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Australia Vs England Live Score (ODI)

Date: Friday, 26 January, 2018 00:12 IST Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Match Status: Match Ended

Australia beat England by 3 wickets

196/10
Overs
44.5
R/R
4.4
Fours
11
Sixes
6
Extras
5
197/7
Overs
37.0
R/R
5.32
Fours
25
Sixes
1
Extras
4
  • Pat Cummins is caught up on the sidelines by Mark Taylor. The seamer says that due to the rain earlier in the afternoon, they got good conditions to bowl on at the start. He is pleased with his performance with the ball. Admits that they looked on improving over the first two games and is glad that they did well. Further adds that today was one of those days where things came well for you. Opines that when the opposition is down, it sounds easy to knock them over quickly but the tail often wags in such situations. Credits Chris Woakes for his innings. States he has no qualms in being the first change bowler when Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood take the new ball from either ends. Reckons batting normally should get his side home. Ends stating that Head can do well in Finch's absence, which shouldn't hurt his side.
  • Pat Cummins easily was the star of the show. He ran amok with his new ball partner Josh Hazlewood and decimated England. Together, they hunted down seven wickets between them, while Andrew Tye picked the remaining ones towards the end. This pitch looks like a batting beauty, however the scoreline at the start didn't do justice to that. The way Chris Woakes and Tom Curran batted, the indications were there of this being a track excellent for stroke making. Let's see how Australia approach their chase as the low targets are often tricky to get. Do join us in a short while.
  • The visiting side further raised two fifty partnerships, in which, Chris Woakes played a big hand. He, by far, was the best batsman on show for the tourists, stroking yet another half century and giving England something to bowl at. Tom Curran also played a useful hand, scoring 35 runs, which also is the highest score by an English number 10 since January 2006.
  • Have to say, it's been a great recovery from England. They were down and out very early in their innings after losing half their batting unit for only 8 runs. The deadly duo of Hazlewood and Cummins did all the damage initially and made a complete mockery of the English top order. The hosts did relax a bit after that and England managed a half century stand between Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan to bring sanity amidst the storm.
  • 44.5 OUT! ENGLAND BOWLED OUT FOR 196 RUNS with 31 balls remaining. The knuckle ball does the business for Tye. He delivers it pinpoint on middle and Curran mistimes his flick shot straight into the hands of Mitchell Marsh at short mid-wicket. He makes no mistake and that's all ladies and gentlemen from England with the bat.
  • 44.4 FOUR! Another fine shot by the number 10. He makes room for this one as it lands on a fuller length around off. After that he unfurls a lovely cover drive for a boundary. Vital runs, these.
  • 44.3 Shortish on middle, helped to mid-wicket.
  • 44.2 Curran has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 44.1 SIX! Curran has quietly played a little gem here for England. He senses the slower one coming at him early and shapes for the pull shot. As soon as the ball reaches to him, he pulls it with no mercy over mid-wicket. Half a dozen results.
  • 43.6 DROPPED BY ZAMPA! The little man jumps in his followthrough to grab the return catch but fails. A mistimed shot by Curran flies straight back at him, he tries his best but it goes behind after brushing his left hand. They cross. 186/9
  • 43.5 Floated and outside off, stroked off the front foot through mid off for one.
  • 43.4 Sees the flight and jumps out of the crease. He then drives it with the turn through covers for a run.
  • 43.3 Flatter and quicker on off, defended from the back foot.
  • 43.2 Loopy around off, slower through the air, Wood plays it late and pushes it from the outside edge to short third man. A run taken.
  • 43.1 Walks down to the pitch of the ball and drives it through mid off for a run.
  • 42.6 Width on offer outside off, Curran dabs it to third man for a run. 181/9
  • 42.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.4 OUT! End of an outstanding knock! Woakes departs after failing to read the slower ball by Tye. It's served to him on a shortish length wide outside off and he tries to go downtown. However, due to the lack of pace, he is a bit early into the shot and his bat turns in his hands. As a result, he fails to get proper connection and Maxwell (sub) runs across to his left from long on to complete the catch safely. Rise and applaud for this knock by the English all-rounder when the chips were down. He has given something to bowl at for England. Let's see how much Mark Wood contributes to the cause.
  • 42.3 The batsman has played it to the point region. No run.
  • 42.2 Nearly a yorker on middle, Tom does well to work it around on the leg side. Finds the gap and they switch ends.
  • 42.1 Full and angling into the batsman, on middle, Curran gets a leading edge in an attempt to play the flick shot. It rolls safely to point.
  • Andrew Tye back on.
  • 41.6 Pushed towards covers from the crease. 179/8
  • 41.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 41.4 SIX! Misjudgement from Tye. Proves helpful for Woakes, who completes 1000 ODI runs. Tossed up around off, Woakes gets down and plays the slog sweep. The ball sails over Tye stationed there and goes the distance. Andrew was well inside the ropes and he is furious with himself for letting go of a chance.
  • 41.3 Hit back straight to the bowler from the crease.
  • 41.2 Outside off again, driven through covers to get to the other end.
  • 41.1 Floated full on off, eased through mid off for one.
  • 40.6 Woakes mistimes it towards mid on and scurries to the other end. 171/8
  • 40.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.4 SIX! Is he very well set or what? Length ball angling in, Woakes plays the short arm jab and picks it up over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen. Amazing to see that the ball travels the distance in spite of the fact that not much of power was used really.
  • 40.3 Wild slash! Bowled outside off, Chris looks to play the drive away from the body, misses the ball.
  • 40.2 This one is fuller outside off, Curran's turn to guide it to third man for one.
  • 40.1 On a length just outside off, Woakes lets it come to him and guides it to third man for a single.
  • 39.6 A low full toss outside off, Woakes forces it through covers to retain strike. 162/8
  • 39.5 Loopy ball outside off, enough width to drive and Curran does so with the spin. It travels to sweeper cover and he rotates the strike.
  • 39.4 Pushes it quicker through the air, probably a flipper, Curran gets hurried up. He tries to punch but it takes the inside edge and hits him on the pads.
  • 39.3 Shortish and on middle, Curran gets back and punches it to covers.
  • 39.2 Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 39.1 Tossed up ball on middle, flicked off the pads in front of square leg for one.
  • Adam Zampa is back on.
  • 38.6 Another defensive shot off the front foot to end the over, 9 from it. 158/8
  • 38.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 38.4 SIX! That's a biggie! Stoinis bowls a slower short ball on off, Woakes reads the variation early and sends it sailing over square leg for a maximum. Right from the middle of the bat. Can Woakes take England to 200?
  • 38.3 Fullish and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 38.2 On the pads, nudged fine down the leg side for a couple. Easy pickings.
  • 38.1 Slower one, full and on middle, Curran tickles it off his pads to square leg for a run. Stoinis seems fit enough to bowl...
  • 37.6 Provides width outside off and Woakes eases it through point for a brace. Hazlewood is done for the day, 10-0-39-3! 149/8
  • 37.5 FOUR! 4th ODI fifty for Chris Woakes, a vital knock by him. He receives a length ball from Hazlewood and heaves it over mid-wicket for a cracking boundary. He impressed in the last game with a quickfire fifty and today also he has played a similar innings. He needs to finish well, England will hope.
  • 37.4 Full in length and outside off, it's driven off the front foot but straight to mid off.
  • 37.3 Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.
  • 37.2 Knocks a full ball down through mid off for a run.
  • Marcus Stoinis seems to be struggling with his lower back, points Michael Clarke on air. Not looking comfortable as he stands near the boundary line.
  • 37.1 Woakes it doing it smartly. He is showing confidence in Curran who has played sensibly so far. A length ball outside off, CW plays it down past backward point for one.
  • 36.6 Short and on off, Woakes pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one. 141/8
  • 36.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 36.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 36.3 Good straight drive by Curran. He gets behind the line of the delivery and caresses it down the ground. Tye chases it from mid off and the batsmen take three runs. Stoinis is not impressed with that fielding effort.
  • 36.2 On a length again, around off, Woakes dabs it to third man for a single.
  • 36.1 Good length delivery outside off, Curran steers it down to third man for a run.
  • Marcus Stoinis to bowl.
  • 35.6 A touch short on middle, Curran gets back and helps it in front of square leg for one. 135/8
  • 35.5 FOUR! Nicely played! Not bad from a number 10. He picks the short ball early, swivels on the back leg and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 35.4 Short and outside off, Woakes stays back and cuts it through point for one.
  • 35.3 This time he connects and places it through point for one.
  • 35.2 Attempts to punch it through the line but is beaten.
  • 35.1 Bowls it outside off, Woakes pushes it in the gap at covers for a single.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back on.
  • 34.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 127/8
  • 34.5 Covers the line and blocks it safely.
  • 34.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 34.3 Big movement there. It curls back in from a length outside off, Curran hangs his bat out without any intent and it whizzes past the outside edge. The ball further moves away after going past his bat and the keeper has no chance of collecting it. A bye taken.
  • 34.2 Once again stays back footed to a length ball and blocks.
  • 34.1 Stays on the back foot and punches it to covers.
  • 33.6 Fifer for Cummins? Noooooo.... Paine has not gone for the catch. He should have. That was never going to carry to first slip. Poor Pat, but what a performance by him in Starc's absence. Coming to the delivery, it's on a length and outside off, Woakes pokes inside the line and gets a fat outside edge behind. Paine doesn't attempt it and the ball goes on one bounce to White at first slip. 10-2-24-4, proud bowling figures for Cummins! 125/8
  • 33.5 In the channel outside off, Woakes shoulders arms.
  • 33.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 33.3 Goes hard at a length ball outside off and edges it over backward point. They take a run.
  • 33.2 Full length ball on off, Tom defends it from the crease.
  • 33.1 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 32.6 Sees the width outside off, Woakes flashes and misses. 124/8
  • 32.5 Full and around off, Woakes defends it from the front foot.
  • 32.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.
  • 32.3 Curran has played it to the point region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 32.2 Up and over! Tye bowls it on a length and outside off, Curran pushes it in the air and just over the leaping cover fielder for a couple of runs.
  • 32.1 Edged but just short. On a length and outside off, Woakes goes hard at it and edges it behind. Paine dives across to his right but it falls just short. They pick up a single.
  • Tom Curran is in next.
  • 31.6 OUT! 100th international catch for Tim Paine! It looks a bit strange knowing that as Tim Paine is not a regular face in the Aussie setup. Cummins delivers it on a length outside off, Rashid pushes at it away from his body and edges it behind. A simple catch to the keeper. A half-hearted attempt really by the leggie. Should have done better. Cutting bags a 4-fer, his best bowling figures in ODIs. 120/8
  • 31.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 31.5 Wide called for height! Cummins digs in a short ball and it goes well over the head of the batsman.
  • 31.4 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 31.3 Whacks a length ball outside off through extra cover. Hazlewood moves across to his left in the deep, a bit lazy and they take the second run.
  • 31.2 FOUR! Fine shot! A length ball outside off, Rashid punches it sweetly through covers for a boundary. These shots make you believe that this pitch is a batting beauty.
  • 31.1 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • Pat Cummins is back on.
  • 30.6 Width on offer outside off, Woakes flashes and misses. 113/7
  • 30.5 Helps it on the leg side and crosses for a run.
  • 30.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Adil Rashid comes in next.
  • A catch taken near the boundary line! But the umpire wants to check whether it's taken cleanly by Travis Head or not.
  • 30.3 OUT! Head holds his head and takes a smart catch. Tye strikes to remove the bearded man. He lets out a short ball on middle, Moeen fails to resist the temptation to pull it and goes for it. Makes good connection and it seems to be sailing over the ropes. But no, the elevation is not quite there and it finds Travis Head at deep square leg with precision. He grabs the catch near the fence, realizes that the momentum is pushing him beyond the rope and tosses the ball up. Takes a step back to cross the rope and then comes back to catch the ball easily. The umpire takes that upstairs to check the validity of the catch along with the front foot no ball, but everything is fine and Moeen has to return to the pavilion. A crucial stand is broken immediately after it crosses 50, just like the previous one.
  • 30.2 Turns it off his pads to the leg side for one.
  • 30.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 29.6 FOUR! Marsh bowls it short and on middle, Moeen rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is also getting in some touch now. 50-run stand comes up and it has come in a quick time. 111/6
  • 29.5 An inside edge this time, to a length ball as Woakes tries to push at it. The ball goes past the stumps and they cross for a run.
  • 29.4 SIX! Woakes goes big! He is scoring at run-a-ball. Marsh goes short around off and Chris hammers his pull shot over mid-wicket for a biggie. Phenomenal batting.
  • 29.3 Gets behind the line, covers the angle and once again blocks it easily. By far, the most assured batsman today.
  • 29.2 Stays back to a length delivery and keeps it out safely.
  • 29.1 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Mitchell Marsh is back on. A slip stays.
  • 28.6 100 up for England! A bit of cheer from the crowd. Woakes has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total. A gentle reminder, they were 8 for 5 at one stage. Some sort of achievement, this. 100/6
  • 28.5 Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.
  • 28.4 Four? Nopes. It's a couple. Another beautifully timed shot by Chris, although it was aerial. He drives it over covers and Head in the deep runs across to his right to stop the ball. He does so with a slide near the fence and the umpire wants to check it upstairs. It seems touch and go but the third umpire has given the benefit of doubt to the fielding team.
  • 28.3 Woakes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 28.2 Almost identical to the last delivery, once again it's blocked to the off side.
  • 28.1 Lands it on a length around off, Woakes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Andrew Tye is back on.
  • 27.6 Clever variation in pace, full and on middle, Woakes gets deceived and into the shot early. He ends up chipping it on the leg side and it lands safely at mid-wicket. That was a knuckle ball, the replays showed later. They cross for a single. 97/6
  • 27.5 A little short and around the hips of the batsman, Moeen stands tall and plays a Nataraja pull shot for a single.
  • 27.4 Angling away from the batsman, on a full length, Moeen pushes it back from the inner half of the bat.
  • 27.3 Good length ball on middle, defended back to the bowler from the crease.
  • 27.2 Shorter one, as expected, Woakes pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 27.1 FOUR! He is batting in different zone! Timing, placement, balance, this shot had it all. Woakes just leans into a full delivery around off and creams it through the gap at covers. Motoring along and also showing that it's a batting beauty in Adelaide. The scoreline doesn't do justice though.
  • 26.6 Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single. 90/6
  • 26.5 Prods to a full ball and drives it through extra cover for a couple.
  • 26.4 SIX! He has nailed it! With mid on up, this is a safe shot too. Zampa dishes out a loopy full ball on off, Woakes kneels and powers it over long on for a maximum. Woakes wowing for England again. Yet to be dismissed in the series, informs my ever-alert colleague.
  • 26.3 Full floated on off, pushed off the front foot to mid on.
  • 26.3 An attempted wrong 'un but the line is all wrong. Turning down the leg side, Woakes tries pulling but misses.
  • 26.2 Flighted ball on off, pushed off the front foot to short cover where Steven Smith did the fielding.
  • 26.1 FOUR! This is a shot from a batsman in good form! Zampa tosses up his leg spinner around off, Woakes picks it, clears his front leg and lofts it effortlessly over covers for a boundary.
  • 25.6 Only one slip for Moeen as Hazlewood bowls a length ball on middle and leg, it's defended back from the crease. 76/6
  • 25.5 Drops it on a length around off, a little bit of movement as Woakes plays inside the line. It comes off the outside edge and runs past the second slip fielder to third man. A single taken.
  • 25.4 Hurls it in the channel outside off, Woakes shoulders arms.
  • 25.3 FOUR! It was in the air but found the gap... Hazlewood put that on a fuller length outside off, Woakes got forward and drove it with beautiful timing. It was aerial but through the gap between mid off and extra cover. Good placement, I doubt he intended it though.
