ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:From being on the verge of the exit to morale boosting wins, England's street to the ultimate

After a wait of 27 years, England are lastly in touching distance of a maiden Cricket World Cup crown. Following a roller-coaster marketing campaign, historical past shall be rewritten on the Lord’s on Sunday (July 14), if the hosts can go previous New Zealand within the grand finale.

Courtesy the renaissance in English white-ball cricket in recent times, the Eoin Morgan-led aspect got here into this event as sturdy contenders. With their power-packed batting and a flexible bowling assault, England have been purported to dominate on this ‘house’ World Cup. However, following the snug victory within the event opener towards South Africa, their ship went by some tough water. But they recovered simply in time and averted a surprising “Brexit” from the World Cup.

And now, right here they’re, only one good efficiency away from the final word glory.

We rewind England’s journey to the ultimate of the 12th version of ICC’s pinnacle occasion.

Outclassing South Africa by 104 runs

Eoin Morgan scored 57 runs from 60 balls towards South Africa. Reuters

On a vibrant and sunny summer season’s day at The Oval, South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis received the toss and surprisingly determined to place England in. They began proceedings with the leg-spin of Imran Tahir and England misplaced the wicket of Jonny Bairstow within the very first over. Nevertheless, the hosts recovered from the early setback and put up a aggressive 311/8, courtesy of half centuries by Jason Roy, Joe Root, Morgan and Ben Stokes.

In the second half, it was the flip of Jofra Archer and firm to showcase their abilities. The English bowlers, particularly seamers, took wickets at common intervals and by no means allowed South Africa to construct any type of momentum of their run-chase. Barring Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen, no different South Africa batsman put up any type of important resistance as England registered a cushty 104-run victory to start out of their marketing campaign.

Meanwhile, the spotlight of the match was the unimaginable catch Stokes took on the boundary line to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo off Moeen Ali’s bowling.

A surprising defeat to Pakistan by 14 runs

This recreation was thought of as the primary upset of the event. England got here into the World Cup having whitewashed Pakistan in a bilateral ODI collection. But come the World Cup, England choked. First, a scratchy bowling effort and sloppy fielding allowed Pakistan to put up a mammoth 348/Eight whereas batting first on this fixture in Nottingham. Later of their run-chase, the centuries of Root and Jos Buttler helped the hosts to hold in there until the final second of the sport, however in the long run it was the loss of life bowling of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, which noticed Pakistan by on this contest.

Bouncing again towards Bangladesh with a 106-run victory

In this recreation in Cardiff, Roy simply unleashed himself towards an unusual Bangladesh assault. His 153 together with the half centuries of Bairstow and Buttler helped England to bat the opponent out of the competition by scoring a large 386. And of their run-chase, regardless of the heroics of Shakib Al Hasan (121 off 119 balls), Bangladesh fell quick by 106 runs as England bounced again comprehensively following the Pakistan setback.

Thrashing West Indies by Eight wickets

Yet one other one-sided contest this was for England. In Southampton, batting first West Indies crumbled towards the English seamers as they may solely managed to get 212 on the board. Meanwhile, on this match Roy suffered a hamstring harm whereas fielding and was finally dominated out for couple of weeks. Root took over the opening spot and scored one more hundred whereas Chris Woakes was despatched at No 3. He obtained a useful 40 because the hosts crossed the profitable line in simply 33.1 overs and with eight wickets to spare.

An enormous 150-run triumph towards Afghanistan

This fixture on the Old Trafford in Manchester noticed England skipper Morgan hit file 17 sixes throughout his sensational 148 off 71 deliveries. Batting first, the hosts scored 397 for six after which restricted Afghanistan for 251 for Eight of their allotted 50 overs.

Defeat towards Sri Lanka by 20 runs

Lasith Malinga ran through the England batting lineup. AP

Lasith Malinga ran by the England batting lineup. AP

Against a struggling Sri Lankan group, this defeat was utterly sudden. On a tough pitch at Leeds, England could not chase down 233. Only Stokes performed a lone hand of 82. It was the masterclass of loss of life bowling by veteran Lasith Malinga, towards which the English batting surrendered because the hosts have been bowled out of 212.

Getting outperformed towards Australia by 64 runs

England have been as soon as once more outperformed, this time by the arch-rivals Australia on the Lord’s. On a cloudy day, batting first, the Aussies made a aggressive 285 for 7. And whereas chasing, the house group have been pegged again early by the opening spells of Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff. They have been 53 for four inside the first 14 overs and from there the hosts could not recuperate. The Starc-Behrendorff pair took 9 wickets in that innings as England fell quick by 64 runs regardless of a combating knock of Stokes, who scored 89.

Victory over India by 31 runs

Following back-to-back defeats towards Sri Lanka and Australia, this was nearly a do-or-die contest for England. Coming into this fixture at Edgbaston, India have been unbeaten within the competitors and the hosts have been required to go previous them to remain in a sensible competition for a slot within the semi-final. Having been severely criticised by the previous cricketers and media, England lastly managed to interrupt the shackles. Roy got here again within the taking part in XI after his harm and he, alongside Bairstow, took Indian bowling aside.

Thanks to an all-round batting effort, which included a century from Bairstow and useful contributions from Roy and Stokes, England scored 337 for 7 on a slowish wicket after which defended it by 31 runs, regardless of a Rohit Sharma ton.

Win towards New Zealand by 119 runs

After beating India, the arrogance was again within the English aspect and it was evident on this contest when Morgan’s boys registered a comparatively one-sided victory over New Zealand at Durham. Bairstow recorded consecutive tons as England scored 305 for 8. In reply, the Kiwis hardly put up any struggle and have been bowled out for 186. With this victory, England secured their spot within the last-four stage.

Beating Australia by Eight wickets within the semi-final

The Eoin Morgan-led side one match away from achieving what no England team could in the past. AP

The Eoin Morgan-led aspect are one match away from attaining what no England group might previously. AP

England’s destiny within the semi-final at Edgbaston was sealed by their opening bowlers, who removed prime three Australian batsmen for nearly nothing. From there, although, Steve Smith and wicket-keeper Alex Carey put some resistance, which helped them to get 223. But whereas chasing, led by the onslaught of the Roy-Bairstow pair, the house group made a mockery of the full. They received the competition by eight wickets and 17.5 overs to spare as Australia’s unbeaten file in World Cup semi-finals was lastly damaged.

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Published Date: July 14, 2019

| Updated Date: July 14, 2019


Updated Date: Jul 14, 2019 12:33:46 IST