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England vs Australia - 3rd ODI

Series: Australia tour of England, 2018
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Date: 19 June 2018

Australia 239/10 (37 Ovs) RR: 6.46 | England won by 242 runs

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41 fours, 21 sixes and a whopping 481. Let that sink in, blimey! Australia would wish they were a goldfish so that they can shrug off this day. On the other hand, a remarkable record-breaking day at the office for England. The end result is they are 3-0 up in the series and head to Chester-le-Street next to try and extend the lead. On that note, this is a gobsmacked and dizzy Sriram AS taking leave along with Akshay Maanay, Rishi Roy and Shashikant Singh. See ya!

Alex Hales, Man of the Match: It's as good as it gets (To score a hundred at his home ground). Managed to replicate my performance against Pakistan a couple of years back, it's a special day. To beat the opposition by close to 240 runs is unbelievable. I think the pool of talent we have got around in England in white-ball cricket is really good at the moment. Striving to improve more.

Eoin Morgan, England captain: Certainly, it's a proud feeling. To operate at that level throughout the whole game was outstanding. We have two more games left and two more opportunities to score big for the batsmen. It's a good headache to have (about the selection). The talent we have in the change room is brilliant. We are going to Durham next, will try to reassess. We have a pretty settled batting unit. We need to be top of our game, 50-over game has moved forward dramatically over the last few years and we have put ourselves in a position where we have adapted brilliantly.

Tim Paine, Australian captain: Today was a learning experience for all of us. As I said, It was tough, no matter where we put the fielders, they hit the gaps and they were red-hot, that's the yardstick of 50-over cricket. Some young guys are getting some games. 12 months is a long time in cricket (looking ahead of WC) and things can change pretty quickly.

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A few key stats from today's breathtaking game, courtesy Deepu Narayanan:

#1: Biggest wins for England (by runs):
242 v Aus, Trent Bridge, 2018 *
210 v NZ, Edgbaston, 2015
202 v Ind, Lord's, 1975
198 v Pak, Trent Bridge, 1992
196 v East Africa, Edgbaston, 1975

#2 Heaviest defeat for Australia (by runs):
242 v Eng, Trent Bridge, 2018 *
206 v NZ, Adelaide, 1986
196 v SA, Cape Town, 2006
164 v WI, Perth, 1987
159 v NZ, Auckland, 2016

#3 Biggest losses for a Full Member side (by runs):
272 Zim v SA, Benoni, 2010
258 SL v SA, Paarl, 2012
257 WI v SA, Sydney, 2015
245 Ind v SL, Sharjah, 2000
242 Aus v Eng, Trent Bridge, 2018 *

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20:53 Local Time: A jubilant England bunch shake hands with beaming smiles on their faces. Hi-fives follow and they take a 3-0 lead in the five-match series. In all fairness, nothing out of the ordinary and unexpected transpired in the denouement. A record-breaking score of 481 carnage set England up and their bowlers didn't have to do anything out of the box, really. It was imperative for the visitors' batsmen to go after the bowling from ball one and they did show some intent. Head, Marsh and Stoinis got starts instinctively but an intimidating target must've sent chills down the spine for their batters. The required rate kept creeping up with each passing over and they were forced to play catch-up cricket as England's spin duo - Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali shared 7 spoils between them to shoot the Aussies for 239. David Willey chipped in with 2 wickets as well. Presentations imminent, do stick around.

36.6
0
Adil Rashid to Stanlake, out Stumped!! And Rashid hits the final nail in the coffin for England as they beat Australia by 242 runs - their largest margin of victory in ODIs. No point for Stanlake hanging in there. Rashid slips in a googly that turns away from the batsman. Stanlake is hoodwinked by the turn as he drags his back leg in the process, losing his balance and Buttler takes care of the rest. Stanlake st Buttler b Adil Rashid 1(4)

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

Stumping check sent upstairs. Buttler looks pretty confident. Replays in: Stanlake has dragged his back leg out of his crease and the keeper was quick to whip the bails off. OUT

36.5
0
Adil Rashid to Stanlake, no run, this was the quicker delivery, Stanlake read it well and blocked it from the crease
36.4
1
Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, 1 run, another soft nudge through square leg
36.3
1
Adil Rashid to Stanlake, 1 run, a slight turn back in, Stanlake turns it awkwardly to square leg
36.2
0
Adil Rashid to Stanlake, no run, forward and defended
36.1
1
Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, 1 run, wristed to long-on

Billy Stanlake, left handed bat, comes to the crease

35.6
0
Moeen Ali to Jhye Richardson, out Stumped!! Third wicket for Moeen Ali. He's been brilliant today, mind you he was axed from the Test side and there was a lot of pressure on him to deliver the goods for England in the 50-over format and here he is, doing the job perfectly for his team here. Slow off-break outside off, Richardson charges out and looks for a mighty heave. Is defeated in the flight and Buttler does the rest. Easy-peasy. Jhye Richardson st Buttler b Moeen Ali 14(25)

