June 25, 2010

2nd ODI between England & Australia

Australia are playing 5 ODI matches against England. Already one match has completed, in which England won the match against the Australia. Today, England & Australia played the 2nd ODI match at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. Australia won the toss & elected to bat first.

Australians opened their batting innings in a grand style with the openers Shane Watson & Tim Paine. They looked good right from the start & played well till 8.4 overs. Shane Watson in the 5th delivery of the 9th over gave a straight catch to the England's bowler Stuart Board. Australia lost their 1st wicket, at this point of time they had scored 52 runs. Three more wickets fell before the scorecard reached 100 runs. After the fall of 4 crucial wickets, Australia came back with some good partnerships which helped them to end up with a good total. Michael Clarke was unbeaten till the end of the innings scoring 87 runs from 97 deliveries. Australia had put up a total of 267 runs in total completing 50 overs loosing 7 wickets. Michael Yardy was the economical bowler from England's side whose economy rate was 4.1 runs per over & had took a wicket. This wicket was the most important wicket to be considered, it was Michael Hussey.

England wanted 268 runs to win their 2nd ODI in this series. Andrew Strauss did not stay longer as he got out in the 1st delivery of the 3rd over. Craig Kieswetter & Kevin Pietersen had up a partnership of 69 runs before England lost its second wicket. Again two more wickets fell quickly which put up England into trouble. But 2 good partnerships from England side helped them to reach their destination easily. All credit goes to Eion Morgan who was unbeaten till the end scoring a magnificent 103 runs from 85 deliveries which included 16 fours. In 46 overs, England scored 268 runs & defeated Australia by 4 wickets. Ryan Harris was the economical bowler for Australia whose economy rate was 4.66 runs per over & had took 3 wickets.

This was England's second victory in this ODI series. Still 3 more matches to be played between them. England still need 1 more victory out of 3 matches to win the series against the Australians.

No comments: