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England vs Australia - 2nd ODI

Series: Australia tour of England, 2018
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Date: 16 June 2018

Australia 304/10 (47.1 Ovs) RR: 6.45 | England won by 38 runs

commentary

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!

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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.

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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.

47.1
0
Plunkett to Jhye Richardson, out Caught by Roy! That's the end of that! It's all over. After a bit of a scare, courtesy Marsh and Agar, England clean things up with a clinical win! Slower one, that, and thumped away towards wide long-on where Roy tumbles across and takes a fabulous catch. Heaves a quiet sigh of relief that his hundred wasn't futile. Jhye Richardson c Roy b Plunkett 2(3)

Plunkett to Jhye Richardson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

46.6
0
Adil Rashid to Kane Richardson, no run, leg-break turning from middle and leg towards off, blocked off the back foot hurriedly and compactly
46.5
1
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, wrong'un outside off, turning back in, but enough time to crouch low and cut it towards point for a single

Kane Richardson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

46.4
0
Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, out Caught by Billings! Tossed up on off, Andrew Tye lofting towards long-on through the line, rightly looking for the six, but can't clear the boundary. Straight to Billings in the deep. Just one wicket away now, are England. Andrew Tye c Billings b Adil Rashid 10(6) [4s-1]

Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

46.3
2
Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, 2 runs, errs in length marginally towards the shorter side, chopped away square of the wicket for a couple
46.2
4
Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, FOUR, in the broom-zone again, swept hard, and Wood can't see the ball, as it just goes past him to backward square leg for four. Just didn't spot it
46.1
2
Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, 2 runs, leg-break, slog-swept, top-edge, steepler, Rashid running backwards towards mid-wicket but can't quite get there
45.6
1
Plunkett to Andrew Tye, 1 run, length ball just outside off, Tye opens up his stance and thumps it to mid-off, takes off for a run. Root is ever-so-quick to throw it at the non-striker's end, and Plunkett was in Tye's way. Would've been well short in case of a direct hit, and would've caused a furore. As if cricket needed more controversy today...
45.5
1
Plunkett to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, short of length just outside off, steered to point for a scampered single

Jhye Richardson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

45.4
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, out Bowled! That might be the match! Off-cutter on a back of a length, on leg-stump, in the blind zone for the batsman. He tries to make room and glance it away, but just shimmies down and misses the flick. The cross-batted ones were always big no-nos on this two-paced track, and Marsh pays the price. Nevertheless, a magnificent innings by Shaun Marsh comes to an end. More so because of the context than the innings in isolation. Shaun Marsh b Plunkett 131(116) [4s-10 6s-3]

Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Mid-off goes back. Fine leg inside the circle.

45.3
1
Plunkett to Andrew Tye, 1 run, full and straight on middle, slow as well, and a whip-drive away from his body towards long-on for a single

Andrew Tye, right handed bat, comes to the crease

45.2
0
Plunkett to Paine, out Caught by Adil Rashid! Moeen heaves a sigh of relief! A short off-cutter, takes the pace off, Paine pulls but not the clouted way - more of a guide using the pace. The pace that wasn't there. Straight into the cups of Rashid at deep fine leg. If this was a set-up, it was a ruddy great one. This is turning out to be a close one. Trust Australia to make a comeback when you've written them off. Paine c Adil Rashid b Plunkett 15(11) [4s-1]

Plunkett to Paine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

45.1
2
Plunkett to Paine, 2 runs, full outside off, a slog of an attempted loft towards long-off, a slice off the outer half, and a dropped chance running backwards by Moeen. Expensive drop?

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.

44.6
2
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, a tad short, leg-break again, Marsh backs away towards the on-side and slaps it off a low stance to sweeper cover for a couple
44.5
1
Adil Rashid to Paine, 1 run, loopy off-stump yorker, dug out to long-off for a single
44.4
1
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, short on leg, leg-break, a short-stanced pull to deep square leg for a single
44.3
1
Adil Rashid to Paine, 1 run, flat and skiddy on off, a whip from the crease to long-on for a single
44.2
2
Adil Rashid to Paine, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, Paine reaches out and chips it towards long-off for a couple
44.1
2
Adil Rashid to Paine, 2 runs, a tad short, Shaun Marsh is back in the crease for the off-break and whips it in front of square leg. A second one was risky, and if the throw was on target, he was gone. But not to be
43.6
6
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, SIX, attempted yorker outside off, Shaun Marsh gets his bottom-hand into play and gets under it to shovel it to the deep extra cover fence for six. Fantastic hitting! Top class...
43.5
1
Mark Wood to Paine, 1 run, length ball just outside off, push-driven to deep extra cover for a single
43.4
4
Mark Wood to Paine, FOUR, short and on the face, Paine takes his eyes off the ball but fortunately times it off the meat for four towards deep square leg. Not two bloodbaths in one day for him
43.3
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, short one on the hips, pulled away with a swivel to deep mid-wicket for a single
43.2
2
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, yorker length delivery on middle, a dig away towards mid-wicket for a brace
43.1
1
Mark Wood to Paine, leg byes, 1 run, back of a length and on the thigh, tucked towards fine leg for a leg-bye
43.1
1
Mark Wood to Paine, wide, down leg again, appeal, wide.
42.6
1
Adil Rashid to Paine, 1 run, top-spinner on middle, a tuck off the back foot in front of square leg for a single
42.5
1
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, just a tad short, and a tap on the head off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a single
42.4
2
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, full outside off, down the track and a drive towards extra cover for a brace
42.3
1
Adil Rashid to Paine, 1 run, a tad short, cut away towards point for a single