Moeen Ali to Jhye Richardson, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

35.5
2
Moeen Ali to Jhye Richardson, 2 runs, worked wide of long-on for a brace
35.4
0
Moeen Ali to Jhye Richardson, no run, pushed with a straight bat towards short mid-wicket, who pounces on it and intercepts
35.3
1
Moeen Ali to Andrew Tye, 1 run, gives more flight, Tye scooches low and slogs it to deep mid-wicket
35.2
0
Moeen Ali to Andrew Tye, no run, lasered quick on middle, dead batted
35.1
1
Moeen Ali to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, on the pads, whisked through square leg

Moeen Ali [4.0-0-24-2] is back into the attack

250 runs required from 90 balls.

34.6
2
Adil Rashid to Andrew Tye, 2 runs, 36.9 mph. Very, very slowish leggie from Rashid, just outside off. Tye drills it away to long-off, a fumble and they easily jog back for the second

Andrew Tye, right handed bat, comes to the crease

34.5
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, out Caught&Bowled!! Rashid's been sharp in the field. Like Mo Ali, he takes a return chance to send Agar back to the hut. The slider, pushed through quicker and strikes Agar on the outer half of his willow as he tried to present his straight bat. Chipped back and Rashid with an agile work, moving to his right and holds onto the catch. Juggled a bit and cushioned it onto his wrists importantly. Writing is on the wall for Australia. Agar c and b Adil Rashid 25(23) [4s-2 6s-1]

Adil Rashid to Agar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

34.4
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, on the pads, picked away to mid-wicket
34.3
1
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, too slow, too short outside off. Richardson skips back and forces it to sweeper cover
34.2
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, a neat push-drive to long-off
34.1
1
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, spanked to sweeper cover
33.6
6
Plunkett to Agar, SIX, goodness gracious! Where did this come from all of a sudden from Agar? Realizes there is no point defending and nudging. Loads his shoulders, takes a full ball and thumps it a miles into the long-on stands
33.5
1
Plunkett to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, a straight-batted drive down the ground
33.4
0
Plunkett to Jhye Richardson, no run, beaten by the cross-seamer. This length delivery held its line just outside off, Richardson with a lazy waft and the ball deviates just enough to whistle past his outside edge
33.3
0
Plunkett to Jhye Richardson, no run, semblance of inward shape on this full ball outside off, Richardson sought to drive without moving his feet. Outcome is an inside edge onto his pad
33.2
1
Plunkett to Agar, 1 run, shortish outside off, Agar shifts his weight back and thrashes the cut to point. A one-handed half-stop from Roy and they nab the single
33.1
4
Plunkett to Agar, FOUR, just a wristy jab and that fetches Agar a boundary. Change of pace from Plunkett, on middle and leg. Agar shuffled inside the line and whipped it past mid-on, who gave up the chase mid-way

Liam Plunkett [5.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack

32.6
0
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, no run, very slow again, Richardson took a step forward. Isn't to the pitch, so hurriedly defends
32.5
0
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, no run, oh! First sign of turn on this pitch. Rashid lands the leg-break on off, rips it past Richardson's tentative poke. Missed outside edge by a whisker
32.4
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, flipper from Rashid, Agar makes room exposing all three stumps to slap it to sweeper cover
32.3
1
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, tad shorter outside off, punched through cover
32.2
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, Agar forays down and knocks it to long-on
32.1
1
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, leading edge on Richardson's attempted inside-out loft, fortunately it dies in front of sweeper cover. Used his feet and is defeated by the sharp leggie. Ended up slicing it and luckily escapes
31.6
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, fullish on leg, wristed with a full face of the bat to mid-on
31.5
1
Mark Wood to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, hops back and across, drops it to point
31.4
1
Mark Wood to Agar, 1 run, short and hurries onto Agar's body. Agar gets his body weight down to keep the pull along the ground to deep square leg
31.3
1
Mark Wood to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, angle his bat face in a bid to poke it through cover
31.2
0
Mark Wood to Jhye Richardson, no run, gets tall and blocks
31.1
0
Mark Wood to Jhye Richardson, no run, brisk bounce that almost knocked Richardson's head. Swayed away just in time as it sailed through to the keeper

Required rate jumps to 14.5

30.6
1
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, semi-crouch from Richardson to flap this tossed up delivery through square leg
30.5
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, leg-break that turns in, Agar backs away and swats it down to long-on
30.4
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, googly from Rashid, Agar waited deep to cut and is beaten all ends up
30.3
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, now the googly, Agar prods forward and bunts it out
30.2
4
Adil Rashid to Agar, FOUR, another slowish leggie, Agar's eyes light up as he sinks low to cross-bat it over mid-wicket. There were cries of "Catch" but it went well over the fielder's head
30.1
2
Adil Rashid to Agar, 2 runs, floated temptingly outside off, crashed to the left of sweeper cover for a couple of runs
29.6
1
Mark Wood to Agar, 1 run, whangs a short ball at the torso, Agar controls the pull along the carpet to deep square leg
29.5
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, slanted outside off, quite pacy stuff from Wood. Agar goes for the cut and chops it without much intent behind the stumps
29.4
1
Mark Wood to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, tapped with soft hands in front of cover for a quick single
29.3
0
Mark Wood to Jhye Richardson, no run, driven along the ground to cover
29.2
1
Mark Wood to Agar, 1 run, sliding on leg-stump line, tucked to mid-wicket
29.1
0
Mark Wood to Agar, no run, full and zeroing at the stumps, Agar waits in his crease and blocks it crisply

Mark Wood [5.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack

28.6
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, stomps forward and turns it with the spin to square leg
28.5
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, defended to the left of the bowler
28.4
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, leggie that turns in, Agar closes the bat face early and nearly popped a leading edge to short mid-wicket, on the bounce to the fielder
28.3
1
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, pushed through quicker outside off, Richardson quickly rushes back and punches it to sweeper cover
28.2
0
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, no run, more air and loop, Richardson's giant stride forward to smother it
28.1
0
Adil Rashid to Jhye Richardson, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, icy defence off the front foot
27.6
0
Willey to Agar, no run, solid back foot block to this back of a length delivery
27.5
1
Willey to Jhye Richardson, 1 run, short of length and Richardson jumps up to play the punch square on the off-side, just a single
27.4
0
Willey to Jhye Richardson, no run, back of a length around the ribs, Richardson hops and fends it in front of Willey

Jhye Richardson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

27.3
0
Willey to Maxwell, out Caught by Plunkett!! Stunner! When it is your day, it is your day. Everything seems to work. Every moves works out and every catch sticks. Length ball slanted across off, Maxwell deep in the crease with a cleared front leg goes full-throttle on the heave, connects well and seems like it was going over the rope before Plunkett intervened near long-on. Ran to his left, jumped up and caught with both hands. Balanced himself nicely and ensured he remained inside the rope. Maxwell c Plunkett b Willey 19(19) [4s-1 6s-1]

Willey to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

27.2
0
Willey to Maxwell, no run, bit more width this time and Maxwell picks out Roy at backward point
27.1
4
Willey to Maxwell, FOUR, cheeky! Uses the pace and angle of Willey to pocket a boundary. Back of a length ball angled across off, Maxwell stays stoic in his crease and uses his hands to steer it past the short third man fielder

Ashton Agar, left handed bat, comes to the crease

26.6
0
Adil Rashid to Paine, out Caught by Hales!! England are having a laugh. Whereas there are glum faces in the Australia balcony. Half tracker and Paine could have deposited it anywhere, but as is the case with leg-spinners they usually get away with such deliveries, rocks back and pulls it to deep square leg. Hales runs around the circumference and takes a good tumbling catch to his right. Four wickets to seal this for England. Paine c Hales b Adil Rashid 5(9)

Adil Rashid to Paine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

26.5
1
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 1 run, room made and the ball lobbed, lifted without any timing to long-off
26.4
1
Adil Rashid to Paine, 1 run, tossed up on off, Paine eases it to long-on

Slip in

26.3
0
Adil Rashid to Paine, no run, fraction short and outside off, Paine cuts and picks out Roy at cover
26.2
0
Adil Rashid to Paine, no run, googly and Paine is back in the crease, works it to mid-wicket
26.1
0
Adil Rashid to Paine, no run, flighted outside off, driven towards cover, where Roy is like a livewire. Very few go past him
25.6
1
Willey to Paine, 1 run, on the legs once again.. glanced to fine leg
25.5
1
Willey to Maxwell, 1 run, full and on the pads, flicked away to deep mid-wicket
25.4
0
Willey to Maxwell, no run, fuller and around off, Maxwell drives sans timing to mid-off
25.3
6
Willey to Maxwell, SIX, he was itching. He was waiting. He finally gets one over the rope. Shuffles across to off, gets inside the line to the back of a length delivery and then scoops it all the way for a maximum over fine leg
25.2
1
Willey to Paine, 1 run, short and around chest high, Paine rides the bounce and turns it towards square leg
25.1
1
Willey to Maxwell, 1 run, charges down and is met with a short of length delivery, punched to mid-off
24.6
1
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 1 run, fraction short just outside off, chopped away to sweeper cover
24.5
1
Adil Rashid to Paine, 1 run, googly and Paine reads it off the surface, nurdled to deep square leg
24.4
1
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, leg byes, 1 run, now the reverse sweep does not come off, brushes the back thigh on the way to short third man
24.3
1
Adil Rashid to Paine, 1 run, tossed up on off, driven off the inner half of the bat to long-on
24.2
1
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 1 run, lobbed up outside off, sliced away with an open bat face to sweeper cover
24.1
0
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, no run, driven to cover

