England, recovering from a poor start against Australia on Wednesday, stitched 302 runs for seven wickets in 50 overs, thanks to the best innings of Johnny Bairstow (112), Sam Billings (57) and finally Chris Woakes (53 not out). Score scored. The three-match ODI series is 1-1 at the moment and this is the deciding match in which Australia will have to score 303 runs to win.
England won the toss and chose to bat, but Mitchell Starc gave him a start that the hosts did not expect. Stark took England under heavy pressure with two wickets in the first two balls of the first over. This is the first time in the history of ODI cricket when a team has given a target of more than 300 runs to an opposing team after falling 2 wickets at a score of 0.
He dismissed Jason Roy (0) on the very first ball of the first over and then sent Joe Pavil on the next ball without opening the account. Stark was on a hat-trick but England captain Eoin Morgan did not let that happen.
The captain, along with Bairstow, added 67 runs for the third wicket. He was caught by Stark in an attempt to hit Adam Zampa’s ball over the midoff.
Zampa also did not let Jose Butler (8) last much longer. Billings landed after him again with Bairstow and the two shared a 114-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Shortly after completing his half-century, Billings became Jampa’s third victim with a total score of 210. Bairstow, 10 runs later, was bowled by Pat Cummins. Bairstow faced 126 balls and hit 12 fours and two sixes in his century.
After two set batsmen left, Australia had a chance to hold England to a low score, but Vox kept the run pace from the other end. Tom Qurain (19), Adil Rashid (11 not out) supported him well. Vox played 39 balls and hit six fours in his unbeaten innings.
Stark and Zampa took three wickets each for Australia. Cummins scored a breakthrough.
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