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Summary

  1. England top group with 100% record
  2. Defeat eliminates Australia
  3. Stokes 102* (108), Morgan 87 (81)
  4. Stokes & Morgan add 159 from 35-3
  5. Aus 277-9: Head 71*, Wood 4-33

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By Amy Lofthouse and Kal Sajad

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye...

Another rain-affected game at Edgbaston but there is very little doubt on who was going on to win this. Stellar performances with the ball, led by Mark Wood and Adil Rashid. At 35-3, England were in trouble, but captain Eoin Morgan played an important knock and Ben Stokes reminded us why he is such a gem.

However, there are still some major question marks on Jason Roy, who went cheaply once again.

You can watch highlights of this game on BBC Two at 22:30 BST this evening.

England will play the runners-up of Group B on Wednesday. On Sunday, we have a blockbuster game featuring India and South Africa, in what is essentially a quarter-final.

Until then, enjoy your Saturday night. Goodbye.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent on TMS

Australia have had some bad luck along the way but today is not in that category. They have been well beaten by England.

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Mohammad Rizwan: Australian players are not going to be able to negotiate a pay rise with this performance!

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

I would definitely stick with Jason Roy for the semi-final, because that might be the confidence boost for his game.

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Andy Zaltzman

BBC Test Match Special statistician

England hit eight sixes and 27 fours - that's 66% in boundaries, compared in their overall average of 50% in the past two seasons.

Of their past 17 home ODIs, England have won 14, lost two and tied one.

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Peter John Watson: Is that Australia out the tournament without finishing a game?

'Stokes the best in the world'

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

The thing for me was the audacious nature of the England response to being 35-3.

Ben Stokes at the moment looks as good as any player in the world. He's come back from the IPL in a bubble of confidence. For his own confidence, for his own stature on the world stage, this is the most significant knock of his career.

England win by 40 runs (DLS)

There we go, we have confirmation. England have beaten Australia by 40 runs on DLS.

They top Group A, Bangladesh second. Australia and New Zealand are heading home.

Who would have predicted that at the start of the tournament?

Right on cue, Swanny. I had these clips of Rashid all ready to go. The Yorkshire-man matched Wood with four wickets, ending with figures of 10-1-41-4

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Adil Rashid bowled beautifully. Sometimes injuries are a blessing in disguise - and Chris Woakes' injury is proving to be just that for Rashid.

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Sneaking in updates on the cricket while at a BBQ where I have been told to socialise; more "toilet breaks" than burgers going on!

Dave, Rugby

For those who may have missed it: Yes, Stokes was on fire, but here's how Mark Wood continued to impress with the ball earlier today, finishing with figures of 10-1-33-4

Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent on TMS

I can't see this game continuing now. It's such a sorry way for such an entertaining game to come to an end.

Here's the Ben Stokes flick that Virat Kholi described on Twitter as "one of the best shots I've seen for a while" ...

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Andy Zaltzman

BBC Test Match Special statistician

England have made 25 hundreds in 47 ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. By contrast, they made 22 in 88 ODIs between the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England have probably packed their bags already and are knocking on the referee's door.

The cut-off point for this game is 19:14 BST, but we should know well before that whether the players will be returning to the field.

Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer at Edgbaston

Skies looking grim above Edgbaston. Grey set in as far as the tired eye can see, the towers of the city centre obscured by low cloud. The wise might not wait this one out.

Umpires at Edgbaston
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Andy Zaltzman

BBC Test Match Special statistician

Ben Stokes' century came off 108 balls and contained two sixes and 13 fours - that's 64 runs in boundaries. It was his third ODI hundred and his highest score in ODIs - he was out twice for 101.

The rain seems to be heavier than anything we've seen so far today. As it stands, England and Bangladesh will make it through Group A and into the semi-finals.

Australia, like New Zealand, will be on that long flight home.

Swanny is spot on, this is up there with Ben Stokes' finest England performances ...

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Of all the moments Ben Stokes has had in an England shirt, this is the finest. What. A. Knock.

Rain stops play

Eng 240-4 (target 278)

I tempted fate with my rain comment a few posts ago. The players and officials have gone off. The DLS par score is 204. England are well ahead.

Rain delays play at Edgbaston
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Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

He kisses the badge on his helmet and the whole ground rises.

100 for Stokes

Match winning performance from the world's most expensive player (sort of). He rocks back and drives one through the covers for a boundary. What an innings, a player who is oozing confidence at the moment.

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Dave Wood: Adam Zampa mirrors Shane Warne in every department apart from his bowling. #aussiesgoinghome

Eng 236-4

Stokes 98, Buttler 29

Stokes now just two away from triple figures as he and Buttler negotiate four singles from Hazlewood's over. Australian fielders seem to be just going through the motions, not a smile among them. We have been so mesmerised by this England batting performance that we haven't mentioned the rain in a fair while.

Steve Smith
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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Buttler just smashed it - it hit the third tier and bounced back. That was a massive hit.

Eng 233-4

Stokes 96, Buttler 28

It certainly isn't that, Sarah. I hope you're enjoying your burger. To reinforce Sarah's point, Zampa bowls in the slot and Buttler smashes it 95metres straight past the bowler's head for six. 'Sweet Caroline' now the song of choice.

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Remember the last time a blonde leg-spinner came over to this country and made a massive impression? Yeah, this ain't that.

Sarah, in a burger restaurant

Eng 226-4

Target 220

Stokes has ever so slightly slowed down his innings, happy to ease his way to 100? Cummins goes for just three.

Luigi (brother of Mario, maker of pizza) is orchestrating the England fans in the crowd. My favourite fancy dress has to be the fellas dressed as wrestlers. They went all out, they committed to it. It's time for drinks. It's also time to have another look at that Maxwell drop.

Buttler has moved on to 21 from 21 balls since he arrived, including this brilliant four.

James Taylor

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

That sums up the last hour and a half for Australia - he clearly hasn't seen it.

Eng 214-4

Target 278

That's Starc done with his 10 for the day. One of the better Australia bowlers, he has gone for 52 runs with just the one wicket of Jason Roy.

The more I look at the Maxwell drop, the worse it gets.

Adam Collins

Test Match Special commentator

That was straight through Glenn Maxwell. Unbelievable scenes.

Buttler dropped on 12

Eng 207-4

Buttler cuts one to backward point, almost straight at Glenn Maxwell, who seems to lose sight of the ball. He moves out of the way and it goes through for four. Did he lose that through the crowd? Strange.

Eng 208-4

Eng need 70 runs from 90 balls

Stokes and Buttler content in finding the gaps and picking up the singles.

Australia could well be heading out but Adam Zampa has done himself proud this tournament. He's been economical, on non-turning wickets, and helped stop the flow of runs. We can forgive him for the dodgy barnet.

Here's how Eoin Morgan's tremendous innings came to an end ...

Eng 203-4

Stokes 86, Buttler 7

Shot! We saw some of this from Buttler in the IPL. Starc goes round the wicket and Buttler with a strong bottom hand drives it through the covers for a glorious four.

Three more easy singles picked up, seven from the over. 200 is up for England.

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Naveed Afzal: Woakes is a BIG loss and form of Roy concerns me. However, the depth is incredible and the confidence extremely high.

Eng 196-4

Target 278

So Jos Buttler comes in and can play with some freedom. The man with the golden arm in the last over, Adam Zampa, is brought back to the attack. The leggy does well, with five dot balls before Buttler guides it down to short fine leg for a single.