Tim Paine, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Australia need to score another 19 runs to avoid the heaviest ODI defeat in terms of runs

23.6
1
Willey to Stoinis, out Stoinis Run Out!! 1 run completed. What was the need? Stoinis is livid with Maxwell. But it was his call for the second. He has no one but himself to blame. JL on the pavilion balcony just closes his face with his hand. He can't believe Australia have lost a wicket to some needless running. This was very much like Roy's wicket. A tuck off the hips in front of square, never a second in it, Bairstow attacks the ball and sends in a flat throw right next to the stumps. Buttler does the rest. Stoinis was more than a yard short. Stoinis run out (Bairstow/Buttler) 44(37) [4s-4 6s-1]

Willey to Stoinis, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

23.5
0
Willey to Stoinis, no run, short and on off, Stoinis pulls on the bounce to mid-wicket, where Mo collects
23.4
1
Willey to Maxwell, 1 run, Maxwell is teeing off but isn't connecting, another length ball and he targets the cow corner area, big inside edge onto the pad and the ball rolls to the right of Willey, quick single taken
23.3
1
Willey to Stoinis, 1 run, back of a length on leg, tucked to the mid-wicket region
23.2
0
Willey to Stoinis, no run, again down leg.. Stoinis glances and picks out Rashid at short fine leg. Missed out
23.1
1
Willey to Maxwell, leg byes, 1 run, length ball down leg, Maxwell tries the one-leg pick up shot, fails to connect and the ball rolls off the pad to short fine, Rashid hits the timber at the striker's end and concedes the run

David Willey [4.0-0-38-1] is back into the attack

22.6
4
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, FOUR, no one is stopping that. Floated up teasingly and Stoinis does not need a second invite, stays leg-side of the ball to open up the off-side and murders the loft over extra cover. One bounce and over the rope
22.5
0
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, no run, brilliant from Roy. The front of the hand delivery from Rashid, Stoinis drives on the up towards cover. Roy flings full length to his right and makes a one-handed save
22.4
0
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, no run, wrong 'un and Stoinis gives himself room to punch it to cover, straight to Roy
22.3
0
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, no run, tossed up on leg-stump, defended to the right of Rashid
22.2
1
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 1 run, dragged back length, Maxwell moves away and slaps it towards cover, Roy takes the pace off the ball and Hales does the mop up from sweeper cover, just a single
22.1
0
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, no run, flighted on middle, driven straight to cover
21.6
4
Plunkett to Stoinis, FOUR, another mistime and another four for Stoinis. This time over mid-on. Gets a length ball and goes through the line, off the toe-end and beats Willey's chase from inside the ring
21.5
4
Plunkett to Stoinis, FOUR, banged in short at 77.1mph, Plunkett rolled his fingers across the ball, sat up in the pitch and Stoinis fetched it from outside off, pulled it over mid-wicket and got enough for the ball to trickle away
21.4
1
Plunkett to Maxwell, 1 run, wristy nurdle from Maxwell through backward square leg, just a single
21.3
0
Plunkett to Maxwell, no run, short of length and Maxwell rides the bounce with a hop, drops it with soft hands into the off-side and sets off for a single, Stoinis is not interested and rightly sends him back
21.2
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, off-pace delivery is nudged wide (right) of mid-wicket, for a single
21.1
0
Plunkett to Stoinis, no run, back of a length on off, Stoinis blocks it back to Plunkett
20.6
1
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 1 run, fraction short and Stoinis has all the time to play the pull to wide long-on
20.5
1
Adil Rashid to Maxwell, 1 run, lobbed up leg-break and Maxwell eases it to long-off

Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

20.4
0
Adil Rashid to Finch, out Bowled!! Cleaned up! Brave bowling. Smart bowling. This ball landed in the same area as the previous and that is why Finch winded up for the big mow. However, this was much slower from Rashid and that is where he outfoxed the batsman, Finch was through the shot and the ball arrived later, crashed into middle stump. Another failure for Finch batting in the middle order. Finch b Adil Rashid 20(19) [6s-2]

