England Beat Australia in ICC Champions Trophy, Match Abandoned Due to Weather

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 10:  Eoin Morgan (L) and Ben Stokes of England during the fourth wicket stand  during the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Australia at Edgbaston on June 10, 2017 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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England beat Australia by 40 runs in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Saturday to deny their bitter rivals a place in the semi-finals, with the match having to be abandoned late in the second innings due to the weather.

Australia set a total of 277 for nine, but after a rocky start in which they lost three wickets in the first six overs, England racked up a total of 240 for four—thanks largely to Ben Stokes' centurybefore rain ended play with 10 overs remaining.

Their win ensures Bangladesh will finish second in Group A ahead of Australia and therefore enter the semi-finals of the competition.

England got off to a promising start with ball in hand when they took David Warner for 21 runs in the eighth over, before the batsman was able to build any significant momentum.

Aaron Finch and Steve Smith soon steadied the ship for Australia, though. They hit 68 and 56 apiece with 13 fours between them, and after 27 overs Australia were 160 for two.

Travis Head continued where the pair left off and finished on 71 not out, which included two sixes—making him the only Australian to hit one. Former Australia captain Michael Clarke was impressed:

However, he was unable to form any meaningful partnerships as his side's lower order collapsed spectacularly in the final 10 overs, with Adil Rashid and Mark Wood producing an outstanding effort with ball in hand, both finishing on four wickets each.

The latter saw Maxwell dismissed in the 43rd over before Rashid took both Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc in the following over. Rashid then oversaw Pat Cummins' departure in the 46th, and Wood returned to the action in the 47th to remove Adam Zampa.

He and Starc each went for ducks, while Wade, Cummins and Josh Hazlewood managed just seven runs between them.

The Guardian's Ali Martin hailed Rashid:

Meanwhile, the ICC demonstrated just how impressive Wood's stint with the ball was:

England endured a nightmare start to their innings, though, as they lost Jason Roy and Alex Hales in the first two overs to leave them six for two.

It got even worse for them when Hazlewood—who also dismissed Hales—made it 35 for three with a superb delivery that Joe Root could only edge to Wade.

However, the introduction of Eoin Morgan and Stokes would transform the contest. The pair put together a deadly partnership, with the England captain racking up 87 runs from 81 balls and Stokes 102 from 109.

Former England captain Michael Vaugan lauded praise on Stokes, while Indian cricket legend Virat Kohli admired a particularly stunning four:

A Jos Buttler 29 after Morgan was eventually run out by Zampa gave England a sufficiently high total that when the heavens opened and the match had to be abandoned, they were awarded the win to seal Australia's fate.

 

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