ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Australia’s semi-final hopes dim as England restrict them to 277
Travis Head propelled Australia to a respectable 277 for nine with his fiery unbeaten 71-run knock after England’s Mark Wood and Adil Rashid caused a batting collapse in a crucial Group A Champions Trophy here on Saturday. Put into bat, Aaron Finch (68) and Steve Smith (56) blasted twin half centuries at the top, while Head scored an unbeaten fifty down the order after England decided to bowl.
Seamer Wood (4/33) and spinner Rashid (4/41) snapped four wickets each, while Ben Stokes (1/49) took one wicket at Edgbaston in Birmingham. In their must-win encounter, World Champions Australia lost opener David Warner (21) in the eighth over when he edged a Wood delivery and was caught by wicket-keeper Jos Butler.
Finch and Smith then dug their heels and ensured Australia don’t suffer any more hiccups and brought up the first 50 runs in 8.5 overs. The duo rotated the strike well and picked up odd boundaries to guide Australia across the 100-mark in 18 overs.
Meanwhile, Finch completed his 50 off 47 balls in the 17th over with the help of seven fours. But he became a victim of Stokes in the 23rd over when a miscued shot was smartly taken by Eoin Morgan, …read more