Ben Stokes stunning century knocked out Australia from Champions Trophy

Vastavam web: Eoin Morgan said the potential of Ben Stokes is “through the roof” after having the best view in the house as the all-rounder’s stunning century helped England knock Australia out of the Champions Trophy.Australia, whose two previous games against New Zealand and Bangladesh were rained off, scored 277-9 from 50 overs with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid taking four wickets apiece and had reduced England to 35-3 in response.
But, after a brief rain break, Eoin Morgan (87) and Stokes (102 not out) dismantled the Australian attack, scoring freely in a partnership of 159 before Morgan was run out when closing in on his century.By the time a second rain interruption saw the game called off, England were 240 for four off 40.2 overs and won by 40 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.A previous rain break gave Morgan and Stokes time to assess their approach after a top-order collapse threatened to undo England’s earlier good work in restricting Australia to 277 for nine, with fast bowler Mark Wood taking an ODI best four for 33 and leg-spinner Adil Rashid four for 41.They are joined in the semi-finals by unfancied Bangladesh, who beat New Zealand in Group A on Friday.England’s captain Morgan said his side were close to their best in beating the reigning 50-over world champions.”This is a tournament you need to be at your best to win games of cricket,” he said.
After David Warner was dismissed for 21, Aaron Finch and Smith scored freely to race past 100.Finch struck eight boundaries in his 68 when Morgan took a superb catch off the bowling of Stokes, before Rashid had Moises Henriques (17) caught with Australia 161-3.Aaron Finch (68) and Smith (56) both got out when well set, with Travis Head’s unbeaten 71 insufficient to get Australia to a par score of 300.Smith denied a lack of time in the middle had been responsible for Australia’s comprehensive defeat.
The impressive Rashid dismissed Matthew Wade (2) and Mitchell Starc (0) in one over, and Pat Cummins (4) in his next as England finished superbly.After Wood claimed his fourth wicket, bowling Adam Zampa for a duck, Travis Head (71 not out) smashed two late sixes as Australia finished on 277-9.England’s response got off to a terrible start with out-of-form Roy (4), Alex Hales (0) and Joe Root (15) gone inside six overs as England slumped to 35-3 before the first rain break.The break helped England as the swashbuckling duo of Morgan and Stokes both completed confident fifties with a series of lusty blows to bring up their 100 partnership.