Fast and furious Archer
England pacer Jofra Archer greeted Australia in their semi-final match with hostile fast bowling, which caused an ugly scene when one of his steep bouncers bloodied Australia’s Alex Carrey. In the last ball of the eighth over Archer bowled a nasty bouncer and despite his best efforts, Carrey couldn’t get himself away from the ball’s line and got hit in the helmet. The impact detached Carey’s helmet instantly and cut on his chin. Carrey instantly called for medical treatment, and braved out the cut to play a 46-run innings.
Buttler does a Guptill
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler reminded of the fielding heroics in the 1st semi-final from New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, by conducting a crucial run-out to end Australia’s last hope in the innings. Buttler, similar to Guptill, has not had the best time in the ongoing World Cup, with just 253 runs in eight innings. But Buttler made up for shortcomings on Thursday when he ran-out a well set Smith with a direct hit at the bowlers end when the batsman was scampering for a leg bye. He snuck the ball between Smith’s legs to send the batter packing and Australia managed to add just six runs after his dismissal.
England opener Jason Roy seemed to be on a hurry to chase down Australia’s meagre target and bring up his second hundred in the World Cup along the way, but his innings came to an abrupt end owing to an error from the on-field umpire, much to the dismay of the batsman. In the 20th over Roy tried to pull a short ball heading to the leg side off Pat Cummins, but couldn’t connect. Australian keeper Alex Carrey grabbed the ball and all the Australian fielders went up for a loud appeal. And to Roy’s disbelief, umpire gave it out. Roy was visibly unhappy with the call and didn’t want to leave his crease. But Jonny Bairstow had already used up the review so he had no other choice but to get off the field.
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