England trounce Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

England trounce Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

Australia´s first-ever World Cup semi-final defeat, after seven previous victories at this stage, shattered the five-time champions´ hopes of reaching the final for the sixth time in the past seven editions.

"Totally outplayed today, the way they had us 27 for three after 10 overs set the tone", Finch said after Australia's first loss in a World Cup semi-final.

England have reached their first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years by trouncing defending champions Australia by eight wickets, ensuring there will be a first-time victor of the sports biggest prize following the clash against New Zealand on Sunday.

England, who last made the final in 1992 when they lost to Pakistan, will meet 2015 runners-up New Zealand on Sunday at Lord's where new champions will be crowned.

Later, captain, Eoin Morgan, and Joe Root chipped in with 45 and 49-run unbeaten cameos to take England home in 32.1 overs with eight wickets in hand.

"Today was close to a ideal performance, right from the two bowlers up front", Morgan said.

Earlier, Aaron Finch's decision to bat appeared to backfire with Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer blowing away the Australian top order. We had to take our chances and bowl them out.

Openers Roy (85 off 65) and Jonny Bairstow (34 off 43) shared a 124-run stand, their fourth century stand in a row, to do bulk of the job for their team after the bowlers put up an all-round show to dismiss Australia for 223 despite a valiant effort from Steve Smith (85). And it was the very first ten overs of the game in which the semi-final was lost, Australia left dazed, confused and nearly down at 27 for 3.

Till past year, Australia were looking down and out.

"So there was quite a drastic change in the way we played and the way we looked at playing our 50-over cricket".

"I think New Zealand throughout the whole tournament has been probably the hardest side to beat and the best side in the group stages", said Morgan.

Woakes admitted England's stars had been nervous ahead of their country's first World Cup semi-final since 1992, but they quickly banished the butterflies with a blistering start.

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