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Australia Vs England Live Score (ODI)

Date: Sunday, 28 January, 2018 22:10 IST Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth Match Status: Match Ended

England beat Australia by 12 runs

259/10
Overs
47.4
R/R
5.46
Fours
18
Sixes
6
Extras
14
247/10
Overs
48.2
R/R
5.12
Fours
19
Sixes
6
Extras
11
  • The Australian bowlers had no answers to the onslaught by English openers. Though once the ball got a little soft, Tye, with his slower ones kept, chipping away at the wickets. He was well supported by Mitchell Marsh and Adam Zampa with the former using the short ball to great effect to end with figures of 7-0-24-2. The three have ensured England finish with something below par and now the onus is on their batting to chase this down. The wicket is providing a little assistance to the bowlers but the Aussies will fancy themselves to win it here. Will the Australians make it 3-2 or will we see the Englishmen come out on top for the fourth time in this series. Join us for the chase.
  • Brilliant comeback by Australia! England once looked like they would be posting a huge total on board but have been bundled out before the 50th over. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got them off to a flier. They stitched a fifty-run stand for the opening wicket but both failed to covert their starts. Alex Hales later on did look in good flow but he fell prey to the short ball. The away side then lost wickets at regular intervals which made run scoring difficult. Joe Root did play a decent knock by scoring a half ton but he too perished at the wrong time.
  • What a bowling performance by Tye! He finishes with a fifer and walks off the field to a standing ovation and a well-deserved one as he has ensured Australia head into the break on top. He is now with Mark Taylor for an interview. Tye says he can't ask for anything better. Admits he was worried after he did not get a wicket in his first two games but now he probably has made up for it. States the stadium is one of the best ones in the world. Reckons the score is something they would fancy themselves to chase.
  • 47.4 OUT! Five-fer for Tye, his first in ODIs! He has been brilliant with those slower ones and picked all his wickets with it. Andrew again bowls it full and it is a slower ball. Ball is completely foxed by the knuckle ball as he tries to keep it out. He plays down the wrong line and the ball hits the off pole. Tye is all pumped up as he finishes with career best figures and ENGLAND HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 259!
  • 47.3 On a length around off, Ball tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 47.2 A full toss on the pads, flicked down to fine leg for a run.
  • Jake Ball is the last man in.
  • 47.1 OUT! Four-fer for Tye! The run out chance has not cost them a lot. Andrew once again bowls the slower one, like he has done to take the previous three. Fuller again. Root tries to hit it over the fence but only manages to hit it towards long on where Warner takes an easy catch. Root departs after playing another decent innings but he falls just as England needed him to accelerate.
  • 46.6 Root mistimes the pull towards Maxwell at mid-wicket. He sets off for a run. Glenn has a shy but misses. A single added. 10 from the over. Replays later on show that had Maxwell hit Root was a goner. 258/8
  • 46.5 Now Curran makes room, Starc dishes out a full one. Curran gets a bottom edge down to fine leg for a run.
  • 46.4 SIX! How good is that! Wow, innovation at its best! He shuffles across and thinks of playing the ramp shot. Starc bowls a full toss. Curran just puts bat to it and it flies over the keeper for a maximum.
  • 46.3 Full and wide outside off, Curran throws the kitchen sink at it but gets beaten. Maybe he should just hand the strike over to Root.
  • 46.2 Walks across this time and works the full ball to mid-wicket.
  • 46.1 Curran makes room, Starc goes full on the stumps. He mistimes it over covers but has enough to bag a couple.
  • Mitchell Starc is back on for a final burst.
  • 45.6 Makes room and pulls it hard towards deep mid-wicket for a run. 248/8
  • 45.6 A bouncer down the leg side, the umpire gives it a wide.
  • 45.5 The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
  • Tom Curran is the next man in.
  • 45.4 OUT! Tye gets his third! He has bowled brilliantly and Mitchell Marsh has made this skier look very easy! Tye once again bowls a slower ball on middle, Willey tries to go big but is early into the shot. He only manages to hit it high up in the air towards mid-wicket. Marsh there runs back and takes a tumbling catch. All smiles on the Australian faces as they now have a chance to bowl England out here.
  • 45.3 On middle, worked down to long on for a run.
  • 45.2 Shortish on middle, pulled down to fine leg to change strike.
  • 45.1 On the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 44.6 On a length around middle, pushed back to the bowler. Just 3 runs from the over, an excellent one by Hazlewood. England need a move on now. Only five overs left. 242/7
  • 44.5 Short again on middle, Root pulls it but not the gap and straight to the fielder on the leg side for a run.
  • 44.4 A bumper again on the body, Willey pulls it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 44.3 Bumper outside off. Willey chops it to the keeper.
  • 44.2 Back of a length on middle, defended.
  • 44.1 Shortish ball, pulled to deep square leg for a run.
  • 43.6 Pulled down to deep square leg for a run. 239/7
  • David Willey walks out to the middle.
  • 43.5 OUT! RUN OUT! Not what England wanted! Brilliant by Smith! Rashid taps the length ball towards point and hesitates before taking off for a run. Smith there is quick to it and hits bull's eye at the non-striker's end. Rashid seems to be struggling and they go upstairs to check. Replays show that Rashid is just short and is given his marching orders.
  • A direct hit! Rashid is the man in question at the non-striker's end and he seems to be short.
  • 43.4 The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 43.3 Excellent effort by Warner! Rashid lofts the full ball towards wide long on. Warner from long on, makes good ground to his right, dives but can't get to it. He recovers well, runs behind the ball and stops it from crossing the rope. Saves one for his side.
  • 43.2 The batsman gets a bottom edge which goes to the keeper on the bounce.
  • 43.1 A full toss on leg stump, Rashid mistimes his shot to mid-wicket. Root is backing up a long way and now has to run back as there is no run there. Maxwell fields the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Starc does really well to back up with a dive.
  • Andrew Tye is back on.
  • 42.6 Full on the pads, worked to mid-wicket. 8 runs from the over. 234/6
  • 42.5 Shorter in length outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
  • 42.4 Intent here from Root. As he makes room and heaves it across the line, towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 42.3 FOUR! Edged but just short! To add salt to the wound it goes for a boundary. A short ball outside off, Root throws his all at it as he goes for the cut shot. He gets a top edge which goes down towards third man. Tye there comes running in and dives forward for a catch but the ball bounces in front of him and he can't stop it. It also brings up his 26th ODI fifty, his second in this series. He has played the anchor role but now has to make sure he stays till the end.
  • 42.2 That has been cracked through the off side but straight to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 42.1 Shortish on the body, Root pulls it down to fine leg for a run.
  • Josh Hazlewood back into the attack.
  • 41.6 Works it through mid-wicket for a run. End of Zampa's spell. He has bowled really well here. His figures read, 10-0-46-1. 226/6
  • 41.5 Gives it air on off, Root lofts it over mid off for a run.
  • 41.4 Dances down the track. Zampa fires it short on the stumps. Rashid adjusts and defends it.
  • 41.3 Floats it up on off, gets it to bounce extra. Rashid defends it.
  • 41.2 A very full ball, Rashid jams it out.
  • 41.2 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. Wide signalled by the umpire.
  • 41.1 Gives it air on off, Rashid blocks it.
  • 40.6 A full ball on the pads, flicked down to fine leg to get off NELSON! 223/6
  • 40.5 Shortish outside off, cut down to third man for a run.
  • 40.4 Good length around off, guided down to third man for a run.
  • 40.3 FOUR! Up and over! Nicely played to get off the mark! A short ball outside off, Rashid cuts it over point and one bounce over the fence.
  • 40.2 On a length around off, defended.
  • 40.1 A yorker on middle, Rashid keeps it out.
  • Powerplay 3 has been signaled! A maximum of five fielders can be placed outside the ring now.
  • 39.6 The batsman plays the pull shot for a couple. 216/6
  • 39.5 Works it to mid-wicket.
  • Adil Rashid strides out to the middle.
  • 39.4 OUT! The English batters seem to be in a hurry to get out today! Moeen Ali is walking back now. He wanted to take on Zampa but the leg spinner gets the better of him. He comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and tries to clear long off. He does not get the desired elevation and holes out to Tye there.
  • 39.3 Shorter in length on middle, Root rocks back and pull it over square leg for a run.
  • 39.2 Comes down the track and takes it on the full. He strokes it down to long on for a run.
  • 39.1 Tosses it up, Root makes room and strokes it through covers for a run.
  • 38.6 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single. 211/5
  • 38.5 Another chance of a run out but no direct hit! A very casual effort by Ali, that could have cost him his wicket. A yorker by Starc which Ali digs out towards Smith at mid-wicket. The batsmen set off for a run. Ali casually jogs towards the other end thinking that Smith will have a shy at the striker's end. Steven though, does the exact opposite. He sees Moeen is not rushing through and hence, picks the ball up, turns and has a shy at the non-striker's end but just misses.
  • 38.5 Down the leg side, Ali misses the flick. The keeper appeals and appeals but it maybe just for the wide not to be called. The umpire though calls it.
  • 38.4 Short and pulled down to deep square leg for a run.
  • 38.3 Fuller on middle, flicks it to mid on.
  • 38.2 Tucks it around the corner, with the angle for a run.
  • 38.1 Comes around the wicket and angles it in on middle, Root works it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • Mitchell Starc is back on.
  • 37.6 Pushes it through covers to end the over with a run. 205/5
  • 37.5 Innovation! Is he auditioning for the IPL by playing that shot! He goes down on one knee and reverse scoops it through short fine leg for a couple.
