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Australia Go Back Home with ODI Win as Mitchell Marsh, John Hastings Collapse England at Old Trafford

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Australia Go Back Home with ODI Win as Mitchell Marsh, John Hastings Collapse England at Old Trafford

September 15
12:18 2015

marshNew Delhi, Tuesday, September 15 – The field was set to host a decisive match between Australia and England a couple of days ago. With two-two wins each in hand, both the visitors and hosts were eyeing a victory which was important to end the tournament by lifting the winner’s trophy.

The 5-match One-Day International matches between England and Australia took an interesting twist when the former bounced back in the game with two consecutive triumphs against the latter despite losing the first two matches by 59 and 64 runs at the Rose Bowl, Southampton and Lord’s, London, respectively.

The audience was in no doubt  that the last blow will be an interesting show to watch as both playing XIs would leave no stone unturned to finish the contest with a win, which is pivotal to keep the confidence up.  Australia logged triumphs on England in the first two matches, leavnbg the opponents in do-or-die situation. The doors would have been closed for the home team in the ODI series had the rest two games weren’t won. In order to keep hopes alive till the final battle wasn’t fought,

At Old Trafford, Manchester, both teams looked confident but winning was not that easy and they knew it. England won the toss and opt to bat first. The decision was taken by the England skipper Eoin Morgan perhaps taking into consideration pitch and weather conditions. But was that well capitalized is a question that he would probably continue to mull over at least for some months since a feeble target of 138 runs was set in 33 overs. All men were back to the pavilion, giving the Aussies a much sought chance to break the streak of defeat in series on their tour of England this year. The opening pair Jason Roy and Alex Hales failed to give a robust beginning to their team by scoring four runs apiece. Australian bowlers were in no mood to give rivals any room to open their hands and put humongous total at the end. Here is to mention that English cricketers played excellently well in the previous two ODIs, almost giving two major shocks to Australia as they lost both Test and T20 series at the hands of England.

John Hastings after earning wicket of Hales dismissed James Taylor at a score of 12 runs off  18 balls. His short innings comprised a couple of boundaries. He seemed confident to look after things but misjudging a delivery in the final ball of 6th over made him miss the opportunity to hold the fort, which was needed at that stage.  Wade was the man who caught the ball, giving the hosts another jolt in a short span of time. Morgan, who exhibited a captain’s innings lately, was retired hurt when a bouncer by Mitchell Starc team hit his head. It shook his not only his team but also the rivals. Not to forget that a sad incident took place late last year when young Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died due to severe head injury after a bouncer struck him. Morgan’s incident reminded many Australians and cricket fans about the same.

Eoin contribution in the squad’s total was just a single. A strong partnership was required and scenario started to change when Ben Stokes arrived on the crease. He struck 6 fours and a biggie to play a knock of 42 runs in 51 balls. The batsmen, whose controversial dismissal surprised the supporters, tried to bring things on track but wickets kept on falling from other end. Jonathan Bairstow got his legs before wickets in Mitchell Marsh’s over. He scored 10 runs in 15 balls (4 x 1). Moeen Ali succumbed to the same man post scoring 5 runs off 5 balls, inclusive of a four. Mitchell Marsh did not stop here. He was on fire and England faced problem to face his bowling. The new man on the 22 yards pitch, David Willey, was out for a duck.

The highest scorer from England, Stokes, was out soon. It could be said game changing moment for both teams as Aussies applied a break England’s scoring runs’ speed, which was already sluggish. Adil Rashid made efforts to do his job and scored 35 runs in 45 balls. Mark Wood was out by Hastings at a score of 13 runs, together with two fours, and Reece Topley by Ashton Agar at 6 runs that were scored in 27 balls. England struggled to be on the pitch and mount up the score which was imperative to build pressure on the opponents. Marsh 4-wicket haul helped travelers smell the victory. Hastings earned 3 wickets, while Starc and Agar got 1 wicket each. Pat Cummins bowled for 6 overs but didn’t get any. However, it hardly mattered as job was done by the Australians as a unit. England were sent on the back foot in the tournament as Australia mounted pressure on English cricketers by producing opportunities at different time intervals.

When Joe Burns was out by Willey at a naught, it seemed the job of winning may not by easy for Australia as it appeared in the first look. Steven Smith, the Australian captain, was sent back to the pavilion by Mark Wood at a score of 12 runs (4 x 1). But before England could have thought of doing any damage further, Aaron Finch and George Bailey’s not out innings of 70 runs in 64 balls (4 x 11 and 6 x 1) and 41 in 47 balls (4 x 7) did their bit, attaining the target in 24.2 overs. Those who didn’t need to bat were Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, John Hastings, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins as job was accomplished. The winning moment was celebrated by Australian cricketers, who wanted to go back home with their heads held high. Marsh received both ‘man of the match’ and ‘man of the series’ awards for his substantial contribution in team’s success.

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