England reach World Cup final after defeating Australia by 8 wickets

Eoin Morgan-led England defeated Australia by 8 wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday.

Here are the highlights from the match:

# England win by eight wickets following a boundary by Eoin Morgan off the first delivery, over mid-on with the hosts reaching a World Cup final for the first time since 1992.

# Jason Behendroff to bowl his ninth over of the innings!

# England 222/2 (32 overs) with six runs from the over as Joe Root scores his eighth boundary of the innings, following a flashy square cut off a slightly wide delivery.

# Mitchell Starc to bowl his final over of the innings!

# Six runs from the over as Joe Root scores his seventh boundary of the innings, hitting the loose delivery into cow corner. England 216/2 (31 overs)

# Jason Behendroff to bowl his ninth over of the innings!

# England 210/2 (30 overs) with 13 runs from the over as Root and Morgan score a boundary apiece off the second and fifth deliveries. Morgan hit the ball through sweeper cover for a boundary followed by a boundary backward of point by Root.

# Nathan Lyon to bowl his fifth over of the innings!

# England 197/2 (29 overs) as Jason Behendroff bowls a maiden over with short, slow bouncers which made it difficult for Morgan and Root to score freely.

# Jason Behendroff to bowl his seventh over of the innings!

# England 197/2 (28 overs) with 11 runs from the over as Eoin Morgan scores two consecutive boundaries, sweeping the ball past the fielder at backward square leg and hitting the ball to deep extra cover.

# Nathan Lyon to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# England 186/2 (27 overs) with eight runs from the over as Eoin Morgan scores his fourth boundary of the innings, hitting the ball behind square leg. The two batsmen further completed two singles and a double, hitting the ball to backward square leg and deep square leg.

# Jason Behendroff is back in the attack, set to bowl his sixth over!

# England 178/2 (26 overs) with seven runs from the over as Eoin Morgan scores his third boundary of the innings, scooping the ball over backward point. The two batsmen further completed a single and a double, hitting the ball backward of square leg.

# Nathan Lyon to bowl his third over of the innings!

# England 171/2 (25 overs) with five runs from the over as Joe Root scores his fifth boundary of the innings, hitting the low full toss to fine leg. The two batsmen further complete a single as Joe Root hits the ball to the left of mid-off.

# Mitchell Starc to bowl his eighth over of the innings!

# England 166/2 (24 overs) with eight runs from the over following Morgan’s first boundary of the innings, three singles and an extra run off a wide delivery. Root hit the ball to long-off and sweeper cover as the two batsmen completed singles.

# Pat Cummins to bowl his seventh over of the innings!

# England 158/2 (23 overs) with five runs from the over as Eoin Morgan scores his first boundary of the innings, hitting a short delivery bowled outside off over the infield.

# Mitchell Starc to bowl his seventh over!

# England 153/2 (22 overs) with two runs from the over as Morgan and Root complete a single apiece, hitting the ball to backward of square leg and fine leg.

# Pat Cummins to continue with the ball!

# England 151/2 (21 overs) with four runs from the over as Root and Morgan complete two doubles, hitting the ball through the open mid-wicket area and behind square.

# Mitchell Starc to bowl his sixth over of the innings!

# Six runs from the over as Joe Root scores his fourth boundary of the innings hitting the ball behind square. England 147/2 (20 overs)

# Eoin Morgan is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! Jason Roy departs for 85 runs off 65 deliveries following a short and wide delivery, which Roy attempts to play a pull shot off on one-leg, with the ball lobbing to Alex Carey. England 147/2 (19.4 overs)

# Pat Cummins to bowl his sixth over!

# England 141/1 (19 overs) with five runs from the over as Jason Roy scores his ninth boundary of the innings following a short of length delivery which he hit to mid-wicket.

# Marcus Stoinis to bowl his second over of the innings!

# England 136/1 (18 overs) with 12 runs from the over as Joe Root scores three boundaries off his first four deliveries of the innings, hitting the ball to fine leg, square of the wicket.

# Joe Root is the next batsman in!

# Mitchell Starc has now shattered Glenn McGrath’s (26) record of picking the most wickets in a World Cup edition, after accounting for the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow.

# Wicket! Jonny Bairstow departs for 34 runs off 43 deliveries after being adjudged lbw following a good length delivery which pitched on middle, going on to hit him on the pads, England 124/1 (17.2 overs)

# Mitchell Starc is back in the attack, set to bowl his fifth over of the innings!

# England 124/0 (17 overs) with eight runs from the over as Jason Roy scores his eighth boundary of the innings, hitting the ball to deep mid-wicket.

# All-rounder Marcus Stoinis into the attack!

# England 116/0 (16 overs) with 21 runs from the over as Jason Roy scores three consecutive sixes, hitting the ball to long-on over the third, fourth and fifth deliveries. Roy and Bairstow further complete a single hitting the ball straight down the ground with a run off a wide delivery.

# Leg-spinner Steve Smith into the attack!

# England 95/0 (15 overs) with 15 runs from the over as Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy score three boundaries off the over. Bairstow hit the first delivery of the over over mid-off, with Roy following it up with two boundaries off the third and fifth deliveries.

# Mitchell Starc to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# England 80/0 (14 overs) with four runs from the over as Jason Roy scores his fourth boundary of the innings, hitting the ball down fine leg.

# Pat Cummins to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# England 76/0 (13 overs) with five runs from the over as Jonny Bairstow scores his fourth boundary of the innings, smacking the ball across the line, resulting in a top-edge to short third man. Jason Roy further completed a single hitting the ball to sweeper cover.

# Nathan Lyon to bowl his second over of the innings!

# England 71/0 (12 overs) with eight runs from the over following a boundary off a fast bouncer ruled as a wide which wicketkeeper Carey failed to stop, resulting in five wides. Bairstow and Roy further completed a double and a single, hitting the ball behind point and fine leg.

# Pat Cummins to bowl his third over of the innings!

# England 63/0 (11 overs) with 13 runs from the over as Jason Roy scores his second six of the innings over long-on, hitting the ball into the stands following a tossed up delivery. Roy further followed it up with his fourth boundary of the innings reverse-sweeping the ball through point.

# Spinner Nathan Lyon into the attack!

# England 50/0 (10 overs) with six runs from the over as the two batsmen complete four singles and a double, hitting the ball to square leg, mid-wicket and extra cover.

# Jason Behendroff to bowl his fifth over!

# England 44/0 (9 overs) with four runs from the over. Jason Roy scored a boundary off the final delivery, flicking the ball past square leg.

# Pat Cummins to bowl his second over of the innings!

# Seven runs from the over as Jonny Bairstow scores his third boundary of the innings, hitting the pitched up delivery straight down the ground. Bairstow and Roy further completed a double and a single, hitting the ball behind square and to square leg. England 40/0 (8 overs)

# Jason Behendroff to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# England 33/0 (7 overs) as Cummins concedes just two runs off his opening over of the innings. Bairstow hit the final delivery of the over past mid-off, hitting the ball at the last moment.

# All-rounder Pat Cummins into the attack!

# England 31/0 (6 overs) with 12 runs from the over as Jonny Bairstow scores his first boundary of the innings, hitting the ball past point. Jason Roy further scored the first six of the England innings hitting the ball down the leg-side, going on to clear fine leg.

# Mitchell Starc to bowl his third over of the innings!

# England 19/0 (5 overs) with three runs from the over as Roy and Bairstow complete a single and a double off the third and fourth delivery. Bairstow hit a scrambled seam length delivery to mid-wicket for a single. The two batsmen further completed a double as Roy hit the ball past mid-wicket.

# Jason Behendroff to bowl his third over!

# England 16/0 (4 overs) with 10 runs from the over as Jason Roy scores two consecutive boundaries off the first and final delivery, hitting the ball past mid-off and extra cover. England are off to a competitive start.

# Mitchell Starc to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# England 6/0 (3 overs) as Jason Behendroff bowls the first maiden over of the English chase with variations in line, length and bounce which nearly resulted in an edge to wicketkeeper Alex Carey off the final delivery.

# Jason Behendroff to bowl his second over!

# England 6/0 (2 overs) as Starc concedes just a single off his opening over of the innings, following a wide off the fifth delivery of the over down the leg side.

# Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc to share the new ball!

# England 5/0 (1 over) as Jonny Bairstow scores his first boundary of the innings following an outswinger, hitting the ball through the gap at covers. Jason Roy further gets off the mark hitting the ball off the back foot to third man.

# Left-arm pacer Jason Behendroff to bowl the opening over!

# England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are set to start the chase of 224!

# England need 224 runs to win, following five runs and a wicket from Wood’s over comprising of three singles and a double!

# Wicket! Australia have been bowled out for 223 as Behendroff departs for 1 off four deliveries following a yorker from Wood bowled at good pace, which the batsman failed to negotiate. Australia 223/10 (49 overs)

# Mark Wood to bowl his final over of the innings!

# Just a single and two wickets off the over as Lyon gets off the mark hitting the ball towards backward point. Australia 218/9 (48 overs)

# Nathan Lyon is the final batsman for Australia!

# Wicket! Mitchell Starc departs off the next delivery of the over for 29 as Woakes picks his second wicket in as many deliveries, following an edge to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler off a good length delivery. Australia 217/9 (47.2 overs)

# Jason Behendroff is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! Steve Smith departs for 85 after being adjudged run-out following a throw by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler after covering a certain distance, Australia 217/8 (47.1 overs)

# Chris Woakes to bowl his eighth over of the innings!

# Australia 217/7 (47 overs) with seven runs from the over as Smith and Starc complete two doubles, hitting the ball through mid-wicket and down the leg side. The two batsmen further complete three singles, hitting the ball to deep mid-wicket.

# Mark Wood to bowl his eighth over of the innings!

# Australia 210/7 (46 overs) with four runs from the over as Starc and Smith complete four singles, hitting the ball behind square leg, third man and deep square leg.

# Chris Woakes is back in the attack, set to bowl his seventh over!

# Australia 206/7 (45 overs) with 14 runs from the over as Mitchell Starc scores his first six of the innings off the first delivery, hitting the ball over mid-off. Steve Smith further followed it up with a boundary off the final delivery, hitting the ball past mid-wicket.

# Liam Plunkett to bowl his ninth over of the innings!

# Australia 192/7 (44 overs) with six runs from the over as Mitchell Starc scores his first boundary of the innings, hitting an overpitched delivery over Wood straight down the ground. The two batsmen further complete a single with a run off a wide delivery.

# Mark Wood to continue with the ball!

# Australia 186/7 (43 overs) with five runs from the over as Starc and Smith complete three singles followed by a double off the final delivery, hitting the ball to backward point, backward square leg and fine leg.

# Liam Plunkett to bowl his seventh over!

# Australia 181/7 (42 overs) with five runs from the over as the two batsmen complete five singles, hitting the ball to fine leg, third man and mid-wicket.

# Mark Wood to bowl his seventh over of the innings!

# Australia 176/7 (41 overs) with just a single off the over as Mitchell Starc hit the final delivery of the over which was bowled full and angling to long-on.

# Liam Plunkett is back in the attack!

# Australia 175/7 (40 overs) with four runs from the over as Starc and Smith complete a double after the latter hit the ball to extra cover. The two batsmen further completed two singles hitting the ball to third man and fine leg.

# Mark Wood is back in the attack and set to bowl his fifth over!

# Australia 171/7 (39 overs) with three singles and a double off the over as the batsmen hit the ball past mid-wicket, cover and down to third man.

# Jofra Archer to bowl his final over!

# Australia 166/7 (38 overs) with just a single and a wicket off the over as Steve Smith punches the flat delivery bowled outside off to sweeper cover.

