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ENG VS AUS, ICC 2023 Match 36 – Full Scorecard, Commentary, Squad

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nd Innings England
Right then, end of a topsy-turvy Saturday, and boy oh boy, the dynamics have shifted a fair bit in the race for the semi-finals. Australia however have all but sealed a place in the final four with this victory with their Trans-Tasmanian rivals getting into a dog fight for the final playoff place after suffering a loss against Pakistan. There are still a couple of places left and still more than a week's worth of group-stage action to look forward to. For now though, the focus shifts to Kolkata as two teams who have qualified for the semis face off in a battle for supremacy. It is hosts India taking on South Africa at the Eden Gardens on Sunday, the 5th of November. That game will begin at 2 pm IST (8.30 am GMT) but you can join us a lot sooner for the build-up. Do join us then. Take care and goodbye!
Australia's skipper, Pat Cummins says that it's been great and the boys have played brilliantly after a tough start. Reckons they have got a bit better with every game but would have liked to close things out sooner. Adds that they take a lot of pride in themselves and were not happy with the start they were off to and are glad to have turned it around. On Adam Zampa, he says that he has been bowling beautifully in the last few games and that innings with the bat was special as well and it is nice to see that. On the bench strength he says that Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh will be back at some point but having others ready at his disposal is a good thing. On the dew, he says it wasn't too bad and is happy to have got the win.
Jos Buttler, the captain of England says that it is disappointing and feels like he is having the same chat after every game. Adds that there were improvements and they ended up losing by 30-odd runs. Mentions that being the captain of the side and coming to India and being on this side of things doesn't feel nice. Reckons they haven't done themselves justice and he knows how much hard work it required to get to the highest of highs and thanks everyone who has supported them through thick and thin. Adds that they bowled well and it could have been even better if they had got rid of Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc sooner and fancied themselves to chase it down. On his dismissal, he says that it was the right shot to play and the execution was wrong and he felt like he needed to take on the game at that point and admits that his form has been the biggest concern. Ends by saying that you simply need to keep putting in the hard work.
Adam Zampa is the Player of the Match for his stellar all-round showing. Zampa says summing up the conditions was important, with the dew it was not going to be easy. Adds he was very happy with how it landed and very content with how he bowled. Adds he just wanted to stay positive and bat out till the 50th over. Mentions he is very satisfied with how he did.
The Presentation ceremony…
Earlier in the day, after inserting Australia into bat, England got a couple of early wickets to put Australia on the back foot. The middle order though came to the rescue for Australia. The platform was laid but they lost quite a few wickets towards the end and Chris Woakes had a very good outing with the ball, picking up 4 wickets. Adam Zampa however, played a really good cameo to take the side close to 290 and one has to believe, it is his spell with the ball and his knock with the bat that won Australia the game.
With the ball, Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins were really good. Both got important wickets and their economy was also brilliant. Especially Zampa who went for just 21 runs in his 10 and picked up three wickets as well. How good is that? How many times do you see such figures on a flat batting track? Brilliant! Have to say the spells by the two are what won the Aussies the game. Spare a thought for the likes of Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid who made the Aussies sweat a bit in the end but there was simply too much left to do.
The two new balls were going to be key and Australia made use of it brilliantly. They got a couple of wickets and that too big ones. Mitchell Starc was the one who got two and Josh Hazlewood kept things tight. Then there was a fightback from England courtesy Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes but Pat Cummins delivered just as the game started to drift. Adam Zampa then got rid of Jos Buttler to take Australia right back on top. Moeen Ali and Stokes did get their side back into the game but once Stokes fell, the lower order failed to do a lot and in the end, it was another good win for the Aussies.
Australia make it 5 wins in a row now and move two points clear of the traffic jam just below them. A clinical show with the ball from them. We felt 286 was slightly under par as the wicket usually gets better to bat on here and with the dew expected to come in but their highly-rated bowling attack has delivered.
48.1
W
Josh Hazlewood to Adil Rashid, OUT! CAUGHT! Done and dusted! Josh Hazlewood closes out proceedings and the reigning champions are officially dumped out of the tournament. A slower ball bumper around off, Adil Rashid looks to take it on but isn't under control at all and is way too early into the shot. The ball goes straight up off the top edge and the keeper Josh Inglis settles under it to take the catch. Australia win by 33 runs!
Mark Wood is the last man in for England.
47.6
W
Marcus Stoinis to Chris Woakes, OUT! TAKEN! Finds the man in the deep and Marcus Stoinis has done it for his side. Not the best delivery from Stoinis, another juicy full toss on the legs, begging to be punished. Chris Woakes whips it off his pads but doesn't get it off the middle of the bat. The ball goes flatand straight down the throat of Marnus Labuschagne at deep square leg and he makes no mistake. Woakes departs after putting up a fight and Australia on the verge of victory now.
47.5
Marcus Stoinis to Chris Woakes, Slower and shorter into the pitch outside off, Chris Woakes looks to cut but misses out.
47.4
1
Marcus Stoinis to Adil Rashid, Fuller in length again, another full toss, this time a low one, Adil Rashid slogs it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
47.3
6
Marcus Stoinis to Adil Rashid, SIX! Oh, dear! Marcus Stoinis, what have you done? The ball slips out of the hands and serves a high full toss around the hips. Adil Rashid looks to dispatch it over fine leg but gets a top edge that flies over the third man fence for a biggie. The height is fine and it is not a no ball but the umpires do inform Pat Cummins about Australia being behind the over rate.
47.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Chris Woakes, Full and straight, nails the yorker, Chris Woakes digs it out down toward long on for a single. Marcus Stoinis surprising everyone with the way he has started this over, pace on and full so far.
47.1
2
Marcus Stoinis to Chris Woakes, Goes pace on, full and on the legs, Chris Woakes flicks it past short fine leg but the man at deep square leg is able to run around and cut it off. Woakes hares back for the second.
Marcus Stoinis is brought back into the attack and he will probably bowl the 48th and 50th overs. Expect a lot more slower deliveries.
46.6
1
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, A good bumper now over middle, Chris Woakes manages to pull it away to deep square leg and picks up a single. 44 needed now off 18 balls.
46.5
6
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, SIX! All the way! Another slower one, this is overpitched though outside off. Chris Woakes gets the length he wants, clears the front leg and thumps it over long off for a maximum.
46.4
1
Pat Cummins to Adil Rashid, Slower and over middle, pulled away toward deep mid-wicket for a run.
46.3
1
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, Top bowling this from the Aussie skipper. A slower-ball yorker, nails it on off stump. Chris Woakes can only squeeze it out through backward point for a run.
46.2
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, Takes pace off again and bowls it on a hard length around off, Chris Woakes swings hard at it but is early into the shot and is well beaten.
46.1
1
Pat Cummins to Adil Rashid, Slower and a bit shorter around middle, Adil Rashid stays leg side and swings it away toward wide long on but just for a single.
45.6
1
Josh Hazlewood to Adil Rashid, Short and outside off, slapped away to deep cover for a run. 54 needed now off 24 balls and Pat Cummins still needs to find a couple of overs from his part-timers.
45.5
4
Josh Hazlewood to Adil Rashid, FOUR! Sounded good off the bat and goes away to the fence. Banged in halfway down the track and comes in at a very high height around off. Adil Rashid puts his bat up and plays a tennis smash wide of long on for a boundary.
45.4
1
Josh Hazlewood to Chris Woakes, Back of a length outside off, punched away through the cover region for a single.
