Australia defeated England by 64 runs at Lord's to become the first team to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. (Image credit: Getty Images)
England has chosen to bowl against Australia and they are unchanged. Australia, on the other hand, havve included Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon, with the offspinner playing in his first match in the World Cup. David Warner and Aaron Finch continued their great runs in the tournament. Finch notched up his 25th fifty while Warner also slammed his 20th fifty. The opening partnership went past 100. Although Warner fell for 53, Aaron Finch carried on the good work and blasted his 15th century. England fought back in the death overs as they took wickets at regular intervals but Alex Carey smashed a lovely cameo as Australia ended on 285/7. In response, Mitchell Starc ripped out the England top order while Jason Behrendorff took his maiden five-wicket haul. Ben Stokes provided some fight but was undone by a brutal yoker from Starc. Australia has become the first team to qualify for the semi-final while England face an uphill struggle to enter the semi-finals. (SCORECARD)
22:37 hrs IST: Rashid falls to Starc and the left-arm pacer takes his fourth wicket. Australia beat England by 64 runs and win for the sixth time out of eight encounters in the World Cup. Thus, Englan's winless streak against Australia has extended by four more years.
22:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Behrendroff takes his maiden five-wicket haul and England are closing in on defeat. Brilliant stuff. Ends with 5/44. Australia are one wicket away from a win.
22:26 hrs IST: Starc concedes little in his eighth over. England are 210/8 in 43 overs, need 76 off 42 balls.
22:19 hrs IST:WICKET! Brilliant catch from Maxwell. Behrendorff bowls full and Woakes hits it to the deep midwicket fence, Maxwell runs to his left, takes the catch close to the boundary but realises he is going over the boundary, he leaps and flicks the ball back to Finch who takes it. Australia two wickets away from win.
22:16 hrs IST: Rashid slams a six but Lyon concedes few runs. England need more big hits. Starc has three remaining. After 41 overs, England are 200/7, need 86 off 54 balls.
22:11 hrs IST: FOUR and WICKET! Moeen creams a four but Behrendorff gets the delivery to kick up from the deck and the left-hander edges it to Carey. Australia three wickets away from a spot in the semi-final.
22:06 hrs IST: Total pace and hostility from Starc. He concedes just one run and England are 184/6 after 39 overs. The run-rate is near 10.
22:02 hrs IST: Cummins bowls a tight over and after 38 overs, England are 183/6.
21:57 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Starc. He is a freak. He bowls the yorker and Stokes does not get the bat down in time, he loses it and he misses out on ton. After 37 overs, England 177/6.
21:50 hrs IST: After 36 overs, ENG 174/5
21:40 hrs IST: Just two runs from the 33rd over, England is 147/5
21:29 hrs IST: Stokes keeps England in the game with two sixes off Maxwell. England are 141/5 after 31 overs.
21:27 hrs IST: Marcus Stoinis concedes just one run. The pressure is building. Stokes has to step up a gear. England are 129/5 after 30 overs.
21:23 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell is into the attack and England are 128/5 after 29 overs.
21:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive moment in the match. Short ball from Stoinis and Buttler short-arm pulls it to deep backward square leg, Khawaja runs to his right and takes the catch close to the boundary. England 124/5 after 27.2 overs.
21:13 hrs IST: Stokes and Buttler are calmly negotiating the Australian bowlers but Stokes is hobbling a bit. Possibly due to cramp. England are 122/4 in 27 overs.
21:06 hrs IST: 18th FIFTY for Stokes and England are staying afloat. Buttler ends the over in style with a brilliant four down the ground. After 26 overs, England are 117/4.
21:02 hrs IST: Stokes effortlessly chips Lyon straight down the ground for a boundary but the offspinner bounces back with four good balls.
20:57 hrs IST: Stokes sweeps Lyon to the deep square leg region for a boundary. After 23 overs, England are 102/4.
20:53 hrs IST: Stoinis requests Cummins to take a review and it is a wasted one as Buttler is struck outside the line of off stump. Next ball, he really survives a run-out. Buttler is living dangerously. After 22 overs, England are 97/4.
