Australia after being put to bat first at the iconic Lords managed to post a decent total of 285/7 in 50 overs. Once again a solid opening stand of 123 runs between Finch and Warner (53) ensured a good start to the innings. Aaron Finch brought up his 2nd World Cup hundred this time in a calmly dominating manner facing 116 deliveries in his knock of 100 runs. The rest of the batters chipped in with starts though if their middle order had fired, even a total of 350 was completely possible considering the good opening start provided by the openers. From the bowlers, Chris Woakes with 2/46 in 10 overs was the pick of the bowlers.
Chasing 286 at Lords was certainly going to be difficult as the due of the wicket changes in the 2nd innings and it was required from their main batsman to dodge the opening spells. However, Starc and Benhrendorff came up with venemous opening spells with scoreboard reading 26/3 and 53/4 in the 14th over. A big loss was quite inevitable for England but Stokes at no.5 almost did a Braithwaite hitting a hard fought 89 in 115 balls. Stokes received support with batters scoring 20’s from the other end but it just didn’t seem to be enough. The turning out point in the game was when Mitchell Starc delivered an unplayable yorker at 145kmph to dismiss Ben Stokes which eventually restricted England to 221 runs all out. Jason Behrendorff with 5/44 in 10 overs and Starc with 4/43 in 8.3 overs single handedly helped Australia win the match by 62 runs while skipper Finch for his solid hundred was declared ‘man of the match’
For a moment, Starc and Behrendorff took us into the glory days of Australia when they had the most dreaded & indomitable bowling line up in the world consisting of Brett Lee, Mcgrath, Tait, Warne and Gillespie in the same playing XI. Though the current bowling attack is not even 10% close to being that deadly as the earlier bowlers but if they keep bowling like this with the same aggression and discipline, soon they will be in the league of their predecessors and a World Cup trophy won’t be that far either!