Stokes smashes blazing ton sets up comfortable win for England against Ashes rivals Australia

Australia produced an erratic display with the ball at Edgbaston to crash out of the Champions Trophy 2017 after England cruised towards another comfortable win to finish unbeaten in Group A. Australia batted first as they managed to get 277 runs on the board courtesy of Travis Head’s unbeaten 71 runs. The World Champions got off to good start as Aaron Finch and Steve Smith put on a good partnership but the duo fell in quick succession to see Australia put up a below-par score against England on a placid pitch.

England did not get off to a perfect start as they slumped to 35 for 3 with Josh Hazlewood producing splendid deliveries to dismiss Alex Hales and Joe Root. Morgan came to the crease and had a slice of luck early in his innings as Matthew Wade dropped a tough chance. Australia erred in lengths after rain interruption as Morgan with Ben Stokes did not shy away of playing their shots. Stokes was belligerent with the bat as he smashed Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood to all parts of the ground. Adam Zampa was not brought into the attack earlier as England batsmen made merry of the pace-attack bowling too short on a pitch that did not offer much with the ball.

Morgan formed 159 run partnership with Stokes as they smoked 23 fours in the process. Both notched up their half centuries but Morgan was dismissed for 87 runs. Stokes carried on the charge with the bat picking up regular boundaries while Buttler complemented him well at the other end. Stokes went onto his third century of his one day career but heavy rains slashed across the ground with England well ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis method. The intermittent rains meant England were declared winners of the game by 40 runs via DLS method.

Earlier in the game, Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first. David Warner and Aaron Finch put on 46 runs for the opening wicket. Mark Wood dismissed Warner with a peach of a delivery to see Australia lose their first wicket. Finch played well along with Smith but both got out after scoring half centuries. Travis Head’s late surge with the bat helped Australia produced a good score in the board.

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