20:47 hrs IST: Pat Cummins bowls a tight over. After 21 overs, England are 93/4.
20:42 hrs IST: Stokes creams a boundary off Marcus Stoinis as England score eight runs in his first over. After 20 overs, England are 91/4.
20:38 hrs IST: Stokes creams a boundary off Cummins but it is still a good over for Australia. After 19 overs, England are 83/4.
20:34 hrs IST: The partnership between Stokes and Buttler is steadying England. After 18 overs, England are 79/4.
20:29 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon is troubling both Stokes and Buttler but England still make progress. After 17 overs, England are 72/4.
20:26 hrs IST: Mitchell Starc is back into the attack and Jos Buttler creams a boundary to extra cover. England are 65/4 after 16 overs.
20:22 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon is building the pressure and England are 57/4 ater 15 overs.
20:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Terrible shot from Jonny Bairstow and England are in bigger trouble. Short ball from Behrendorff and Bairstow finds the man at deep midwicket where Cummins takes a good catch near the boundary. England are 53/4 after 13.5 overs, Bairstow gone for 27.
20:08 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon is into the attack now and England have notched up the fifty. Ben Stokes and Bairstow are key. After 12.3 overs, England are 51/3.
20:01 hrs IST: After being bogged down, Ben Stokes dances down the track and slams a drive to the deep extra cover boundary. England are 43/3 after 11 overs.
19:56 hrs IST: Bairstow holds the key now for England as he creams a drive to extra cover off Behrendorff and then flicks Cummins to the deep square leg fence. England are 39/3 after 10 overs.
19:48 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER! Pat Cummins bowls a maiden over as England continued to struggle. After eight overs, England are 30/3.
19:43 hrs IST: Bairstow gets going with a boundary to the long off region and England are 30/3 after seven overs.
19:37 hrs IST: WICKET! England in dire straits now. Short ball on middle and leg stump, Morgan top-edges the pull and the catch is taken at fine leg by Pat Cummins. After 5.5 overs, England are 26/3, Morgan out for 4
19:31 hrs IST: Morgan gets off the mark with a boundary as he blasts Behrendorff down the ground. After five overs, England are 21/2.
19:25 hrs IST: Mitchell Starc removes Joe Root at 8, England in big trouble now. After 3.3 overs, ENG is 15/2
19:20 hrs IST: Just 4 runs off the over, England is 15/1 after 3 overs
19:15 hrs IST: Mitchell Starc gives 7 runs in his first over, ENG is 11/1 after 2 overs
19:10 hrs IST: After 1 over, ENG 4/1 with Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root at crease
19:06 hrs IST: OUT! on the second ball, James Vince departs on a DUCK, Behrendorff picks the wicket
19:05 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow and James Vince comes out to bat
18:37 hrs IST: Alex Carey slams a couple of boundaries and Australia reach 285/7. This is a good total. England will be feeling the pressure a bit.
18:32 hrs IST: Alex Carey strikes a couple of boundaries off Jofra Archer as his poor day ends. Australia are 274/7 after 49 overs.
18:22 hrs IST: WICKET! Mark Wood bowls a good over after conceding a boundary first ball to Carey but Woakes gets the wicket of Pat Cummins as he edges a full ball to Jos Buttler and Australia stumble further in the death overs. Australia 259/7 after 47.1 overs.
18:14 hrs IST: WICKET! That is a massive blow and Smith is absolutely fuming. Woakes bowls a full ball and Smith mistimes the lofted shot and Jofra Archer at long on takes the catch. Australia are 250/6 after 45.4 overs.
18:10 hrs IST: Alex Carey and Smith are making excellent progress and Australia are 248/5 after 45 overs.
18:06 hrs IST: Smith thumps a boundary off a short ball to deep midwicket off Woakes and Australia are 242/5 after 44 overs.
18:01 hrs IST: Smith continues to make good progress and Australia are 233/5 after 43 overs.
17:56 hrs IST: WICKET! Absolute chaos and Stoinis is sold down the river. Smith drives a flighted delivery to widish mid off and Stoinis thinks about a second, but Smith sends him back but Stoinis keeps on running. Australia are 228/5 after 42 overs.
17:52 hrs IST: Stoinis gets going with a boundary off Mark Wood as Australia reach 222/4 after 41 overs.
17:48 hrs IST: Another tight over from Adil Rashid and Australia are 215/4 after 40 overs.
17:45 hrs IST: Excellent over from Mark Wood and England will be looking to restrict Australia in the death overs. Australia are 213/4 after 39 overs.
17:40 hrs IST: WICKET! This is the problem with Maxwell. After an aggressive start, he throws it away. Maxwell looks to ramp a shortish delivery and the edge is taken by Jos Buttler. Australia are 213/4 after 38.2 overs.
17:37 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell has started like a train. He clobbers a six over deep midwicket for a 97-meter six and then thrashes a one-bounce four over deep midwicket. Australia are 212/2 after 38 overs.
17:34 hrs IST: Steve Smith thumps a straight drive to the long on fence and steers Mark Wood to the third man fence for two consecutive boundaries as Australia are 200/3 after 37 overs.
17:26 hrs IST: CENTURY and WICKET! Aaron Finch blasts his 15th century but he departs immediately next ball as he falls for 100. Australia are 185/3 after 35.3 overs.
17:22 hrs IST: Smith, in fact, gets plenty of boos from the Lord's crowd. Well, that did not last long. Australia are 183/2 after 35 overs.
17:18 hrs IST: Good over from Jofra Archer as Finch manages just three runs. He is crawling towards a hundred. Australia are 178/2 after 34 overs.
17:13 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is bowling with pace and England sense an opening. Australia are 175/2 after 33 overs.
17:10 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Stokes and he is pumped up. Full ball angled across and it nips back in off the slope, Khawaja looks to work it to the leg side but gets cleaned up. Usman Khawaja b Ben Stokes 23, Australia are 173/2 after 32.2 overs.
17:07 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from Finch as he crunches a flighted delivery from Rashid to the deep extra cover fence and he nears his century. After 32 overs, Australia are 173/1.
17:04 hrs IST: Good hostile over from Stokes and Australia are 166/1 after 31 overs.
17:00 hrs IST: Finch and Khawaja are rotating the strike and Australia are 162/1 after 30 overs.
16:56 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is bowling at the other end and he is trying to get the breakthrough. Finch and Khawaja are making good progress. Australia are 158/1 after 29 overs.
16:50 hrs IST: England continue to be sloppy in the field and Finch gets another boundary to third man. Jos Buttler misses a stumping off Usman Khawaja and the batsman hurts Rashid by thumping a boundary to the off side. Australia are 152/1 after 27.2 overs.
16:47 hrs IST: Joe Root fumbles at wide long off and Finch gets a couple. Australia are 141/1 after 26 overs.
16:45 hrs IST: SIX! Finch releases the pressure in style by blasting a lofted shot over long on for his second maximum. After 25 overs, Australia are 138/1.
16:42 hrs IST: Rashid and Moeen are pulling things back slightly but Australia are still in a strong position. They are 129/1 after 24 overs.
16:37 hrs IST: WICKET! Soft dismissal. Moeen gets the ball to spin away sharply outside off, Warner checks his short and he ends up chipping it to point where Joe Root takes the catch. Australia are 123/1 after 22.4 overs, Warner gone for 53.
16:34 hrs IST: Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are bowling some tight overs. England are desperately searching for a wicket. Australia 114/0 after 22 overs.
16:31 hrs IST: Finch and Warner are making serene progress and Australia are 112/0 after 21 overs.
16:28 hrs IST: After Finch, Warner gets into the act as he blasts his 20th fifty. Cannot see or hear any spectators booing. Lord's crowd is slightly better than the rest of England. After 20 overs, Australia are 110/0.
16:24 hrs IST: Finch continues his magnificent form as he blasts his 25th fifty. What a purple patch this is. Australia are 105/0 after 18.4 overs.
