Australia Back in Action to Thrash England by 59 Runs in Southampton ODI

September 03 23:40 2015

australiaNew Delhi, Friday, September 4 – At the Rose Bowl, Southampton, Australian skipper Steven Smith won the toss and opt to bat first on Thursday. They, in fact, made best use of it and this got proved with the kind of show presented by most of their batsmen, who arrived on the crease with required preparations.

The opening duo Joe Burns and David Warner fell short to Adil Rashid but played knocked of 44 runs in 53 balls (4 x 5) and 59 runs in 67 balls (4 x 6), respectively. The 27-year-old Rashid did not stop here. He even took wickets of Smith when he was just 6 runs away to pocket a half-century. But before leaving the 22 yards pitch, the young captain ensured he keeps the momentum up. Three boundaries and a six were the highlights of Smith’s innings, which was played at a strike rate of 81.5.

George Bailey got his leg before wickets in Adil’s delivery. With a six and four, 23 runs were scored by him in just 16 balls. Glenn Maxwell struck a six and hopes were definitely up from the right-handed batsman as he usually houses the potential to send most of the deliveries towards the fences. Bowling change a trick and Mark Wood got his wicket that slowed pace of attaining runs to a certain extent. Shane Watson’s dismissal at 6 runs being a run out victim. But the real best was yet to come from wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade, who chose to be hard hitter right from the moment he held the fort. His bat spoke everything. The not out knock of 71 runs came in just 50 balls and was made easy by 12 fours, which were classy in all regards.

Mitchell Marsh gave his team the desired support that took viewers by surprise. He was unbeaten at 40 runs (6 x 1 and 4 x 2). After 50 overs, the travelers put 305 runs on the scoreboard for the loss of 6 wickets. England bowled in discipline though the rivals were able to set a challenging target for the home-side. Three extras were bowled by the English bowling line attack. Rashid was the leading wicket-taker and he helped his team see Australia collapse at a time when breakthroughs were actually needed by England. Wood got 1 wicket but was expensive. Moeen Ali, Steven Finn, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes didn’t get any wicket.

Eoin Morgan-led side did a careful start while chasing the target of 306 runs. The opener Jason Roy and Alex Hales eyed a solid beginning and they were on the way to attain the objective. However, before they would have gone any further, Mitchell Marsh earned wicket of Hales when he was batting at 22 runs. His short innings comprised 3 boundaries and a six. Watson took a catch that was sought to put some added pressure on England, who recently defeated Australia in both T20 and 5-match Test series.

Jason Roy was dismissed by Glenn Maxwell at a score of 67 runs off 64 balls, inclusive of 11 fours. David Warner was the man who pouched the ball, giving England another jolt. James Taylor was going on track but to take the stress away, he played a shot what he shouldn’t. Being just a single away to get a fifty, he chose to step outside the crease, missing Watson’s delivery completely. The ball further hit the stumps. Fours 4s and a six were struck by him. If truth be told then this was the wicket what Aussies were looking forward to. Eoin Morgan succumbed to the same man when batting at 38 runs in 46 balls, together with four boundaries.

This was the turning point for both teams. On one hand, England were on the back foot while Australia were back in business. Smith who was a tad worried over the mistakes his men were making while fielding was a happy man even though 5 more wickets were needed. Pressure mounted on English cricketers. Ben Stokes was dismissed by Mitchell Starc at 13 runs (4 x 1), Jos Buttler by Nathan Coulter-Nile at 4 runs and Moeen Ali by Pat Cummins at 17 run (4 x 3). Chris Woakes was out for a duck, failing to read the mood of a ball by Coulter-Nile. Adil Rashid scored 11 runs in 11 balls, comprising a couple of shots but Starc did not let him go any further.

It was the winning moment for Australia when Cummins took wicket of Steven Finn at 10 runs. Mark Wood stayed not out at 10 runs. Lack of partnership in later stages made England lose the match at a time when they could have probably won it had a few cricketers been able to take care of things. The hosts were all out at 246 runs, facing 59-run defeat at the hands of Australia, who are tough to beat in One-Day Internationals. England now eye to level the series and for this a triumph at Lord’s, London in 2nd ODI, which is to take place tomorrow, is imperative.