November 5, 2023

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

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Australia win five in a row, England out


Rashid skies Hazlewood’s first ball of the penultimate over and Inglis does the rest to seal Australia’s fifth consecutive win.

Adam Zampa celebrates the wicket of Moeen Ali with David Warner.Credit: Getty

England’s defeat marks their formal elimination from the tournament they won in 2019, and at the bottom of the table they risk missing qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy to be contested by the top eight teams at this event.

Adam Zampa was player of the match: “It was about summing up conditions,” he said post-match. “Thought we put up a competitive total, the ground got really wet. For me, length control, attacking the stumps, trying to read the batter. Probably came out as well as it ever has tonight.”

Australia’s next game is in Mumbai against Afghanistan, where both Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh will be back and available for selection.

ENGLAND 253 lose to AUSTRALIA by 33 runs


Zampa claims a ripping catch

Zampa has done it all this evening. Runs, key wickets and now a superb catch to end a pesky stand between Willey and Woakes.

Hazlewood drops short, Willey tries to clear the boundary and Zampa runs in from fine leg to claim the catch – it sticks firmly in his right hand.

It is getting increasingly difficult to bowl and the outfield is now lightning quick with the help of the dew. Zampa’s catch will calm what nerves remain.

ENGLAND 8-218 chasing 287


Zampa gets rid of Moeen as Australia close in


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

Adam Zampa celebrates the wicket of Moeen Ali with David Warner.Credit: Getty

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. Zampa finishes with 3-21, the most economical figures by an Australian bowler at a World Cup since 2003.

ENGLAND 7-186 chasing 287


Zampa outsmarts Stokes


Ben Stokes exclaims “No!” 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


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


Zampa gets Buttler for the fifth time


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 – two wickets for three runs.

ENGLAND 4-106 chasing 287


Malan falls after Stokes unfurls


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 – he 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


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


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’s last review. “Huge noise,” is Labuschagne’s 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


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

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