# Mitchell Starc is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! Pat Cummins departs for 6 runs off 10 deliveries as Cummins edges a flat delivery to Joe Root at first slip who reacted sharply, Australia 166/7 (37.4 overs)

# Adil Rashid to bowl his final over of the innings!

# Australia 163/6 (37 overs) with two runs from the first delivery of the over as Pat Cummins hits the short ball wide of backward point resulting in Smith and Cummins completing a double. The two batsmen further complete a double off the final delivery, hitting the ball to the left of fine leg.

# Jofra Archer to bowl his ninth over!

# Australia 161/6 (36 overs) as Cummins and Smith complete four singles, hitting the ball to long-off, deep mid-wicket, through point and towards mid-wicket.

# Adil Rashid to bowl his ninth over of the innings!

# Five runs from the over as Maxwell and Smith complete three singles to mid-wicket, with two more runs off wide deliveries. Australia 157/6 (35 overs)

# Pat Cummins is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! Glenn Maxwell departs for 22 runs off 23 deliveries following a slower delivery bowled at good length, resulting in a catch to Eoin Morgan. Australia 157/6 (34.5 overs)

# Jofra Archer to bowl his eighth over of the innings!

# Australia 152/5 (34 overs) with eight runs from the over as Glenn Maxwell scores his second boundary of the innings, hitting the ball over mid-wicket. The two batsmen further complete a double and two singles hitting the ball to cow corner, sweeper cover and long-off.

# Adil Rashid to bowl his eighth over of the innings!

# Australia 144/5 (33 overs) with two runs off the final two deliveries of the over. Smith punched the fifth delivery of the over off the back foot through point for a single with a single off the final delivery as Maxwell hit the ball to the left of deep square leg.

# Jofra Archer to bowl his seventh over!

# Australia 142/5 (32 overs) with seven runs from the over as Glenn Maxwell scores his first six of the innings. Maxwell hit a flighted delivery over long-on following a good stride forward. Smith further completed a single, clipping the ball to fine leg.

# Adil Rashid to bowl his seventh over of the innings!

# Australia 135/5 (31 overs) with five runs from the over as Smith completes a single off the first delivery, hitting the ball to the on-side. Maxwell further scored his first boundary of the innings, hitting the short delivery wide of deep mid-wicket.

# Jofra Archer is back in the attack!

# Australia 130/5 (30 overs) with three runs from the over as Smith hits the first delivery of the over down the ground for a single, followed by a double as Maxwell edged the ball wide of Joe Root at slip.

# Adil Rashid to continue with the ball!

# Australia 127/5 (29 overs) with nine runs from the over as Steve Smith scores his fifth boundary of the innings, hitting the ball to long-off. Smith further hit the final delivery of the over to backward square leg for a single.

# Ben Stokes to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# Two runs and two wickets off the over, Australia 118/5 (28 overs)

# Glenn Maxwell is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! Marcus Stoinis departs for a duck off his second delivery after being adjudged lbw off the final delivery, with the ball hitting him on the pads. Australia 118/5 (27.6 overs)

# Marcus Stoinis is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! Alex Carey departs for 46 runs off 70 deliveries in an innings comprising of four boundaries as he chips the ball to deep mid-wicket with James Vince at the position completing the catch. Australia 117/4 (27.2 overs)

# Adil Rashid to bowl his fifth over of the innings!

# Australia 116/3 (27 overs) with three runs from the over as Smith hits the ball to third-man completing the 100-run partnership. The two batsmen further complete a double off the third delivery hitting the ball wide of deep mid-wicket.

# Ben Stokes is back in the attack and set to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# Australia 113/3 (26 overs) with 10 runs from the over as Alex Carey scores his fourth boundary of the innings, swiping the ball wide of deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Smith and Carey are inching closer to a 100-run partnership, following five singles hitting the ball to sweeper cover, short third and long-on.

# Adil Rashid to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# Australia 103/3 (25 overs) with five runs from the over as the two batsmen complete three singles, hitting the ball to the on-side and sweeper cover. Two extra runs are added to the total following two wide deliveries.