  • 37.4 Gives it air on off, driven to covers.
  • 37.3 Tucks it around the corner for a run.
  • 37.2 Tosses it up on middle, Ali mistimes his sweep straight to square leg.
  • 37.1 Floats it full on off, driven through covers for a run.
  • 36.6 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground. They pick up a single. 200/5
  • 36.5 Fullish on off, Ali drives it back towards the bowler who makes a half stop. The ball goes towards mid off and the batsmen take a quick run.
  • 36.4 Another short ball, Root pulls it down to deep square leg for a run.
  • 36.3 That has gone high up in the air, but lands in no man's land! Once again the short ball causing problems! Tye bangs it in, Root tries to pull but gets a top edge which flies down towards deep backward square. Hazlewood comes running towards his left from fine leg can't get to it and the batsmen take two.
  • 36.3 Bumper on middle, wided.
  • 36.2 Fuller on middle, flicked down to mid on.
  • 36.1 Back of a length on off, taps it to point.
  • 35.6 Advances down and gets to the pitch of the ball. He strokes it to mid off. 194/5
  • 35.5 Floats it up on off, driven through covers for a run.
  • 35.4 Comes down the track and drives it down towards long on for a run.
  • 35.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.2 Gives it air on off, Ali defends it.
  • 35.1 Works it towards mid-wicket with the turn.
  • Moeen Ali walks out to the middle.
  • 34.6 OUT! Tye has the last laugh! A similar shot to which Roy got out. Once again the slower ball does the trick. He bowls it full on off, Buttler once again tries to go big but ends up slicing it high up in the air towards mid off. David Warner there backtracks and takes it with a reverse cup. Another English batsman throws it away. After a maximum of the first ball this was needless. Australia will be relived to see the back of the dangerous Buttler and they are now on top. 192/5
  • 34.5 Slower ball, the thinking was right but the line was bad. He bowls it down the leg side, Root flicks it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 34.4 Short on middle, Root tries to pull but gets an inside edge onto his body.
  • 34.3 Another short ball on off, it takes off after pitching. Root gets it off the splice towards covers.
  • 34.2 Good batting! Boundary of the last ball and now takes a single by samrtly tapping it towards cover-point.
  • 34.1 SIX! Buttler goes boom boom! Right in his zone was this delivery. Full and it had pace on it. Buttler tonks it over the long on fence for a 104M Biggie. Woah! That was hit with some force!
  • 33.6 Loopy ball on middle, driven down to long off to keep strike. 184/4
  • 33.5 Fuller on off, swept again but this time to the fielder at deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 33.4 Flighted ball on middle, Root goes down on one knee and sweeps it behind square for a couple.
  • 33.3 Flatter on off, pushed down to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 33.2 Tosses it up on off, driven down to long on for a run.
  • 33.1 Floats it up on off, Buttler tries to take on the leg spinner but gets it off the inner half, down towards long on for a run.
  • Adam Zampa is back into the attack.
  • 32.6 Direct hit needed... but misses. Had Maxwell hit, Root was a goner. Buttler taps it towards cover-point and calls for a run. Root responds but he has to hurry. Maxwell is quick to the ball and has a shy but misses. 177/4
  • 32.6 Wide! Second short ball wided. Bangs it outside off, Buttler lets it be.
  • 32.5 Length ball outside off, Root guides it down towards third man for an easy run.
  • 32.5 Another short ball, Root ducks under it and the umpire gives it a wide.
  • 32.4 OUCH! That must have hurt! A short ball on middle, Root comes inside the line and tries to pull. He misses to get hit around the chest. He is down on his haunches but now is back up to resume his innings.
  • 32.3 Shortish outside off, Buttler tries to cut but the ball hits the higher portion of the bat and goes through covers for a run.
  • 32.2 On a length around middle, Buttler pushes it back towards the bowler. As he is halfway down the track, he tries to get back. The bowler though misfields and now Root wants a run but Jos is not interested.
  • 32.1 Back of a length on off, Jos hops and blocks it down.
  • Andrew Tye is brought back.
  • Time for Drinks!
  • 31.6 Fuller on off, pushed to mid on. A good over for England, 6 from it. 172/4
  • 31.5 FOUR! This should break the shackles! A short ball on middle, Buttler pulls it with disdain and through mid-wicket for a much-needed boundary.
  • 31.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 31.3 A bumper on middle, it shoots off the surface. Buttler goes for the pull but is beaten by the extra bounce.
  • 31.2 Leading edge but just short! Buttler again comes walking down the track, Hazlewood lands it on a length around off, Jos tries to flick but closses the face of the bat early and gets a leading edge which falls just short of Josh who dives forward to take it.
  • 31.1 Shortish outside off, Root rocks back and punches it through point. He calls for two immediately but slips as he turns for the second and hence, only a single results. We have seen this happening twice with Root, time for a change of boots?
  • 30.6 Good bowling! He goes for the surprise yorker on middle, Buttler does well to dig it out. 166/4
  • 30.5 Shortish on the body, Root gets on top of the bounce and pulls it along the ground for a run.
  • 30.4 Length outside off, Buttler guides it down to third man to change strike.
  • 30.3 On the pads, Root flicks it fine down the leg side for a run.
  • 30.2 Shimmies down the track and receives a short ball. Tries to pull but misses. The ball hits his arm and goes besides the keeper for a leg bye.
  • 30.1 Marsh continues with the short stuff, Buttler evades it.
  • 29.6 Buttler walks across and flicks it through mid-wicket to bag a single. Tidy from Australia, just 15 from the last five. 162/4
  • 29.5 Another short ball, Root pulls it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 29.4 On a length around off, pushed to point. Good bowling here, hitting the right areas and not let the batsmen score freely.
  • 29.3 In the channel outside off, Buttler opens the face of the bat and guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 29.2 Way outside off, the batsman need not play at it.
  • 29.1 Short and outside off, Buttler goes for the pull but fails to connect. Not a smart shot as he has just arrived at the crease. Also, the ball was well wide to play that.
  • 28.6 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single. 159/4
  • 28.5 Length outside off, left alone.
  • 28.4 On the pads, worked to fine leg for a run.
  • Jos Buttler walks out at no. 6.
  • 28.3 OUT! Another one bites the dust! The short ball once again does the trick for Marsh. Completely needless from Morgan there. He comes down the track early and seeing that Marsh bowls a bumper outside off this time. Eoin still goes for a cut but ends up skying it towards sweeper cover. Stoinis there comes running in, positions himself under it and takes it. Two quick wickets for Australia and England are in a spot of bother here. Also replays later on show, the Aussies forced an error from Morgan as they cramped him for room and hence, the batter could not free his arms to play that shot.
  • 28.2 In the air... but well short of fine leg. Marsh once again bangs it short with a lot of venom. Root is hurried into the pull as he gets a top edge towards the fine leg. There was excitement for a minute but it was cut short as the ball lands well short of the fine leg fielder for a run.
  • 28.1 Shortish ball, hurries onto the batsman. He mistimes his pull towards fine leg for a run.
  • 27.6 Fullish ball outside off, Morgan plants his front foot forward and drives it through covers to fetch a single. He keeps strike and three runs come from this over. 155/3
  • 27.5 A confident looking drive but straight to mid off for no runs.
  • 27.4 Once again bowls it in the avenue of apprehension. Morgan wants to drop and run but is refused.
  • 27.3 Back of a length around off, punched through covers to change strike.
  • 27.2 Good length around off, pushed to point.
  • 27.1 On the pads, Morgan fails to put it away. It hits his pad and rolls towards square leg for a leg bye.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back on.
  • 26.6 Another length ball angling into the batsman. Worked to mid-wicket to end the over with a dot. End of a successful over. 152/3
  • 26.5 Off the mark with a single after cutting it through point.
  • 26.4 Another length ball on off, Morgan defends it onto the ground. Marsh looks in good rhythm here. He is constantly bowling in the 140s.
  • 26.3 On a length and on the pads, Morgan tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
  • 26.2 On a length around off, stays a touch low. Morgan defends it off the back foot.
  • Eoin Morgan walks in to bat.
  • 26.1 OUT! A very unfortunate dismissal here! A short ball by Marsh on middle, it skids off the surface and gets big on Hales. He goes for the pull but gets a top edge onto his helmet and the ball lobs towards Maxwell at point who runs backwards and takes an easy catch. A timely wicket as this partnership was starting to look dangerous. Another England batsman walks back after getting off to a start.
  • 25.6 Drags his length back outside off, Hales rocks back and cuts it through point for a run. 151/2
  • 25.5 A yorker on middle, Hales tries to keep it out but it goes off the bottom edge to the keeper.
  • 25.4 Gives it air on off, Root drives it to sweeper cover for a run. 150 up for England.
  • 25.3 Another full delivery on off, Hales pierces a very tiny gap between the two cover fielders and down towards a very wide long off for a run.
  • 25.2 Very full almost a yorker, jammed back to the bowler.
  • 25.1 Floats it up on off, Root strokes it through covers for a run.
  • 24.6 Another one on off, pushed towards covers. 147/2
  • 24.5 Fuller around off, defended to the off side off the front foot.
  • 24.4 FOUR! Streaky but Hales won't mind. Back of a length ball outside off, Alex goes for the pull. Gets a top edge and the ball flies well over the keeper and goes into the fence behind on the bounce.
