A convincing win for England in the end but a heartening fightback by the Aussies made it rather interesting towards the end, only for the world's best ODI side to pull things back and go 2-0 up in the series. Another great game full of ups and downs today, rather characteristic of our enigmatic (and beloved) sport. The rain did play spoilsport throughout the first innings, in Cardiff as well as Bangalore. But the cricket transcended it all. That's it from us then. This is Rishi Roy, bidding you goodbye and good night (morning in fact), on behalf of Vineet Anantharaman, Sriram AS, and Mukesh. Keep tuning in to Cricbuzz for the latest in cricket. Ciao for now!
Jason Roy|Player of the Match: *Receives a bottle of champagne* Didn't know that I hadn't crossed 50 in 10 matches. There's never any complacency in our change room. We strive to get better ourselves and help each other out too. Bairstow was amazing to watch. It was nice to drop anchor and nudge it around a bit while Bairstow got going. It's obviously difficult with all the chopping and changing, but it's nice to bat with Bairstow and happy with the win today.
Jos Buttler|England Captain: They were playing really well, Agar and Marsh. 10 an over is very achievable, especially the way Marsh was going. We had to fight hard, but 40 runs was a good victory margin in the end. Adil (Rashid) took the pressure off bowling at the end, and Liam continues to be one of our strike bowlers. Two great wicket-takers in recent times for us. Great to see Jason back amongst the runs. He looked good from ball one and he paced it really well. We could've got a few more. Australia bowled well in the end. Fantastic innings by Roy. Always nice to contribute, enjoying the captaincy. It's a little tricky at times, always need that extra fielder, but happy to do it and happy to go 2-0 up. We're just always striving to get better.
Tim Paine|Australia captain: I don't think there were too many runs to chase. We would've preferred less than 340. The way Marsh played showed that it could've been chased. It's great that Agar came in and brought us back into the game. If Marsh keeps playing like that he can continue in the ODI side. He has recently made a comeback to the Test side as well. We needed a few more wickets in hand when Shaun got going, but it's hard when you have to play with the tail. Shaun did really well and Agar gave us a chance with that partnership. We just didn't put the complete package together, and we have a side that is good enough. First game, we didn't bat well, and today we didn't bowl well. If you give England a chance, they will pounce. There's a reason they're the best ODI side in the world.
19:36 Local Time, 00:06 IST: A great game and nearly a great chase! Right from Bairstow's cameo, this was England's game. Easy to say that after the game, but the total of 342 was quite intimidating on (quite literally) a sticky wicket in Cardiff - all thanks to Roy's 120 and Buttler's fireworks towards the end. 4 down at 110, the Aussies were, and no one would've given them a chance. But Agar and Marsh stitched together a 95-run stand with a never-say-die attitude typical of the Aussies, and almost pulled off an all-time highest run-chase for the Aussies. Moeen, too, did drop a catch but managed to compensate for it with a tight bowling spell. Darn right folks, they're down but not out. England, though, staged a late comeback and after Plunkett's key wicket of Marsh, it was England's game through and through as the tail failed to pick the variations of Rashid and the rest.
Plunkett to Jhye Richardson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kane Richardson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jhye Richardson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Mid-off goes back. Fine leg inside the circle.
Andrew Tye, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Plunkett to Paine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Liam Plunkett [8.0-1-48-1] is back into the attack
Plunkett's back in. The match is very much alive, with Marsh having an epiphany.
Tim Paine, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Adil Rashid to Agar, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Mark Wood [7.0-1-29-1] is back into the attack
Adil Rashid [4.0-0-37-1] is back into the attack
Joe Root [3.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Liam Plunkett [6.0-1-32-1] is back into the attack
Plunkett is back.
Time for hydration. Drinks are on the field now. 154 to win from 96. Marsh is everything for Australia, and his back is everything for England. Agar playing the second fiddle right now. A darn good one too, if I might say so. Moeen into the attack.
David Willey [5.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
The cunning Willey is back.
By the way, Agar comes ahead of Paine, which is quite strange unless the Australian captain is unwell or could be that injury to his face earlier which suggests he might well not bat today. We'll have to see, no confirmation yet.
Ashton Agar, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen Ali to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mark Wood [4.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack
Moeen Ali [4.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack
Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Adil Rashid to Finch, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Plunkett to Stoinis, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Liam Plunkett [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
It's Australia's first boundary in eight overs. They'll need this forced early drinks break to think over as the umpires change the ball.
Slip moves to leg-slip.
Round the wicket to righties.
A silly mid-on comes in.
Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Joe Root, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Both slips out now.
The swing's dead already.
Shaun Marsh, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Mark Wood to Head, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Just one slip now.
Mark Wood, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Head and D Arcy Short are at the crease. Head is on strike. Willey will open the attack