# Liam Plunkett to bowl his fifth over of the innings!

# Australia 98/3 (24 overs) with six runs from the over as the two batsmen complete two doubles, hitting the ball wide of cover. They further complete two singles hitting the ball to long-on and mid-off.

# Adil Rashid to bowl his third over of the innings!

# Australia 92/3 (23 overs) with five runs from the over as Alex Carey scores his third boundary of the innings following an overpitched delivery, hitting the ball past the cover. Carey further hit the ball to mid-off resulting in a single.

# Liam Plunkett to continue with the ball as England look for a breakthrough!

# Australia 87/3 (22 overs) with seven runs from the over as the two batsmen complete five singles and a double, hitting the ball to short cover, long-on and fine-leg.

# Adil Rashid to bowl his second over of the innings!

# Australia 80/3 (21 overs) with two runs from the over as Carey and Smith complete two singles. Smith hit the ball to the on-side for a single following a misfield by Stokes, with Carey completing a single off the final delivery, hitting the ball to deep backward square leg.

# Liam Plunkett to bowl his third over of the innings!

# Australia 78/3 (20 overs) with six runs from the over as Alex Carey scores his second boundary, hitting the ball wide of the fielder at cover. Carey and Smith further complete two singles, straight down the ground and to long-off.

# Spinner Adil Rashid into the attack!

# Australia 72/3 (19 overs) with six runs from the over as Steve Smith scores his fourth boundary of the innings, hitting the short of length delivery wide of fine leg. Smith and Carey further complete two singles, hitting the ball to the on-side and backward point.

# Mark Wood to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# Australia 66/3 (18 overs) with four runs from the over as Smith and Carey complete two singles hitting the ball in front of square on the on-side and to third man. The two batsmen further completed a double, hitting the ball wide of backward square leg.

# Liam Plunkett to bowl his second over!

# Australia 62/3 (17 overs) with seven runs from the over as Steve Smith scores his third boundary of the innings, hitting the ball bowled wide of off, behind square on the off-side. Smith and Carey further completed a single and a double, hitting the ball backward of square.

# Mark Wood to bowl his third over of the innings!

# Australia 55/3 (16 overs) with eight runs from the over as Steve Smith scores his second boundary of the innings with a drive following an overpitched delivery, hitting the ball past the non-striker. Smith and Carey further complete a single and three runs off a single delivery, as Carey hit the ball to long-off.

# Fast-bowler Liam Plunkett into the attack!

# Australia 47/3 (15 overs) with two runs from the over as Alex Carey hits a back of length delivery bowled outside off in front of backward point for a single. Smith further scored a second single, hitting the ball to third man.

# Mark Wood to bowl his second over of the innings!

# Australia 45/3 (14 overs) with nine runs from the over as Steve Smith scores his first boundary of the innings following a short delivery, hitting the ball in front of square on the on-side for a boundary. The two batsmen further completed a single and two doubles, hitting the ball to wide of mid-wicket, behind backward point.

# Ben Stokes to bowl his second over of the innings!

# Australia 36/3 (13 overs) with two singles, a double and three wides off the over. Smith hit a full-length delivery bowled well outside off to wide of cover for a single, followed by a single to the right of the backward point by Carey.

Mark Wood to Smith, 1 run, fuller length delivery and well outside off, Smith drives it uppishly – but finds the gap wide of cover for a single

# Fast-bowler Mark Wood into the attack!

# Australia 29/3 (12 overs) with just a single off the over as Steve Smith completes a single off the third delivery, hitting the ball which was bowled fuller and wider of off, in front of square on the off-side.

# Ben Stokes into the attack!

# Australia 28/3 (11 overs) with just a single off the over as Steve Smith hits the fourth delivery of the over which was bowled short and wide of off, towards deep point for a single.

# Chris Woakes to bowl his sixth over of the innings!

# Australia 27/3 (10 overs) with three runs from the over as Carey and Smith complete three singles off the second, third and fourth deliveries hitting the ball to third man, long leg and behind square on the on-side.