45.3
Josh Hazlewood to Chris Woakes, Misses out! Banged in a bit short, pace on this time and just angling down leg, Chris Woakes pre-meditates and walks across trying to pull it toward fine leg but fails to get a bat on it. No wide called either because Woakes moved across a long way.
45.2
Josh Hazlewood to Chris Woakes, Takes pace off and bowls it a tad shorter around off, Chris Woakes looks to cut hard but is undone by the lack of pace.
45.1
1
Josh Hazlewood to Adil Rashid, Good-length delivery outside off, Adil Rashid hangs back and hammers it toward wide mid off for just a single.
44.6
1
Pat Cummins to Adil Rashid, Another slower short ball around off, angling in, Adil Rashid gets inside the line and helps it down to fine leg for a single.
44.5
Pat Cummins to Adil Rashid, Short ball outside off, pace off again, Adil Rashid slaps it hard but finds Steven Smith at point who is able to get his body behind the ball.
44.4
1
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, Another pace-off delivery, fuller and around off, Chris Woakes strokes it away firmly into extra cover who fumbles and allows the single.
44.3
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, Nicely bowled! A slower bumper now, outside off and gets it in at a difficult height as well. Chris Woakes stays back and looks to uppercut but misses out.
44.2
1
Pat Cummins to Adil Rashid, A tad shorter at the body, pulled away to deep square leg for a single.
44.1
Pat Cummins to Adil Rashid, Hard length over off, Adil Rashid dabs it down toward cover-point but can't get the single.
43.6
4
Josh Hazlewood to Chris Woakes, FOUR! Thrashed away and it's not over just yet! Another slower short ball over middle, sitting up nicely, Chris Woakes picks it up and muscles the pull shot wide of mid-wicket and picks up a boundary;..
43.5
1
Josh Hazlewood to Adil Rashid, Back of a length over middle, slower too, Adil Rashid hops and nudges it away toward mid-wicket for one.
43.4
2
Josh Hazlewood to Adil Rashid, Top effort in the deep again by Australia! Slower and shorter outside off, Adil Rashid slaps this one hard and behind point. David Warner speeds to his left and puts in a full-stretched dive to save a couple of runs for his side.
43.3
Josh Hazlewood to Adil Rashid, Back of a length around off, dabbed down toward backward point.
Adil Rashid is the new man in.
43.2
W
Josh Hazlewood to David Willey, OUT! TAKEN! What a catch by Adam Zampa and what a game he is having! Josh Hazlewood serves another short one from around the stumps and angles it into the body. David Willey picks it up and lifts it high toward deep backward square leg. Zampa comes charging in from fine leg and covers a fair distance before putting in a big dive tin front to his right and pouches the ball with both hands. Willey departs after a few good hits and Zampa has pulled off a stunning catch here.
43.1
4
Josh Hazlewood to David Willey, FOUR! Finds the gap and that will be four more. Banged in short and into the wicket around off, David Willey looks to pull it behind square on the leg side but gets it off the under edge and the ball goes past mid-wicket and races away into the fence.
42.6
4
Mitchell Starc to Chris Woakes, FOUR! Beautiful stroke and 13 runs come off that over, a good one for England. Full and wide outside off, Chris Woakes leans on and caresses it away square through the point region to beat a diving Marnus Labuschagne in the deep for a boundary. Now, Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc both are bowled out and there are still 7 overs to go.
42.5
1
Mitchell Starc to David Willey, Leg bye! Very full and tailing into the pads, David Willey misses the flick and the ball goes off the boot toward square leg. They pick up another leg bye.
42.4
2
Mitchell Starc to David Willey, Short ball at the body, David Willey manages to pull it away wide of the man at fine leg for a couple of runs.
42.3
1
Mitchell Starc to Chris Woakes, Leg bye! Length ball, angled into the body, Chris Woakes misses and gets it off the thigh pads onto the leg side. They scamper through for a leg bye.
42.2
Mitchell Starc to Chris Woakes, Good length around the top of off, Chris Woakes looks to drive it away but gets it off the inner half toward square leg.
42.1
4
Mitchell Starc to Chris Woakes, FOUR! Nicely played! Full and wide outside off, Chris Woakes gets under the ball and goes into out over extra cover and picks up a boundary.
42.1
1
Mitchell Starc to Chris Woakes, Wide! Hard length, angled down the leg side from around the stumps. Wide called and 200 is up for England.
41.6
Adam Zampa to David Willey, Short ball pushed across the left-hander and David Willey fails to get any bat on it. End of a stellar spell by Adam Zampa – 10-0-21-3!
41.5
Adam Zampa to David Willey, Nagging length on middle, turning into the left-hander, David Willey goes on the back foot and keeps it out.
41.4
1
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, Pushed through on off, it is the googly, Chris Woakes nudges it away off the inner half of the bat behind square leg and picks up a run.
41.3
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, Tossed up full and outside off, driven away nicely but straight to Steven Smith at extra cover.
41.2
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, Very full and floated on the legs, Chris Woakes can't get it away.
41.1
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, Flatter trajectory, on a nagging length and on off, Chris Woakes stays back and pushes it out to the bowler.
40.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Chris Woakes, Comes from around the wicket now and angles in a fuller delivery on off stump at 141 clicks. Chris Woakes knocks it down to long off for a single. 89 needed now off 54 balls.
40.5
1
Mitchell Starc to David Willey, Leg bye! Fuller in length and angled into the pads at almost 138 clicks. The ball skids on and beats the bat to crash into the knee. The ball rolls away to the off side and Willey hobbles across for the leg bye.
40.5
1
Mitchell Starc to David Willey, Wide! Misses his mark and spills this length ball well down the leg side for a wide.
40.4
4
Mitchell Starc to David Willey, FOUR! Top shot! Short of a length around off, David Willey stands tall and punches it on the up through the cover region for a second boundary of the over. England still hanging on here.
40.3
Mitchell Starc to David Willey, Good length, honing into the off stump and this one stays low. David Willey does well to get his bat behind it.
40.2
Mitchell Starc to David Willey, A tad short and wide, David Willey throws his hands at it but fails to connect.
40.1
4
Mitchell Starc to David Willey, FOUR! Spooned into the gap! Pitched up on the pads, David Willey looks to flick it away but splices it through wide mid on and the ball skids along the turf into the fence.
39.6
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, A dot to end and just the one run off it along with the big wicket. A wrong'un, shorter and around middle, Chris Woakes punches it out toward mid on.
39.5
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, The flipper now, full and drifted into middle and leg, Chris Woakes keeps it out.
39.4
1
Adam Zampa to David Willey, On a length and on off, David Willey pushes it away through mid off and picks up a single.
39.3
Adam Zampa to David Willey, Fires one in the blockhole on middle, David Willey shapes up for the big shot but adjusts well and jams it out.
39.2
Adam Zampa to David Willey, Floated up on leg stump, David Willey defends it off the front foot.
David Willey is the next batter in.
39.1
W
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, OUT! CAUGHT! That could be the final nail in the English coffin! The regular leg break this, tossed up on a length around off and turning back in. Moeen Ali gets down on one knee and tries to slog-sweep it with the turn but only manages to get a lot of height on it. The ball travels toward deep mid-wicket where David Warner settles under it and sits down on his knees before taking it reverse cup. Zampa picks up his third wicket of the game and England on the verge of getting knocked out here as Ali departs after a fighting knock.
Umpires call for a change of ball as the present one has soaked up a bit too much dew.
38.6
4
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, FOUR! Nicely played! Banged in short and tighter on off, Chris Woakes hops and guides it off the face of the bat fine of third man for a boundary.