  • 25.2 Another length delivery on off, once again Woakes keeps it out safely to covers.
  • 25.1 Bowls it on a good length around off, Woakes defends it off the back foot to the off side.
  • Josh Hazlewood comes back on.
  • 24.6 Woakes gets to the other end by guiding this through point. 71/6
  • 24.5 Woakes mistimes his pull and hits it staright to short mid-wicket.
  • 24.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 24.3 Floated on the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 24.2 A touch short in length, Ali goes back and pulls it past square leg for one.
  • 24.1 Served outside off, knocked down to long off for one.
  • 23.6 Defended with a prod forward. 68/6
  • 23.5 Length ball outside off, Chris stands back and guides it to the man at third man for one.
  • Kill and drill? Josh Hazlewood is seen warming up now.
  • 23.4 Short in length, pulled away through square leg for one.
  • 23.3 Woakes gets it off the outer edge towards third man for a single.
  • 23.2 Cummins fails to put bat on ball.
  • 23.1 Fuller in length, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 22.6 Moeen eases this out through mid-wicket to get to the other end. 64/6
  • 22.5 Punched straight to covers from the crease.
  • 22.4 Woakes gets going with a drive through the cover region.
  • 22.3 Woakes goes back and blocks it out from the crease.
  • 22.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 22.1 Floated around off, driven through mid off for one.
  • 21.6 Another one outside off, Woakes lets it be. This is the second time today that Pat has bowled a wicket maiden. 61/6
  • 21.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 21.4 Around off, Woakes stays back and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • Chris Woakes is the next batter in. He is on the back of a wonderfully-played half century. A similar outing would please his side to no end.
  • 21.3 OUT! Pat Cummins breaks the 53-run association. Morgan and his troubles with the short balls continue. Banged short around leg, he is caught unawares. Still decides to go with the pull and only manages a glove to the keeper. Paine has another dismissal to his credit, his 99th in international cricket. Further analysis by the on-air commentators show that the English skipper's initial trigger movement didn't help his cause either. He has a small movement backward before coming forward and hence is caught in a tangle here. Nevertheless, England back to being in mushy waters, if ever you thought they were out of it.
  • 21.2 Length ball on the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 21.1 Fuller on middle, defended from the crease.
  • Sorry, sorry, says Morgan as he backs away pretty late due to some disturbances behind the sightscreen. Initially it seemed as if he lining himself up for playing a shot backing away. But someone decided to stroll behind the bowler's arm causing inconvenience to the batter.
  • 20.6 This one is driven towards point. A slight confusion about the running but no harm done. 61/5
  • 20.5 Not much room on offer to play the cut shot but Eoin still does so. Gets it through point and moves over to the other end.
  • 20.4 Flatter outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 20.3 The batsman manages only a bottom edge on that one. One run added to the total.
  • 20.2 Real applause now, as the 50-run partnership between Morgan and Ali comes up. These two have done well to stick it out in the middle, even though neither of them has looked entirely convincing. Ali pushes this delivery to long on to rotate strike.
  • 20.1 Flatter on the pads, worked away through square leg for one.
  • Adam Zampa is brought into the attack.
  • 19.6 A touch shorter, pulled through mid-wicket to retain strike. 56/5
  • 19.5 Fuller in length, driven to mid off.
  • 19.4 Morgan taps it in front of point and comes down in search of a run. Has to go back seeing Ali not respond and the fielder charge in to the ball.
  • 19.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 19.2 In line of the stumps, Morgan hits it to where it came from.
  • 19.1 Ali guides it through backward point for one.
  • The initial striker Pat Cummins is back on. Shows Australia are searching for wickets now after relaxing post the initial strikes.
  • 18.6 Swept straight to square leg for nothing. 54/5
  • 18.5 FOUR! Wonderful stroke. Southpaws have the ability to look elegant as well as dangerous and here is this. Tossed up outside off, Morgan gets down on one knee and goes inside out over covers for a boundary.
  • 18.4 Quicker one on the pads, Morgan misses the flick and gets hit low on the pads.
  • 18.3 Morgan misses the sweep and gets hit on the pads.
  • 18.2 Ali gets forward and knocks this down to long on for one. Brings up the 50 for England.
  • 18.1 Floated around off, driven down to long off for one.
  • 17.6 Ali lets it come on and dead-bats it. 48/5
  • 17.5 Edgy Morgan! He gets an inside edge past the leg stick to this length delivery. Before the ball is returned back, one run less than a boundary is taken. 40-run stand now between Ali and Morgan.
  • 17.4 This time Eoin pulls it well through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 17.3 This ball is flicked away off his pads for one.
  • 17.2 Good morning, Hazlewood! What was he doing there? Morgan looks to pull this short length ball but is hurried into it. Ends up getting it towards mid-wicket. Josh seems to have given this up well before he tried as he just ambled to his left from mid on and the ball wasn't too far from him. Remember, he isn't the best of the lot on the field as the memories of a dolly being dropped in the Ashes come back.
  • 17.1 Bowled outside off, cut towards backward point.
  • 16.6 Ali comes down the track to this ball around off and stonewalls it. 41/5
  • 16.5 Nicely done. Serves around middle and leg, Morgan prods forward and just times his push down the ground for one.
  • 16.4 Flatter on middle, Moeen gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 16.3 Ali lunges forward in defense to this one.
  • 16.2 Eased down to long on for one.
  • 16.1 Floated on the stumps, pushed defensively towards mid on.
  • Spin for the first time. Travis Head is brought into the attack, ahead of Adam Zampa. This might be considering the fact that two southpaws are in the middle.
  • 15.6 Fuller around off, pushed defensively to mid off. 38/5
  • 15.5 This delivery is pushed down the ground for nothing.
  • 15.4 Half-volley outside off, hit straight to backward point.
  • 15.3 Another short ball, nicely pulled through square leg for two.
  • 15.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.1 Short ball, pulled away through square leg for one.
  • Drinks time! No doubt who is ruling the roost an hour into the game. Australia came out all guns blazing, pinning England down to 8/5, before being helped by the current pair to get to where they have now. It is imperative for England to have a phase where they do not let any further wicket fall, in order to frustrate the opposition and have their own way.
  • 14.6 FOUR! One brings two, they say, for a wicket. Seems true in this case for a boundary. After all the raves and rants for 14 overs about no boundaries being hit, we have two in this over and both from the 'out-of-form' Ali's blade. Tye bowls this short around middle, Moeen stays back and pulls it through mid-wicket. This stand is now worth 27. 35/5
  • 14.5 On a length around off, Morgan gets it off the outer edge to third man for one.
  • 14.4 This ball is played to the man at deep covers for one.
  • 14.3 FOUR! Stop the press! England score their first boundary after 86 balls. Fuller outside off, Ali opens his front leg up and drives it crisply through covers. The ball has more than enough in it to go to the fence there.
  • 14.2 Outside off, defended towards backward point.
  • 14.1 Ali stays back and blocks this one from the crease.
  • 13.6 A low full toss outside off, hit straight to sweeper to retain strike. 25/5
  • 13.5 Ali feels for this delivery outside off and gets beaten.
  • 13.4 Fuller on off, pushed towards covers.
  • 13.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • Morgan has danced down the track, tried to drive from the crease and tried what not to score. Yet he is out there batting on 14 from 36. That's what the on-air commentators observed. He hasn't looked steady yet is fortunate enough to be in the middle. One school of thought says that he should calm down, defend well and play himself in before going for his shots. The other one says that, if you stand and try to defend, there will eventually be a ball with your name on it. Thus, it is better to attack your way out. What to do?
  • 13.2 Eoin plays it with soft hands to the off side and gets across to the other end.
  • 13.1 Ali pats it towards mid-wicket and ambles to the other end.
  • 12.6 Length delivery on the stumps, on the shorter side. Morgan stays back and chops it down the ground. Good start from Tye. 22/5
  • 12.5 Yorker in line of the stumps, squeezed out to the off side.
  • 12.4 This ball is driven to mid on for nothing.
  • 12.3 Full and spearing in, Morgan is beaten for pace as he looks to keep it out. Gets rapped on the front leg which draws an appeal from the bowler. The umpire negates it as all the three stumps are visible.
  • 12.2 Fuller in length, angling away from Morgan. He drives it on the up on the bounce to mid off.
  • 12.1 Length ball on the pads to start off, Ali tucks it smartly through backward square leg and gets to the other end.
  • Andrew Tye to run in with the ball now.
  • 11.6 Action replay of the previous ball. Around off, driven straight to the man at mid off. Marsh starts with a maiden. 21/5
  • 11.5 Strides forward and drives it straight to mid off.
  • 11.4 Morgan is trying hard to go back to the dressing room. Plays a loose drive away from the body without moving his feet and ends up missing the ball by just.
  • 11.3 Eoin shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 11.2 Morgan dances down to this full ball and hits it straight to mid off.
  • 11.1 Begins with a ball on a length around off and middle, defended down the ground.
  • Mitchell Marsh is brought into the attack now. Interesting choice from Smith, as he feels he has a control over the proceedings and hence hands the ball to Marsh, who can be your fourth or fifth or even sixth bowler. Today, he is brought ahead of Andrew Tye.
  • 10.6 Length delivery on the pads, nudged through backward square leg for one. This stand is now worth 13. 21/5
  • 10.5 Hurled on a fuller length, driven nicely to mid on.
  • 10.4 Around off and middle, blocked from the crease.
  • 10.3 On middle and leg, turned away through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 10.2 Moeen stands tall and presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 10.1 Morgan is edging, jumping and dancing. Anything apart from looking convincing. This time, he gets this fuller delivery through square leg via an inside edge for one.
  • Time for Powerplay 2. A maximum of four fielders can be outside the inner circle till the 40th over.
  • 9.6 Excellent effort from Warner to keep England without a boundary at the end of the first Powerplay. This one is nicely punched past mid off, from where David chases this down and saves a run for his side. 18/5
  • 9.5 This is outside off, EM leaves it alone.
  • 9.4 Bumper on the stumps, Eoin lets it be.
  • 9.3 Length ball, bouncing a bit more. Gets Morgan high on the thigh pad.
  • 9.2 Fuller on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 9.1 This ball is punched straight to covers.
  • 9.1 WIDE! Banged short and down the leg side, Morgan comes down to whack it, misses. Wide given.
  • 8.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 14/5
  • 8.5 Ali keeps this out from within the crease.
  • 8.4 Eoin defends it to the off side and gets to the other end quickly.
  • 8.3 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 8.2 Plenty happening here. Morgan comes down the track to this one and fails to get bat to that. The ball hits his front pad and rolls towards the slip cordon, from where Smith has a shy at the striker's end but misses.
  • 8.1 Strong appeal, turned down. Length ball around leg, striking Morgan on the pads as he looks to flick it. The appeal is turned down as the ball seems to be pitching outside leg. Also, Morgan signaled that he had hit it.
  • 7.6 This is outside off, left alone. 13/5
  • 7.5 Banged short on the stumps, Ali ducks.
  • 7.4 Almost another one! Length delivery around off, Morgan gets an inside edge just past the stumps for a single. Fortunately for him, it didn't disturb the stumps.
  • 7.3 Good running. Ali taps it towards covers and gets to the other end.
  • 7.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 7.1 This is punched through covers for one.
  • 6.6 Didn't imagine myself writing this anytime but here it is. ENGLAND REACH DOUBLE FIGURES! Applause! Not in a commanding way though. Short in length, Morgan is hurried into the pull. Ends up getting it aerially in front of square for one. Wonderful start from the Aussie seamers. Who needs Starc when these two can do what they are doing now! No boundaries yet, 7 overs gone. ODI match. 10/5
  • 6.5 Ali gets off the mark. A consolation for him, considering 4 batters have got out for ducks. He flicks it through mid-wicket to get to the other end.
  • 6.4 This is well outside off, left alone.
  • 6.3 Beaten! Length ball slanting away, Ali hops and hangs his bat out, is fortunate that the ball passed without making contact with the blade.
  • Moeen Ali walks in next. He's not in the best of forms and by the looks of it, this isn't a situation that such a batter would like.
  • 6.2 OUT! Are we watching an Australia-England game or an Australia-minnows game? Half the English side is back in the dugout without even getting to double digits. Test-match bowling says Michael Clarke on air. On a length just around off, nibbling away just a touch. Buttler did no wrong there by standing back and hanging his bat in defense. The ball moves away to grab the thin outer edge and goes straight to Paine behind. Such is the quality of the delivery that as a batsman, you just have to laud it and walk away and that's precisely what Jos does. England in trouble? Understatement.
  • 6.1 Straight delivery outside off, Buttler gets his bat out of the way and lets it be.
  • 5.6 Pushed towards covers and a huge shout of NO heard from Morgan immediately. Another over where just two runs and a wicket have come off it. 8/4
  • 5.5 This is well outside off, Eoin minds his own business and lets it be.
  • 5.4 Fuller in length, driven nicely down the ground. Gets a couple for doing so.
  • Jos Buttler, the centurion of the previous match, is out in the middle at number 6.
  • 5.3 OUT! The scorecard shows 6/4. Guess the runs and the wickets yourself. What are the visitors upto here? Short ball around off and middle, Root goes for the pull instinctively. Is not in control and ends up getting a top edge. Hazlewood at fine leg just has to take a couple of steps forward and settles under it before gobbling it up. Looking at the way this is going, we could have this innings ending before the 15th over.
  • 5.2 Fuller on off, dead-batted towards covers.
  • 5.1 Around off, defended towards point.
  • 4.6 Outside off, left alone. Just a couple and a wicket in this over, to follow the wicket maiden from Pat. 6/3
  • 4.5 Morgan off the mark. Drives this one nicely through the cover region for a brace to get going.
  • 4.4 Similar delivery, blocked off the front foot.
  • 4.3 Length ball angling away, Morgan gets a small stride forward and plays it towards covers.
  • The skipper Eoin Morgan certainly wouldn't have dreamt of batting as soon as in the 5th over. Here he is, taking strike against a firing Josh.
  • 4.2 OUT! Another one gone! England, where are you? Well, New England, where art thou? Hazlewood bowls it full and outside off. Just a hint of movement away. Bairstow goes for the cover drive without any footwork and pays the price. A thick outside edge is found and the ball settles in nicely in Paine's gloves. Jonny departs for a 9-ball duck. National Day and the hosts are well and truly running in with pride.
  • 4.1 This ball is pushed defensively towards covers.
  • 3.6 Another ball around off and middle, blocked from the crease. A maiden wicket over from Cummins. 4/2
  • 3.5 Root stands on the back foot and presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 3.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 3.3 Length ball in line of the stumps, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • Joe Root finds himself in the middle earlier than he would have anticipated and liked.
  • 3.2 OUT! Jaffa! That's what this delivery is. England rocked back early. Cummins steams in and spears in a full length delivery slanting in. Hales is beaten for pace as his bat is late in getting down. Time and tide wait for no man and so does a pacy delivery. This ball doesn't wait for the bat to come down and goes to hit Hales' front pad and deflects onto the off stick. Doesn't help being an opener when you are walking back early even after coming in one drop. Even if he wouldn't have been bowled, LBW was a certainty. This is the fourth time Pat has got Alex, the most the batter is dismissed by anybody. Start all the bunny talks...
  • 3.1 Around good length in the line just around off, driven back to the left of the bowler.
  • 2.6 Outside off, Jonny finds backward point with this defensive push. Hazlewood is keeping it nice and tight. 4/1
  • 2.5 Hurled in line of the stumps, driven to the man at mid on.
  • 2.4 Nicely struck, for nothing. Outside off on a fuller length, Bairstow strides forward and drives straight to covers. A slight misfield there doesn't result into anything.
  • 2.3 Fuller in length, pushed back to mid on.
