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Australia vs England - 3rd ODI

Series: England tour of Australia, 2018
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Date & Time: 21 January 2018

Australia 286/6 (50 Ovs) CRR: 5.72 | England won by 16 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Aaron Finch lbw Adil Rashidlbw Adil Rashid625333
David Warner c Hales & b C Woakesc Hales & b C Woakes81020
Cameron White c Jos Buttler & b Mark Woodc Jos Buttler & b Mark Wood172530
Steven Smith c Jos Buttler & b Mark Woodc Jos Buttler & b Mark Wood456610
Mitchell Marsh c Hales & b Adil Rashidc Hales & b Adil Rashid556640
Marcus Stoinis c (sub)Billings & b C Woakesc (sub)Billings & b C Woakes564332
Tim Paine Not OutNot Out313510
Pat Cummins Not OutNot Out1200
Mitchell Starc dnbdnb0000
Josh Hazlewood dnbdnb0000
Adam Zampa dnbdnb0000
Extras 11 (b 4, lb 5, w 2, nb 0)
Total 286 (6 Wkts, 50 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mark Wood10 1 46 2 4.6
Chris Woakes10 0 57 2 5.7
Liam Plunkett1.2 0 6 0 6
Moeen Ali10 0 57 0 5.7
Joe Root8.4 0 60 0 7.5
Adil Rashid10 0 51 2 5.1
Jason Roy0 0 0 0 0
Jonny Bairstow0 0 0 0 0
Alex Hales0 0 0 0 0
Eoin Morgan0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0


I'm infatuated by closures. Not that England have one today after the 0-4 Ashes mutilation but they have come close -- as close as they can get, ever. Today, they win their first bilateral series in Australia and at a venue that's seen many a English team disintegrate under the weight of an Ashes loss. It all rounds up, always. On that note, this is Pratyush Sinha exiting the comm. box with Vineet Anantharaman and Mukesh Gowda. Make whatever you can of the Sunday left, ta-ta!

For those who are wondering, Buttler is the Player of the Match for his 83-ball 100*

Warner's early wicket was key on a soft SCG wicket and Woakes provided that. Australia tried to go after Joe Root, who had to bowl Plunkett's overs after the latter walked out to an hamstring injury, but Smith fell at just the wrong time for the hosts. And to a debatable decision that sent the TV umpire into a reiterative replay loop. And Twitter into hysteria, perhaps. Marcus Stoinis's fifty got Australia closer, yes, but in the light of the upcoming WC, is he batting too deep?

09:08pm local: This series win will be tough for a few nineties kids to digest. I mean England were never this good. Never before. In the backdrop of two successful chases, they were asked by Smith to set a total this time. And that they did. Buttler created quite a whirlwind with a hundred off the last ball, pumping the total to 302 and it immediately looked beyond Australia, who crashed to their sixth defeat in the last seven ODIs versus England. Times've changed.

Woakes to Paine, 1 run, memorable victory for England - their first bilateral series win in Australia. Take an unassailable 3-0 lead. Paine hacks this across the line and gets a single to mid-wicket. Not enough
Woakes to Pat Cummins, 1 run, upper-cuts a short ball to deep backward point

England fans are wide awake at 9:00pm local. Well

Woakes to Pat Cummins, no run, doesn't connect the yorker outside off

Pat Cummins, right handed bat, comes to the crease

England look easy on the field now. They know this one's for the taking. Gulp a drink or two and get ready to bowl the last 3 balls. "We will, we will, rock you" plays

Woakes to Stoinis, out Caught by (sub)Billings!! England inch closer. Woakes lets out a short ball, Stoinis had to go for the pull but holes out to deep backward square leg. Stoinis c (sub)Billings b Woakes 56(43) [4s-3 6s-2]

Woakes to Stoinis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Woakes to Stoinis, 2 runs, Woakes gets the yorker right outside off. All Stoinis could do was jam it out to long-on. He's back on the strike through. Good intent

Let's see what we've got here

Woakes to Paine, 1 run, slower back of a length delivery, smacked with a delay to long-on. They settle for a single. Rightly so. Stoinis is on strike now

This is England's game now. 22 runs to get off the last over. Woakes will bowl it. Australia have let it slip here towards the end

Mark Wood to Paine, 1 run, only gets a single. Bowls a low full toss outside off, Paine slices it to deep point region. 2/46 for Wood today. He's done
Mark Wood to Paine, no run, he tries. But surrenders to Mark Wood's pace. Around 145ks that. Looks to hit it across the line but the ball's through before he completes his followthrough

Australia need a six from Paine. Can he?

