Another collapse leaves Australia struggling at 157/6 after 35 overs
Birmingham: English spin bowler Adil Rashid dismissed Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis in the 28th over to put Austtralia in deeper trouble in the semi final at Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Thursday. Troubles deepened for Australia as Glenn Maxwell was softly dismissed after being caught by Eoin Morgan in a short delivery by Jofra Archer who claimed his second of the day.
The wickets were crucial as Smith and Carey were rebuilding Australian innings after a top order collapse. Carey came down the track and tried to smash Rashid over the fence through mid-wicket but the ball landed safely in the hands of Vince. The wicketkeeper scored 46 of 70 balls.
Just like captain Finch, all-rounder Stoinis could not open his account before he was given Lbw by Rashid. Later, Morgan’s decision to bring back Archer worked perfectly as he dismissed the dangerous Maxwell.
Australia were 157/6 after 35 overs with the run rate remaining well below 5.
Earlier, Australia suffered a top order collapse electing to bat first after winning the toss. Aaron Finch was the first to return to the pavilion golden duck with Jofra Archer getting the Australian captain leg before wicket (lbw) in his first delivery. Finch challenged the decision only to lose the review.
In the third over, David Warner edged the ball to Johny Bairstow in a Chris Woakes delivery. Four overs later, Peter Handscomb who came in for Usman Khawaja dragged the ball onto the stumps trying to drive Woakes through the cover region.
English pacers were keeping a good line and length making the Australian batsmen sweat if out for each run on the board.
The match turned bloody as Archer’s bouncer hit Carey on the helmet. The impact knocked the helmet off and Carey received a nasty cut on his right chin. The English players quickly surrounded Carey to check if he was alright.
Carey received treatment and continued playing with a bandaged chin. Later, he was strapped up across the head as blood kept seeping through the bandages on his chin.