  • 24.3 Length ball around off, just a hint of shape away. Hales gets it off the outer half towards point.
  • 24.2 Fuller on off, driven back straight to the bowler's left. Marsh gets his left hand to stop that but gets a bad bounce and the ball deflects towards mid off. A run is taken.
  • 24.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.6 Flatter in line of the stumps, punched towards cover. 142/2
  • 23.5 Root drives it to long on to rotate strike.
  • 23.4 A low full toss on off, swept away through square leg for one.
  • 23.3 Outside off, driven towards covers, where Smith dives full length to his left and stops that.
  • 23.2 Flatter on the stumps, Hales goes back to pull but gets an inside edge onto his pads and to the on side. Had he not got wood on that, could have been a dead duck.
  • 23.1 Floated outside off, Root drives it through covers for one.
  • Adam Zampa is brought back. A short mid off and a short cover in place.
  • 22.6 Full in length around off, Hales stands tall and blocks it back towards the bowler. 139/2
  • 22.5 Similar ball, hit back towards the bowler.
  • 22.4 Fuller on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 22.3 Root gets to the other end by driving it through mid on.
  • 22.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Not the ideal line from Marsh. Angles this length ball on the pads, Root moves inside the line and tickles this away. Hazlewood runs to his right from fine leg, puts in the dive there but fails to prevent the boundary. Joe moves to 12 from 9.
  • Mitchell Marsh back on.
  • 21.6 Yorker on the stumps, dug out well. 134/2
  • 21.5 Short in length, Hales stands back and flat-bats it over mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 21.4 Full and straight on the stumps, driven down the ground. Starc gets low to his left in a bid to stop that but just gets some fingertips to it. The ball goes just past the stumps at the other end. Hales, who was backing up at the other end tries to get back in. But seeing the ball pass the stumps, the batters cross over for a single. Backing up a long way could have cost Alex here.
  • 21.3 Length delivery around off, pushed towards covers.
  • 21.2 Angling away outside off, cut away. Glenn dives and makes a half-stop. A run taken.
  • 21.1 Length ball around middle and leg, clipped through square leg. The long boundary that it is, there should be another four runs on offer. But Root slips as he turns for the third and that's all he can get before the throw comes in.
  • 20.6 Around off, defended off the front foot. 127/2
  • 20.5 SIX! England are consciously attacking the comeback man Maxwell here. Floated up around off, Hales gets down the track in a flash and hits it straight back for a 88m biggie.
  • 20.4 Short in length, pulled away through mid-wicket for one.
  • 20.3 A touch shorter in length, Hales goes back and punches it down to long on for one.
  • 20.2 Short and outside off, cut away towards point.
  • 20.1 Root gets down the track and plays it to long on for one.
  • 19.6 This is well outside off, left alone. 118/2
  • 19.5 Hales looks to work this to the on side but gets a leading edge towards covers.
  • 19.4 Root gets off the mark with a drive through covers.
  • 19.3 Fuller around middle and leg, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 19.2 Almost another one! Full and well outside off, Root goes for the drive but misses the ball by not much.
  • Joe Root comes in next. He was dismissed for a duck in the fourth ODI.
  • 19.1 OUT! Timber! Starc has his man but no real celebrations from him. Length ball around off and angling away. Bairstow is not sure whether to play it or to leave it. Hangs his bat out and that's that. The ball takes the inner edge and clatters the leg stick. Earlier in the day, he got a boundary in a similar way and the ball had gone just past the leg pole then. Another England opener fails to convert his start today. Is it some kind of pattern that will be on show today? Timely wicket for the Aussies, though.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Shot! Short in length and flat in trajectory outside off. Hales stays where he is and bashes it over mid off for a boundary. 117/1
  • 18.5 Maxwell comes from over the wicket and bowls it around off, driven towards mid on.
  • 18.4 Flatter outside off, cut away through backward point for a brace.
  • 18.3 Short in length, punched to covers.
  • 18.2 Played with the spin towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 18.1 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 17.6 Length ball moving in a touch, Jonny is beaten for pace and gets struck high on the pads. Starc appeals to no avail. 111/1
  • 17.5 SIX! The ball teases the man at third man before flying over the ropes. Short ball angling away, Bairstow stays back and plays the upper cut. The third man fielder seems interested as he runs to his right but the ball sails well over him and the ropes.
  • 17.4 Full around off, driven to mid off.
  • 17.3 Another ball around off, driven to covers.
  • 17.2 This ball is driven straight to covers.
  • 17.1 Length delivery outside off, Jonny looks to play it from the crease but gets a bottom edge towards the keeper.
  • Mitchell Starc back on.
  • 16.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 105/1
  • 16.5 On the pads, flicked away round the corner for one.
  • 16.4 SIX! BOOM! Bairstow is looking in the mood today. He sees the flighted ball around off, slinks down the track and bashes it straight over the sightscreen. The ball travels 78 metres over the fence.
  • 16.3 Pushed to the man at mid on.
  • 16.2 Hales works it away to fine leg for a single.
  • 16.1 Around off, punched towards covers.
  • Glenn Maxwell is brought into the attack.
  • Drinks time! England have begun well in this game, creditable after what happened to their batting in the previous match. Australia missed a chance as Starc overstepped. Post that it was the Roy and Bairstow show, till the former fell one short of his fifty. Can the hosts manage to make further inroads?
  • 15.6 A bumper to finish the over! Jonny ducks under it. 97/1
  • 15.5 FOUR! This spoils the over! Tye errs in length and bowls it full on off, a half-volley. All Bairstow has to do is put bat on it. He does well as he strokes it through extra cover and such is the outfield that is races along the turn and into the fence.
  • 15.4 Another length delivery around off, Bairstow drives it on the up to the man at mid off. Just one from the over till now.
  • 15.3 The slower ball but on the shorter side, Hales has all the time in the world as he waits for it and pulls it behind square but only for a run.
  • 15.2 Hits the length around off, Hales lunges forward and keeps it out. Tye has kept it really tight.
  • 15.1 Fuller in length on off, Hales pushes it to covers.
  • 14.6 FOUR! This time Bairstow picks up his spot nicely. Floated full outside off, he gets down and sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. 92/1
  • 14.5 A low full toss outside off, swept away to deep square leg for a brace.
  • 14.4 Flatter outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 14.3 Short in length, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 14.2 Punched through covers for a single.
  • 14.1 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 13.6 A run taken after playing it through covers. 83/1
  • 13.5 Fuller ball, driven to mid on.
  • 13.4 FOUR! The shot from Hales is a good one but Bairstow's reaction caught my eye. Overpitched in line of the stumps, Hales just pushes it down the ground. In an age where the umpires, non-strikers and bowlers hide for cover seeing a shot coming towards them, Jonny nonchalantly lifts his leg to let the ball pass down the ground to the fence.
  • 13.3 Fuller in length, Jonny hits it a touch aerially towards mid on for one.
  • 13.2 Yorker in line of the stumps, dug out to the bowler.
  • 13.1 Fuller and angling in, nudged to mid-wicket for one.
  • 12.6 Shorter outside off, cut away past short third man for a brace. 76/1
  • 12.5 Bairstow stays back and bunts it.
  • 12.4 JB defends it off the front foot to the off side.
  • 12.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 12.2 Flatter around middle and leg, the ball doesn't turn. Jonny fails to get bat to that in his defense and gets struck on the front pad. An appeal is put to no avail. Sliding down, perhaps.
  • 12.1 Floated around middle, eased down to long on for a single.
  • Short mid off in place.
  • 11.6 Hales gets going with a glide to third man. 73/1
  • 11.5 Hales defends this ball to the off side for nothing.
  • 11.4 Jonny plays it through backward point for one.
  • Alex Hales walks in at the fall of the first wicket. The team is off to a good start and this is a good time for him to get among the runs.
  • 11.3 OUT! Jason Roy doesn't make most of the reprieve that he got earlier. The change of pace does him in here. More than that, it's the knuckle ball that has done him in. Bowled around off, Roy looks to go over the top, down the ground to get to a half century. With the murderous mood that he is in, he doesn't think twice. Goes for the shot but ends up skying it high. Hazlewood runs back a couple of steps from mid on and takes it comfortably. The 71-run stand comes to an end as Roy falls one short of fifty.
  • 11.2 Extra bounce! Length ball on a shorter length just outside off, Roy looks to defend. But the ball bounces more and goes to the keeper past the outside edge.
  • 11.1 On a length, pushed towards covers.
  • 10.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 71/0
  • Interesting. Mark Nicholas on air, tells us that Bairstow is a trained footballer. He went through the trainings in the sport before cricket won him over, due to his dad who played the sport, too. No wonder he kicked away the last ball off the previous over successfully to be in the middle.
  • 10.5 Flatter on the stumps, whipped away through square leg. Bairstow is very quick between the wickets and picks up two before the throw comes in.
  • 10.4 Jonny defends it off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 10.3 Floated around off, eased down to long off for one.
  • 10.2 Floated up around middle, driven down to long on for one.
  • 10.1 Flatter on the stumps, worked away to the on side for one.
  • Powerplay 2 signaled. Now a maximum of 4 players can be outside the inner ring till the 40th over. Also, Smith senses that this is a good time to get some overs of spin and brings on Adam Zampa into the attack.
  • 9.6 Cricket and football saves Bairstow! 66 off the first 10 overs for England. Flier. Length ball around off, Jonny hops up and defends. The ball almost rolls on to the stumps but he is alert enough to kick it away. 66/0
  • 9.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 9.4 Roy guides it through point and gets to the other end.
  • 9.3 Around off, pushed towards cover-point.
  • 9.2 Defended from the crease to the off side.
  • 9.1 What happened there? Hurled on a length just outside off, Roy hangs his bat away from the body to play that. The ball flies to the keeper who yells in appeal. Seeing this, Tye asks the question to the umpire, who negates it. Paine seems pretty confident and asks his skipper about the review but Smith signals that if the bowler isn't convinced, we'd rather not risk it. Nothing on Snicko and Hot-Spot.
  • Andrew Tye is introduced into the attack now. He picked up three wickets in the previous game. More importantly, Australia want him to strike now.
  • 8.6 Length ball around off, Bairstow fails to flick it away due to the extra bounce. Gets struck high on the front leg and the ball rolls to the off side. 65/0
  • 8.5 This ball is kept out towards mid-wicket.
  • 8.4 Length delivery, glided to third man for one.
  • 8.3 Around off, Roy gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball rolls towards covers.
  • 8.2 This ball is defended to the off side from the crease.
  • 8.1 FOUR! The last ball of the previous over saw Bairstow being denied a boundary with a straight drive, Roy gets one here in a similar fashion. Full and straight around off, Jason plays the straight drive past the bowler. Marsh stretches out his right leg with an aim to stop that but fails.
  • 7.6 Bairstow is robbed of a boundary here. Full in length, he drives it straight down. The ball deflects off the stumps at the other end and goes towards long on. A couple taken. 60/0
  • 7.5 On the pads, flicked through square leg for one.
  • 7.4 Length ball outside off, glided past backward point for one.
  • 7.3 Bairstow finds the man at covers with this drive.
  • 7.2 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 7.1 Roy taps it towards mid on for a quick run.
  • 6.6 Hello? Why wasn't a long appeal put in there? Angling in on a length from outside off, Bairstow gets across to flick but misses. Gets hit on the front pad and no stumps are seen. Normally, sides scream their hearts out in such a scenario but not here. Only Paine and Smith appeal to no avail. The skipper even asks his bowler about taking the review but Marsh says it's sliding down leg. Michael Clarke on air, reckons that it is close. Hawk Eye shows that it would have clipped the top of leg and would have remained umpire's call. But strange that neither an interested appeal was made nor the DRS used. Just one run off this one, decent start for Mitchell Marsh. 55/0
  • 6.5 On the pads, flicked away round the corner for one.
  • 6.4 Fuller on off, defended from the front foot.
  • 6.3 Length ball coming in substantially, Roy misses flicking it away and it strikes him high on the thigh pad and goes to the slip cordon.
  • 6.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 6.1 Length ball outside off, Roy walks across and works it away to the on side. Finds the short fine leg fielder and there's no run on offer.
  • Early change. Mitchell Marsh is brought into the attack now. Interesting that Smith hasn't gone to his third seamer in Tye.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Bairstow to end the over. This is bowled just around off, Jonny looks to play it through the off side. Gets a thick inside edge and the ball rolls past the leg stick and through to the fine leg fence. Another 10-run over, England are rushing away to some score here. 54/0
  • 5.5 FOUR! Now Bairstow gets into the act. Length ball on the pads, Jonny stays back and uses his wrists to flick the ball in front of square on the leg side. The ball teasingly races away to the fence, leaving the fine leg and the square leg fielder no chance to prevent that from running away. That's 50 runs completed for England.
  • 5.4 Tapped towards point from the crease.
  • 5.4 WIDE! Bouncer angling down leg, Jonny ducks. The umpire stretches his arms.
  • 5.3 Bowled outside off, Bairstow lets it be.
  • 5.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 5.1 Roy taps this ball to the off side next to the stumps and takes a quick run.
  • 4.6 Pushed towards mid on for one. Another over where 10 runs have been scored by England. 44/0
  • Third man inside the ring now.
  • 4.5 FOUR! Classic. This has been a feature of Roy's innings so far. He has looked decent while playing shots on both sides. Gets a length ball around middle and leg, he stands tall and whips it through mid-wicket. There are two fielders running after that but the outfield doesn't allow them to catch up.
  • 4.4 This ball is defended towards point for nothing.
  • 4.3 FOUR! How good has Jason Roy been with his drives so far? Elegantly excellent. Full and angling away around off, he gets his front foot forward and caresses it through mid off. Once it beats the man in the ring, the result is pretty clear.
  • 4.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 4.1 Length ball outside off, steered away towards third man for one. Bairstow's contribution in this 34-run stand is just 2.
  • 3.6 FOUR! Another one, consecutive boundaries. This is bowled outside off, Roy gets a stride forward and drives it through covers. Finds the gap and the ball races away. Talk about making use of the reprieve. 13 off this over. 34/0
  • 3.5 FOUR! Glorious. Roy drives this overpitched ball past a diving Warner at mid off for a boundary.
  • 3.4 Another ball outside off, shouldered arms to by JR.
  • 3.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 3.2 Four Byes! The bounce is great on this occasion. Back of a length ball just outside off, it just climbs steeply. Paine leaps high but the ball goes higher and to the fence behind.
  • 3.1 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total. Jonny gets off the mark with this.
  • 2.6 Doesn't prove costly! This is outside off, Roy looks to heave it away to the on side but misses. He tried to go a bit too hard and ended up losing shape. 21/0
  • 2.6 NO BALL! Oh Mitchell Starc, how could you err on a wicket ball? Length ball angling away from the batter, Roy, in a mood that he is in, goes for the drive away from the body. Ends up edging it behind, where Paine dives to his right and takes it. The Aussies begin to celebrate but are asked to wait by the umpire, who wants to check Starc's landing. Replays show bad news for the hosts as Mitchell's front foot lands ON THE LINE. The line belongs to the umpire and hence it is a no ball. A wicket is deprived for the hosts and it's time for a Free Hit!
  • Hello! Jason Roy is out caught behind, but the umpire has gone upstairs to check for a no ball for overstepping. Let me tell you, IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD for Australia...
  • 2.5 SIX! If the previous one was authoritative, this is commanding! Full in length around off, Roy takes a foot forward and smites it straight over the bowler's head for half a dozen. Who has hit the first biggie at the new venue? You have an answer here.
  • 2.4 FOUR! Not the ideal length here. Short in length, Roy stands back and pulls it over square leg for a boundary. Authoritative stroke.
  • 2.3 There's that delivery that nips away after pitching. Roy can do nothing but watch it go past his bat as he hangs back to defend.
  • 2.2 Jason defends it from within the crease.
  • 2.1 Length ball around off, defended towards covers.
  • 1.6 Another one outside off, left alone by Bairstow. 10/0
  • 1.5 Bowled from wide of the crease, Josh lands it just around off. Jonny looks to play that but the ball holds its line and beats the outside edge.
  • 1.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • Wow! The last ball of the first over, that nipped away, did so from a crack that is somewhere around the good length area around the off and middle stumps.
  • 1.3 Roy looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge through backward point for one.
  • 1.2 Length ball outside off, Roy has a play and a miss.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Almost a replica of the way Roy was dismissed in the previous game. Hazlewood bowls it full and wide outside off, Roy gets his front foot forward and goes for the drive. Gets it over the backward point fielder and the outfield is good enough to take it to the fence. In his last outing, he played a similar shot to a similar ball and found Smith at backward point. First boundary for the visitors, without running.
  • Josh Hazlewood to start with the second new ball. Let's see how he performs with his Test bowling partner bowling from the other end.
  • 0.6 Beaten! Hurled just around off, Bairstow is squared up in his defense. The ball moves away just a bit to beat the outside edge. Lovely start from Mitch. 5/0
  • 0.5 Bowled in line of the stumps, pushed towards mid on for a quick run.
  • 0.4 This is bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 0.3 Jason defends this length ball on the stumps from the crease.
  • 0.2 Nice one next up. On a length angling away just outside off, Roy has a feel for it but misses.
  • 0.1 Wow! First ball at the Perth Stadium delivered by Starc, it is on a length moving in a touch around middle and leg. Roy clips it in front of square on the leg side. Both sides square of the wicket are pretty big inform the on-air commentators. Stoinis runs after it from mid-wicket and we think there will be three runs on offer. But the batters are awake to the possibility of the fourth and THEY RUN FOUR! Good start.
  • We are all set to get underway. Interesting. The new ball is given to the umpires by Mitchell Johnson. This is a first for me, personally. Nice gesture for the hometown hero to have something to do at a new venue which has come up there. The Aussies take their positions on the ground after breaking away from the final huddle. Two slips in place for Mitchell Starc, who will run in to bowl to Jason Roy. Jonny Bairstow stands at the other end.
  • TOSS - Australia win the toss and opt to bat. They have two changes out of which one is a forced one. Pat Cummins, who has been ruled out of this game, is replaced by Mitchell Starc. Also, Glenn Maxwell comes in for Cameron White. England on the other hand, have also made a couple of changes to their eleven. David Willey and Jake Ball come in for Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.
  • England on the other hand, will look to bounce back after their loss in the previous game. However, with the series already in the bag it will be interesting to see if Morgan tinkers with his side. Even though it is a dead rubber there is a lot at stake. We are in for an exciting game. Stay tuned for the toss.
  • Hello and welcome for the 5th and the final ODI between Australia and England. It will be played on a ground which will be making its international debut, the Perth stadium. The home side did salvage some pride with a win in the last game and they would want to make it 3-2 today. They though, will have to do it without their Man of the Match in the last game, Pat Cummins who has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
  • Let me put something that won't please Stonis and something that he would love to change. So far in his ODI career, he has scored over 50 five times. On all the occasions, Australia have gone on to lose. England will be pleased with the sweet revenge that they have extracted after the drubbing in the Ashes. Of course, it is altogether different thing whether there's something as 'revenge' in sport. That's not all from this England's Australian tour. These two sides, along with New Zealand clash for a T20I tri-series. The first game of that is on the 3rd of February, 2018 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Join us for that game at 1920 local time (0820 GMT). Thanks for being awesome readers. Ta-ta, bubye! Take care!
  • The happy captain of the game, Eoin Morgan, is pleased how his side played today. States that his side's ability to show a fight is something that he hasn't seen in the past and is proud of the same. Reckons that they are spoilt for choices with the personnel at their disposal. Admits that although they haven't shuffled the side, he hopes that the guys learn from their win and improve as they go forward. Draws huge cheers from the crowd when he thanks them for their relentless support.
  • Steven Smith, the losing skipper, says that they did well with the ball to restrict England. Admits the target to being a chaseable one before conceding that continuous loss of wickets pegged them back. States that Andrew Tye was good with his change of pace that helped restrict the opposition. Opines that the crowd was spectacular, along with praising the surface and the outfield. Even he is looking forward to a couple of weeks off, he states.
  • The Player of the Series award goes to Joe Root. Shouts of 'Roooooooooot' echo the Optus Stadium. He reckons that the turnaround from the Tests to the ODIs has been surreal. About not having the burden of captaincy, he says that the roles in the side for the guys is fixed and hence it doesn't matter if he is leading the side or not. Reckons that it is always important to pick up wickets and think that the opposition is in the game otherwise things could get out of hand. Ends saying that he is looking forward to the rest that he going to get.
  • It's time for the presentation. First up is the Man of the Match award and it is bagged by Tom Curran. He says that watching his side play a dominating brand of ODI cricket made it easier for him to walk in and put in a performance. States that he was always ready to come in and play straightaway. Reckons that they felt they had enough runs on the board.
  • Earlier, England were inserted in to bat and got a good start, courtesy their openers. But theirs was a case of batsmen who got starts not going on to convert it to something significant and that turned out to stymie them from running away to a steep score. For Australia, Andrew Tye was impressive with the ball, picking up his first five-wicket haul in ODIs.
  • For England, Tom Curran turned out to be their hero with the ball as he, literally, swung his way to a maiden five-fer in the 50-over format. He bowled with pace, changed it occasionally to catch the batters off-guard and swung the ball en route to the number of wickets that he picked. Moeen Ali was also among the wickets with crucial three wickets in the middle, that stemmed the Aussies' march. Adil Rashid slipped in with a crucial strike of Stoinis. All in all, it was a good game for the visiting team with the ball.
  • As often seen in the sport, a run out broke the Stoinis-Head stand. Steven Smith hasn't been his own in this series and he let his side down yet again with another failure. Further down, Glenn Maxwell combined with Stoinis to add over 50 runs for the 5th wicket, which kept their side always in the hunt. Post that, one would have backed England to seal the deal but Tim Paine and Adam Zampa ensured that the win wasn't an easy one for the tourists.
  • At the halfway stage, this total was a below par one as per the pundits. But boy, have England changed the narrative in some style. Well, let's say this - Australia have squandered yet another opportunity to turn up on the right side of the result owing to their not-so-great batting effort. Although they lost David Warner early, the move to send Marcus Stoinis in at no.3 almost paid off for them. He added 62 for the second wicket with Travis Head, carrying on to stroke his way happily to a half-century.
  • Hush! This game was closer than it was supposed to be at many stages. Eventually, we've had a good match on our hands and the team that played better on the day turned out to be the winners. England. They are seen applauding the Barmy Army for being persistent with their support for their side. The customary handshakes take place and the win is theirs to be savoured.
  • 48.2 OUT! Tom Curran's maiden five-fer in ODIs inspires England to a win at the Optus Stadium in Perth! Spears it full and straight in line of the stumps. 'You miss and I hit' says Tom, as Paine looks to get his front foot out of the way and smash it down the ground. Misses the ball owing to the swing inwards and ends up losing the sticks behind. ENGLAND WIN THIS GAME BY 12 RUNS AND TAKE THE SERIES 4-1!
  • 48.1 Very full on off, Paine stands back and hits it to covers. Doesn't take the run again.
  • Morgan first has a chat with Buttler and then a talk with Curran. Tom is ready to go, he is in search off his maiden ODI fifer.
  • 47.6 Another short ball, pulled to fine leg for one. 13 needed off the last two overs. This is going down the wire. 247/9
  • 47.5 Pulled to deep square leg but again he denies the run.
  • 47.4 SIX! Tim can't cut but he can paddle! Full and in the line of the stumps, Paine gets down and plays the paddle. Makes good connection as the ball sails all the way over the fine leg fence. 14 off 14 needed! Paine is doing it on his own here.
  • 47.3 FOUR! That'll help! Doesn't matter how they comes as long as runs come. This is short in length, Paine backs away and looks to cut it. But gets a thick outside edge over the vacant slip cordon for a boundary. Not commanding but effective nevertheless. 20 off 15 needed.
  • 47.2 Slower off cutter angling in to Paine, spotting him back away. All that the batter can do is hit the air.
  • 47.1 Short in length, pulled to deep square leg. Paine denies the run and stays on strike.
  • Four men deep on the leg side. The ring inside the circle is on the off side. The deep field is kept in response to the pull that Paine played in Ball's last over.
  • 46.6 Another slower one outside off, Hazlewood hangs his bat to play at it but is too early into the stroke. The ball goes on the bounce to the keeper. A run and a wicket of Curran's penultimate over. 236/9
  • 46.5 Tom comes round the wicket and lands it full outside off. Hazlewood pushes it towards point. Morgan fields it and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • 46.4 Almost another one! Full and just outside off, Josh has a feel for it but just misses.
  • Josh Hazlewood is the last man in for Australia.
  • 46.3 OUT! CASTLED! Curran runs in and lands it on a length in line of the stumps. Zampa makes room to hit it but fails to make any contact. The ball does what it was released to do, knocks out the middle stump. Tom has his hands apart and is running and leaping in celebration while Zampa is down in disgust. 24 more needed in 21 with only 1 wicket in hand.
  • 46.2 This time Tim reads the slow paced ball and glides it to third man for one.
  • 46.1 Slower ball in line of the stumps, Paine fails to pick it up and is early into his attempted flick. Gets it off the outer half of the blade towards the bowler.
  • Tom Curran back for a final burst. 8-0-34-3 read his current figures. 25 needed off the last 4 overs.
  • 45.6 Zampa sees off the last ball with a push towards covers. Oh no! Ball is down on his haunches yet again. He is not looking good at all. 235/8
  • 45.5 Paine works it to the on side and gets to the other end.
  • 45.4 FOUR! This is getting too predictable from Ball. He bowls it on a shorter length again, Paine rocks back and plays the pull perfectly. Gets it through square leg and that equals the balls remaining and the runs required.
  • 45.3 Short ball on off, pulled aerially to long on for one. 30 off 27 required.
  • 45.2 Fuller in length, defended off the front foot.
  • 45.1 Short in length, pulled away to mid-wicket for one.
  • Jake Ball is back on. He will continue his spell.
  • 44.6 Full outside off, kept out to covers. 228/8
  • 44.5 Huge cheers surrounds the Optus Stadium as the decision is NOT OUT! Willey comes over the wicket and spears it full on the pads. Zampa misses and is caught on the pads. The players appeal and Simon Fry raises the finger. Signaling that he has hit it, Adam signals a 'T'. There is no inside edge and the Hawk Eye shows that the ball pitched outside leg. Good use of the review from Zampa.
  • Adam Zampa is a goner! He is ruled out LBW and he opts to review the same immediately, signaling that he has hit it.
  • 44.4 Length ball angled in, Paine tucks it to square leg to rotate strike. 32 off 32 needed.
  • 44.3 In line of the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 44.2 Full on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • Oho! Joe Root was seen warming up by rolling his right arm. When he did that, he clinched his right rib and grimaced. Perhaps the blow that he took while batting stung him a bit.
  • 44.1 Outside off, pushed to covers.
  • Ball is in trouble. He was out of the field earlier and now after bowling the previous one, he looks to be in extreme discomfort. Not sure what the issue exactly is. Is it heat or some injury? He has popped some pill and is still standing there. Not sure, why. If not fit, you'd rather walk out and if good enough, continue with the game rather than halting it. But the visitors need Ball's services as they have just the five specialist bowlers. Now, he is walking out of the field.
  • 43.6 On the pads, flicked away through backward square leg for one. 227/8
  • 43.5 Aerially driven through then cover region for one.
  • 43.4 FOUR! Moeen Ali again! Length ball outside off, Zampa tries to flay it through the off side. Gets a thick outside edge towards third man. Ali overruns it and to be fair to him, the ball swerved a bit as well and went away to the fence.
  • 43.3 Slower one on a length outside off, Paine lets it come on and guides it to third man for one.
  • 43.2 Short in length, pulled through mid-wicket for one.
  • 43.1 Outside off, pushed towards covers off the back foot.
  • Jake Ball back into the attack now.
  • 42.6 Full on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler. 219/8
  • 42.5 Fuller outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 42.4 Adam has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 42.3 Outside off, Tim opens the face of the bat to third man for a single.
  • 42.2 Paine stands tall and guides it through backward point for a brace.
  • 42.1 This ball is driven to covers.
  • David Willey back on.
  • 41.6 Short in length, pulled away to the on side for one. 215/8
  • 41.5 Driven through mid on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 41.4 Dropped again! England don't want this to get over soon. Floated on the stumps, Paine lofts it straight down Hales' throat at long on. He gets forward but fluffs the chance. A run taken. Ali's chance to get a four-fer goes abegging.
  • 41.3 Short and wide, cut away through point for a couple. A slight fumble in the deep from Jonny allows them to come back with ease.
  • 41.2 In line of the stumps, Paine clips it towards mid-wicket. Zampa comes down in search of a run that never is there. Eventually hurries to get back in with a dive, beating the throw to his end.
  • 41.1 Flatter on the stumps, Paine goes back to cut but gets it off the outer edge to short third man.
  • 40.6 Tim pushed it towards mid off and retains strike. 50 needed from 9 overs. 210/8
  • 40.5 Length ball on the pads, Zampa flicks it away to fine leg for one.
  • 40.4 Full on the pads, Zampa misses the flick and gets hit low on the pads.
  • 40.3 Adam finds the man at covers to perfection.
  • 40.2 Paine drives it through covers to get to the other end.
  • The last Powerplay has been signaled. A maximum of 5 fielders can be outside the circle till the end.
  • 40.1 Another appeal, turned down! Angled in from over the wicket, Tim fails to get bat to that and gets struck on the front pad. The players appeal to no avail. Height is the factor and the Ball Tracker confirms the same.
  • 39.6 Tim works it to the on side for one. 207/8
  • 39.5 Floated on the stumps, Paine gets down and paddles it over the keeper's head for a brace.
  • 39.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 39.3 Zampa gets going after tapping it towards point.
  • Adam Zampa is the no. 10 for Australia.
  • 39.2 OUT! The end is nigh! Flatter on off, Tye goes back to work it to the on side but gets a leading edge. The ball lobs straight to Morgan at covers for the easiest of catches. The joy on the visitors' faces has a tale to tell. Tye knew it as soon as he hit it that he was a goner and began his walk back before even Eoin pouched that.
  • 39.1 Floated outside off, Paine gets down to play the reverse sweep. Goes off something to Buttler who fails to collect and the batters run one. The umpire asks Tim of he hit it, to which he replied in negation. Leg bye signaled.
  • 38.6 Full and swinging in, Tye misses the flick and the ball goes off his pads to fine leg. The players appeal to no avail. In the meanwhile , two leg byes are taken. 202/7
  • 38.5 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 38.4 Dropped! Bairstow the naughty man on the field! Slower delivery on a length around middle and leg, Tye stays in the crease and swings it away to the on side. It is flying in the air towards square leg. Bairstow runs to his right initially and then comes forward but fails to hang on to that. He puts in a dive as well but all is futile. Two runs result.
  • 38.3 Outside off, Andrew looks to punch but misses.
  • 38.2 Full and straight, smashed to mid on.
  • 38.1 Full in length and slower in pace, Tye hangs back and blocks it.
  • 37.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 198/7
  • 37.5 Shortish just outside off, Paine goes back to cut but finds the man at backward point.
  • 37.4 On the pads, flicked to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 37.3 Around off and middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 37.2 Tye plays a lofted shot to mid on and gets to the other end.
  • 37.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Moeen Ali is back on. My colleague earlier observed that the Aussies have been either boom or bust against spin. Will the lower order bats take him on now?
  • 36.6 This is outside off, left alone. 197/7
  • 36.5 Tye draws huge cheers from the crowd as he punches this through covers and gets to the other end.
  • 36.4 FOUR! If the full and swinging ball can get you wickets, it can get you runs as well. This is bowled around middle and leg, Tye does well to flick it away through mid-wicket. The ball has enough in it to go to the mid-wicket fence.
  • Andrew Tye makes his way out to the middle now.
  • 36.3 OUT! Tom Curran looks like a train on fire! He's steaming in and running away with wickets. Delivers this full in length and gets it to swing away. Starc has to play at that and all he manages is a thick outside edge. Buttler dives full length to his left and takes it with both hands in front of first slip. Too good a delivery for a top order batter, leave alone for a lower order one. Woah! This something-teen-overs ball is swinging big time. Australia are 68 runs away and have just 3 more wickets in hand.
  • 36.2 Fuller on off, driven to mid off.
  • Mitchell Starc walks in at number 8.
  • 36.1 OUT! Big moment in the game! If you ever thought that this game was over at the halfway stage or even when Maxwell was going hammer and tongs, do not feel proud, as you've read the game wrong. This is an inspired bowling change and it has borne fruits for Morgan and England immediately. Curran runs in from over the wicket and lands it on a length and gets it to nip back in. Glenn looks to go downtown but misses it. The ball hits his back pad and goes towards the keeper, who dives to stop it while appealing simultaneously. On not getting the umpire's nod, DRS is taken by England. Snicko shows that there is no inside edge and Hawk Eye hits the hammer on the head by returning three reds. Australia in trouble is a very soothing way to state their position in the game at the moment.
  • Big moment in the game! A huge appeal is made against Maxwell for LBW. The umpire doesn't rule it out and England seek to review it. Looks close...
  • 36.1 WIDE! Full and angling down leg, Glenn fails to flick it away.
  • Tom Curran back on.
  • 35.6 Glenn blocks it with a lunge forward. Rashid finished with 10-0-55-1. 191/5
  • 35.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.4 Short in length, Maxwell gets down and looks to paddle. Gets it off the bottom half to backward square leg for one.
  • 35.3 Outside off, hit to covers.
  • 35.2 Googly on the stumps, driven back to the bowler off the inner half. Rashid gets down to field it but ends up parrying it down the ground for one.
  • 35.1 Straighter one on the stumps, Paine fails to read that and gets rapped on the pads.
  • 34.6 A low full toss, driven straight to covers. 189/5
  • 34.5 Length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 34.4 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads.
  • 34.3 Defended off the front foot to the off side for nothing.
  • 34.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 34.1 Length ball angling in, Maxwell misses the flick and wears it on the pads.
  • Tim Paine makes his way to the middle next.
  • 33.6 OUT! Adil Rashid provides England the breakthrough. How many times have we seen this in the last five games? This is his 10th wicket in this series. Floats it up around off, Stoinis charges down and takes it on the full. But what he doesn't want to happen yet it happens, is that he hits it to long on. Curran is stationed there and he moves swiftly to his left and takes a low tumbling catch. The elation on England players' faces says it all. To be fair to Marcus, the shot was on but the execution part is where he faltered. He falls 13 short of his ton, the hosts are still 71 away. 189/5
  • 33.5 This is turned away to the on side for a single.
  • 33.4 FOUR! When Glenn is in the middle, these shots become the new normal. Floated ball around off, he gets down and gets out the reverse sweep. Gets it over backward point and the ball eventually rolls to the fence.
  • 33.3 Maxwell pushes it towards cover-point and there is a slight confusion in the running. Decide against it.
  • 33.2 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 33.1 Floated outside off, swept away through square leg for one.
  • Drinks! Australia are another 77 runs away from the target and have 102 balls to get there. England, on the other hand, have to snaffle up 6 more wickets. It's a race to the finish. Who'll get there first? Remember, if this pair decide to go bang, bang, it could be over before you know.
  • 32.6 Quick run taken to bring up the 50-run stand between Stoinis and Maxwell, the players who turn up for the Stars in the BBL. Full in length, Marcus hits it to mid off and sets off immediately for the run. Morgan doesn't have a shy. These two have held fort nicely after some quick wickets threatened another batting collapse in the middle. 183/4
  • 32.5 Defends this length ball to point.
  • 32.4 Short in length, cut away through point for a brace.
  • 32.3 This ball is driven through mid on for one.
  • 32.2 Outside off, pushed through covers for one.
  • 32.1 Length ball from round the wicket, kept out to mid-wicket.
  • 31.6 The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 178/4
  • 31.5 Wrong 'un around middle, tucked to mid-wicket.
  • 31.4 Stoinis gets down and lofts it to long on for one.
  • 31.3 In line of the stumps, pushed to mid on.
  • 31.2 SIX! Willllleyyyy cannot take it! This is tossed up outside off, Stoinis just lifts it with the turn over long off. The man there leaps but the ball just kisses his fingertips and goes the distance. Technically a drop but very tough.
  • 31.1 Floated full outside off, Stoinis fails to dig it out.
  • Adil Rashid back on. Can he prise out either of these two? A short mid off in place.
  • 30.6 Length ball outside off, steered to third man to retain strike. 171/4
  • 30.5 Excellent yorker from Willey. He spears it in from round the wicket, Stoinis does well to dig it out.
  • 30.4 Punched off the back foot to the off side.
  • 30.4 WIDE! This is bowled down the leg side, MS misses flicking it.
  • 30.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 30.2 On a length angling in, Maxwell nudges it through backward square leg for one. They think about the second but decide against it.
  • 30.1 Fuller in line of the stumps, defended back down the track.
  • David Willey brought back into the attack.
  • 29.6 Knocked through mid-wicket to retain strike. 168/4
  • 29.5 Shorter outside off, Maxwell goes back and cuts it through point for a brace.
  • 29.4 Floated in line of the stumps, eased down to long on for one.
  • 29.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. One run added to the total.
