2019 World Cup 32nd Match: Finch, Behrendorff and Starc lead Australia into the semi-finals

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Aaron Finch celebrates after scoring his 15th ODI century

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Australia captain Aaron Finch scored a superb century, while Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc combined to take nine wickets to lead their side to a 64-run win over England.

Australia’s victory was their sixth in seven games and they subsequently booked their spot in the semi-finals.

Being put in to bat first, Australia got off to a superb start as Finch and David Warner amassed a 123-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their fifties, before Warner was caught by Joe Root at backward point off the bowling of Moeen Ali for 53, which came off 61 balls and included six boundaries.

Finch and Usman Khawaja kept the runs flowing with a 50-run stand before Khawaja was clean bowled by Ben Stokes for 23.

Finch went on to score a 116-ball 100, which included 11 boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Chris Woakes at fine leg off the bowling of Jofra Archer.

Glenn Maxwell was caught behind off the bowling of Mark Wood for 12 runs, while Marcus Stoinis was run out for eight runs.

Steve Smith managed to score 38 before being dismissed by Woakes, who also had Pat Cummins caught behind for one run.

With Alex Carey smashing an unbeaten 38 off 27 balls, Australia finished on 285/7.

Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Archer, Wood, Stokes and Moeen chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 286 to win, England got off to a horrible start as opener James Vince was clean bowled by Behrendorff for a duck on the second ball of the innings.

Root was trapped lbw off the bowling of Starc for eight runs, while England captain Eoin Morgan became Starc’s second victim after scoring four runs.

Jonny Bairstow mustered 27 runs before he was caught by Cummins at deep midwicket off the bowling of Behrendorff.

Stokes and Jos Buttler halted Australia’s charge with a 71-run partnership before Buttler was removed by Stoinis for 25.

Stokes and Woakes added 53 runs to the score before Stokes was cleaned up by Starc for 89, which came off 115 balls and included eight boundaries and two sixes.

Moeen was caught behind off the bowling of Behrendorff, who also sent Woakes and Archer packing to complete his five-for.

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Jason Behrendorff finished with career-best figures of 5-44 off his 10 overs

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England ended up being bowled out for 221 when Adil Rashid was caught by Stoinis at short cover off the bowling of Starc for 25.

Behrendorff was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Starc took four and Stoinis claimed one.

Finch was named Man of the Match.

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