  • 2.2 Bowled outside off, Hales hits it hard on the ground towards point. The ball bounces over a leaping backward point and rolls back for one.
  • 2.1 This one is defended off the front foot towards point.
  • 1.6 Fuller around off, pushed towards covers. 3/1
  • 1.5 Nope! This ball is defended from the crease on the track.
  • 1.4 Roy got one on the pads in his first ball and here's Bairstow getting the same. On a length, it moved in after pitching, past the inside edge of Jonny's defensive bat and onto his front leg. A wicket next up?
  • 1.3 Very full around middle, Alex gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for one.
  • 1.2 On a length around off and middle, Hales stands tall and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 1.1 Speared outside off, Hales shoulders arms and lets it be.
  • Pat Cummins to steam in with the second new ball from the other end. Two slips for him, too.
  • 0.6 Hales gets going. He taps it towards mid off and gets across to the other end. A positive start for the hosts. 2/1
  • 0.6 WIDE! Loose shot from Alex here. On a length well outside off, Hales looks to cut it away but misses. Wide signaled by the umpire, marginal call. First run on the board for England.
  • 0.5 Similar ball, kept out from the crease.
  • 0.4 Length ball around off, defended towards covers.
  • 0.3 Fuller outside off, moves away a bit. Hales shoulders arms.
  • Alex Hales walks in to face the third ball of the innings. Helps being an opener, as this is as good as that task.
  • 0.2 OUT! Happy Australia Day, indeed! This is a shot of a man in form, says my colleague Praky. Full and outside off, Roy goes to drive at it. Plays away from the body and that's the error that he did. Ends up hitting it straight into Steven Smith's lap at backward point. The reason of the comment of my mate here, is that someone not in touch wouldn't have played this one so early in the innings. Good early strike for Australia, fifth nought for Jason in his ODI career.
  • 0.1 How's an appeal to start the day? Hazlewood lands it on a length around middle, angling in. Roy gets forward lazily to flick but misses to get struck high on the front pad. A stifled appeal, not really a forcible one, turned down. Height could be an issue.
  • How's the feeling as an opener when you get to know that you don't have to contend with a certain Mitchell Starc? Relief? Confidence? Bliss? Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will show us that with the way they will play. Out they come with the wooden thing in hand, that starts with a B, ends with a T and has an A somewhere in between. Josh Hazlewood will jog in with the first new white rounded object in hand. Two slips wait in anticipation. Here we go...
  • TOSS - Australia have got the coin to spin their way and they WILL BOWL FIRST. A couple of changes for the home team. Travis Head and Andrew Tye come in, in place of Aaron Finch and Mitchell Starc. For England, the sole change is that of Tom Curran replacing the injured Liam Plunkett.
  • Australia have lost only once out of five times when they have played on Australian Day against England at this venue. A nice positive stat, right? Alas, stats and history count for very little in sport! Injury for a player of either sides means that there will be at least one forced change. Aaron Finch is ruled out for the hosts while Liam Plunkett is out for the tourists. Who'll take their spots? Let's find out that and the outcome of the toss in a bit. Stay tuned.
  • Ever heard about returning the favour? England have done just that. Swept away 4-0 in Tests, they hold the cards in the ODIs by being three to nothing at the moment. Once a series is lost, talks rise about 'playing for pride'. Is there pride left, though, after getting defeated? We'll let you figure that out. For now, it's good to have you cricket freaks with us for our coverage of the fourth game of this 50-over match series on this Australian Day between Australia and England to be played at the Adelaide Oval.
  • Australia's record of never getting whitewashed at home in ODIs stays. They were prolific and were hell-bent on making use of the early opening to their advantage. England, well, they have some things to look back at, when they get back to their drawing board. Among the points would be Jason Roy's tapering form post the magnificent 180 in the first game of the series. One more match remains in this ODI series. A new stadium makes its international debut in that game. The venue is in Perth but not the WACA. Join us then at 1120 local time (0320 GMT). See ya! Ta-ta!
  • Steven Smith, the Australian skipper, states that it feels nice to get over the line, although he laments their batting failures apart from Travis Head. Admits that England lost their top order wickets too quickly for him to realise the same. Mentions that their bowlers helped them restrict the opposition to something that their batsmen could chase. About the new venue for the next game, he excitedly reckons that it was long overdue for the sport to get there.
  • Pat Cummins, the Man of the Match, says that it feels nice to get a win after some bad games earlier. Opines that the wicket here has something for the bowlers, which is good. Lavishes praise on Josh Hazlewood by saying that he is clever with his variations. States that being injury-free is everything that he can ask for. Sounds excited to travel and play Tests in South Africa.
  • Eoin Morgan, the English skipper, reckons that 8/5 was the difference between the two sides. Admits it wasn't such a wicket at all. States that at that moment, one tries to go and play in a planned way and credits the opposition for bowling well. Praises Adil Rashid by saying that he is chipping in with wickets regularly, which is good. Ends saying that they are looking forward to playing at the new Perth stadium in the next game.
  • The touring bowlers simply didn't have much in the bank to play with. Adil Rashid was the most impressive one, picking up three wickets in the middle. At that stage, England did look like coming back into the contest but from the other end, it was a tap left open - free to collect runs or release the pressure created. This is after their batters failed to acknowledge the fact that they were turning up to play a fifty-over contest. They were helped by Chris Woakes' 78 to get to a face-saving score after finding themselves at five down for eight. Time for the presentation.
  • In the Tests, Steven Smith looked invincible but that hasn't been the case in this series. Although the outcome is a favourable one, it shouldn't hide the batting failure of his side. One might argue that Mitchell Marsh and Tim Paine were among the runs, but in reality, theirs knocks aren't that you can bank on. The Warners and Smiths need to turn up. Cameron White? Well, we might have seen the last of him already.
  • At the halfway stage, this run-chase was expected to be a canter. But it was anything apart from that. A labored crawl, one can say. England started fairly well with the ball but the total that they had was never going to be sufficient for them. Even though wickets were coming in from one end at fair intervals, Travis Head held one end up nicely to quell any chances of an England comeback. He looked in sublime touch, missing out on his second ton as an opener by a whisker.
  • Here is what Travis Head had to say when Mark Taylor catches up with him. He says that it feels good to get a result in their favour finally. Lauds his bowlers' efforts to restrict the opposition to a paltry score. Reckons it feels nice to bat at the top of the order and that suits his game as well. Mentions that he is happy to let Aaron Finch come in if he is fit and fine. Ends by hoping to put up a similar performance in their next outing.
  • 36.6 These are the winning runs for Australia. Tye drives it past mid off, the fielder there puts in a dive and gets some hand on that. That slows the ball down. Tye thinks that the ball has crossed the fence, before realizing that it hasn't and they then run three. AUSTRALIA TRIUMPH ON THEIR NATIONAL DAY, THEY WIN BY 3 WICKETS!
  • Wood bails out before delivering that one. Perhaps the umpire wasn't ready there.
  • 36.5 Bouncer on leg, pulled to deep square leg for one.
  • 36.4 FOUR! England are feeding Paine with the short stuff and he is feeding off them nicely. Pulls this one nicely through backward square leg for another boundary.
  • 36.3 FOUR! Short and wide, punished. Paine stands tall and cuts it over backward point for a boundary.
  • 36.2 Banged short, TP lets it be.
  • Andrew Tye is the next man in.
  • 36.1 OUT! A run out and Cummins is the victim. This is what happens when one speaks in Greek and the other in Hebrew. Fuller ball around off and middle, pushed down the ground. It seems that there is an easy couple on offer but Paine doesn't feel so. Although he was already running for just one, he turns and finds Pat halfway down. Shows some signs of coming for the second due to which the pacer takes a couple of steps. Seeing the throw, Tim backs out and leaves Pat high and dry. Not the greatest bit of communication I have seen.
  • 35.6 This time, PC guides it past Roy at backward point for a single to retain strike. 184/6
  • 35.5 Full and outside off, Cummins looks to drive but misses.
