingham on July 11, 2019.

England's Jason Roy plays a shot during the second semifinal of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Australia in Birmingham on July 11, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

England have turned it around following their first-round exit in the 2015 edition and have become a formidable one-day side.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc set a new record for most wickets at a single World Cup when he had England's Jonny Bairstow lbw in the semi-finals at Edgbaston on Thursday.

That gave the left-arm quick his 27th wicket of the 2019 tournament, breaking the record of 26 for a single edition he had previously shared with retired Australia paceman Glenn McGrath.

But barring a spectacular collapse, Starc's strike looked like being a footnote in the match with England 124 for one in the 18th over chasing a victory target of 224.

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England needs 224 runs to beat Australia and reach its first Cricket World Cup final since 1992.

Only Steve Smith, with 85 off 119 balls, offered any real resistance for the Australians as they were dismissed for 223 in 49 overs in the second semifinal at Edgbaston.

New Zealand awaits the winner at Lord’s on Sunday. The Blacks Caps successfully defended 239-8 in the first semifinal against India.

Australia hasn’t lost any of its seven World Cup semifinals.

Steve Smith was offering Australia’s only real hope of getting a competitive total against England in their semifinal, with the defending champions reaching the 40-over mark on 175-7.

Smith was 73, and was in the middle with Mitchell Starc (4) heading into the final 10 overs.

Legspinner Adil Rashid took 3-54 off his 10 overs, his last wicket being that of Pat Cummins (6), who edged to Joe Root at slip.

That came after Jofra Archer removed Glenn Maxwell for 22 with a slow ball, Eoin Morgan taking a simple catch at cover.

Archer took 2-32 off 10 overs.

Earlier, Steve Smith held firm with an unbeaten fifty as England reduced Australia to 166 for seven in their World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.

England, bidding to reach their first final since 1992, made a sensational start against the reigning champions, taking three early wickets to leave Aaron Finch's side in deep trouble.

Prolific opening pair David Warner and Finch, as well as Peter Handscomb, were all back in the pavilion by the seventh over.

Smith and Alex Carey (46) steadied the innings with a fourth-wicket stand of 103 before leg-spinner Adil Rashid struck twice in five balls to leave Australia 118-5.

The dangerous Glenn Maxwell then holed out to England captain Eoin Morgan off the bowling of Jofra Archer for 22 and Pat Cummins was caught by Joe Root to give Rashid another victim.

The winners of the match in Birmingham will face New Zealand, who shocked mighty India at Old Trafford, in Sunday's final at Lord's.

England have never won the World Cup but have risen to the top of the ODI standings since an embarrassing first-round exit at the 2015 edition.

Earlier, Barbados-born Archer struck with his first ball, trapping Australia captain Finch lbw for a duck.

Finch, who made exactly 100 in Australia' 64-run group win over England at Lord's, then cost his side their lone review of the innings when he unsuccessfully challenged Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena's decision.

Woakes, on his Warwickshire home ground, had Warner well caught by Jonny Bairstow at first slip for nine.

Warner, who walked out to boos because of his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year, returned to even louder jeers.

Smith, who was also given a 12-month ban for his part in the incident, was given a similar greeting when he made his way to the wicket.

Warner's exit brought in Handscomb, only recently called into the squad after Usman Khawaja's tournament-ending hamstring injury, but he was bowled by Woakes for just four.

Australia wicketkeeper Carey had his helmet knocked off by an Archer bouncer and required several minutes of on-field treatment but with his head swathed in a bandage, Carey resumed his innings.

Left-hander Carey then cover-drove both Woakes and Liam Plunkett -- yet to be on the losing side this World Cup.

But in sight of a fifty he hoisted Rashid straight to substitute fielder James Vince at deep midwicket.

Four balls later, Australia were 118-5 when all-rounder Marcus Stoinis was lbw for a duck to Rashid's googly.

Australia are bidding for a sixth World Cup title, having won four of the past five editions.


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