38.5
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, Goes fuller now and angles it into middle and leg, Chris Woakes pushes it out toward mid on.
38.4
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, Back of a length, angled in over off, Chris Woakes stays back and keeps it down on the off side. The required rate just keeps on rising with every dot ball.
38.3
Pat Cummins to Chris Woakes, Hard length in the channel around off, Chris Woakes waits and dabs it away toward point.
38.2
1
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, Short of a length around the rib cage, pulled away behind square leg for a single.
38.1
4
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Gloved fine! Way too short and way too straight, Moeen Ali gets inside the line and gets a top edge off the pull down towards fine leg and picks up a much-needed boundary.
37.6
1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, On the shorter side over middle and leg, tucked away to deep mid-wicket for another single. Just the three singles off that over.
37.5
1
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, Slower and sliding into the pads, Chris Woakes waits on the back foot and flicks it away behind square leg for one.
37.4
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, On the shorter side on middle, tucked away to mid-wicket.
37.3
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, Slows it up now and floats it on a length around middle, Chris Woakes strides forward and tentatively gets an inside edge onto the pads. Half an appeal from Zampa for LBW but turned down.
37.2
Adam Zampa to Chris Woakes, Tossed up full and on middle, flicked away straight to short mid-wicket.
37.1
1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Misfield but they don't risk the second run. Nicely flighted around leg, Moeen Ali gets on the front foot and drives it away toward wide long on for a single.
Chris Woakes is the new man in.
36.6
W
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, OUT! TAKEN! That is a sharp catch and Liam Livingstone's struggle with the bat continues. He falls now and yet again it is Cummins who provides the important breakthrough. This is banged in short and on middle, Pat Cummins pulls it hard but straight to mid-wicket. No mistake made by the fielder. It is the substitute, Sean Abbott. He takes a sharp catch moving to his right.
36.5
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, Yet another dot! England can afford this at the moment! Shorter and on middle, this is defended.
36.4
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, Good length and on middle, Liam Livingstone pushes it back to the bowler.
36.3
1
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, Just the one! Shorter again and on the body, Moeen Ali pulls it towards deep square leg and gets to the other end.
36.2
1
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, Angled into the pads, Liam Livingstone works it down to fine leg and takes one.
36.1
1
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, This is banged in short and on middle, Moeen Ali pulls it hard through square leg for one. A lot now depends on Moeen Ali if England are to win this game.
35.6
1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, That is a seriously good over from Zampa. Gets his side back on top! This is fuller and on off, this is pushed down to long off for one. Just the two runs and a wicket from it.
35.5
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Tosses it up on off, defended.
35.4
1
Adam Zampa to Liam Livingstone, Liam is off the mark with one as he works it down to long on. This is an important knock for Liam Livingstone! He really needs to deliver here.
Liam Livingstone is the next batter in.
35.3
W
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, OUT! TAKEN! Ben Stokes falls now. Adam Zampa gets the big fish. Stokes is absolutely disgusted with himself. He can't believe what he has done. That was not such a good delivery. It is down the leg side. Short. Stokes could have pulled it anywhere but does so straight to short fine leg and it is taken by Marcus Stoinis! A good knock by Stokes but has fallen at the wrong time. His side needed him to be there. Australia back on top. They have broken the stand which was worrying them. 118 needed in 87.
35.2
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Good stuff! Drags his length back as he sees Stokes come down the track. Defended.
35.1
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Flatter and on off, this one zips through. Ben Stokes looks to pull, it goes off the underedge back to the bowler.
34.6
4
Josh Hazlewood to Moeen Ali, FOUR! That is just glorious! Wow! The last ball spoils the over completely. This is fuller, right in the slot. Moeen leans into it and creams it through covers. No chance for any fielder. 118 needed in 90.
34.5
1
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, This is banged in short, it is pulled hard through mid-wicket for one.
34.4
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, This is banged in short and on middle, it is ducked under.
34.4
1
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, WIDE! Josh Hazlewood gets away with one there! This is shorter and down the leg side. Ben Stokes swings it hard but misses. Wided. Had he got bat to that, could have been over the fence.
34.3
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Very well bowled! Ben Stokes steps out but the length is shortened. Stokes looks to cut but misses. It goes over the leg pole.
34.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to Moeen Ali, On the pads, Moeen Ali works it fine towards fine leg. Head runs to his left, slides and keeps it down to one.
34.1
Josh Hazlewood to Moeen Ali, The ball really seems to be coming onto the bat now! Length and around off, this is guided to point.
33.6
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Stokes, A really good ball to end. Still though, a really good over for England. Momentum shifting. A yorker on middle, this is jammed out. One of the Aussie players put in a loud appeal, believe it was Marnus Labuschagne but not sure why.
33.5
1
Marcus Stoinis to Moeen Ali, That was quite casual from Josh Hazlewood! Shorter and on the body, this is pulled towards fine leg. Josh Hazlewood runs to his right and just taps it away from the ropes. Stoinis wants him to hurry and get to the ball to prevent the second. He does so. Only one.
33.4
4
Marcus Stoinis to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Cracked away! Moeen Ali is into overdrive now. This is banged in short at a pace which sits up nicely to be hit. Moeen Ali smashes it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 8 from the first four balls.
33.3
4
Marcus Stoinis to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Second boundary for Ali in the last two overs. Deft touch! On the pads, he just clips it fine on the leg side. Yet again fine leg is way too wide and a boundary results.
33.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Stokes, Fuller and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
33.1
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Stokes, A yorker then on middle, this is jammed out to mid-wicket.
32.6
Josh Hazlewood to Moeen Ali, On the fuller side yet again, Moeen Ali drives but finds mid off.
32.5
4
Josh Hazlewood to Moeen Ali, FOUR! That is gorgeous! Moeen Ali is a delight to watch when he plays those drives. He will hope this boundary gets him going. Fuller and on middle, Moeen creams it down the ground and to the long on fence.
32.4
1
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Another one! Fuller and around off, this is driven towards cover. Marcus Stoinis dives to his right and makes a half stop. Just the one. Yet again he saves at least another run.
32.3
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, That is brilliant from Marcus Stoinis! Shorter and around off, this is slapped hard towards cover. Marcus Stoinis dives to his left and stops it. Saves at least two for his side.
32.2
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Goes fuller and on off, this is pushed to mid off.
32.1
1
Josh Hazlewood to Moeen Ali, Around off and on a length, Moeen waits and then guides it towards point, it beats the dive of the fielder and goes down towards third man for one. Moeen just needs to hang in there with Ben Stokes!
Drinks break! The equation is simple for England – 141 runs needed, 18 overs left. Ben Stokes has started to fire and Moeen Ali is just staying alongside him. Australia know that this isn't an easy pitch to start on and a couple of wickets here will put them in the driver's seat. The Aussies still have their noses in front but can they see this on through? Let's find out.
31.6
1
Travis Head to Moeen Ali, Flatter one around off, driven away toward deep cover for a single.
31.5
Travis Head to Moeen Ali, Flighted delivery, angling down leg, Moeen Ali nudges it away to short fine leg.
31.4
Travis Head to Moeen Ali, Tossed up outside off, this is flicked away to mid-wicket.
31.3
1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, Tossed up on middle and leg, Ben Stokes dances down the track and clobbers it to the right of long on but just for a single.
31.2
6
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, SIX! Change in tempo from Ben Stokes! Drops it short again around middle and leg, Stokes rocks back quickly and muscles it away over cow corner for a biggie.
31.1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, Shortish length, drifted into middle, Ben Stokes pushes it off the back foot but can't get it past a diving Pat Cummins at mid on.
30.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Full and around off, Ben Stokes bunts it out in front of mid on and scampers across for the single.
30.5
6
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, SIX! FIFTY for Ben Stokes and what a way to bring it up! Australia keep going short at him and this time Mitchell Starc serves it in his hitting arc. Stokes picks up the length early and pulls it handsomely over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. Can he pull off a miracle now for England ?
30.4
1
Mitchell Starc to Moeen Ali, On a hard length outside off, Moeen Ali frees his arms and strokes it away nicely on the up to sweeper cover for just a single.
30.3
1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Shorter in length at the body, Ben Stokes swings it away down to fine leg and picks up a single.
30.2
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, On a good length again and in the channel, Ben Stokes taps it away toward backward point.
30.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Wide! Full and angling down leg, Ben Stokes looks to get inside the line and whip it away but mises.
30.1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Good length around the top of off, Ben Stokes hits it away toward mid off.
29.6
Travis Head to Moeen Ali, Another dot to end and the part-timer gets in another tidy over, just three singles off it. Pushed through quicker and flatter around off, Moeen Ali pushes it toward point.
29.5
Travis Head to Moeen Ali, Floated up again, fuller this time and on the pads, Moeen Ali fails to get it away.
29.4
Travis Head to Moeen Ali, Floated up on middle, Moeen Ali blocks this one out in front of cover-point.
29.3
1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, Shorter and on middle, punched away from the crease down to long off for just another single.
29.2
1
Travis Head to Moeen Ali, Fuller delivery around off, eased away through the gap at covers for one more.
29.1
1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, Drags it down a bit on middle and leg, Ben Stokes is early on the pull shot and gets it toward deep mid-wicket for a single.
28.6
2
Mitchell Starc to Moeen Ali, Banged in short again around off, Moeen Ali gets on top of the bounce and pulls it well in front of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs more.
28.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Full and angled into the off stump, Ben Stokes flicks it away 'round the corner for a single.
28.4
2
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Excellent effort in the deep! Hard length outside off, Ben Stokes sees the width and cuts it through point. David Warner speeds across to his right in the deep and dives in to save a couple of runs for his side. The ball and Warner both fizzed across the dew-latent outfield on that occasion.
28.3
1
Mitchell Starc to Moeen Ali, Short ball angling down leg, Moeen Ali gets inside the line and pulls it firmly to fine leg for just a single.
28.2
Mitchell Starc to Moeen Ali, Bowled a bit kore fuller and on off, Moeen Ali gets on the front foot and drives it toward extra cover.
28.1
Mitchell Starc to Moeen Ali, Starts the new spell right on the money! Bowled from over the wicket and honing in around the top of off, Moeen Ali defends it out.
27.6
1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Floats this one up on a nagging length around off, Moeen Ali is caught in two minds but does end up dabbing it to the right of short third. Marnus Labuschagne pounces on the ball and makes a half-stop. The batters get a single.
27.5
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Quicker one, trying to spear it in on off and middle, Moeen Ali keeps it out. Five dots on the trot!
27.4
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, A bit flatter and on leg stump, Moeen Ali stays back and nudges it toward mid-wicket.
27.3
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, A touch fuller again, looking to skid it past the off stump, Moeen Ali pushes it out to covers.
27.2
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Nicely tossed up, full and around middle, Moeen Ali flicks it toward mid-wicket.
27.1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Slower through the air, floated on off and turning it in, Moeen Ali watchfully blocks it out.
27.1
1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Wide! And again! This is even more down the leg side and Moeen Ali doesn't play at it.
27.1
1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Wide! Nicely floated up but on leg stump and this one turns down leg, left alone for a wide.
26.6
4
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Ben Stokes finally gets one away and he gets it away for a boundary as well. Banged in short over middle and angling in, Stokes gets inside the line and pulls it fine down towards fine leg for a boundary.
26.5
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Serves it full on off and takes pace off, Ben Stokes plays it late and blocks it toward backward point. A ninth straight dot for Ben Stokes!
26.4
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, A steep bumper now outside off and flying through, Ben Stokes leaves it alone and he still can't get the wide call. Good bowling from Cummins though.
26.3
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Back of a length around off, pulled away crisply off the back foot but straight to mid-wicket.
26.2
1
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, Pitched further up around off, Moeen Ali looks to drive at it but gets a thicker own to third man again but just for a single this time.
26.1
4
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, EDGED AND FOUR! Bowled from around the stumps and served on a hard length in the channel, angling in. Moeen Ali looks to defend with soft hands but gets an outside edge that runs away fine down to third man for four runs.
25.6
1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Floats it up around middle, Moeen Ali reaches out and pushes it away down to long on for a single.
25.5
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Floated up on leg stump, it is the googly, Moeen Ali picks it well and defends it down the deck.
25.4
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Moeen Ali gets a big stride in and blocks it out.
25.3
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Pushed through fuller and quicker on leg stump, Moeen Ali turns it to short mid-wicket.
25.2
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Nicely flighted, on a length and around middle, Moeen Ali leans forward to defend.
25.1
W
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man and it's another slim outing for Jos Buttler. Adam Zampa vs Buttler, the match-up was always in favour of the leggie and he's got Buttler out for a fifth time in ODIs. This is nicely tossed up around off, Buttler skips down the track looking to thump it over long off but the bat turns in his hand and he only manages to hit it down the throat of Cameron Green inside the long off fence. Green takes a simple catch and Zampa is delighted. England lose their fourth wicket now. Also, Moeen Ali comes out to bat next.
24.6
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, A maiden then! On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket. Excellent from Cummins. A wicket in his last over and now a maiden.
24.5
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, This is short again. Stokes once again lets it go over him. He is not happy with it not being called a wide.
24.4
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, This is angled into middle, Ben Stokes defends it onto the ground.
24.3
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, This is banged in short. A really good short one. Ben Stokes evades it.
24.2
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Brilliant from Cummins. Giving nothing away. On middle, Ben Stokes pushes it to mid on.
24.1
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Back of a length and on middle, kept out.
23.6
1
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, On middle, Ben Stokes works it through mid-wicket for one.
23.5
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Shorter and on middle, this one is pushed through, it is pushed back to the bowler.
23.4
1
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, Tossed up around off, Jos Buttler pushes it through covers for one.
23.3
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, This is quicker and on the pads, Jos Buttler works it to mid-wicket.
23.2
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, The googly, around off, Buttler picks it and works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
23.1
1
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, On middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
22.6
Pat Cummins to Jos Buttler, Edged but falls short! Good length and around off, Jos Buttler looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge but lands short of the fielder at first slip. Good over by Cummins. A wicket-taking one.
22.5
Pat Cummins to Jos Buttler, Shorter and around off, Jos Buttler stands tall and defends it towards cover.
22.4
Pat Cummins to Jos Buttler, Back of a length and on off, Jos Buttler pushes it to covers.
Skipper, Jos Buttler is the new man in.
22.3
W
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, OUT! TAKEN! There is the end of Malan and the stand that was going along so well, has been broken! Pat Cummins strikes. He gets himself on and bags the big wicket. We just wrote Malan needs to make it big but falls immediately after scoring his fifty. This is on a length and around middle, Dawid Malan looks to pull, this goes off the top edge towards fine leg. Travis Head takes it. A little bit of extra bounce and Malan falls. Not sure if that was needed at the moment but England were looking to up the ante. 184 more needed.
22.2
1
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Bangs it short again, Ben Stokes pulls it through square leg and takes one.
22.1
1
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, Fifty for Malan! He weathered the storm earlier on and has reaped the rewards. Still a long way to go and with conditions improving for batting and he having his eye in, needs to cash in and go big. He gets there by cutting this down towards third man for one.
21.6
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, Almost! Ben Stokes is not holding back now but almost loses his wicket in trying to go big again. Steps out but Travis Head slows this one up and also drags his length back. Stokes still swings but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg. The last two overs have been good for England.
21.5
6
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, SIX! Powered down the ground and over the fence. 100 up for England and momentum seems to be shifting. Ben Stokes steps out. He gets to the pitch of it and slams it over the long on fence for a biggie. Top shot.
21.4
1
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, On the shorter side yet again, this is pushed past cover for one more again.
21.3
1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, This is shorter again and around off, it is pushed through covers for one more.
21.2
1
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, Just the one this time! Outside off, Dawid Malan pushes it through covers for one.
21.1
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, Tossed up on middle, blocked.
20.6
1
Marcus Stoinis to Dawid Malan, On the shorter side, this is firmly pulled but just for one as it is towards deep square leg. A good over though for England.
20.5
4
Marcus Stoinis to Dawid Malan, FOUR! Off the top edge but a boundary! Marcus Stoinis is not that quick but does get his bumper to hurry the batter. This is short and on the body. Dawid Malan looks to pull, it goes off the top edge and down to the fine leg fence. Second boundary in the over. This is just the kind of over England needed to release pressure.
20.4
Marcus Stoinis to Dawid Malan, A dot follows the boundary! Back of a length and on off, Dawid Malan pushes it to covers.
20.3
4
Marcus Stoinis to Dawid Malan, FOUR! Whipped away! That is a welcome boundary for England and they will hope this gets them going! On the pads, this is whipped down towards fine leg who is quite wide. A boundary.
20.2
Marcus Stoinis to Dawid Malan, Back of a length and on middle, this is played back to the bowler.
20.1
1
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Stokes, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
19.6
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, Another dot to end! That is a tidy over from Head! On off, Dawid Malan pushes it to mid off.
19.5
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, On off, Dawid Malan pushes it to covers.
19.4
1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
19.3
1
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, Flatter and around off, Dawid Malan pushes it through covers and takes one.
19.2
1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, On middle, this is worked down to long on for a single.
19.1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, Angled into the pads. Ben Stokes looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
18.6
1
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Stokes, A single to end! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
18.5
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Stokes, That was absolutely nailed but for no runs! Short and on middle, this is pulled hard but to mid-wicket.
18.4
1
Marcus Stoinis to Dawid Malan, Around off, Dawid Malan pushes it to mid off for one more.
18.3
Marcus Stoinis to Dawid Malan, On the pads, Dawid Malan works it to mid-wicket.
18.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Stokes, Just another single! This is banged in short and on middle, Ben Stokes rocks back and hammers it through square leg. A run taken.
18.1
1
Marcus Stoinis to Dawid Malan, Fuller and around off, this is pushed towards mid off for one more.
17.6
1
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, Tosses it up on middle, Dawid Malan eases it down to long on for one.
17.5
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, Flatter and angled into the off pole, this is pushed to cover.
17.4
1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, This is tossed up around off, Stokes strokes it down to long off. Another run taken.
17.3
1
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, Outside off again, Malan pushes it through covers for one more.
17.2
1
Travis Head to Ben Stokes, Shorter and around off, this is slapped down to long off for one.
17.1
1
Travis Head to Dawid Malan, Flatter and on off, Dawid Malan pushes it through covers for one.
16.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Quick run taken and that is the end of a productive over for the English! Angled into the pads, Dawid Malan works it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
16.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, A single now and that is the fifty-run stand! It has been slow going but both have got their eye in and need to make it big now. Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.
16.4
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, BEATEN! He did not commit to the stroke there. There was width on offer and it was shorter in length. Stokes looks to cut tentatively but is beaten.
16.3
4
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, FOUR! That is glorious! That is a wonderful stroke! One of the best today! Fuller and on middle, Ben Stokes shows the full face of the bat and creams it down to the long on fence. That should give him a lot of confidence.
16.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Quick run! Good length and on middle, Dawid Malan looks to defend, this goes off the underedge towards the keeper. Stokes calls him through and they complete it.
16.1
1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Just the one! Angled into the pads, Stokes works it through square leg. A single taken.
15.6
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, This one does not come on! Shorter, it holds in the surface. Malan looks to push it on the off side but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
15.5
1
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Another single as this is nudged on the leg side.
15.4
1
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, Shorter and around off, this is pushed through covers for one.
15.3
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, The googly now, around off, defended.
15.2
1
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Stokes takes one now as this is clipped down towards fine leg.
15.1
1
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, On the pads, Dawid Malan looks to flick but it hits the pad and rolls towards short fine leg for one. Leg bye.
Drinks break! Australia on top of the proceedings with that early doublestrike by Mitchell Starc and it has been slow going thus far for England. But Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes are building up a steady stand here and this stand could be very crucial. With still a long way to go, the middle phase will be key for both sides. Let's see how things pan out.
14.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Crunched but just for a single! This is banged in short over middle, Dawid Malan gets on top of the bounce and pulls it away straight to deep mid-wicket for a run.
14.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Good length around off, Ben Stokes plays it late and with soft hands, just dabs it down through backward point for one.
14.4
2
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Short ball, banged in around off, Ben Stokes pulls it away along the ground and in between deep mid-wicket and deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
14.3
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Full and quick just outside off, driven away square to the man at point.
14.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Shorter one on the hips, tucked away down to fine leg for an easy single.
14.1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Good length drifting onto the pads, Dawid Malan hops and pushes it down in front of mid-wicket.
13.6
1
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, Slower through the air at just 82.7 clicks and flighted on off stump, Dawid Malan looks to defend and gets it off the outside edge down toward point for a single.
13.5
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, Beaten! The quicker one now, fired in fuller and around off, Dawid Malan is late on the drive and is beaten on the outside edge.
13.4
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, Loops it up a bit and bowls it very full at the toes, Dawid Malan defends it back to Zampa.
13.3
1
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Full and on leg stump, Ben Stokes flicks it away toward deep mid-wicket and turns the strike over.
13.2
1
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, And again! This time Malan plays it with soft hands 'round the corner and picks up a single.
13.1
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, Floated up on the legs, turning in, Dawid Malan nudges it gently toward square leg.
12.6
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Pitched up around off and angling it in, Ben Stokes can't get any sort of timing on this one and taps it back on the deck.
12.5
1
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, Slower one, a bit shorter and over middle, Dawid Malan with a well-timed jab off the hips toward deep backward square leg for one more. The 50 is now up for England.
12.4
1
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Banged in a bit short again around off, Ben Stokes looks to pull it in front of square but splices it just past mid-wicket for a single.
12.3
1
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, A well-directed short ball over leg stump and right around the helmet. Dawid Malan takes his eyes off the ball as he goes after it and the ball goes wide of Travis Head at fine leg. They pick up a single.
12.2
2
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, Pitched up on the legs, Dawid Malan stays there and whips it away well in front of deep square leg. The ball plugs in the outfield and Malan has to settle for a brace.
12.1
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, Good length in the channel around off, Dawid Malan leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.
11.6
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Finds the fielder again and Zampa finishes the over with five consecutive dots. Flatter and quicker around off, Ben Stokes forces it off the back foot toward cover.
11.5
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, A bit quicker and spinning back into the legs, Ben Stokes jams it out on the on side.
11.4
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Floated up on the stumps, Ben Stokes goes for the reverse sweep and connects but finds the man at short third man.
11.3
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Drops it short and down leg, Ben Stokes rocks back and goes too hard at the pull, missing out on a freebie and finds himself on the deck.
11.2
Adam Zampa to Ben Stokes, Flatter and a bit fuller onto middle, Ben Stokes goes on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler.
11.1
1
Adam Zampa to Dawid Malan, Starts off on a shorter length and bowls it around off stump, Dawid Malan bunts it out in front of covers and picks up a quick single.
10.6
1
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, Looking for two but will only get the single. Good length around the top of off, Malan taps it away in front of point and picks up a run.
10.5
4
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, FOUR! Streaky but will do! Short and wide, Dawid Malan hangs back and slashes at it. The ball flies off the outer half and goes away into the third man fence for a boundary.
THIS JUST IN! Play has been called off in the other game that was going on between New Zealand and Pakistan in Bengaluru due to rain. Pakistan who were initially chasing 402 runs to win, were 200/1 in 25.3 with the DLS target set at 342. They were 21 runs ahead of the DLS par score and have pulled off a mammoth win in the context of this competition.
10.4
1
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Fuller in length again and angled into middle and leg, Ben Stokes drives it away through wide mid on and picks up a single.
10.3
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Another dot now as this is banged in short and over the head of Ben Stokes.
10.2
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Honing in on middle and leg, bowled a touch fuller as well, Ben Stokes keeps it out.
10.1
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Back of a length around off, punched away on the up toward wide mid off.
9.6
6
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, SIX! Over the fence. He can't! Can't blame him here though that is an outrageous shot. Wow! Audacious from Malan. He has had enough of defending. This is yet agian a length ball. Dawid Malan plants his front foot across and then heaves it over the mid-wicket fence. Just shows how good a wicket this is. Such shots can't be played on a tough wicket.
9.5
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, Back of a length and on off, Dawid Malan guides it to point. Can he end the over well now?
9.4
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, On the pads, Dawid Malan keeps it out again.
9.3
1
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, This time he works it to the left of mid-wicket, not timed as well as the last one and hence, only one.
9.2
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, That was right off the middle but the gap is not found! Angled into middle, Ben Stokes works it but to mid-wicket.
9.1
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Really good stuff! Continues to land it on a length and around off, Ben Stokes hangs back and plays it out towards cover.
8.6
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, Another dot to end. Tidy from Cummins to begin with. Outside off, Dawid Malan slashes at it, it goes off the underedge and towards the keeper.
8.5
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, Fuller, this is driven nicely, right off the middle but finds the fielder.
8.4
1
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, On the fuller side again, this is pushed towards mid off. An easy run.
8.3
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Finds the fielder again! Back of a length and on off, Ben Stokes pushes it to mid off.
8.2
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Stokes fails to find the gap there! Shorter and outside off, Ben Stokes slaps it hard but straight to cover.
8.1
1
Pat Cummins to Dawid Malan, A well-judged run! Length and on off, it is pushed gently to mid off. A run taken.
7.6
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Another dot to end then! On a length and around off, Stokes pushes it to cover.
7.5
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Lets the ball come to him and defends it right under the eyes. Quite a different approach from Stokes so far. He was swinging his bat against the Indians but is quite watchful here. The conditions though seem a lot easier to bat on over here.
7.4
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Back of a length and around off, Josh Hazlewood goes around the wicket. Defended.
7.3
1
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, Off the splice but one! This is banged in short and on the body! Dawid Malan looks to pull, it hits the splice and lobs on the leg side. A run taken.
7.2
3
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Make that 4 from 10 now! Shorter and outside off, this is pushed past point. Warner hares after it and so does the cover fielder. Warner dives and pushes it back in. The cover fielder does the mopping up job. Two taken. Quite a long slide from Warner, the dew probably is kicking in.
7.1
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Josh Hazlewood continues with his probing lines and lengths! On off, on a good length. Stokes continues to defend. He is on 1 from 9 balls.
6.6
4
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, FOUR! Well, just as we write that, one delivery is cracked through the off side. Slightly shorter and width on offer. Dawid Malan pounces on it and he slams it through point. This is what England needed. That will release a little bit of pressure. The swing also seems to have gone now. One assumes batting will only get easier from here.
6.5
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Back of a length and on middle, Dawid Malan defends it back to the bowler. England have now gone into a shell here. They can't buy a run off the bat at the moment. Just the one wide in the last two overs.
6.4
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Was there an inside edge? Probably yes! This lands on middle and jags back in. Dawid Malan looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
6.3
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Back of a length and on off, Dawid Malan blocks it.
6.2
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, On the fuller side and around middle, Dawid Malan strokes it to mid on.
6.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, WIDE! Errs in line this time, he is probably still looking for the outswing but it is not there. This one is down the leg side. Wided.
6.1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Another dot! Good length and around off, this is pushed to cover.
5.6
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Back of a length this time and on off, Ben Stokes defends it. End of a probing over. Australia continue to keep it tight. Another 267 needed for England.
5.5
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Angles this one away too from outside off, Ben Stokes shoulders arms to this one.
5.4
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Relentless stuff from Josh Hazlewood and all Stokes can do there is give respect! He shows the full face of the bat and defends this out towards the bowler.
5.3
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Gets this one to tail back in, just a little though, it comes back in from around off, Ben Stokes gets his front pad out of the way and works it to mid on.
5.2
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Good length and outside off again, not played at.
5.1
Josh Hazlewood to Ben Stokes, Solid stuff from Josh Hazlewood! On a length and around off, angling away. This is defended solidly from Ben Stokes!
4.6
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Pitches this one up on a nagging length on off at 143 clicks and this one goes straight on. Dawid Malan gets on the back foot to keep this one out.
4.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Length ball at over 143 clicks and pushed into the legs, Ben Stokes tucks it away past square leg and gets off the mark with a single.
4.4
Mitchell Starc to Ben Stokes, Pitched up on middle and leg, looking to swing it away from there, Ben Stokes gets on the front foot and defends it out.
Ben Stokes walks out to bat now.
4.3
W
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Lovely delivery and Marnus Labuschagne seems very, very interested in this one. Not much enthusiasm from the keeper or the slip cordon but after a chat, Pat Cummins does go up for the review for a caught-behind decision. Mitchell Starc serves it on a nagging length in the channel around off and this one goes across the right-hander. Joe Root has a feel for it but seems to be beaten past the outside edge. However, there was a noise and UltraEdge confirms that it was of the outside edge. Excellent review and Root has to walk back early too.
4.2
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, Full and wide, well wide of the off stump, begging to be hit. Joe Root frees his arms but drives it off the toe end of the bat straight toward cover.
4.1
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, Pitched up on a nagging length and attacking off stump, Joe Root looks to play it across the line but manages to block it out to the bowler.
3.6
1
Josh Hazlewood to Joe Root, Leg bye! Half a shout for LBW but Joe Root has shimmied down the pitch. On a good length around off and angling it back in a long way. Root walks towards the ball and across the stumps to work it leg side but misses. The ball goes off the pads onto the off side and they pick up a leg bye.
3.5
4
Josh Hazlewood to Joe Root, FOUR! Edged away! Back of a length and in the channel around off, moving a bit in the air. Joe Root looks to hop back and steer it with an open-faced bat but ends up getting an outside edge well wide of Steven Smith at second slip and this one runs away to the fence.
3.4
Josh Hazlewood to Joe Root, Pushed through a tad fuller and honing in on middle and off, Joe Root pushes it out from his crease toward mid on.
3.3
Josh Hazlewood to Joe Root, Good, accurate bowling this from Josh Hazlewood. Serves it on a hard length and on a tighter line around off, Joe Root stays back and keeps it out.
3.2
Josh Hazlewood to Joe Root, Good length in the channel, this one nips back in off the deck, Joe Root is late on the shot and gets an inside edge back onto the pads.
3.1
Josh Hazlewood to Joe Root, Half an appeal again for caught behind. Back of a length over middle and angling in, Joe Root walks towards the ball and tries to get inside the line to tuck it fine but misses.
2.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, Nagging length, angled well across off stump, Joe Root strokes it away to the right of David Warner at point. Warner fumbles slightly and allows an easy single.
2.5
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, Back of a length outside off, chopped down in front of cover-point by Root.
2.4
1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Good hustle from Dawid Malan! Full again and on the stumps, Malan pushes it toward mid on and scampers across for a single.
2.3
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Full again but outside off, this is driven sweetly into covers.
2.2
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, BEAUTY! Full and angled into middle, the ball shapes away late and leaves Dawid Malan bamboozled as the ball just goes past his outside edge.
2.1
1
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, DROPPED! That could be a costly drop by Marcus Stoinis and he doesn't drop many. Mitchell Starc bowls a full and wide one, there to be hit. Joe Root reaches out a bit and plays a loose cover drive on the up. The ball goes uppishly and to the right of Stoinis at short cover and Stoinis is just not ready for it. That one carried comfortably but it is spilled and Root gets a single.
1.6
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, Nicely bowled! Pitched up a bit more and in that corridor of uncertainty. This one doesn't quite angle across rather holds its line and zips past the outside edge of Malan's bat.
1.5
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, On a hard length over off and gets it to angle away, Dawid Malan gets across the stumps a bit and defends it down toward point.
1.4
1
Josh Hazlewood to Joe Root, On a good length angled into middle, Joe Root nudges it down wide of mid-wicket and gets across for a run.
1.3
1
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, Back of a length outside off and angling further away, Dawid Malan gets his hands out and taps it wide of third man for a single.
1.3
1
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, Wide! Shorter and spilled just down leg, Dawid Malan misses the tuck and a wide is called. Half an appeal for caught behind but nothing doing says the umpire.
1.2
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, Well left! Good length around the top of off, and shaping back in very late. Dawid Malan is aware of his off stump and makes a well-judged leave.
1.1
Josh Hazlewood to Dawid Malan, Starts off on a back of a length and angles this one across from over the wicket. Dawid Malan shoulders his arms at it.
Josh Hazlewood to operate from the other end.
0.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Dawid Malan, Good length around the top of off, Dawid Malan stays put and just bunts it out on the off side to get off the mark right away.
0.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, NOT OUT! Lovely delivery from Mitchell Starc as he bowls it on a fullish length and gets the ball to swing back into the legs. Joe Root is caught on the crease and gets beaten on the inside edge as he looks to flick. The ball thuds into the pads and there is a loud appeal by Starc which is turned out. Pat Cummins has a chat and then goes upstairs. No bat involved and the ball is swinging down leg. Root survives and picks up a leg bye as the ball rolls away to backward point.!
Review! This one seems mightly close but the LBW decision has been given Not Out onfield. Pat Cummins has opted for the review. There's nothing on UltraEdge. Ball Tracking comes in and shows the wickets as missing and hence the onfield call stands. Australia lose an early review.
0.4
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, On a good length around middle and shaping back in a bit, Joe Root covers the line well and blocks it out.
0.3
4
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, FOUR! All class from Joe Root! Pitched up around off at 141 clicks, looking to swing it back in. Root gets on the front foot and punches it on the up sweetly to the right of mid off and brings up the first boundary of the chase.
0.2
2
Mitchell Starc to Joe Root, Joe Root and England are off the mark! Bowled back of a length and around off, Root stays back and caresses it away through the cover region and picks up a couple of runs to get going.
Joe Root is in at number 3.
0.1
W
Mitchell Starc to Jonny Bairstow, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Strangled down the leg side and Jonny Bairstow is out first ball! Mitchell Starc starts off with a loosener as he bowls this one fuller on the pads and the swing seems to be taking it down leg. Bairstow tries to tickle it fine but gets a very faint tickle. Josh Inglis springs to his left and takes a fine tumbling catch. Starc appeals and Bairstow starts walking back for a golden duck. Perfect start for Australia not so much for England.
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st Innings Australia
We are back for the chase! The umpires are in the middle and the players of Australia get together in a huddle before taking their places on the field as well. Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow will open the innings for England. Mitchell Starc will get proceedings underway with the ball here. Let's go…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, runs on the board in a pressure clash is always vital and Australia have a more than defendable total on the board. It remains to be seen how the pitch plays under lights but England have only successfully chased more than 250 runs in World Cups on two occasions and given their current form, everything is stacked against them. Can Jos Buttler and his men find some inspiration in this epic rivalry and pull off the win? Or will Australia's bowlers see them over the line? Do join us in a bit to find out.
England will be content overall with their effort but would have wanted to close out the innings much quicker after they got rid of Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green. With the ball in hand, Chris Woakes took his confidence from the India game into this game and picked up the wicket of both Australian openers. David Willey too bowled well upfront alongside Woakes and then it was the leg spin of Adil Rashid that got a couple of important wickets in that middle phase. Mark Wood bowled his heart out but his pace simply didn't turn into wickets as the ball more often than not landed in no man's land and he ended up being expensive. Woakes came back at the death and managed to close out the final over with a couple of quick wickets to finish on a high.
Australia had the momentum coming into this game and Travis Head started off aggressively but simply couldn't get his timing right and was sent back early. David Warner seemed to have started nicely but he too fell soon and then it was the pair of Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne who put on a steady stand to get Australia back in the game. Smith got out in the 40s and Josh Inglis followed him to the pavilion almost instantly. Marnus brought up a gritty fifty and looked set but fell for 77 and Australia had to rebuild yet again. The two replacements, Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green had a good partnership that seemed to be taking Australia to 300 but both batters fell just when they looked to shift gears and with overs to spare and in the end, Australia were bailed out by Adam Zampa's knock of 29 runs off just 19 balls and that took them over the 280-run mark.
A very evenly contested first innings but Jos Buttler and England will be happy with their decision to bowl first on this slowish track as they have restricted Australia to 286 runs. Australia on the other hand will feel they couldn't get out of 3rd gear and would have wanted 20-30 runs more to play with here but that late blitz from Adam Zampa would have certainly galvanized them.
49.3
over
49.3 | 1 Runs | HH: 286/10
49.3
W
Chris Woakes to Mitchell Starc, OUT! TAKEN! There is the last wicket to fall. NO fireworks from Mitchell Starc! Woakes has 4. This is full and outside off, he looks to clear cover but it goes off the toe-end. Yet again because of the slowness, it is off the toe-end. Moeen Ali runs to his left and takes an easy catch. AUSTRALIA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 286!
49.2
1
Chris Woakes to Josh Hazlewood, Josh Hazlewood does the right thing. This is fuller and outside off, he strokes it through covers and takes one. He gets Starc on strike who will now probably look to go big.
Josh Hazlewood is the last man in for Australia.