16:19 hrs IST: England are becoming slightly sluggish in the field as Australia collect some bonus runs. Australia are 90/1 in 17 overs.
16:13 hrs IST: Finch thumps Mark Wood for a couple of boundaries as he nears yet another fifty. What form the Australian skipper is in. Australia are 83/0 after 16 overs.
16:08 hrs IST: Warner and Finch have stitched together their fifth consecutive fifty-plus opening stand in the 2019 World Cup. Australia are 75/0 after 15 overs.
16:02 hrs IST: Warner thumps a pull shot over Moeen Ali while Finch gets another boundary. Australia are finding the boundaries on a regular basis and they are 71/0 after 14 overs.
15:58 hrs IST: Finch gets a boundary to mid on and then neatly punches the straight drive over mid0off for two boundaries. Australia are making a move on and they are 59/0 after 13 overs.
15:54 hrs IST: The 50-run partnership is up between Finch and Warner. This is a good platform. Finch tickles Wood to the fine leg fence and Australia are 50/0 after 12 overs.
15:50 hrs IST: Both Warner and Finch have weathered the early juice that was there on the wicket. Mark Wood is into the attack now. Australia are 45/0 after 11 overs.
15:45 hrs IST: Warner is growing in confidence as he smacks Archer for a boundary to deep extra cover. After 10 overs, Australia are 44/0.
15:39 hrs IST: Archer and Woakes are bowling in the right areas and Australia are making steady progress. After nine overs, they are 36/0.
15:37 hrs IST: Archer is nipping the ball back in but Warner is getting behind the line and he flicks it to the deep midwicket fence for three runs. Australia are 35/0 after eight overs.
15:32 hrs IST: England appeal not once but twice for an LBW. One appeal is considered but DRS shows that the ball is clipping the stumps and it is umpire's call. The next appeal is not considered. Australia are 32/0 after seven overs.
15:27 hrs IST: DROPPED! Archer bowls a full ball outside off and then Finch goes for the drive but James Vince drops the catch. Australia are 26/0 after six overs.
15:22 hrs IST: Woakes bowls the delivery short and Finch thumps the pull to the deep midwicket fence for a boundary. Australia are 23/0 after five overs.
15:18 hrs IST: Jofra Archer bowls short and then Warner clubs a short ball to the deep square leg boundary. Australia are 18/0 after four overs.
15:13 hrs IST: Woakes is troubling Warner immensely with the seam movement both in and out of the pitch. The left-hander gets going with a couple to deep backward point for a couple but it was a streaky outside edge. Australia are 13/0 after three overs.
15:09 hrs IST: Jofra Archer is welcomed to the crease with a boundary as Finch latches on to a full ball outside off and creams it to the deep extra cover region. Australia are 11/0 after two overs.
15:04 hrs IST: Chris Woakes is getting some swing both in the air and off the deck. Finch hangs his bat out and gets an edge that flies over the slips. Australia are 5/0 after the first over.
14:53 hrs IST: We are just getting some news that Brian Lara, the former West Indies great, has been admitted to global hospital in Parel, Mumbai apparently complaining of chest pains. One hopes that he gets well soon.
14:39 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sides
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
England (Playing XI): James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
14:36 hrs IST: England opt to bowl against Australia. Eoin Morgan's side is unchanged while Jason Behrendorff is in the side along with Nathan Lyon for Australia. No Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
14:28 hrs IST: Conditions are overcast and the pitch on offer is a green wicket. There will be swing and seam on this wicket.
14:27 hrs IST: England has suffered yet another injury scare with Jofra Archer complaining of stifeness in his side. With Jason Roy already out for this match, England cannot afford any other injury losses. Australia, on the other hand, has fewer problems.
14:23 hrs IST: A warm welcome to this epic encounter between England and Australia from Lord's. A loss for England will make their path to the semi-final tougher. They have not beaten Australia since the 1992 World Cup while their old rivals have won their last three encounters. Can England win after 27 years against Australia?