India and Australia men’s cricket teams, widely anticipated to win the Cricket World Cup 2019, topping the points table during the group matches, crashed during the semi-finals completed last night.
Both Indian and Australian top order batsmen, with top scores during the tournament being held in England, were out with single figure scores within the first few overs during the semi-finals, leaving New Zealand and England to contest the final to be held on Sunday 14 July.
Australia was thrashed last night (Sydney time) by England, during the second semi-final, winning by eight wickets within 33 overs of the 50 over game.
English seam bowlers Woakes and Archer between them got rid of the Australian top order while English spinner Adil Rashid destroyed the middle order taking two of the three wickets in the same over.
Earlier in the first semi-final between Australia and New Zealand extended into two days due to rain, New Zealand bowlers Henry and Boult removed top Indian batsmen, Rahul, Sharma and Kohli each scoring one run and finally New Zealand beating India by 18 runs in a thriller of a match.
- Note: The total points at the end of each group match are listed.