Australia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff on Tuesday produced a match-winning performance at the Lord’s cricket ground as he picked five wickets against England to lead the defending champions to a 64-run victory.
Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019 as they defended 285 by bowling England out for 221 in 44.4 overs with Behrendorff grabbing his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs while fellow left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc picked 4 wickets.
Behrendorff was playing just his second match in the tournament after the Sri Lanka game, but he made sure to make this opportunity count as he rattled the English batsmen in both his spells with swing and pace.
Mitchell Starc being Mitchell Starc. Plus some exceptional Australian fielding.
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After the match, Behrendorff’s Mumbai Indians teammate Mitchell McClenaghan revealed that an Omega watch was on the line for the left-arm fast bowler which actually led to his career-best performance in the match against England.
New Zealand fast bowler McClenaghan posted a Whatsapp conversation which took place between Behrendorff and Ben Cutting, in which the Australia all-rounder warned his teammate that he would not return Behrendorff’s Omega watch if he didn’t pick 5 wickets against England.
All three fast bowlers received an Omega watch after Mumbai Indians won the IPL for the fourth time this season and somehow Behrendorff’s watch is with Cutting.
“Dorff, if you don’t take 5 today I’m keeping your Omega,” Cutting told Behrendorff.
Thankfully, Behrendorff managed to live up to Cutting’s expectations and picked 5 for 44 against England.
“Phew, thanks mate,” Behrendorff replied to the message hours later after his match-winning performance.
Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) June 25, 2019
Australia on Tuesday, rode on captain Aaron Finch’s 100 to post 285 for 7 after being put into bat. David Warner (53), Alex Carey (38 not out) and Steve Smith (38) also made useful contributions to the total.
The Aussie left-arm quicks, Behrendorff and Starc, then ran through the famed English batting lineup picking 9 wickets for 87 runs between themselves to help Australia collect two points and move up to the first position in the table with 12 points from 7 matches.
Australia’s only loss in this tournament came against India in their third game of the campaign but since then they have gone from strength to strength, beating Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England in totally one-sided games to reach the last four of the competition.
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