  • 29.2 Stoinis gets down early for the reverse sweep. But he adjusts well to what is on offer. Flatter delivery around off, played towards Rashid at short third man for one.
  • Jake Ball has walked off the field immediately after bowling the previous. An abdominal strain, reckon the on-air commentators. Sam Billings is on the field as a substitute.
  • 29.1 Floated around middle, nudged to mid-wicket for one.
  • 28.6 Short in length, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for one. 161/4
  • 28.5 Outside off, tapped next to the pitch to the off side for a single.
  • 28.4 Glenn gets to the other end by punching it though covers.
  • 28.3 FOUR! How well did Maxwell read that one! Short ball on the stumps, the pace is just 112.1 kph. Maxwell waits for the ball to arrive and just ramps it over the keeper for a boundary. Brilliantly played.
  • 28.2 On a length around off, defended from the crease.
  • 28.1 Length ball on the pads, GM misses the flick and gets hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 27.6 Expectedly, Ali darts it flatter on the stumps, nudged away through square leg for one. 10 runs off this over. 154/4
  • 27.5 SIX! This is why Maxwell can be a dangerous customer. He takes the attack to the opposition pretty quickly. Floated up outside off, Maxwell goes inside out and hits it over long off for a maximum.
  • 27.4 Served around off and middle, Maxwell works it through square leg and gets back for a brace.
  • 27.3 Glenn drives the ball straight down the ground.
  • 27.2 Around off and middle, whipped through mid-wicket for one.
  • 27.1 Around off, punched towards covers.
  • 26.6 Angling in on a length, flicked away for a single. 144/4
  • 26.5 On the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 26.4 Punched to the left of Ali in the deep. This time he does well and just a run results.
  • Ian Healy on air makes an interesting point. He observes that Smith has been dismissed by spinners throughout the ODI series. He attributes it to the fact that the Aussie skipper might be tired. He reasons saying that Steven is a good player of spin and his footwork against them looks lousy, thereby contributing to his downfall.
  • 26.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 26.2 FOUR! Oh Ali, no Ali! Maxwell drives it nicely through covers and it should have been a couple at the most. Ali looks to pick it up and fire a throw quickly but takes his eyes off the ball early. Ends up missing it and lets it trickle away to the fence. Ball isn't happy and he kicks the surface in angst.
  • 26.1 Outside off, hit to covers.
  • 25.6 Driven through mid on by the batsman. 138/4
  • 25.5 Firmly blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 25.4 Tossed up outside off, Stoinis gets down to reverse sweep. Does so past short third man and crosses over to the other end. Rashid chases it down and stops it with a dive. Before he can return the throw, another run taken.
  • 25.3 Served outside off, Maxwell slaps it through covers to get off the mark.
  • 25.2 This is outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 25.1 Floated around off, pushed to mid on.
  • 24.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 135/4
  • 24.5 Short ball on off, Marcus pulls it over mid on for a couple.
  • 24.4 On a length around off, pushed to covers.
  • 24.3 Short and wide outside off, Stoinis goes for the cut but misses.
  • 24.2 Length ball on off, defended.
  • 24.1 Fuller on off, driven to covers.
  • Jake Ball is back on.
  • 23.6 Floats it up on off, turning back in. Maxwell tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 133/4
  • Glenn Maxwell comes in at no. 6.
  • 23.5 OUT! What a catch! Moeen Ali you beauty! This is very similar to the Jofra Archer catch to dismiss Ben Cutting in a BBL game. Woah! Ali tosses it up on middle, Marsh has hit it back towards the bowler with all his might but does not keep it down. Ali reaches out for it with his right hand and it has stuck in his fingers. Marsh can't believe it as he would have thought it is a boundary after he hit it. Even the umpire must have felt the same as he too, was ducking for cover. Nevertheless, Moeen gets his second in quick succession, which is also his 200th in international cricket. England are right back in this. 127 needed more off 157 with 6 wickets in hand.
  • 23.4 Another short ball outside off, Marsh guides it through point and bags a brace.
  • 23.3 Shorter in length on middle, pushed down to long on for a run.
  • 23.2 Tosses it up on off, defended.
  • 23.1 FOUR! Squirts away! Full and wide outside off, Marsh squirts away through point and the ball races away on this lightning fast outfield.
  • 22.6 Floats it up on off, driven back to the bowler. 127/3
  • 22.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 22.4 On the pads, worked towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 22.3 Short and outside off, cut away powerfully through point for a run.
  • 22.2 FOUR! POWER! Full ball on middle, Marsh hits it with brute force down the ground and the ball races away.
  • 22.1 Floats it up on off, drives it to covers.
  • 21.6 Shorter in length, pushed through covers for a run. 120/3
  • 21.5 Flatter on off, driven back to the bowler.
  • Mitchell Marsh walks out to the middle.
  • 21.4 OUT! Wicket no. 199 in international cricket for Moeen Ali and it is a big scalp. The Australian skipper departs cheaply. His poor form in ODIs continues. Ali bowls a flatter ball which does not turn and goes on with the arm outside off. Smith walks down to play for the non existing turn and gets beaten. He is a long way down the track and Buttler behind the stumps, collects it and whips the bails off. Third one down for Australia and England are trying to fight back.
  • 21.3 Pushes it down to long off for another single.
  • 21.2 Driven down to long on for a run.
  • 21.1 Played with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 20.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 117/2
  • 20.5 Shortish outside off, Stoinis tries to cut but gets a bottom edge onto the keeper.
  • 20.4 SIX! Tosses it up and pays the price! Gives it air on middle, Stoinis plants his front foot forward and sends the ball sailing over the long on fence. A 100 m one this time.
  • 20.3 FOUR! Picks the gap to perfection! Short and wide outside off, Stoinis rocks back and cuts it through the gap between point and backward point for a boundary.
  • 20.2 Flatter on off, defended.
  • 20.1 Floats it up on off, driven down to long off for an easy single.
  • 19.6 Comes down the track and whips it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run. 106/2
  • 19.5 Full on middle, Stoinis drives it down to long on to change strike.
  • 19.4 Bowls it on the stumps, Smith drives it down through mid on for a run.
  • 19.3 Shorter in length on middle, pulled to square leg.
  • 19.2 Floats it full on off, Smith mistimes it to covers.
  • 19.1 Tosses it up on off, Stoinis pushes it down to long on for a run.
  • Moeen Ali is back on.
  • 18.6 Loopy ball on off, driven to covers. 102/2
  • 18.5 Fuller on off, driven down to mid off for a run.
  • 18.4 Driven towards the mid-on region. They pick up a single.
  • 18.3 Fifty for Stoinis, his fourth in this format! He has grabbed the opportunity of batting up the order with both hands. The job has not been done yet. He would want to stay till the end. He paddles it fine down towards fine leg for a run. Also the 100 is up for Australia, 160 more needed.
  • 18.2 Gives it air on off, Smith drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 18.1 Floats it up on off, driven to covers.
  • 17.6 Shoter in length on off, defended towards point. 98/2
  • 17.5 Hits the length hard on off, Marcus blocks it down.
  • 17.4 Length on off, defended solidly.
  • 17.4 Short ball which bounces way above the batsman's head. The umpire stretches his hands.
  • 17.3 On a length around off, Smith opnes the face of the bat and plays it down to third man for another run.
  • 17.2 Shorter in length outside off, guided down to third man for a single.
  • 17.1 Back of a length on off, defended towards point.
  • 16.6 Tosses it up on off, driven to covers. 95/2
  • 16.5 Flatter outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
  • 16.4 The batsman has driven it through mid off. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 16.3 The googly, worked around the corner for a run.
  • 16.2 Floats it up on middle, the batsman lunges forward and defends it.
  • There is a streaker on the field and now the security guards are after him. They are having a difficult time stopping him but they finally do.
  • 16.1 Makes excellent use of his feet as he takes it on the full and whips it through mid-wicket. The fielder at deep mid-wicket runs to his left and saves a run for his side.
  • Drinks!
  • 15.6 Length on off, defended. 89/2
  • 15.5 Fuller outside off, Smith square drives it through the off side for a run.
  • 15.4 Another length ball, Smith defends it.
  • 15.3 Length outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
  • 15.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 15.1 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 14.6 Flatter on off, Smith defends it off the back foot. 87/2
  • 14.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
  • 14.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 14.3 Floats it up on off, Smith defends it.
  • 14.2 NOT OUT! Smith does have some part of his foot behind the line! A big relief for Australia. Rashid tosses it up on middle, gets it to drift in. It turns away after pitching. Smith presses forward as he tries to defend but is beaten by the away turn. Buttler collects it and appeals after whipping the bails off. Time for the replays and after quite a few angles the umpire decides to rule it in the batsman's favor.
  • It is all happening out there! An appeal for a stumping this time. Smith is the batsman. Buttler is not sure.
  • 14.1 Flatter on off, pushed through covers for a run.
  • Steven Smith walks out at no. 4.
  • 13.6 OUT! Surprise, surprise! Head has his bat on the line! Is this the luck England needed? Stoinis drops the length ball on off towards point and sets off for a run. Head obliges as he tries to make it to the other end. Morgan at covers, picks the ball up and scores a direct hit and the ball deflects down towards fine leg. The batsmen go for an overthrow. There might be a muted appeal by the English players as the umpire has gone upstairs. Replays roll in and guess what? Head is a goner. A much-needed wicket for England as they have broken the 62-run stand. Can they now build on this? Australia need 174 more. 86/2
  • A direct hit by Morgan at the striker's end! Head is the man in question. Nobody seems to be excited though. They have still taken it upstairs.
