Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) — The hosts of the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup- England restrict the current world champions Australia to 233 in the second semifinal at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Thursday.
Australia won the toss and opted bat first but they failed to justify their decision as they lost three wickets in just 14 runs. David Warner, Aaron Finch and Peter Handscomb fell in a quick succession respectively for 9, 0 and 4.
First two of three wickets were taken by Chris Woakes while another one fell prey to Jofra Archer.
However, in the fourth wicket stand, former captain Steve Smith and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey added 103 runs.
Carey fell for 46 off Adil Rashid who later took the wicket of Marcus Stoinis as well. But Smith was firm at the other end.
Glen Maxwell and Mitchell Starc scored 22 and 29 respectively which helped Australia pass the 200-run mark.
Smith was the highest run getter hitting 85 off 119 deliveries with six fours. He got dismissed by a super run-out effort by Jos Buttler.
For England, Woakes and Rashid took three wickets each while Jofra bagged two.
In the first semifinal, New Zealand beat India to march to the final of this year’s World Cup.