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

20.3
6
Adil Rashid to Finch, SIX, second six for Finch. He is slowly starting to flex his muscles. Bowled from front of the hand, length ball and right in the slot, Finch clears his front leg and dispatches it over the long-on fence
20.2
1
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 1 run, slower through the air and played with soft hands from Stoinis in front of cover, for a single
20.1
2
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 2 runs, googly which a shade too full, Stoinis drills the drive wide of long-off and the duo scamper back. Good running!
19.6
4
Plunkett to Finch, leg byes, FOUR, Plunkett has been a bit too straight in this over, strays another on the legs and Finch tries to repeat the pick-up shot for six, no connection made but the thigh pad ensures there is pace on the ball to beat Rashid at fine leg
19.5
0
Plunkett to Finch, no run, back of a length around off, Finch bunts it into off-side
19.4
6
Plunkett to Finch, SIX, that is the first real shot in anger played by Finch. He has been biding his time. This too was not fully bludgeoned. Just used the pace of Plunkett, got inside the line and whipped it over backward square leg for a maximum
19.3
2
Plunkett to Finch, leg byes, 2 runs, drifting on the legs, Finch hops and fails to meet with the flick, off the thigh and into the leg-side. The duo scamper back for the second
19.2
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, follows it up with a full one on off, Stoinis is rooted to the crease waiting for the short ball, brings his bat down straight and eases it to mid-on
19.1
0
Plunkett to Stoinis, no run, short and outside off, Stoinis is in the air trying to play the upper cut, still can't reach it and the square leg umpire - Dharmasena reckons it is a legal delivery. Stoinis is not happy with the decision
18.6
0
Adil Rashid to Finch, no run, Rashid shakes his head looking at the umpire. He knows that it dropped short of him. Loopy leg-break and Finch closes the bat face on the nudge, the leading edge pops up and lands just short of Rashid, who moves forward and dives, only to take it on the half volley
18.5
0
Adil Rashid to Finch, no run, slider which skids on and keeps low, Finch cuts and misses. Undone by the lack of bounce
18.4
1
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 1 run, more flight and a dragged drive to long-on, off the inner portion of the bat
18.3
1
Adil Rashid to Finch, 1 run, bit more air but length remains on the shorter side, slapped to sweeper cover
18.2
1
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 1 run, on the shorter side and Stoinis punches it down to long-on
18.1
0
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, no run, starts with a flatter delivery on middle, knocked to short mid-wicket

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

17.6
0
Plunkett to Finch, no run, very full and outside off, Finch opens the bat face to drive and picks out Roy at backward point
17.5
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, slower back of a length delivery and Stoinis is early into his swivel-pull, off the cue-end and in front of mid-wicket, Finch calls through for the single
17.4
1
Plunkett to Finch, 1 run, short and around the hips, helped round the corner with a hop, single to fine leg
17.3
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, cross-seam full delivery and Stoinis goes hard on the drive, squirted off a thickish outside edge to third man
17.2
1
Plunkett to Finch, 1 run, direct hit at the striker's end but Stoinis was well in. Finch poked the length delivery into the off-side and set off, Morgan ran forward and hit the target
17.1
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, banged in short around off, Stoinis shuffles and hooks it down to fine leg, couple of bounces before Rashid tidies up

Drinks are on the field now..

16.6
1
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, 1 run, good length delivery tossed up outside off, still no turn, Stoinis crouches very low and guides the late-cut to Rashid at short third man for a scrambled single
16.5
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, a tad short again, Finch goes deep in the crease to maneuvre that behidn square for a single
16.4
1
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, 1 run, no turn on that, good length again, a late-steer to short third man for a single
16.3
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, a tad fuller, correcting his error, tapped off a low stance to cover for a single
16.2
1
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, 1 run, drops it a fraction short, carved away square of the wicket for a single
16.1
6
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, SIX, perfect length to be honest, if this was a Test. It's not. An off-break on off-stump, turning in, Stoinis was waiting outside off after shuffling, slog-sweeps that over square leg for a massive blow
15.6
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, slower bouncer, doesn't bounce much either, outside off too, a checked pull towards cow corner for a single
15.5
0
Plunkett to Stoinis, no run, short of length and getting big on him, Stoinis shuffles across and bottom-hands a fore-handed punch to mid-off
15.4
1
Plunkett to Finch, 1 run, slower one but errs in line, on leg-stump, and a polite nurdle away in front of square leg for a single
15.3
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, length ball angling towards middle and leg, Stoinis stays in the crease, waits for it to come on, and push-drives it to mid-on for a scampered single
15.2
1
Plunkett to Finch, 1 run, good length delivery swinging in towards off, and a tap on the head under his eyes to mid-on for a single
15.1
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, short ball into the body, Stoinis gets partially across, manages the front-on trigger movement, and guides a pull down to fine leg for a single
14.6
0
Moeen Ali to Finch, no run, tossed up on off, a shuffles across to cover the line, and pushed back with a marginally closed bat-face to the right of the bowler
14.5
1
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, 1 run, a tad short, Stoinis stands tall and taps it down to long-on for a single
14.4
4
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, FOUR, a toss-up on off, not quite full enough, a reverse-paddle down to fine third man for four
14.3
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, outside off, nice length, Finch stretches out and punches to mid-off for a quick single
14.2
0
Moeen Ali to Finch, no run, a tad short, Finch went back for the cut and took the lack of turn for granted, but is turns in and gets an inside edge onto the pads

Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.1
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, out Caught by Plunkett! Got his x and y axes mixed up, did Marsh - got far more height than distance and messed up the distribution of power. A toss-up on middle, a shimmy down, and a massive loft down the ground. Into the stratosphere and down the throat of Plunkett at the long-on boundary. Difficult catches these, since it's hard to spot the white ball in the clear skies. Especially these steeplers. Anyway, Australia 3 down. Shaun Marsh c Plunkett b Moeen Ali 24(30) [6s-1]

Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

13.6
1
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, back of a length, on leg and middle, an ugly bottom-edged pull towards deep backward square leg for a single. 100 up for Australia, just 382 more to go!
13.5
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, full and angling towards leg from round the wicket, Shaun Marsh misses the cross-batted swipe into the on-side. The ball trickles off the pad into the off-side
13.4
0
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, no run, half-volley on middle, Shaun Marsh check-drives straight down the ground after advancing down. Right back into the bowler's hands. Back in the crease, mate!
13.3
1
Plunkett to Stoinis, 1 run, short of length on the hips, Stoinis hops into a front-on stance and nudges it into the on-side in front of square leg for a single
13.2
0
Plunkett to Stoinis, no run, full on off-stump, pushed back to the bowler. Bounces into the bowler's palms into the followthrough, and he threatens to throw. All friendly in the end
13.1
1
Plunkett to Shaun Marsh, leg byes, 1 run, outside leg, full, missed flick, stifled appeal, a leg-bye as the ball trickles into the off-side

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

12.6
0
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, no run, off-break outside off, turning in sharply, Stoinis is cramped for room and hurriedly taps it on the head into the off-side
12.5
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, fullish outside off, Shaun Marsh back away, weight on the back foot, and a punch away to long-off for a single
12.4
1
Moeen Ali to Stoinis, 1 run, good length, tad wide outside off, chopped to point for a single

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.3
0
Moeen Ali to Head, out Caught&Bowled! The almost-soft-dismissal last over is completed now, but the victim is Head this time. On off-stump, straightening, and some apparent hold in the wicket, perhaps some grip, which makes Head check his drive and chip it right back to Ali. He tosses the ball up in delight. When did England start producing subcontinental tracks that turn after the flat track starts showing blemishes? Anyway, Aussies two down, and the in-form Head is on his way back. Head c and b Moeen Ali 51(39) [4s-7]

Moeen Ali to Head, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

12.2
0
Moeen Ali to Head, no run, fullish again on middle, Shaun Marsh is quick to comes down the track and clips it to short mid-wicket
12.1
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, flat and short on the pads, everything that could go wrong with a spinner's ball, whipped off the back foot in front of square leg for a single
11.6
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, short of a length on off, Head clears his front-leg, gets front-on as a result, and pulls it off the bottom half towards short mid-wicket
11.5
2
Mark Wood to Head, 2 runs, not very full, Head still leans into a drive to deep extra cover for a brace. 50 up for Head, and a quick one too
11.4
2
Mark Wood to Head, 2 runs, short of length on the hips, Head stands tall and whips it off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a brace
11.4
1
Mark Wood to Head, wide, bouncer again, a pull attempted, missed, because it was down leg. Wided
11.3
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, uh oh! Too side-on! Another short one, and he gets back and across in the pouncing position. Has to sway out of the way of it, and exposes his neck again. Rather scary as a spectator too
11.2
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, punched off the back foot to mid-off for a single
11.1
1
Mark Wood to Head, 1 run, back of a length delivery banged in, angling towards off, Head has a timely mini-jump and a tap on the head with a closed bat-face to mid-wicket for a single
10.6
1
Moeen Ali to Head, 1 run, loopy delivery on off and middle, Head shimmies down with a hunch and whips it away to long-on, completes a single as an extension of the shimmy
10.5
0
Moeen Ali to Head, no run, tossed up, pitching on off, Head gets forward and smothers the turn with a block
10.4
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, short yet again, Shaun Marsh crouches in his stance and pulls it away to deep square leg for a single
10.3
1
Moeen Ali to Head, 1 run, a tad short again, but straight, pushed off the back foot to long-on for a single
10.2
1
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, short and a tad wide, an easy cut away to point for a single
10.1
0
Moeen Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, ooooh! On a length, grips and straightens from round the wicket, checked the shot back to the bowler, almost a return catch. Falls just short