Tim Paine, right handed bat, comes to the crease

42.2
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, out Stumped!! The googly does him in! Partnership broken! Tossed up on leg and middle, Agar is down the wicket and the googly turns past his whip to the keeper who whips off the bails. Agar st Buttler b Adil Rashid 46(42) [4s-7]

Adil Rashid to Agar, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

42.1
1
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, loopy leg-break on leg, clipped to deep mid-wicket for a single
41.6
4
Mark Wood to Agar, FOUR, through the gap between extra cover and mid-off. Short with little width outside off, and a cross-batted 21st century slap through the gap for four. The partnership is 95 now.
41.5
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, leg byes, 1 run, slower bouncer, Shaun Marsh is through with the pull too early. Hit on his oblique abdomen
41.5
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, wide, full and down leg, another wide. Number 6
41.4
1
Mark Wood to Agar, 1 run, short and on the chest, pulled away from a semi-front-on stance to backward square leg for a single
41.3
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, short, zero width, a wristy bottom-hand flail of a cut to point
41.2
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, too straight for that angle, a shuffle across and a tuck away to fine leg for a single
41.1
6
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, SIX, angling in, was that short one, Shaun Marsh just uses that massive upper-body of his to pull it in front of square leg for a six. Helped along with the angle + muscle power

Mark Wood [7.0-1-29-1] is back into the attack

40.6
4
Adil Rashid to Agar, FOUR, leg-break, straightening from over the wicket, Agar gets low and cuts to backward point. Plunkett makes a mess of a regulation save as it slips under his fingers towards the square third man fence for four
40.5
1
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, flat half-tracker, pulled away from deep in the crease to deep mid-wicket for a single
40.4
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, fuller and flatter outside off, chipped down to long-off for a single
40.3
1
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, googly turning with the angling outside off, pushed away to extra cover for a single
40.2
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, Rashid sees him coming, drops it shorter, Agar adjusts and stands tall while on the move and nudges it towards mid-on for a single
40.1
1
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, tossed up on leg, Shaun Marsh comes down the track and clips it down to long-on for a single

Adil Rashid [4.0-0-37-1] is back into the attack

39.6
0
Plunkett to Agar, no run, back of a length on the 4th stump line, respected with a back foot defence. A glimpse of a Test match, that ball
39.5
4
Plunkett to Agar, FOUR, poorly directed bouncer on the right shoulder of the left-hander, helped on its way with a guided twist-pull down to the fine leg fence for four
39.4
0
Plunkett to Agar, no run, this one stays low as opposed to the shortish one that jumped up earlier this over. Goes under the flashing blade and dies through to the keeper
39.3
0
Plunkett to Agar, no run, short of length on middle and off, Agar makes a bit of room and chops it towards the off-side rather hurriedly
39.3
1
Plunkett to Agar, wide, down leg again, yet another wide as the batsman misses
39.2
0
Plunkett to Agar, no run, short withoput width, Agar tries to cut, but the extra bounce makes him miss it
39.1
1
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, back of a length on the body, tucked off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a single
38.6
4
Root to Agar, FOUR, short again, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for four
38.5
4
Root to Agar, FOUR, full outside off, driven loftily to deep extra cover for four
38.4
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, leg byes, 1 run, down leg, Shaun Marsh tries a fine sweep, off the pad to short fine leg
38.3
0
Root to Shaun Marsh, no run, shortish on middle, pushed back to the bowler off the back foot
38.2
2
Root to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, short and wide, carved away to deep point for a brace
38.1
0
Root to Shaun Marsh, no run, full, steered away towards backward point

Joe Root [3.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

37.6
0
Plunkett to Agar, no run, bumper, Agar wants nothing to do with it. Ducks
37.5
1
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, length ball on middle, nudged off the back foot into the on-side for a quick single
37.4
4
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, full again, and a whip away to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Hundred up. A hundred after five years in ODIs. Takes off his helmet and soaks in the applause. A job still left to do. Back to business.
37.3
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, length ball on off, blocked from the crease. Thinks about the single, decides against it.
37.2
4
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, full again, on middle, checks a well-timed drive down to long-on for four. Onto 97 now.
37.1
1
Plunkett to Agar, 1 run, fuller one on leg, on the pads, whipped away effortlessly behind square leg for a single

Liam Plunkett [6.0-1-32-1] is back into the attack

Plunkett is back.

36.6
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, loopy delivery on leg and middle, Agar gets leg-side of the ball and hunches into a drive towards long-off. Single taken
36.5
0
Moeen Ali to Agar, no run, shortish, no width, another contrived cut attempt, inside edge onto the pads
36.4
0
Moeen Ali to Agar, no run, dropped short after seeing him come down the wicket, Agar adjusts and keeps it out
36.3
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, tossed up on an enticing length again, but Shaun Marsh repeats his shimmy down and psuh-drives it to long-off for a single
36.2
4
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, a bit more flight, on leg, angling in, Marsh comes down the track with nimble feet and whips it away to the deep mid-wicket fence for four
36.1
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, fired in flatter on middle, a back foot nudge towards mid-wicket for a single
35.6
1
Willey to Agar, 1 run, a tad short again, and a short-arm pull after a shimmy down the track to long-on. Continues to run to the other end for a single
35.5
0
Willey to Agar, no run, zipping through from a back of a length towards the thighs, Agar tries to pull and is cramped. A nothing shot in the end towards the on-side
35.4
0
Willey to Agar, no run, back of a length, skidding towards middle, Agar is obstinate about the cut again, makes a bit of room and chops it towards backward point
35.3
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, length delivery on middle, Marsh comes front-on and nudges it in front of square leg for a single
35.2
1
Willey to Agar, 1 run, shortish again, Agar's open stance allows him to manufacture width, backs away and plays a cut that was in the air but well short of the third man fielder, who eventually cut it off
35.1
4
Willey to Agar, FOUR, short, angling in, minimal width, Agar gets low and bottom-hands an impressive cut to the deep backward point fence for four
34.6
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, a tad short outside off, Agar gets back and cross-bats a pull to long-off for a single. Quite a normal shot in modern-day cricket
34.5
0
Moeen Ali to Agar, no run, full on middle, Agar gets on-side of the ball and drives it right back
34.4
4
Moeen Ali to Agar, FOUR, fuller on the stumps, Agar doesn't need to get to the pitch of it, just lofts it over the in-field to the sweeper cover fence for four
34.3
0
Moeen Ali to Agar, no run, flatter fired in towards middle, blocked back off the back foot
34.2
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, good length outside off, flighted, Shaun Marsh gets very low and chops it away square of the wicket for a single
34.1
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, on middle, straightening, blocked off the front foot

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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.

33.6
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, back of a length and angling in, seaming in a tad too, Shaun Marsh gets on top of the bounce and taps it on the head to steer it towards point. They go for the run, and a direct-hit from Roy would have caught Agar well short at the striker's end. Not to be. Moeen backs up at short cover
33.5
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, back of a length delivery with no width, 4th stump line, respected with an off-side defence from the crease
33.5
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, wide, down leg side, missed flick, wided by the big man in the floppy hat
33.4
1
Willey to Agar, 1 run, short of length into the ribcage, punched off a tall stance down to long-on for a single. Calmly rotating the strike here, is Agar. Just what is required off him
33.3
3
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 3 runs, fuller one on middle, Agar tries a clip towards the on-side, gets a thick inside edge to fine leg for a quick three. Excellent running
33.2
1
Willey to Agar, 1 run, short again, not very wide, this time he's onto it quicker, slaps that in front of deep point for a single
33.1
2
Willey to Agar, 2 runs, a tad short, not too wide, Agar made room and controlled a lofty cut down to square third man for a couple

David Willey [5.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

The cunning Willey is back.

32.6
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, served full on off, stabbed down to long-off
32.5
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, slowish outside off, Marsh directs it with soft hands towards cover and they scamper through for a risky single again
32.4
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, on the stumps, driven to long-off
32.3
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, Marsh lunges across and pats it square on the off-side
32.2
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, poked uppishly to short extra cover
32.1
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, slammed away to sweeper cover
31.6
1
Mark Wood to Agar, 1 run, direct-hit at the striker's end and Marsh was gone for all money. Forced off the crease to extra cover, Root with a one-handed-pick-up-throw, misses the target. Marsh was struggling all the way as there was never a run there
31.5
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, another bumper from Wood, takes off and Agar ducks under his head
31.4
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, shortish outside off, Agar laces the cut straight to point
31.3
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, dug in short, leaping from a length. Goes over Agar's head
31.2
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, defended from the crease into the off-side
31.1
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, slanted wide of off, Agar goes chasing and is beaten on the outside edge

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.

