November 4, 2023

Cricket World Cup LIVE: Stokes outsmarted by Zampa, Australia on top

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3.05am

Zampa gets rid of Moeen as Australia close in

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Moeen and Woakes find the boundary a couple of times from Cummins, but Zampa is proving almost impossible to get away.

Moeen tries to clear the boundary at midwicket but can’t get clean contact on an overspinning leg break and skies the slog sweep to Warner, who celebrates with typical exuberance.

Zampa is now the outright leading wicket-taker at this tournament, and he is also the first bowler in World Cup history to take three or more wickets in five consecutive matches.

Believe it or not, it was also the first delivery after a ball change – the drier ball may just have gripped a little more.

ENGLAND 7-186 chasing 287

2.46am

Zampa outsmarts Stokes

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Ben Stokes exclaims ‚ÄúNo!‚ÄĚ before the ball has even settled into the hands of Stoinis at short fine leg.

Stokes will see it as his own mistake, but in truth he has been outmanoeuvred by Zampa, Australia’s middle overs go-to bowler.

After he is unable to get to the pitch of Zampa from the first two balls of the over, Stokes is delivered a ball on leg stump to cramp him further and shape a shot towards the waiting Stoinis.

Australia, having seen the back of Stokes through some smart cricket, can feel much more certain of eventual victory in Ahmedabad.

Cummins adds to that feeling by cornering Liam Livingstone and having him well caught by the substitute Sean Abbott from a harried pull shot.

ENGLAND 6-174 chasing 287

2.31am

Stokes flips into destruction mode

Having struggled with his timing and at times with his knee, Stokes decides it is time to have a crack at the target.

Ben Stokes goes for it.Credit: Getty

He clatters Starc and Head for sixes, prompting Moeen Ali to punch Hazlewood down the ground for his own boundary. With the dew on the ground getting more substantial, conditions will get better for batting.

Moeen carries on when Cummins has to bowl Stoinis, because Zampa has been off the field too long to bowl the next over, glancing and pulling boundaries. The Australians are looking a little more tense than they would like to be.

ENGLAND 4-162 chasing 287

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1.57am

Zampa gets Buttler for the fifth time

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Where Adil Rashid has enjoyed bowling to Steve Smith, Adam Zampa has had much the same dominance over Buttler.

After keeping Buttler quiet in his first over facing him, Zampa tempted England’s captain with something a little floatier, tempting a lofted drive that is ever so slightly miscued to long off.

That’s the fifth time Zampa has dismissed Buttler, and Australia’s celebrations are jubilant Рtwo wickets for three runs.

ENGLAND 4-106 chasing 287

1.44am

Malan falls after Stokes unfurls

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It’s a sight that Australians have come to view warily. Stokes unwinding with a big shot and then reeling away in pain from his knee Рhe has admitted it will need surgery as soon as England’s World Cup campaign is done.

This time it was Travis Head on the receiving end, but what followed was much better for Australia. Stokes tried it again next ball and very nearly dragged onto the stumps.

Travis Head catches Dawid Malan.Credit: Getty

Next over Cummins brought himself back on, and coaxed a skier out of Malan to end his innings at 50 and the partnership at a burgeoning 84 – already the biggest of the match.

ENGLAND 3-103 chasing 287

1.01am

Malan, Stokes start England’s rebuild

After Starc is withdrawn from the attack, conditions start to ease for England’s key pair of Malan and Ben Stokes.

Malan hits a majestic six over square leg off Hazlewood, and also finds the boundary against Cummins. Zampa is introduced for the 12th over, and he concedes only a single as Stokes struggles to find his timing.

Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes.Credit: AP

Meanwhile in Bengaluru, Pakistan have been declared winners against New Zealand on run rate calculations after the game was ended early by rain.

Remarkably, by squeezing ahead of New Zealand after the Black Caps hammered 401 batting first, Pakistan have kept themselves in contention for the semi-finals. That also means England still have the slimmest of chances, too.

ENGLAND 2-69 chasing 287

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12.29am

Root out after Labuschagne drives review

For years, it seems, Marnus Labuschagne has been the boy who cried wolf when it came to decision reviews.

This time, however, he gets one right. Starc angles across Root, there is a noise Labuschagne but few others hear, and after his extensive agitation, Pat Cummins decides to use Australia‚Äôs last review. ‚ÄúHuge noise,‚ÄĚ is Labuschagne‚Äôs verdict.

Replays confirm the telltale spike on Snicko or Ultra Edge, and Root has to go. The Australians embrace Labuschagne with plenty of enthusiasm.

ENGLAND 2-20 chasing 287

12.16am

Root dropped by Stoinis

Starc is hooping the new ball and Joe Root gets another reprieve when he mistimes a cover drive, only to see Marcus Stoinis drop the chance. Certainly should have been taken.

Starc then bowls a beauty that swerves away to turn Dawid Malan inside out. Malan is understandably eager to get off strike and nearly runs himself out taking a tight single.

ENGLAND 1-14 chasing 287

12.02am

Bairstow out first ball for England

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Mitchell Starc has been fading the new ball down the leg side often this World Cup.

Against England this turns out to be exactly the right ball to get Jonny Bairstow, who tickles a glance into the gloves of a diving Josh Inglis.

Mitchell Starc gets Jonny Bairstow.Credit: Getty

Australia’s players react with a combination of celebration and laughter. They are more fevered three balls later when Joe Root is pinned in front Рbut ball-tracking shows the delivery would have gone over the top of the leg stump.

The Australians are wearing black armbands out of respect for the passing of Mitch Marsh’s grandfather Ross, who died on Friday. Marsh is currently at home with his family to mourn.

ENGLAND 1-8 chasing 287

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yesterday 11.27pm

Zampa, Starc wriggle Australia past 280

Adam Zampa once said that if he had to come in to bat for Australia it meant the innings had not gone too well, but in Ahmedabad his late innings runs were vital in the fight to secure a victory that would shore up the team’s World Cup place.

Adam Zampa.Credit: AP

Arriving at the crease at 8-247, Zampa added a priceless 38 runs with Mitchell Starc, helped by a hearty slice of good fortune.

The concern for Australia will be about how much better they might have faired with some more substantial innings and partnerships. No-one bettered Marnus Labuschagne’s 71, and no partnership was worth more than 75.

As far removed as this World Cup and format are from Tests, the sense of missed opportunity with the bat was similar to that felt by Australia in the latter half of the Ashes series in England.

AUSTRALIA 286 ALL OUT

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