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

9.6
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, pitching outside leg, leaving the batsman with the angle, steered away off a hop with an open face to third man for a single
9.5
1
Mark Wood to Head, 1 run, short of length and on the hips, a nonchalant glance towards backward square leg for a single
9.4
4
Mark Wood to Head, FOUR, not particularly short, outside off too, so a pull was out of the quesiton, but a pull off the bottom half was executed with precision towards the deep mid-wicket fence for four
9.3
1
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, short of length and seaming back in, Shaun Marsh has to get back into line and jab, gets a thick inside edge into the hip and it trickles towards the keeper. They scamper a single. A throw at the striker's end, but missed
9.2
0
Mark Wood to Shaun Marsh, no run, good length delivery on off, Shaun Marsh stays in the crease and trusts the bounce to come on to the bat. Dropped into the off-side
9.1
1
Mark Wood to Head, 1 run, away-seamer leaving the batsman's off-stump from a good length and moving away, an thick and checked leading edge towards point for a single

Mark Wood [3.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

8.6
1
Root to Head, 1 run, did that turn in? Does he have a carom ball. A tad short anyway, and a chop away towards backward point for a single. A diving stop allows the single
8.5
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, on the thighs, a back foot nudge to backward square leg for a single
8.4
1
Root to Head, 1 run, on the stumps again, another shimmy down the wicket, and a swat-drive to long-on for a single
8.3
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, on the pads, clipped away neatly to mid-wicket for a single
8.2
0
Root to Shaun Marsh, no run, coming in from round the wicket, straightening, Shaun Marsh checks the flick, gets a leading edge towards mid-off
8.1
6
Root to Shaun Marsh, SIX, straight down the ground! Fuller in length, tossed up on middle and off, Shaun Marsh comes down the track and lofts it high and mighty over straightish long-on for six
7.6
4
Willey to Head, FOUR, back of a length and aimed at the top of off, Head plays a crouched topspinning poke-jab of a late-cut over the top of the bounce to third man for four. Past the diving short third man fielder
7.5
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, fuller length just outside off, an open-faced slice towards mid-off for a hurried single
7.4
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, back of a length just outside off, Shaun Marsh gets on the back foot and punches to mid-off
7.4
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, wide, another full one down leg, another wide
7.3
1
Willey to Head, 1 run, shortish just outside off, a bottom-handed swat off the back foot to sweeper cover for a single
7.3
1
Willey to Head, wide, angling down leg again, wided by the umpire
7.2
4
Willey to Head, FOUR, how is this fair? Away-swinger, a hint of width, perfect length, Head slashes at it off a low stance, gets a fortuitous top-edge to third man for four
7.1
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, swinging away, standing tall, driven on the up from the crease towards deep extra cover for a single
6.6
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, another flat one and another whip-drive to long-on for a single. Rather quick over by Rooooooooot
6.5
1
Root to Head, 1 run, a tad shorter, same line, a front-on swat towards wide long-on for a single
6.4
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, a smidge more flight, on leg-stump, another advance down and whip to mid-wicket for a single
6.3
1
Root to Head, 1 run, flatter in trajectory on the pads, clipped away to long-on for a single
6.2
4
Root to Head, FOUR, tossed up wide outside off, Travis is nimble in his shimmy down the track as he slices it aerially towards deep point for four
6.1
1
Root to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, a bit of flight, pitching on middle, straightening, Shaun Marsh gets forward and punches it down to long-on for a single

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

Boooooooooo goes around the ground. Or is it Roooooooooot?

5.6
0
Willey to Head, no run, no width, shortish, Head tries to go for an extravagant cut, misses. The ball must've landed on the seam, hence the extra bounce
5.5
4
Willey to Head, FOUR, back of a length delivery skidding towards middle, Head shuffles across and tucks it down to fine leg for four
5.4
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, leg byes, 1 run, good length delivery heading for leg, or perhaps missing. Shaun Marsh misses the glance and it trickles towards third man for a leg-bye. No bat involved, but it was too high I suppose. Might've gone down leg too
5.3
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, back of a length just outside off, Shaun Marsh shuffles across, gets behind the line, and punches it right back to the bowler
5.2
1
Willey to Head, 1 run, fuller length on the pads, clipped to mid-wicket for a single
5.1
0
Willey to Head, no run, short, zero width and angling, Head tries to cut, takes a take longer to get the wrist into action and manufacture width, can't make the adjustment in time and misses
4.6
1
Mark Wood to Head, 1 run, shortish, around chest-high, Head stands tall and punches it firmly to mid-off for a scampered single
4.5
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, back of a length yet again, perfect Test match length, no width, respected with a half-cocked defence back to the bowler
4.4
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, back of a length just outside off, punched to cover
4.3
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, hit on the helmet, NO NECK GUARD! Short one, Head is cramped on the pull and takes his eye off the ball, neck exposed, and gets it off his shoulder onto his neck. Dangerous stuff. 88mph/142kmph. Must've hit him hard.
4.2
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, good length and skiddy just outside off, Head gets back and taps it on the head with an angled bat. Steered to point
4.1
4
Mark Wood to Head, FOUR, short of length from the over the wicket angle, Head gets back and across, front-on, and easily tucks it away to the fine leg fence for four
3.6
1
Willey to Head, 1 run, short of length and just outside off, and a hop-and-whip away off the back foot to deep square leg for a single
3.5
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, coming in with the angle and skidding, Shaun Marsh tries to turn it away into the on-side, gets rapped on the pads as it trundles away towards third man. Got an inside edge on it apparently
3.4
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, much better, pitching on a back of a length and straightening off the seam just outside off. Shaun Marsh stays in his crease and taps it on the head with his weight on the back foot
3.4
1
Willey to Shaun Marsh, wide, Willey struggling with his line, too straight, down leg side yet again, and given wide
3.3
2
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, to backward square leg
3.3
2
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, to backward square leg
3.3
2
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, feeding him in his strong area again, length ball on the middle and leg line, turned away comfortably to backward square leg for a brace
3.3
2
Willey to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, feeding him in his strong area again, length ball on the middle and leg line, turned away comfortably to backward square leg for a brace
3.2
0
Willey to Shaun Marsh, no run, length ball on leg-stump, on the pads, tickled away towards Rashid at short fine