30.6
4
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, oh beauty, Marsh was squared and opened up completely by this off-break that turned ever-so-slightly. Came forward on the block and the ball spins to take the outer half, trickles past short third man and it eventually runs away to the fence
30.5
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, half-forward and extends his forward defence to long-off
30.4
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, slower just outside off, Marsh dabs it to point
30.3
4
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, Marsh threads the gap perfectly. Ali flattens his length and provides width outside off, Marsh reads it well by hanging back and bashing it through extra cover

Ashton Agar, left handed bat, comes to the crease

30.2
0
Moeen Ali to Maxwell, out Caught by Willey!! So often is the case with Maxi, just when he looks well set, he throws it away. Smartly done by Ali, saw the batsman move to leg to open up the off-side field, so he slows it up and holds the length back. Maxwell was comitted to the inside out loft, ended up skewing it off the inner half straight down the throat of long-on, who completes the simplest of catches. Australia fading away. Maxwell c Willey b Moeen Ali 31(34) [4s-4]

Moeen Ali to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

30.1
0
Moeen Ali to Maxwell, no run, bat well in front of pad to smother this offie
29.6
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, in the air and just short of mid-wicket. Flicked airly to short mid-wicket
29.5
1
Mark Wood to Maxwell, leg byes, 1 run, skiddy full ball, Maxwell fails to connect with the flick. Thudded low on the pad, heading down leg hence no appeal
29.4
0
Mark Wood to Maxwell, no run, pushed gently to mid-on
29.3
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, leg byes, 1 run, cutter that gains some extra bounce, Marsh jumps and is rapped on the thigh pad
29.2
1
Mark Wood to Maxwell, leg byes, 1 run, homing on leg, Maxwell looks to hack it behind square. Fails and gets hit on the thigh pad
29.1
0
Mark Wood to Maxwell, no run, Wood goes wide of the crease and decks it in the channel, Maxwell can't adjust his attempted nudge to the leg-side, so squirts it back to the bowler
28.6
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, "Ahh" shouts Ali but it was sliding down leg. Marsh goes low for the sweep, misses and is struck on the pad
28.5
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, stabbed to extra cover
28.4
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, pushed defensively into the off-side
28.3
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, turned to short mid-wicket
28.2
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run. Appeal for a stumping. Buttler doesn't look that confident but anyway it has been referred to the third umpire. Let's go through the process. Front foot is fine. Has Marsh dragged his back leg in time? Yes, he has. NOT OUT. Tossed just outside off, spins a tad and beats Marsh on the outside edge. He seems to have lost his balance for a split second, but grounded it safely in time
28.1
1
Moeen Ali to Maxwell, 1 run, flighted delivery on the stumps, bunted with a full face of the bat to long-on
27.6
1
Mark Wood to Maxwell, 1 run, Maxwell accomodate for the extra bounce on this short of length delivery just outside off, glides it off the outer half to third man
27.5
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, length delivery outside off, dinked with an open bat face to third man
27.4
1
Mark Wood to Maxwell, 1 run, crunchy push to mid-off
27.3
0
Mark Wood to Maxwell, no run, oh well. Did that hit a crack or something? Just shot off the pitch and amuses Maxwell as well as Wood. Tried to go for the flashy drive, gets defeated by the extra bounce
27.2
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, straying on leg, tucked neatly through square leg
27.1
1
Mark Wood to Maxwell, 1 run, solid punch off the back foot to sweeper cover

Mark Wood [4.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack

26.6
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, quicker on middle and leg, helped softly to backward square leg
26.5
1
Moeen Ali to Maxwell, 1 run, worked with the spin to deep mid-wicket
26.4
0
Moeen Ali to Maxwell, no run, plonks his front foot across and waits for the ball to arive before dead batting it
26.3
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, darted full, Marsh after stepping out, jams it onto his boot off the inside edge and it rolls to point
26.2
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, flatter in trajectory, forced to short extra cover
26.1
2
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, tossed well outside off, Marsh flails his hands and cuts it behind point

Moeen Ali [4.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

25.6
1
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, slipping on leg, glanced away to fine leg
25.5
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, curving in from a length, tucked to short mid-wicket
25.4
1
Plunkett to Maxwell, 1 run, pushed with a full face of the bat straight down the ground
25.3
4
Plunkett to Maxwell, FOUR, Maxwell swings and swings hard. He's kicking on now. Full and outside off, Maxwell with his feet cemented in the crease, goes hard and gets a thick outside edge that runs through the vacant slip cordon
25.2
1
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, guided to third man
25.1
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, loud appeal for a LBW but turned down. Full and tailed back in, Marsh falls over on the flick and is struck low on the pad. Seems like the angle would've taken the ball down leg
24.6
4
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, FOUR, beautiful inside out loft. He was trying this for sometime and executes on this occasion. Rashid flights it outside off, Maxwell leans across and lofts it over extra cover. Confluence of timing, balance and placement
24.5
0
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, no run, chipped airly, just short of extra cover
24.4
2
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 2 runs, loopy leg-break just outside off, Maxwell jams it into the gap at mid-wicket
24.3
0
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, no run, better from Rashid. Follows Maxwell, who was moving to leg. Maxwell can't connect with his makeshift inside-out loft. Straight to extra cover
24.2
2
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 2 runs, dragged on leg, Maxwell tickles it past the man at 45 and comes back for the second
24.1
4
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, FOUR, Maxwell will have no half measures when it's in his slot. Frees his arms, picks his spot and murders it with a clean swing of the bat to the cow corner fence
23.6
4
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, second boundary of the over. Shortish and plenty of width on offer, Marsh waits and stays deep to smear it past point
23.5
1
Plunkett to Maxwell, 1 run, this short of length delivery stops on Maxwell, who checks his push off splice to long-on
23.4
4
Plunkett to Maxwell, FOUR, Maxwell dismisses a short ball disdainfully from his presence. Banged in towards the chest, Maxwell swivels across and pulls it witheringly behind square on the leg-side
23.3
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, pitched up just outside off, Maxwell slices it to point
23.2
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, pounds it on a short of length, Maxwell hangs back and wrists it to mid-wicket
23.1
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, fuller length delivery zeroing at the stumps, Maxwell meets it with a straight-batted drive back to the bowler
22.6
0
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, no run, snaking on leg, turned to mid-wicket
22.5
2
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, excellent match awareness from the duo. Drilled hard to long-off, a slight fumble from Roy and Maxi calls his partner for the second, makes it comfortably despite the throw coming to his end
22.4
0
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, no run, googly, pitched on leg and turns away a bit. Marsh is watchful in his study block
22.3
1
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 1 run, floated outside off, stabbed to long-off
22.2
3
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 3 runs, drops it short, Marsh spots it and slams it towards extra cover. Three more to the tally
22.1
4
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, Marsh has seen enough of Rashid. Charges out and converts this leg-break into a half-volley to slap it firmly through extra cover. The fielder gives the chase but comes only second
21.6
2
Plunkett to Maxwell, 2 runs, similar delivery, Maxwell lays bat onto the flick and gets it wide of deep mid-wicket
21.5
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, this length delivery fizzes through the deck, strikes Maxwell high on the pad as he misses the nudge to the leg-side
21.4
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, on a short of length, Maxwell's defence is met high on the willow as the bat face turns at the point of impact
21.3
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, vicious bounce beats Maxwell all ends up. Pitched up and it rockets off the surface, Maxwell went for the drive and is beaten neck and crop
21.2
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, scrambled seam delivery just outside off, Maxwell employs his bottom hand to punch it to mid-on

Slip added

21.1
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, spearing on a length closer to off, Maxwell languidly stabs it back to the bowler
20.6
1
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 1 run, tossed up, turns out to be a half-volley. Driven to long-off

Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

20.5
0
Adil Rashid to Finch, out Lbw!! "Ahhhhhh" goes Rashid and Buttler, umpire Marais Erasmus raises the finger. Finch walks up towards his partner about a possible review and nope, he's walking off to the hut. England peg back Australia with two quick wickets. Slider from Rashid, dipped and skidded through, Finch bent low for the sweep. Not the ideal length for the shot, misses it altogether and is hit low on the pad. Looked pretty adjacent straightaway and HawkEye shows that it would've crashed the middle stump. Aussies in trouble. Finch lbw b Adil Rashid 0(4)

Adil Rashid to Finch, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

20.4
1
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, nudged into the mid-wicket region
20.3
4
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, Marsh gets to his fifty. His 13th in ODIs. Knows the job is only half done, hence the subtle celebration. Decides to advance and takes it on the full to slam it over mid-wicket
20.2
0
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, no run, stays beside the line of this darter to smother it
20.1
2
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, floater just outside off, Marsh gambols out aiming for the inside-out loft, fails to meet the pitch and loses his shape to carve it off the outer half behind point
19.6
0
Plunkett to Finch, no run, ripper. The cross seam length delivery, deviates off the deck and has Finch in tenterhooks. Shaped a little and goes sniffing past Finch's groping blade
19.5
0
Plunkett to Finch, no run, gets right behind the line and defends it with a slightly closed bat face to mid-wicket
19.4
4
Plunkett to Finch, leg byes, FOUR, loose delivery from Plunkett and he knows it. Kicks the turf in anger. Smidgen full but it's slipping down leg. Takes the thigh and runs away to the fine leg fence

Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.3
0
Plunkett to Stoinis, out Bowled!! Chopped on. Vulnerable footwork from Stoinis but nothing much he could've done here. The pitch misbehaves, staying pretty low and Stoinis tentatively jabbed away from his body and ends up dragging it back onto the stumps. It was the cross-seamer and the ball refused to wake up, Stoinis was almost down on his haunches. Oh dear! Aussies three down now. Credit to Buttler for the bowling change. Stoinis b Plunkett 9(18)

Plunkett to Stoinis, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

19.2
0
Plunkett to Stoinis, no run, fuller lines outside off, an exaggerated leave from Stoinis
19.1
0
Plunkett to Stoinis, no run, hits the deck hard on back of a length, Stoinis jumps back and defends

Liam Plunkett [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

18.6
0
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, no run, gives more air, spinning on leg. Bat in line to negate it
18.5
2
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, slashed through point, easy two nabbed
18.4
1
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 1 run, gets the googly on middle stump line, Stoinis presses forward to defend - ekes off the inner half to square leg
18.4
1
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, wide, last 3 balls, 3 variations from Rashid. Slips in the googly but the line is down leg. Wided
18.3
2
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 2 runs, now the delicious leggie, Stoinis leans across to lift it over extra cover for a brace
18.2
0
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, no run, slider just outside off, Stoinis jerks his back leg and stabs it to short extra cover
18.1
1
Adil Rashid to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, dragger from Rashid, Marsh knocks it away to long-on

Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

17.6
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, gives more air, in the process, overpitches. Jammed down to long-on
17.5
0
Root to Shaun Marsh, no run, on the stumps, a little round-armish. Blocked

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.

17.4
6
Root to Shaun Marsh, SIX, there's the release. Marsh charges down, takes on the flight, getting to the pitch of the ball in a full swung tonk down. Into long-on .. and once again the ball that goes to that part of the ground comes back damaged
17.3
1
Root to Stoinis, 1 run, quick wrists, using them to nudge it round the corner
17.2
0
Root to Stoinis, no run, sliding straight on. Tapped square
17.1
0
Root to Stoinis, no run, a touch short. But Stoinis wants more defences
16.6
1
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, 1 run, flat on the sticks. Glanced away, shuffling on his back foot going across. Fine leg
16.5
0
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, no run, long front foot out, straight-batting

Slip moves to leg-slip.

16.4
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, runs down, yorking himself as he drills it, very leading-edged. Mid-off, if there, would've been interested
16.3
1
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, 1 run, drags the length down, spinning in as Stoinis can afford to go deep in the crease and punch it straight down
16.2
0
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, no run, wider outside off. Stoinis' stride and defence stay
16.1
0
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, no run, fullish, looping in as Stoinis gets his front leg to its pitch in defence
15.6
0
Root to Shaun Marsh, no run, tight off-line again. Marsh adjusts to block
15.5
0
Root to Shaun Marsh, no run, throws up some air arond off. Marsh covers the line, blocking it in front of cover, before thinking and changing his mind for a single
15.4
1
Root to Stoinis, 1 run, quick on his toes to shuffle inside the line in a behind-square-leg-glance
15.3
0
Root to Stoinis, no run, round-armish on middle. Solid forward block

Round the wicket to righties.

15.2
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, big stride, driving through the line to long-off
15.1
1
Root to Stoinis, 1 run, starts down leg, and spins further down. Tickled away to short fine for a quick single
14.6
1
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, 1 run, sitting way outside off, dragging a lapped sweep behind square

A silly mid-on comes in.

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.5
0
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, out Caught by Root!! That's the edge. Short's troubles against any kind of spin are well documented in the T20 League .. and by the looks of this dismissal they are pretty much roaming globally. Moeen flats one outside off, Short goes onto his back foot with the length just not short enough in the first place to be soing so. Flays at it with hard hands, looking to go down the ground, gets a fat outside edge and flies quickly to slip. Root, in the middle of his bowling, is ever so alert out there. D Arcy Short c Root b Moeen Ali 21(33) [4s-2]

Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

14.4
0
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, no run, slower, flighting it on middle. Short carefully threads it to cover
14.3
0
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, no run, clears his front leg, punching it away to cover
14.2
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, leans low, flowing through the line in an extra cover drive
14.1
2
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, hammered down the ground, where Bairstow does well to sweep across from long-on, tumbling in keeping it from the boundary. And he's jarred his knee in the process .. walks offthe field
13.6
0
Root to D Arcy Short, no run, quietly done. Again, tightened up for room and Short jams it back
13.5
0
Root to D Arcy Short, no run, another quick flat dart in the blockhole. Short with all his power in this attempted drill can only manage to squeeze it back down the pitch to Root
13.4
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, skidding in quickly into off. Punched away through the covers
13.3
1
Root to D Arcy Short, 1 run, walks into an on-drive. Long-on now
13.2
0
Root to D Arcy Short, no run, full, base of off stuff. Jammed
13.1
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, drifting in on the pads, worked away in front of square