  • 13.5 Short and wide outside off, almost a action replay of the last ball. This time though Stoinis goes after it a little harder but gets beaten.
  • 13.4 Length outside off, Stoinis makes a lazy attempt to put bat on it but gets beaten.
  • 13.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 13.2 SIX! That was of an edge! Such are the bats today! A short ball outside off, Stoinis tries to cut but it goes off the edge and down to the third man fence for a biggie.
  • 13.1 Fullish on off, driven to mid off.
  • 12.6 On the pads, worked around the corner for a run. 80/1
  • 12.5 The wrong one on off, Stoinis tries to push it against the turn but gets an inside edge to mid-wicket.
  • 12.4 Comes down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 12.3 On the stumps, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 12.2 Floats it up on middle, flicked down to long on for a run.
  • 12.1 Short ball on middle, smashed back to the bowler.
  • 11.6 The batsman plays the pull shot. They pick up a single. 78/1
  • 11.5 FOUR! Nicely played! A length ball outside off, Head uses the pace of Ball and guides it down towards third man for a boundary. 50-run stand between the two and they are taking the game away here.
  • 11.4 Bottom edge and Buttler does well! Shorter in length, not very short on middle. Head rocks back and goes for the pull, he gets a bottom edge which Buttler saves by diving to his right.
  • 11.3 Comes around the wicket and bowls it on a length outside off, Head goes for the cut but does not connect.
  • 11.2 On a length around off, Stoinis drops it towards cover. Head wants a run but Marcus hesitates at first but then goes for it. Roy has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • 11.1 Fuller on off, Stoinis is really timing the ball where here as he drives it towards Willey at mid off. He runs to his right and makes a good stop.
  • Jake Ball is into the attack now.
  • 10.6 Another loopy ball outside off, Stoinis once again drives it through the gap on the off side. The fielder, Roy, gives it a chase, pulls it back in. The batsmen run three. 72/1
  • 10.5 Shortish on off, Head slaps it to wide mid off for a run.
  • 10.4 Flatter on off, pushed down to long on for a run.
  • 10.3 Floats it outside off, left alone.
  • 10.2 FOUR! Full this time and he pays the price. He over compensates and bowls it full outside off, there is no one in the deep on the off side. Stoinis drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 10.1 Starts with a long hop, Stoinis pulls it to mid-wicket. Lucky he got away with that delivery.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now four fielders can be placed outside the circle till the 40th over. Also, the leg spinner is into the attack. Adil Rashid to roll his arm over.
  • 9.6 On the pads, worked around the corner for a couple. Australia are off to a flier. 63/1
  • 9.5 Shortish on middle, Stoinis pulls it along the ground towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 9.4 Shortish outside off, Stoinis moves across and tries to pull but gets an inside edge onto the thigh pad.
  • 9.3 On a length around off, pushed to mid off.
  • 9.2 PEACH! Curran comes running in and lands it on a length around off, it angles in at first but leaves the batsman after pitching. Stoinis pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 9.1 Fullish on middle, flicked through square leg for a run.
  • 8.6 SIX! That is the biggest of the day, says Mark Taylor on air. Stoinis comes down the track, gets to the pitch of it and sends it sailing over the long on fence. 201 needed more. It is a 119 m biggie. 59/1
  • 8.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 8.4 Again tries the sweep but this time misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 8.3 FOUR! Stoinis is on the charge here! Ali bowls it quicker on the stumps, Stoinis goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 8.2 Flatter on off, defended.
  • 8.1 Fuller on off, Stoinis tries to drive but it goes off the edge down towards third man. Ball from short third man does well to keep it in play and the batsmen take two.
  • Moeen Ali is into the attack. Spin introduced early.
  • 7.6 Mix up, but safe! Shorter in length on middle, tucked besides the pitch by Head. He wants a run and also sets off for it. Looking at Curran get to the ball quickly, Marcus refuses. Head makes it back in time. 47/1
  • 7.5 Pushed to mid on to take a run. Good batting.
  • 7.4 FOUR! Straight through the line! Marcus is not messing around here. Curran bowls a back of the hand slower ball on middle, Stoinis lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 7.3 On a length around off, Stoinis checks his shot and it goes uppishly but well short of mid off.
  • 7.2 Just ahead of a length on off, stroked towards cover where the fielder fumbles and concedes a run.
  • 7.1 Fuller on off, driven to mid off.
  • 6.6 FOUR! BLUDGEONED! Full and on off, Stoinis hits it with brute force back towards the bowler. He tries to get a hand to it but it brushes his fingers and goes down to the long off fence. 9 runs from the over. 41/1
  • 6.5 Short outside off, Stoinis mistimes it to mid-wicket.
  • 6.4 Fuller on middle, Stoinis flicks it through wide mid on. Ali hares after it, slides, picks the ball up and lobs it to the fielder coming in from mid-wicket. Two taken by the batsmen.
  • 6.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 6.2 Fuller outside off, driven towards cover. Jonny dives to his right and makes a good stop.
  • 6.1 Shortish outside off, Head cuts it past the diving Roy at point might have got a hand to it. He takes some pace off the delivery. Also Curran from third man runs to his left, slides and saves two for his side.
  • 5.6 Shorter in length outside off, Stoinis camps back and pulls it but straight to mid-wicket. 32/1
  • 5.5 Back of a length on off, defended.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Curran has to be consistent here! He bowls it full on the pads, too easy for Stoinis. He flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 5.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 5.2 A short ball, the batsman ducks under it.
  • 5.1 On a length outside off, Stoinis lets it be.
  • 4.6 Drags his length back a touch. Head mistimes it to mid on. 28/1
  • 4.5 Another full ball on off, Head eases it to mid off.
  • 4.4 Fullish on off, stroked to mid off.
  • 4.3 Fuller on middle, driven crisply to mid on.
  • 4.2 Another ball on the pads, Head works it around the corner for another brace.
  • 4.1 Very full on middle, Head flicks it behind square for a couple.
  • 3.6 Length on off, defended to mid off. 24/1
  • 3.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
  • 3.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 3.3 Down the leg side, Marcus tries to flick but it goes off the pads to the keeper who dives to his left and takes it. There is a muted appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
  • Marcus Stoinis walks out at no. 3. He has been promoted up the order, can he grab the opportunity with both hands?
  • 3.2 OUT! Knocks him over! Curran has the last laugh. He should have had Head in the last over but has Warner now. What a delivery there by the youngster! He comes steaming in and bowls a yorker, an excellent one on middle, Warner is late to get his bat down as he was not expecting it. The ball sneaks through and hits the middle of middle. He bags another failure and the English players are up and running as they get an early wicket.
  • 3.1 FOUR! A boundary to start another over! A tad short on middle, Warner picks up the length early and pulls it through mid-wicket and the ball races away.
  • 2.6 Shorter in length outside off, Head cuts it towards point where Roy dives to his right and makes a good stop. 20/0
  • 2.5 Back of a length on off, Head camps back and keeps it out.
  • 2.4 Length on off, defended.
  • 2.3 On the pads, this time the ball does not swing. He flicks it down to square leg for a run.
  • 2.2 A good comeback by Willey! He bowls it on a length around off, it shapes away. Warner tries flicking it against the swing but gets a soft leading edge to covers.
  • 2.1 FOUR! Australia are on the charge here! Warner comes down the track and lofts the length ball over mid off for a boundary.
  • 1.6 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. 15/0
  • 1.5 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 1.4 DROPPED! A regulation slip catch, put down by Jonny! A life for Head, who scored a crucial 96 in the previous game. This could prove to be very costly. A short ball wide outside off, Head tries to cash in on the width offered with a slash but gets an outside edge which goes towards first slip. Bairstow there gets both hands to it but fails to hang on. Maybe he was distracted by the movement of Buttler, who moved to his left and for a second it seemed like he is going for it. Nevertheless, it should have been taken. Perhaps he went at it with hard hands and hence, there was no chance for a rebound also.
  • 1.3 FOUR LEG BYES! This is a poor start by Curran he errs in line and bowls it down the leg side. Head tries to flick but it goes off the pads, fine down the leg side for four leg byes.
  • 1.2 This time through the off side! Full and wide outside off, Warner leans into it and drives it past the diving cover fielder for three.
  • 1.1 Fuller on the stumps, Warner flicks it through mid on. Ball gives it a chase and keeps it down to two.
  • Tom Curran will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 FOUR! He has started off from where he left in the last game! Full and wide outside off, a half-volley. Head cracks it through covers for the first boundary of this innings. 6 runs from the first over. 6/0
  • 0.5 Fuller outside off, swinging away. Head leaves it.
  • 0.4 Shorter in length around off, Warner taps it down to third man to get off the mark.
  • 0.3 Nicely bowled! Angles it into the off stump and then gets it to shape away. Warner first thinks about playing it but then pulls his bat out in time.
  • 0.2 Back of a length on off, Warner camps back and guides it to point.
  • 0.1 On a length around off, Warner leaves it.
  • 0.1 Australia are underway courtesy an extra! A full ball outside off, it swings a long way away. Warner leaves it and the umpire signals a wide.
  • We are back for the chase! 260 is what Australia need. It is a new pitch and nobody exactly knows how it is going to play. We will though find out as David Warner and Travis Head come out to bat. David Willey will start with the first new ball. He will look to swing it and he has two slips in place. Here we go...



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