Shaun Marsh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

3.1
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, out Caught by Moeen Ali! Why did he check his shot? A back of a length ball, straightish, D Arcy Short was initially trying to loft down the ground, and at the last moment decided to nudge it into the on-side after coming down the wicket. Ended up mid-way between a leading edge and a chip towards Moeen at mid-on who takes a neat low catch. Definition of a soft dismissal. D Arcy Short c Moeen Ali b Willey 15(12) [4s-1 6s-1]

Willey to D Arcy Short, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

2.6
1
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, 1 run, short of length without width, straightening towards off-stump, a slight arch back by Short and a carve down to third man for a single
2.5
0
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, no run, good length and nippy on the stumps from over the wicket, nudged off a more front-on stance towards short mid-wicket
2.4
0
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, no run, not the quickest bouncer at 84mph, but effective. Hit the right part of the pitch and the ball, and D Arcy Short misses the full-blooded hook
2.3
1
Mark Wood to Head, 1 run, good length ball on off, punched to mid-off and they take off. A throw at the non-striker's end, and it misses by a long way
2.2
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, good length ball, heading for off, no width, blocked compactly
2.1
4
Mark Wood to Head, FOUR, sees a very small amount of width, and sees the number 482 in his mind's eye, flashes at it and slices it to the deep backward point fence for four
1.6
1
Willey to Head, 1 run, back of a length and on the thighs, leg-stump line, and a watchful nudge off the back foot to square leg for a single
1.5
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, 1 run, full delivery on the pads, D Arcy Short gets across and helps it on the way with a glance behind square leg, cut off by Rashid at short fine leg. Either side of him, and it was four
1.5
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, wide, back of a length but too acute an angle down leg side. Wided
1.4
1
Willey to Head, 1 run, big appeal, but a bigger inside edge. Back of a length delivery outside off and seaming in, Head defends off the back foot, gets a huge inside edge onto his pads an they run through for a single
1.3
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, 1 run, extremely full, almost yorker length on the stumps, dug out to mid-on for a quick single

Bairstow at the extra cover fence now

1.2
4
Willey to D Arcy Short, FOUR, good length ball, away swing, but D Arcy Short has hand-eye coordination to rival the best - check-drives in the air to the sweeper cover fence for four
1.1
6
Willey to D Arcy Short, SIX, welcome Willey! Full and some width outside off, D Arcy Short reaches out and literally chips that to sweeper cover with majestic timing! Amazing timing

David Willey, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Nothing untoward yet. A nice and solid start. More importantly, a composed start.

0.6
0
Mark Wood to Head, no run, good length, perfect length in fact, skiddy on towards middle from leg, blocked back to Wood with respect
0.6
1
Mark Wood to Head, wide, full delivery but down leg, missed glance down the wrong line, and signalled wide by the umpire
0.5
1
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, 1 run, pulls the length back, on middle stump, punched softly towards cover and they have enough time to scurry across for a single
0.4
0
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, no run, very full in length again, on middle, punched away towards mid-off without any feet
0.3
0
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, no run, full delivery on off, punched firmly to mid-off
0.2
3
Mark Wood to Head, 3 runs, very full again, just outside off, dug out in an ugly manner to deep extra cover for three more
0.1
1
Mark Wood to D Arcy Short, 1 run, yorker length delivery fractionally wide outside off, squeezed out to cover for a single

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

Back for the chase. Big chase ahead! Can we see some fight? Or a meek submission? Here we go!