  • 35.4 Bouncer around off, Pat lets it be.
  • 35.3 Well done, Roy. Swoops down from backward point to field the cut shot and restrict this to a dot ball. Has a wild throw at the bowler's end too.
  • 35.2 Length ball outside off, pushed towards cover-point.
  • 35.1 Banged short in line of the stumps, Paine mistimes the pull to fine leg for one.
  • 34.6 Back of a length around off, Pat sways from the line to let it be. 182/6
  • 34.5 Short in length, pulled away to fine leg for one.
  • 34.4 Guided down to third man to open his account.
  • 34.3 Cummins stands tall and blocks it to the off side.
  • Pat Cummins walks in next. He has the chance to hit the winning runs in addition to the 4 wickets that he picked up earlier.
  • 34.2 OUT! Head was nailing the pull in the last couple of overs, does the same this time as well. Only thing is, here he finds the fielder at mid on to perfection. Dejection for Head, delight for Morgan and England. Short in length in line of the stumps, Travis hangs back and hits it straight to Morgan. He does well to take that as it was traveling at a rate of knots. Disappointment is writ large on the southpaw's face as he walks back four short of a triple figure mark. Aussies just 17 runs away from crawling home and have 4 wickets in hand.
  • 34.1 Full on middle and leg, driven back towards the bowler.
  • The final drinks break of the game.
  • 33.6 Now Travis glides it to third man to rotate strike. 180/5
  • 33.5 This ball is pulled away towards deep backward square leg for one.
  • 33.4 Full in length, driven straight to mid on.
  • 33.3 Short in length, pulled powerfully to deep square leg for one.
  • 33.2 Head tries to go at it with hard hands and ends up chopping it to backward point.
  • 33.1 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 32.6 Another short ball, pulled to deep square leg for one. 6 runs off the over, Head gets to 94, Australia just 20 away now. 177/5
  • 32.5 Clever bowling. Wood spears it full around off, Paine squeezes it to the off side from the crease. The batters hare across for a run, even as Wood gets to the ball and kicks it towards the stumps at the striker's end.
  • 32.4 Length ball from over the wicket, Travis moves away and guides it to third man to get to the other end.
  • 32.3 Another short ball down the leg side, pulled fine for one. They think about the second but decide against it.
  • 32.2 A low full toss on middle and leg, hit hard towards mid on. Morgan there dives to his right to stop that but cannot prevent Head from moving to 92.
  • 32.1 Wood charges in from round the wicket and bangs it short. Paine pulls it to fine leg for one.
  • Mark Wood back on. Morgan is having a word with him for sometime now. Wonder what he is having to say to him that he didn't for Mark's 6 overs.
  • 31.6 FOUR! Head moves into the 90s with this one. Short and wide outside off, he camps back and cuts it through point for a boundary. 171/5
  • 31.5 On the pads, tucked away to fine leg for one.
  • 31.4 Driven through mid off to rotate strike.
  • 31.3 Short in length, hit straight to the man at backward point.
  • 31.2 Angling away from the batter, defended towards covers.
  • 31.1 Head punches it straight to covers.
  • Chris Woakes back into the attack.
  • 30.6 This one is cut away to point. 165/5
  • 30.5 Floated outside off, Tim lunges forward to defend. The ball spins past the outside edge.
  • 30.4 Eased down to long on for one.
  • 30.3 The batsman has driven it through mid on for one.
  • 30.2 Defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 30.1 This is lofted to long off for one. Not a costly Free Hit this.
  • 30.1 FOUR! No ball! Ali aims to toss it up but delivers a chest-high full toss on the stumps. Head pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket for a boundary. Free Hit time...
  • 29.6 This one is flicked away through mid-wicket for one. Rashid bowls out, 49/3 for him. 157/5
  • 29.5 Straighter one in line of the stumps, driven towards mid on for one.
  • 29.4 In line of the stumps, forward defense on display.
  • 29.3 The batsman drives this through the covers.
  • 29.2 Dropped? Stumping chance? None of them. Looped up just outside off, the ball spins just a bit as Paine lunges forward to defend. Buttler fails to gather that one.
  • 29.1 Driven towards covers from the crease.
  • 28.6 FOUR! Good use of the feet. Floated around middle, Head gets down in a trice and blasts it over mid on for a boundary. 155/5
  • 28.5 Paine plays a similar shot and gets on for the same.
  • 28.4 Good running. Paine stands back and lets the ball just outside off come to his bat and guides it towards short third man. Wants a second and gets it before a flat accurate throw from Curran comes in. 150 up for Australia, who are 47 away from making it 3-1!
  • 28.3 Floated around off, driven past short mid off for one.
  • Catching mid off in place. Mid on is also inside the ring.
  • 28.2 Tossed up around off, wristed down to long on for one.
  • 28.1 Outside off, hit straight to mid off.
  • Moeen Ali is back on.
  • 27.6 Paine dabs it towards point and rotates strike. 146/5
  • 27.5 A tossed up low full toss on the stumps, smashed through mid-wicket for one more than a dot.
  • 27.4 Fuller outside off, driven to covers.
  • 27.3 Head goes back and works it to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 27.2 Flatter trajectory on the stumps, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 27.1 Flatter on off, Tim gets his stride forward, pushes it to mid off and quickly gets to the other end.
  • 26.6 Fuller in length, defensively played off the front foot. 143/5
  • 26.5 FOUR! Travis almost loses it - his head and his wicket! Short and just outside off, he stands back and slashes it hard. The ball flew off his bat just past the leaping backward point fielder for a boundary.
  • 26.4 Paine opens his account by opening the face of his bat to guide it through point for one.
  • 26.3 Full outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 26.2 On the pads, turned away to the on side for one.
  • 26.1 Length ball outside off, cut straight to backward point. The player has a wild shy at the bowler's end as well.
  • 25.6 Outside off, driven to covers. 137/5
  • 25.5 Flatter on the stumps, Tim goes back and blocks it.
  • 25.4 Head drives it to long on and gets to the other end.
  • The next batter in for Australia is Tim Paine.
  • 25.3 OUT! The shots were sweet, the revenge, sweeter. This is what you get from the leg spinners. They will go for runs, but when they are in operation, a wicket is always round the corner. Rashid tosses this top spinner around off, not sure Stoinis picked it up. He looks to slog it away and only manages a top edge. The ball is eternally in the air, perhaps goes into outer space and comes back. Roy is waiting at covers after judging it to perfection and hangs onto that when it drops down. Morgan is pumped up as his leggie gets a third one to his name. The Aussies are still 11 more than 50 from where they need to be at the end of the game to have a positive result.
  • 25.2 FOUR! Ever seen a xerox machine? Know its function? The instrument doesn't have a place in the sport but this shot looks just like a copy of the previous shot. Served on the stumps, Stoinis gets down and sweep-pulls it through square leg for another boundary.
  • 25.1 FOUR! That was four from the moment it left the bat. Floated full around off, Stoinis gets down and nails the sweep shot to perfection. The ball scoots in front of square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 24.6 Short in length, pulled through backward square leg for a boundary. 128/4
  • 24.5 Another ball outside off, another play and a miss.
  • 24.4 Length ball outside off, Marcus looks to punch it through the off side but misses.
  • 24.3 A touch fuller, Stoinis stands back and blocks it down.
  • 24.2 Tennis in cricket! The Australian Open effect? Short ball on the stumps, Head pulls it like a forehand shot in tennis. Gets it through square leg for one.
  • 24.1 Shorter outside off, flayed through point for a couple.
  • 23.6 Swept again to Wood at fine leg, this time he collects and fires a throw at one go. Draws cheers from the crowd. One run added to the tally. 124/4
  • 23.5 Now! Wood is making matters worse on the field as well. Like leggies often do, Rashid slips in a loose ball down the leg side. Head gets down and sweeps it straight to fine leg. The fielder there fails to collect it at one go and concedes an extra run.
