England beats Australia to reach first World Cup final since 1992

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Birmingham: Cricket World Cup semi-final match between Australia and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham (PTI photo)

Birmingham: Cricket World Cup semi-final match between Australia and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham (PTI photo)

England entered their first World Cup final since 1992 after defeating five-time champions Australia by eight wickets after a fearless knock from Jason Roy on Thursday.

Chasing 224 in a World Cup semifinal was not expected to be a walk in the park but England made it just that with an aggressive approach that has become synonymous with them over the past four years.

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).

Joe Root (49 not out off 46) and captain Eoin Morgan (45 not out off 39) knocked off the remaining runs to complete a famous win in just 32.1 overs. England, who lost three World Cup finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992, now have a golden opportunity to win the elusive crown with a victory against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday.

Steamrolling Australia in a big game is a rare occurrence but the hosts managed to do that. It was Australia’s first ever loss in a World Cup semifinal.

(PTI)