Birmingham | Jagran Sports Desk: England on Thursday defeated Australia by 8 wickets and entered the World Cup final for the first time in history. England needed just 224 runs to win and they achieved it in just 32.1 overs. 

For England, the star with the bat was Jason Roy who scored 85 runs off just 65 delivers and helped his team achieve the target in just 32 overs. He was well supported by Joe Root who scored 49 runs of 46 balls. Skipper Eoin Morgan also played well and scored 45 runs off 39 balls.  

The Australian team had won the toss and had elected to bat first but they bowled out by England for just 223. Former skipper Steve Smith played a good inning and as he rescued Australia after they lost three early wickets. 

Smith scored 85 off 119 deliveries. He was well supported by Alex Carey who scored 46 off 70 balls. For England, the pick of the bowlers was Chris Woakes. Woakes bowled beautifully and picked three wickets and gave just 20 runs in his eight overs.   

Woakes in his spell picked the wickets of Warner, Handscomb, and Starc. Woakes was well supported by Jofra Archer who got the big wicket of Australian skipper Aaron Finch. Spinner Adil Rashid also bowled well and picked up three wickets for 53 runs. He dismissed Carey, Stoinis, and Cummins.

This is the first time when England reached the finals of a World Cup. Now they would face New Zealand in the finals which will be played at Lords in London. 

Australia made just one change in their playing eleven, replacing Usman Khawaja with Peter Handscomb while England have fielded an unchanged side.

Playing XI:

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

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

Australia and England earlier faced each other in the league stage at Lords in London. Australia had won that match by 64 runs thanks to some brilliant bowling from Behrendorff who took five wickets. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma