||Australia Vs England
|2nd ODI: Australia Vs England
|Date: 16th June, 2018
|Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
|Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Alex Wharf
|Toss won by: Australia , elected to field first
| Scorecard Summary
|England’s Innings: 342/8 (50 Overs, RR: 6.84)
|Batting: Jason Roy 120 off 108 balls, Johnny Bairstow 42 off 24 balls, Jose Buttler 91* off 70 balls, Alex Hales 26 off 38 balls, Joe Root 22 off 24 balls.
|Bowling: Jhye Richardson 2/64 in 10 overs, Kane Richardson 2/56 in 8 overs, Marcus Stoinis 1/60 in 10 overs.
|Australia’s Innings: 304 all out (47.1 Overs, RR: 6.44)
|Batting: Shaun Marsh 131 off 116 balls, Ashton Agar 46 off 42 balls, Glenn Maxwell 31 off 34 balls, DJM Short 21 off 33 balls.
|Bowling: Liam Plunkett 4/53 in 9.1 overs, Moeen Ali 2/47 in 10 overs, Adil Rashid 3/70 in 8 overs, Mark Wood 1/57 in 9 overs.
|Result: England won by 38 runs
|Man of the Match: Jason Roy
|Highlights & Analysis
|Australia Vs England: 1st Innings
- With overcast conditions and a hint of swing for the bowlers, Australia’s captain, Tim Paine chose to field first.
- Bairstow and Jason Roy opened the English innings while Jhye Richardson was given the new ball.
- Both English openers began to attack from the very start especially Bairstow who was playing with a strike rate of almost 200.
- And, the 50-run stand between the openers was up inside 7 overs.
- Johnny Bairstow continued to play his shots and lost his wicket to over-confidence; courtesy of Kane Richardson.
- Alex Hales joined Roy. Agar was brought for the 2nd time into the attack. But, he couldn’t get a breakthrough as Roy shared yet another 50-run stand with Hales.
- Drinks were called. Jhye Richardson replaced Agar after drinks and broke this partnership by shattering the stumps of Alex Hales.
- The consistent, Joe Root joined Roy. Both continued to bat on with Jason Roy in his 60’s and Root complimenting him beautifully.
- This is when for a brief period rain stopped play. After rain stopped play resumed and both batsmen put up yet another 50-run stand for England.
- Root was looking settled at this point but Root mistimed a shot and D’Arcy Shot clubbed a blinder to dismiss him.
- Buttler joined Jason Roy. And, in the very next over rain stopped play once again.
- After play resumed, Roy completed his well-deserved century and continued with the same aggression till Andrew Tye got his wicket.
- Sam Billings joined D’Arcy Short. And, the two put up the 5th consecutive 50-run partnership for England with Buttler reaching his fifty.
- However, Billings failed to fire yet again followed by Moeen Ali who also departed early off Jhye Richardson’s bowling.
- With only 4 overs left in the innings David Willey joined Buttler. Willey got out after contributing 11 runs followed by Plunkett who got out after him.
- However, Buttler remained unbeaten till the end and steered England to 342 runs in 50 overs.
Australia Vs England – 1st ODI: England Won By 3 Wickets
Australia Vs England : 2nd Innings
- With the ball supposed to be wet, Australia had a certain chance of chasing down this total as their openers, Head and D’Arcy Short walked out to bat.
- David Willey was given the new ball. After getting off to a blazing start and surviving an lbw appeal, Head departed early; courtesy of Hales one-handed catch.
- Shaun Marsh joined D’Arcy Short. England continued with their pace attack. But, the two batsman stayed strong as Marsh began to score freely with D’Arcy Short taking the cautious route.
- The man of the match from the Australia Vs England 1st ODI, Moeen Ali was introduced into the attack.
- Short was dropped off his bowling by Tome Curran, but the bearded spinner came back strongly and claimed the wicket of Short in the very next over.
- Stoinis joined Marsh. England continued with the spin but the two batsmen were unmoved.
- This sparked a change and Liam Plunkett was brought into the attack. Marsh reached his fifty but in the very same over Plunkett got the wicket of Stoinis.
- Finch joined Marsh. But, he departed for a duck in the next over off Rashid’s bowling.
- Maxwell joined Marsh. At this point, Australia were 4 wickets down and still needed to score 231 runs with a run-rate of 8 per over.
- Both batsmen especially Marsh defied the English bowlers for quite some time and brought up the 2nd 50-run partnership of the innings.
- Maxwell was looking settled but Moeen Ali’s flighted delivery got the better off him as he departed after David Willey completed the catch.
- Ashton Agar joined Marsh with Australia still needing 159 runs to win. Agar supported Marsh extremely well as he went on to score his 4th overall hundred since 2013.
- Agar was only 4 runs away from his fifty when Rashid struck in his 6th over to claim Australia’s 6th wicket.
- With 73 runs required off 46 balls, the Australian captain Paine joined Marsh. Both batsmen simplified the equation to 53 off 30 balls.
- But, Paine departed after being dropped by Moeen Ali as the game became more and more exciting by every minute.
- The centurion, Marsh also departed in the same over as Plunkett shattered his stumps to give England full control.
- Tye also departed in the next over as he became Rashid’s 100th scalp in ODI’s and England were now only 1 wicket away to win the match.
- Plunkett finished it off by taking his 4th wicket and England extended their lead in this Australia Vs England ODI series by 2-0.
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JC Buttler (Wkt.) (Cpt.)
TD Paine (Cpt.) (Wkt.)
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