Finch, Starc star as England down Australia

Aaron Finch led from the front as Australia register a comfortable 64-run win against England in the 32nd game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in London on Tuesday.

The day started with England winning the toss and opting to field first. Eoin Morgan and co. failed to make use of early conditions with the new-ball.

From there on, it was all Australia show as they dominated the proceedings, first with 123-run partnership for opening wicket between Aaron Finch and David Warner, and then 50-run partnership for the second-wicket between Finch and Khuwaja as Australians looked set to post more than 300 runs on the board.

But the fall of wickets in the later stages of the innings caused by medium-pacer Chris Woakes helped the home side in restricting England to 285 runs from their 50 overs.

Finch led from the front with the top score of 100 off 116 balls with the help of 11 fours and two sixes, whereas Warner scored 53 off 61 balls with the help of six boundaries.

For the home side, Chris Woakes was the star of the show as he finished with figures of 2 for 46 in his 10 overs.

In reply, England had a horrid start as they lost first four wickets for just 53 runs inside the first fourteen overs.

A 71-run partnership for the fifth-wicket between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler gave momentum to the innings, and a 53-run unbeaten partnership for the sixth-wicket between Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes gave the home side a momentarily sniff in the game. But all the effort went in vain as Starc and Behrendorff ran through the tail to see England get bundled out for 221 runs in 44.4 overs.

For Australia, left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff was the star of the show with five wickets to his name. Mitchell Starc also continued his good form with the bat and picked up four wickets in the game.

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