  • 23.4 Dropped on a length in line of the stumps, Head goes back and hits it aerially towards mid-wicket. It goes on the bounce to the man there.
  • 23.3 Flatter outside off, MS slaps it through covers for one.
  • 23.2 Slider on off, Stoinis picks it early and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 23.1 Served around off, defended towards covers.
  • 22.6 Defended off the front foot towards covers. 120/4
  • 22.5 FOUR! There are talks about Wood not setting the mood right today with his bowling. His pace seems to have come down a great deal and he is unable to maintain the pressure that he did earlier in the series. Here he is, bowling it short yet again. Head, like he has been doing all the while today, gets on top of that and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He moves to 61 now.
  • 22.4 Bowled in line of the stumps, blocked.
  • 22.3 Fuller on the pads, driven aerially towards mid on.
  • 22.2 Fuller on off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 22.1 Banged short in line of the stumps, Travis gets his surname out of the way.
  • Mark Wood back on.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Believe me, this is the first ball that Stoinis has faced. Floated around off, Marcus gets down the track and looks to go over mid on but gets it off the inner half. Yet the desired result is the same, a boundary to get going. 8 runs and a wicket off this over. 116/4
  • Marcus Stoinis walks in next.
  • 21.5 OUT! How's your hand, Rashid? How nonchalant he made that catch look! Tossed up ball around off, it turns out to be a low full toss. Marsh recoils to smash it right back but does so straight back to Adil, who makes it look as easy as having a pie. Makes a poker face post that as he gives his mates high fives. Mitchell cannot believe what has just happened but he has no other option than walking back. The hosts still require 85 off 169. For the record, Adil Rashid has dismissed Mitchell Marsh in all the four games in the series.
  • 21.4 Short in length, spinning in, Head goes back and punches it through wide mid off for one.
  • 21.3 Short outside off, cut away to point for one.
  • 21.2 Fuller on the pads, turned around the corner for one.
  • 21.1 Floated outside off, driven through covers to rotate strike.
  • 20.6 Pushed to mid off off the front foot. 108/3
  • 20.5 This ball is driven right back.
  • 20.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 20.3 Outside off, Travis gets to the other end by pushing it through covers.
  • 20.2 Head stays back to this delivery on the stumps and blocks it.
  • 20.1 Tossed up outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • Joe Root to roll his arm over.
  • 19.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 105/3
  • 19.5 Defensively kept out to covers.
  • 19.4 Almost played on. Head stays back to this tossed up ball and lets it come to him before bunting it. The ball lands just in front of the stumps and rolls towards slip.
  • 19.3 Floated around off, Head stays back and hits it to the man at covers.
  • 19.2 Flatter around off, pushed towards covers.
  • 19.1 FOUR! Shot! Michael Clarke on air mentioned earlier that Head is a wonderful player of spin once he gets his eye in and that's proving to be true here. Reads the flipper around off well and goes through the cover region with the drive. Finds the gap there and gets a boundary. Gets to 1000 ODI runs as well.
  • 18.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 101/3
  • 18.5 7th ODI fifty for Travis Head, his second score over 50 as an opener. Remember, this is just the 4th time that he is opening the innings. Good numbers for someone who is largely believed to be a middle order player. He flicks it aerially over mid-wicket for a single to get to the mark.
  • 18.4 Marsh gets to the other end with a punch through covers.
  • 18.3 Mitchell looks to turn this away but gets a leading edge to the off side.
  • 18.2 Marsh punches this towards covers.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Rubbish ball! Ali drops it short around leg. All Marsh has to do is go back and pull it through backward square leg for a boundary. He does the same and moves to 27.
  • Drinks break. Australia are on course in spite of losing three wickets. Mitchell Marsh has shown some aggressive intent in his batting and his partner Travis Head is also showing promising form. Another 102 runs needed and the hosts will be confident of chasing it down. England need to be chipping away at the wickets to stay in hunt.
  • 17.6 A gentle flick in the mid-wicket region and Marsh keeps strike with himself. 95/3
  • 17.5 SIX! That is power hitting at its best. Brutal! Doesn't matter it's a leg spinner or googly, it has perished in the stands. As soon as it lands on a fuller length just outside off, Marsh kneels and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Kind of shot for which you should be apologizing to the bowler, says the on-air commentator. Really smashed that.
  • 17.4 A leg spinner this time which has been pushed with the spin to covers.
  • 17.3 Not picking the googly, Mitch! Tries defending it but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 17.2 A flipper outside off, punched off the back foot to covers.
  • 17.1 It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
  • 16.6 Tossed up ball on off, Marsh goes hard at it but mistimes it towards mid on once again. 87/3
  • 16.5 Gets across the stumps and keeps it out safely towards mid on.
  • 16.4 Marsh has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.3 Spinning back into the batsman, from outside off, Marsh tries to defend but is beaten on the inside edge.
  • 16.2 FOUR! Flames behind that ball, yes, that was hit with enormous power. Tossed up ball outside off, plenty of width on offer and Marsh pounces onto it. He bludgeons it through covers where poor Curran tries to stop it but it blazes past him in a flash. Almost took his hands with it. This guy is too powerful.
  • 16.1 Full and on the pads, clipped to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 15.6 Floated on off, defended back to end the over. 81/3
  • 15.5 Marsh drives this through the covers. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 15.4 A googly this time, outside off, not picked by Marsh who tries to drive but gets an inside edge towards mid-wicket.
  • 15.3 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 15.2 Goes on the back foot and punches it back past the bowler. The mid on chases it and they take two.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Rashid bowls a leg spinner on the shorter side around off, Marsh is quick to pick that as he eases himself on the back foot before slapping it through backward point.
  • 14.6 Tossed up ball on middle, Head lunges and defends it near his front pad. 74/3
  • 14.5 It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
  • 14.4 Gets on the front foot and strokes it nicely in the gap for a brace.
  • 14.3 Goes on the back foot and punches it to Moeen.
  • 14.2 The batsman drives this through the covers. They pick up a single.
  • 14.1 Flighted outside off, Head pushes it to covers.
  • 13.6 Flighted on off, driven off the front foot to covers. 70/3
  • Mitchell Marsh walks in next.
  • 13.5 OUT! Bunny alert here... Rashid has dismissed Steven Smith for the fifth time in ODIs. Where were you in the Ashes, screams my partner! A flatter and shorter delivery, around off and skidding in with some extra bounce, Smith goes deep inside the crease to punch it through the line. But it's too close to his body and he ends up edging it to first slip. It travels with the speed of light to Joe Root who manages to pouch it. Tremendous reflexes shown by the English Test skipper. He also will be wondering why wasn't Rashid around when they were beaten black and blue by Steven Smith in the Test series. 127 off 217 balls, England trying hard to hang in there...
  • 13.4 Goes on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 13.3 Skidding from outside off, Smith tries to force it through the line but misses.
  • 13.2 Full flighted outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 13.1 Quicker short ball on middle, forced down to long on for a run.
  • 12.6 Too full and on middle, Smith gets forward and across to keep it out towards mid-wicket. 69/2
  • 12.5 Gets on the front foot and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 12.4 Fires this one outside off, Head pushes it gently to covers to take a run.
  • 12.3 Flighted and on middle, flicked in front of square leg. Straight to the fielder.
  • 12.2 Smith works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 12.1 Flatter and on middle, easily punched down to long off for a run.
  • 11.6 Fuller and on middle, knocked down to long on for one. 66/2
  • 11.5 This time Smith doesn't pick the wrong 'un as he goes for the drive. Gets an inside edge and it rolls towards square leg. They cross for a single.
  • 11.4 A googly landing around off, Smith reads it well as he gets forward to defend on the leg side.
  • 11.3 Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 11.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 11.1 A slider on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • Adil Rashid to bowl...
  • 10.6 Drops it with gentle hands to cover-point and pinches a single. 63/2
  • 10.5 Tossed up ball on middle, played on the leg side.
  • 10.4 Head dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 10.3 Works it on the leg side, finds the gap and rotates the strike.
