England have registered an 8-wicket win over Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 and sealed the spot in the final. However, their win came on the back of a great all-round performance by the bowlers as well as in-form opener Jason Roy.
Having asked to field first, they got off to a flying start as they dismissed Australia’s in-form openers, Aaron Finch and David Warner very cheaply. Steve Smith and Alex Carey tried to resurrect the innings but other batsmen failed to score big and eventually bowled out for 223.
It was an easy chase for England as their openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow both were in formidable form and they started off in a great manner. While Jason Roy took the charge, Bairstow supported him pretty well with timely boundaries, over-boundaries and rotating strikes. Both added 124 runs in 17.2 overs before Bairstow fell for 34.
However, Roy added 23 more runs before he was dismissed for 85 off 65, including 9 boundaries and 5 sixes. Although their run-chase was going smoothly, Jason Roy’s dismissal made the controversy as the umpire Kumar Dharmasena gave him out after wicketkeeper Alex Carey took the catch down the legside off Pat Cummins, but the batsman requested for a review.
But the problem was England had already used their review with an unsuccessful attempt to another opener Jonny Bairstow’s lbw dismissal for 34. After the request, the umpire confusingly and incorrectly asked for a review which Australia pointed out as his mistake.
Roy, on the other hand, believed the umpire should have signalled a wide ball instead of the dismissal and got furious. Later, he was ushered away from the crease by square leg umpire Marais Erasmus. Now, Jason Roy might have to face disciplinary action for this and foul languages. He was even seen clearly unhappy while making his way back to the pavilion
With this dissent at an umpire’s decision is an offence according to the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct and match referee Ranjan Madugalle could possibly take action on this. However, he is expected to be played on Sunday’s final against New Zealand at Lord’s.