Joe Root, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

12.6
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, a polite poke in front of cover point
12.5
1
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, 1 run, flat on the stumps. Nudged away to mid-wicket
12.4
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, on the move down to stroke it further back, to long-off
12.3
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, dropped? Tom Curran, in as a substitute, of all people. He's fielding at short mid-wicket to whom Marsh flicks one on the full in the air after running down the track. Yeah, just short
12.2
1
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, 1 run, pushed away into the covers
12.1
0
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, no run, 57.8mph, from wide of the crease as he angles it onto off. Stabbed away off the under-half
11.6
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, falls over a touch as he tries riding a back of a length delivery and nudge it through the on-side. Does a bit of both eventually
11.5
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, behind the line, showing the full defensive blade
11.4
2
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, full, bottom-hands it through mid-wicket
11.3
2
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, leg byes, 2 runs, whipped fine off the pads, and Wood does superbly, covering a mile, putting in a dive and keeping it in play. A zillion replays help confirm it for us
11.2
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, pinned in front of leg. But again, as was with Wood's referral, this is pitching down leg. Well down as Marsh is late in jabbing it out. Also the height. Also an inside-edge. But Plunkett appeals, tactically, and keeps them from stealing the single
11.1
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, 82.7mph, a hint of shape back in from around off from a good length. Tapped straight back
10.6
0
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, no run, 54mph, moves away, sticking his defensive poke out
10.5
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, a bit of a drive, piercing the cover fielding angles
10.4
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, drifting in full, in the crease with Marsh getting his front leg out of the way to jam it back
10.3
1
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, 1 run, opens up his punch this time, using the spin going away to steer it square
10.2
0
Moeen Ali to D Arcy Short, no run, gripping on off as it turns away sharply. Short is made to wait, losing timing in an an uppish chip
10.1
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, backing away punch. And through cover's sloppy legs

Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

9.6
3
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, 3 runs, and he's back on the pads. Easy tickles, to backward square leg's left, making him mop up a run. 12-run start for Plunkett
9.5
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, tries opening up his stance for a cut, gets tied up with the seam back in to adjust in jabbing it out
9.4
1
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, 1 run, more leg-lines. Short though doesn't flick it right, chipping it through square leg
9.3
4
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, FOUR, another stray down leg. Slightly fuller, so Short transforms his glance into a flick off his legs. Fine leg's still inside
9.2
0
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, no run, 84.2mph, angling away on a length. Stabbed to point
9.1
4
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, FOUR, surely not a right line with fine leg up. Down leg and Short's had easier put-aways. Glances this fine, easily

Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

8.6
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, 1 run, takes mid-off on, softly pushing it in front of him, successfully
8.5
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, tucking him up with the angle nipping in sharply. Dropped down to where a short-leg-would've been to sneak a quick one
8.4
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, keeps enticing the drive. Neat too. But straight to cover
8.3
2
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, better. Hangs further back, lets the ball get closer and ensures to guide it behind point this time
8.2
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, stays up tall, beside the line as he lets it get to him in a square steer
8.1
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, 1 run, 82mph, tummy-lined. Tucked behind square with a hop
7.6
4
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, connects. Wood keeps it short, but Marsh adjusts well to swat it right now, through backward square leg
7.5
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, a fierce swivel, equally fierce bat pull swing, but Wood's skidding action means he's cut in half, getting beaten on the under-edge
7.4
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, Wood bends his back and digs it short, Marsh swivels across to pull and ends up gloving it along the ground to the right of the keeper - who moves across and stops it
7.3
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, touch fuller, wristed to mid-wicket
7.3
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, wide, vrooming down leg, Marsh misses the clip and it's been called a wide
7.2
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, 85.8mph, forward, sliced away to cover
7.1
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, back of a length, cramping him up for room. Kept out to leg
6.6
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, pitched up, Marsh drives through the line to mid-off
6.5
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, 1 run, hurries into his pull, splicing it high up over square leg
6.4
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, no run, driven firmly back down the pitch, with Willey's palming stop doing its bit to deflect it to mid-off
6.3
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, soft nurdle, off the legs to help it round the corner
6.2
4
Willey to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, rocks behind, stretches and smacks a cut. Hard, getting it to point's left and that's all he had to do. Just that fraction of width, and this track makes it look a lot worse
6.1
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, almost another pluck out at short mid-wicket. It's Bairstow out there now, and Marsh's airy flick is almost into his low diving palm. Almost
5.6
2
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, 2 runs, a hopping shuffle, wristing it away behind square. Wide empty spaces
5.5
0
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, no run, behind the line, straight-batting it to mid-on
5.4
0
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, no run, 88.2mph, full, tightening up just outside. Short drives, only off the inside half eventually
5.3
0
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, no run, top of middle. Full-faced block
5.2
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, manages a straighter line. Tucked down to fine leg
5.1
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, perfect top-of-line. Marsh knocks it back and Wood on the mat in his followthrough. And everyone in the end can smile
4.6
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, no run, 82mph, stays in the crease, subtly steering it to point. And a loud "waiiit"
4.5
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, no run, tight line on off. Short defends it towards mid-on