Mark Wood to Stoinis, 1 run, shortish ball at 144ks, dragged off the back foot to backward square leg
Mark Wood to Stoinis, FOUR, 3rd ODI fifty for Stoinis. Reaches out and slices this wide-full ball. And with third man up, he gets four. Wow, this game's as alive as ever. 24 off 9 needed. Umm
Mark Wood to Paine, 1 run, and he's done it. Gives the strike back to Stoinis. Wood cleverly takes the pace off this short ball, Paine elicits a bottom edge on the pull and then Buttler misses his target. Hurls the throw wide and Stoinis is back onto strike

Paine has to give the strike back to Stoinis here

Mark Wood to Stoinis, 1 run, follows him down leg with a pacy back of a length delivery. Chomped out to backward point. Just didn't allow any room to Stoinis. And gets him off strike first ball

Third man up, KP informs on air

Australia need 30 runs in 12 balls. For England, this has to be a tight over. Else Australia will sail away with it here. Got to back the batting side with 14 odd to get in the last over. Let's see what we've got

Mark Wood [9.0-1-38-2] is back into the attack

Woakes to Paine, 2 runs, nicely angles this very full ball in. Squeezed out straight down the ground and by the time long-off runs across and fields, they take two. 13 runs off the over! But Australia need more in the next
Woakes to Stoinis, 1 run, wafts a single through cover-point
Woakes to Stoinis, 2 runs, Australian Open is in progress for a reason. For these shots. Stoinis waits for this slower short ball and forehands it to long-on. Good thing to come back and face strike again
Woakes to Paine, 1 run, angles the full ball in, Paine squeezes it out to mid-off. 8 runs off 3 balls so far in this over
Woakes to Stoinis, 1 run, now goes full outside off, slapped to cover
Woakes to Stoinis, SIX, withers it away with his mere bat swing. Little straight, picked up over deep backward square leg. He can really explode now. 68 meter only. That's a short boundary

Chris Woakes [8.0-0-39-1] is back into the attack

Three overs to go. Wood has one and Woakes has two left. Latter into the attack now, as expected

Rashid's done: 10-0-51-2

Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 1 run, comes down the track and makes some room to drive to long-off. He'd have liked to go squarer
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, 2 runs, nice. Darts it flatter, cramped Stoinis has to adjust with a straight punch. And they pick two to long-on. Nice
Adil Rashid to Paine, 1 run, spin on this leg break allows Paine the room. Throws his hands and inflates this over covers
Adil Rashid to Paine, 2 runs, summons the sweep from outside off and gets a couple of runs to deep mid-wicket. Good running there. Easily back for two
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, byes, 1 run, that hit nothing. A very full leg break, spins past Stoinis's bat and deflects off Buttler's gloves
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, FOUR, well played. A leg break with good bounce, and Stoinis's pumped it over covers. On his toes, 100 percent in control . Good start

54 needed now

Mark Wood to Stoinis, 1 run, could play that because the short ball followed Stoinis's nauseating leg-stump guard. Pulls it over mid-wicket. You no longer need back foot for these, in case you were wondering. It's 2018. The bats have taken that role
Mark Wood to Stoinis, no run, and again. He's got his radar right. This one's much fuller but as must beyond Stoinis's reach. Standing too much on leg-stump there and Wood is exploiting that
Mark Wood to Stoinis, no run, that's not a wide, as much as this SCG crowd this so. Very well bowled in fact. Sees Stoinis back away and just flirted with the tramline. Just inside. Stoinis reaches out to no avail
Mark Wood to Paine, 1 run, fielder at deep square leg but doesn't carry. Largely off the middle, this pull shot
Mark Wood to Stoinis, 1 run, Wood goes back to pace. Goes wide on the crease and angles this length ball in, that Stoinis steers out to deep point
Mark Wood to Stoinis, FOUR, that's a slower-ball plan gone wrong. Stoinis brilliantly waited an extra second there to play the shot. Flat-bats the short ball past mid-off there. Not even close to the fielder


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