# Jofra Archer to bowl his fifth over!

# Australia 24/3 (9 overs) with five runs from the over as Alex Carey scores his first boundary of the innings, hitting the half-volley bowled outside off through extra cover. Smith further completed a single off the second delivery following a leg-bye.

# Chris Woakes to bowl his fifth over of the innings!

# Australia 19/3 (8 overs) with four runs from the over as Carey and Smith complete three runs off the second delivery, after the former hit the ball past the non-striker. Smith further hit the ball in front of cover off the fourth delivery resulting in a single.

# Jofra Archer to bowl his fourth over of the innings!

# Just a single off the over as Alex Carey gets off the mark off his first delivery, with the ball bouncing well in front of Joe Root at second slip following a good length delivery. Australia 15/3 (7 overs)

# Alex Carey is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! Peter Handscomb departs for 4 runs off 12 deliveries following a delivery which moved back in, with no foot movement resulting in the ball going on to hit the off-stump. Australia 14/3 (6.1 overs)

# Chris Woakes to bowl his fourth over!

# Australia 14/2 (6 overs) with just a single off the over as Handscomb plays the final delivery of the over which is bowled short with soft hands, hitting the ball behind square on the off-side for a single.

# Jofra Archer to bowl his third over of the innings!

# Australia 13/2 (5 overs) with just a single off the over as Peter Handscomb completes a single off the second delivery, which is bowled on a good length just outside off, hitting the ball behind square on the on-side.

# Chris Woakes to bowl his third over of the innings!

# Australia 12/2 (4 overs) with just a single off the over as Peter Handscomb hits the first delivery of the over bowled on a good length, behind square on the off-side for a single.

# Jofra Archer to continue with the ball, bowl his third over!

# Five runs and a wicket off the over as David Warner is dismissed for 9 following a boundary off the previous delivery straight back over the bowler’s head. Handscomb further gets off the mark hitting the fuller length delivery towards cover. Australia 11/2 (3 overs)

# Peter Handscomb is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! David Warner departs for 9 runs off 11 deliveries as Chris Woakes picks his first wicket of the clash following a short delivery, resulting in a catch to Jonny Bairstow at slips. Australia 10/2 (2.4 overs)

# Chris Woakes to bowl his second over of the innings!

# Australia 6/1 (2 overs) with two runs from the over as Steve Smith gets off the mark following a quick single off a short of good length delivery, hitting the ball in front of mid-on. Warner further completes a single following a short delivery from Archer, clipping the ball to long leg.

# Steve Smith is the next batsman!

# Wicket! Aaron Finch departs for a duck as Archer accounts for his dismissal off the first delivery, after the batsman was adjudged lbw with the ball going on to hit the pads. Australia 4/1 (1.1 overs)

# Jofra Archer to share the new ball!

# Australia 4/0 (1 over) as David Warner gets the Australian innings on to a bright start, with a boundary wide of cover following a half-volley. No more runs scored off the next five deliveries as Woakes shortens the length of the deliveries with variations as well.

# Chris Woakes to bowl the opening over!

# Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch are set to start the innings!

# Both the teams are on the ground for the national anthem ceremony!

# Australia win toss, opt to bat against England!

Hosts England are set to face off against Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thurday. The winner will take on New Zealand in the final of the tournament after the Kiwis defeated India by 18 runs in the first semi-final at the Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday.

England finished the league stage on the third spot in the points table, despite being under pressure at one stage. Australia, on the other hand, were expected to top the table but were pushed to the second spot following a defeat against South Africa in the final match of the group stage.

Finishing league stage at the third spot in the pool table appears a whole lot easier than it really was because the team, at a point in time, won’t make it.

Australia further emerged victorious by a margin of 64 runs against England in their group stage clash which will be further motivation for the latter to emerge victorious.

Joe Root has been the man to watch out for in the English side, emerging as the highest run-getter with 500 runs in nine innings. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have further made their presence felt with the ball, accounting for wickets at regular intervals.

On the other hand, David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behendroff have been amongst the key performers for Australia. The two sides share a fierce rivalry and that will certainly add an edge to this vital clash.

Lineups:

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.