Both slips out now.

4.4
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, no run, slower wobbly seam outside off. Short wants to smoke it downtown, ungainly. Misses
4.3
3
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 3 runs, pitches it up hoping for swing, nah, it holds its line all the way through. Drilled away through the line, extra cover

The swing's dead already.

4.2
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, 81mph, good length, fourth stump, Marsh once again covers everything in defence
4.1
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, 83.7mph, firmly behind, on top and bunting it down
3.6
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, full again, Marsh opens up his squeezy-drive, getting it wide of point
3.5
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, nipping back in off the pitch. Helped along to leg
3.4
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, good length, angling in on off. Bat-pad stuck
3.3
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, 89mph. Full, yorker zoned and Marsh jams it out off the front foot

Shaun Marsh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

3.2
0
Mark Wood to Head, out Caught by Hales!! Hales claims. England celebrate. The umpires confer, wonder and give the soft signal out. And yes, the slow-mos prove them right. His fingers are clearly underneath. So Wood changes his angle, goes round the wicket in angling it in on the legs and Head checks a chipped nudge, only for it to balloon up to short mid-wicket, diving low, but with fingers lower. Head c Hales b Mark Wood 19(15) [4s-3 6s-1]

Mark Wood to Head, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.1
4
Mark Wood to Head, FOUR, width. And a slap. Wood goes back of a lengthish, way outside off and all the angle for Head to pile on in a ferocious square cut. Try stopping these
2.6
1
Willey to Head, 1 run, 82.8mph, half a shuffle, getting inside the line to flick it in front of square
2.5
0
Willey to Head, no run, more movement. This time off the seam, threatening to come in for Head to get out a flirt, and then whizzing past

Just one slip now.

2.4
0
Willey to Head, no run, 85.1mph, big stride, confidently driven out to cover
2.3
0
Willey to Head, no run, some full swing, pitching on off. Toe-ended back
2.2
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, leg byes, 1 run, hurries into the thighs, going past Short's attempted glance. He'll happily pocket the ricochet though
2.1
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, no run, good length, just outside off, Short lines up a leave
1.6
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, appeal. Massive for LBW. But the umpire isn't quite convinced .. but Wood is, enough to convince Buttler. Reviewed. With Wood's angle from over the wicket, the point where the ball pitches is always going to be the question. He does beat Head with his pace, pinning him in front of middle, no bat either .. and ball tracking shows it pitching down leg
1.5
6
Mark Wood to Head, SIX, clever. Wood's got 90mph pace, a bouncer here and Head at first tries to sway out, but then has a brain wave, gets cheeky, sticking his bat out and upper cuts it over the cordon
1.4
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, 86.7mph, fuller, wider, getting Head to go after. Nope

Two slips.

1.3
1
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, 1 run, rib-tickle. A jumping fend down to long leg
1.2
0
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, no run, presses forward, beside the line in a defence to cover
1.1
2
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, 2 runs, on a back of a length angling across as Short doesn't use his feet in punching it away. Manages an inside-edge round the corner
1.1
1
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, wide, searches for swing .. oh there is. But it's down leg and going further down

Mark Wood, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Willey to Head, no run, hops across, but gets himself cramped up as he chops it down
0.5
4
Willey to Head, FOUR, the second hopeful search for the magic delivery. Tries getting it to swing away sharply from middle, and in the process ends up too straight. Head whips it fine, very fine
0.4
0
Willey to Head, no run, 82.6mph, straighter. Knocked out to mid-on
0.3
0
Willey to Head, no run, a tad wider, Head with scars from The Oval still fresh doesn't fiddle
0.2
0
Willey to Head, no run, swing. Full, going away in beating Head's attempted whip across the line
0.1
4
Willey to Head, FOUR, that'd do. A line that's into leg and Head quickly gets a tickle off his glance getting it down very fine

Head and D Arcy Short are at the crease. Head is on strike. Willey will open the attack