  • 10.2 Another back foot defense by the Aussie skipper.
  • 10.1 Flatter and on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • Powerplay 2. England can now have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the ring till the 40th over. But they will be better off by having their field up and stop the rotation of strike. Anyway, this match doesn't look like to be lasting till the 40th over. Attack and pick wickets, that's the only way they can make a match out of this.
  • 9.6 FOUR! Curran bowls it full and outside off, Head smashes it through covers for a boundary. Looking good, Travis. 61/2
  • 9.5 On a length around middle, defended back.
  • 9.4 Gets across the stumps and plays it on the leg side. Not in the gap though.
  • 9.3 Good length delivery outside off, Head tries to drive but it takes the outer half of the bat and rolls towards point.
  • 9.2 Fullish outside off, dug out to point.
  • 9.1 FOUR! Boom! Curran finally gets his line right but the length turns out to be too full. It's in Head's half and he drills it straight down the ground for a crunching boundary.
  • 9.1 Wide! Curran is struggling to execute his slower ones. Another wild one outside off, Head has nothing to do with it.
  • 9.1 Wide! Curran attempts a slower delivery but it goes all wrong. Lands way outside off, almost outside the pitch and the keeper collects it in front of the first slip fielder.
  • A catching cover for Head.
  • 8.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 51/2
  • 8.5 Flatter and shorter outside off, Head plays it late but still fails to beat point.
  • 8.4 A touch on the shorter side as it spins back in from outside off, Smith moves and flicks it to square leg for one. Gets off the mark.
  • 8.3 Skidding down the leg side, it's nudged away to mid-wicket for one.
  • 8.2 Tosses it up and lands it full outside off, Head drives but finds the cover fielder this time.
  • 8.1 Flighted on middle, Head helps it to mid-wicket.
  • Moeen Ali is on.
  • 7.6 Full and outside off, Smith drives it off the front foot but finds the cover fielder. 48/2
  • 7.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • Skipper Steven Smith arrives. 149 more needed for a win.
  • 7.4 OUT! White is trapped in front! The bowling change has worked for Eoin Morgan. Curran steams in and delivers a length ball around off. It nips back in after landing as White draws forward to defense. But his bat hits his front pad and the ball also goes on to strike the front leg. They appeal, it looks quite adjacent and up goes the finger. Curran is all pumped up in his celebration. Another ordinary outing for the Victorian.
  • 7.3 Fuller and outside off, White has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 7.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 7.1 Fuller on middle, worked off the pads to mid-wicket.
  • Tom Curran has been introduced into the attack.
  • 6.6 FOUR! Sublime! Woakes dishes out a full ball outside off, Head takes a stride forward and unveils a beautifully timed off drive for a boundary. 11 from this over, 23 in the last two. England need to stem the flow of runs to stay in hunt. 48/1
  • 6.5 Play and a miss! A length ball leaving the left-hander outside off, Head pokes inside the line and misses. A bit like Warner did to get out. Travis lucky not to have edged it.
  • 6.4 That's a fantastic stop in the Jonty zone. Head slashes it hard square of the wicket and Jason Roy flies to his left to take the pace off. Parries it to the fielder at cover-point and no run conceded. You need such efforts in the field, especially while defending a low total.
  • 6.3 Goes on the back foot and punches it to cover-point.
  • 6.2 FOUR! Head has hammered that. Stands tall inside the crease, fetches a shortish ball from outside off and bludgeons it past the mid on fielder's right side for a boundary. No stopping this one, Travis is dealing in boundaries at the moment. Moves to 27 with 6 4s in it.
  • 6.1 A middle-leg stump half-volley, White flicks it nicely through mid-wicket for three runs. Off the mark, Bear!
  • 5.6 Another back foot defense by Head to complete the over. Three boundaries coming from it. 37/1
  • 5.5 On a length outside off, Head defends it easily off his back foot.
  • 5.4 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Three in a row. A touch short in length, on middle and leg, Head shifts his weight on the back foot and uses his wrists well to turn it through square leg. Good timing and it races away to the fence.
  • 5.2 LUCKY FOUR! Wood serves it wide outside off, Head goes chasing after it with a booming drive but edges it past the first slip fielder for a boundary.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Shot! Full and wide outside off, Head latches onto it and lofts it over cover-point for a boundary. Excellent conditions.
  • 4.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 25/1
  • 4.5 Bowls it in the channel outside off, White offers no shot with an interesting movement of his willow.
  • Cameron White is the number 3 batsman.
  • 4.4 OUT! Woakes removes Warner! He angles across a good length delivery outside off, Warner has a needless poke inside the line with minimal footwork and gets a thin outside edge to Buttler. A big breakthrough for England. Warner's dry run in this series continues. 172 needed off 272 balls.
  • 4.3 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks again.
  • 4.2 Good length delivery in the line of the stumps, Warner covers the line and defends it back.
  • 4.1 FOUR! Woakes delivers a slower short ball outside off, 122.2 kph, Warner camps back and pulls it powerfully through mid-wicket for a boundary. Fantastic shot. Australia off to a racy start!
  • 3.6 Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, a little too straight by Wood, Head goes back and glances it through square leg. The fine leg fielder runs across to his right to stop the ball. A couple taken. 21/0
  • 3.5 FOUR! Fine shot! Head was standing back and expecting a shorter delivery. Receives it and pulls it handsomely through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 3.4 Wood switches to around the wicket and angles in a full length ball outside off, Head tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 3.3 On a length around middle, Head defends it from the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 3.2 Goes on the back foot and punches a length ball to the off side, finds the mid off fielder.
  • 3.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Warner drags his attempted pull shot and it comes off the inner half of the bat. It runs through the gap at mid-wicket and the mid on fielder chases it down in the deep. Good running between the wickets to pick up three runs.
  • 2.6 Pitches it up outside off, Head drives it down the ground but finds mid off. 12/0
  • 2.5 Good length delivery on middle and off, it's defended off the back foot to point.
  • 2.4 On a length around off, angling away, Head covers the stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 2.3 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 2.2 FOUR! Just like Warner in Woakes' first over, Travis Head helps himself to a boundary through covers. A half-volley outside off has been cracked for a boundary.
  • 2.1 Shortish around off, Head rocks back and punches it to the off side. Finds the cover-point fielder.
  • 1.6 Plays a length ball with soft hands to mid off and gets off the mark with a single. 8/0
  • 1.6 Effort delivery, a bouncer on middle, Head sways away from the line. Called a wide for height!
  • 1.5 Back of a length ball on off, Travis goes on his toes and defends it back.
  • 1.4 Good length delivery on middle, Head gets behind the line and blocks it to the bowler.
  • 1.3 Serves it wide outside off, Head has a comfortable leave.
  • 1.2 Appeal for an lbw, too high. Extra bounce from a good length around middle, Head jumps on the back foot to defend but misses and is hit on the back leg. Way over the stumps, shows the Hawk Eye.
  • 1.1 A gentle loosener, very full and outside off, Head watches the line and feels no need to play at it.
  • Mark Wood to bowl with the second new ball.
  • 0.6 In the channel outside off, Warner shoulders arms. 6/0
  • 0.5 Nearly chops it on! Good length ball on middle and off, Warner stands back to turn it on the leg side but gets an under edge over the stumps. The keeper fails to stop it and they collect a couple of runs.
  • 0.4 Full and on off, Warner defends it from the front foot.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Warner is away! Woakes overpitches outside off and pays the price. Warner latches onto it and blazes it through extra cover for a boundary.
  • 0.2 The line is straight this time, Warner nudges it off his pads but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 0.1 Beaten first up! Woakes lands it on a length around off, shaping away a shade, Warner without any footwork pushes inside the line and misses.
  • Back for the chase. David Warner has a new partner in Travis Head. Fun fact - Last time these two opened for Australia in Adelaide, they raised a double century partnership. A bit less needed today. Can they do something similar? Let's find out. Here is Chris Woakes, the performer with the bat, to begin with the new ball. Two slips in place...



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3607 120
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114