49.1
W
Chris Woakes to Adam Zampa, OUT! TAKEN! That is a fine catch to end a really good knock from Adam Zampa! Very handy cameo from him. Good from Woakes too. He has his third. A slower one on middle, this one holds a touch in the surface. Adam Zampa looks to heave it big but is through the shot. It goes off the toe-end high up in the air. Buttler runs forward and takes it easily.
England are behind the over rate and will have to bring an extra fielder inside the ring for the final over. Chris Woakes to bowl the final over. Can he pull things back or will Adam Zampa pile on the misery?
49
over
49 | 9 Runs | HH: 285/8
48.6
1
David Willey to Adam Zampa, Looks to be very innovative now! He brings out the lap shot. However, it is a slower one, it goes off the toe-end towards mid-wicket for one. Another good over comes to an end for the Aussies. Last over to come, can they get to 300? It will be some effort.
48.5
4
David Willey to Adam Zampa, FOUR! He is growing in confidence now. What a knock this is. Length and around middle, he drags it over mid-wicket. Long on looks to get across but fails to do so. Boundary.
48.4
1
David Willey to Mitchell Starc, This lands safe! Seen that quite a few times in this game. The Aussies have had some luck. Shorter and on middle, Mitchell Marsh looks to pull, it goes off the toe-end but over the bowler and short of long off for one.
48.4
1
David Willey to Mitchell Starc, WIDE! This is way too short. Wided. Bonus run for Australia. It all helps.
48.3
1
David Willey to Adam Zampa, That is a cracking stroke but only one! Fuller and on off, this is driven hard but the man at mid off runs to his left and stops it well.
48.2
David Willey to Adam Zampa, Good stuff from Zampa. He is picking which balls to hit and which not to! This is a back of a legth ball around middle, he shows the full face of the bat and keeps it out.
48.1
1
David Willey to Mitchell Starc, Starc takes one and gives the strike to Zampa. Not so bad as Zampa is the one doing all the scoring. Fuller and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
48
over
48 | 8 Runs | HH: 276/8
47.6
2
Chris Woakes to Adam Zampa, Another couple for Zampa. He is onto 23 now from just 14. Fuller and outside off, he drives it nicely past cover. Two taken.
47.5
1
Chris Woakes to Mitchell Starc, Good batting from Starc! He wants to be the one who will stay there till the end. On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
47.4
1
Chris Woakes to Adam Zampa, Now changes the strike as he works it through square leg for one. Starc now has two balls to face. Will be interesting to see his approach.
47.3
4
Chris Woakes to Adam Zampa, FOUR! Pulled away! We all thought it would be Starc who would be doing the run-scoring but here it is Zampa who is outshining him. A short one. Adam Zampa plays a lovely pull shot, gets on top of the bounce and hits it wide of fine leg for a boundary.
47.2
Chris Woakes to Adam Zampa, Yet another dot! A perfect back foot defensive stroke in the 48th over. Length and on off, Adam Zampa shows the full face of the bat and plays it to mid off.
47.1
Chris Woakes to Adam Zampa, Back of a length and on off, Adam Zampa stays back and pushes it to mid off.
47
over
47 | 11 Runs | HH: 268/8
46.6
Mark Wood to Mitchell Starc, BEATEN! A good nut to end. However, that is a very productive over for the Aussies. A few more like this and they will get close to the 300-run mark. This is on a length and angling away from off. Mitchell Starc looks to drive but is beaten.
46.5
Mark Wood to Mitchell Starc, A LEAVE! You do not see that in the 47th over. Short and wide outside off, left alone.
46.4
1
Mark Wood to Adam Zampa, In the air… it lands safe! Bangs this short and on middle, Adam Zampa does not back off. He goes for the pull but it goes more off the splice, it clears the man at mid-wicket. A run taken.
46.3
2
Mark Wood to Adam Zampa, Two more! Zampa is playing a really good knock here! He has not been fluent but effective. Yet again makes room, he is followed, he works it wide of fine leg for two.
46.2
4
Mark Wood to Adam Zampa, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Not sure if Zampa wanted to hit this there but he gets the result he would have wanted. Fuller and on middle, Adam Zampa moves away and looks to go over covers but it goes off the inner half past mid on and down to the fence. Yet again important runs for the Aussies but the frustration grows for the English.
46.1
4
Mark Wood to Adam Zampa, FOUR! Raw pace! That is a snorter of a delivery. Zampa though gets a boundary. Handy runs for him and his side but frustration for England. Shorter and on middle, Zampa looks to fend it away but it goes off the glove, over the keeper and down to the third man fence.
46
over
46 | 7 Runs | HH: 257/8
45.6
1
David Willey to Adam Zampa, This lands safe! Not sure how? Shorter and on middle, it is a slower one. Adam Zampa looks to pull, it goes off the top edge, it just about lands in front of both, the keeper and the third man fielder. A run taken.
45.5
1
David Willey to Mitchell Starc, Another one on the shorter side, this is pushed towards mid on and another single.
45.4
2
David Willey to Mitchell Starc, Two! All these runs are handy runs. Shorter and on middle, Mitchell Starc pulls it wide of fine leg and takes two.
45.3
1
David Willey to Adam Zampa, Angled into the pads, Zampa works it through square leg for one.
45.2
1
David Willey to Mitchell Starc, Bangs it short this time but it is bowling to the field. Mitchell Starc pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for one.
45.1
1
David Willey to Adam Zampa, Good length and around off, this is guided through point for one. That is what Zampa needs to do, he just needs to rotate strike and give it to Starc.
45
over
45 | 7 Runs | HH: 250/8
44.6
Mark Wood to Mitchell Starc, Beaten! Fuller in length on off and angled across at 148.2 clicks. Mitchell Starc stays back and looks to play at it but the ball zips past the outside edge.
44.5
1
Mark Wood to Adam Zampa, Hits the deck hard around off and angles the ball in, Adam Zampa hangs back and dabs it down wide of third man for a run.
44.4
1
Mark Wood to Mitchell Starc, Back of a length over middle, nudged away into the open spaces at cover-point for a single by Mitchell Starc.
44.3
1
Mark Wood to Adam Zampa, Full and quick, tailing in late into the off stump, Adam Zampa does well to get some bat on it and the ball goes off the inner half behind square leg. They pick up a single.
Adam Zampa walks out to bat next.
44.2
W
Mark Wood to Pat Cummins, OUT! CAUGHT! Mark Wood gets the shorter one correct this time and Australia lose their eighth wicket. Bangs this one in even shorter at 144 clicks and angles it in at the body. Pat Cummins is pushed back and still tries to take on the pull. Cummins is hurried and the ball is scuffed off the higher part of the bat toward short mid-wicket where Dawid Malan takes a simple catch. England picking up wickets at the right time here.
44.1
4
Mark Wood to Pat Cummins, FOUR! Nicely done! Banged in touch and angled in at the body, Pat Cummins backs away and uses the pace on offer to just open the face of the bat and guide it fine toward third man for a boundary.
44
over
44 | 12 Runs | HH: 243/7
43.6
Liam Livingstone to Mitchell Starc, Pushed through on off stump, Mitchell Starc keeps it out on the off side.
43.5
2
Liam Livingstone to Mitchell Starc, Short and outside off, cut away off the back foot past point for a couple of runs.
Mitchell Starc is the next man in.
43.4
W
Liam Livingstone to Marcus Stoinis, OUT! TAKEN! Jonny Bairstow with a Superman catch and Liam Livingstone has the last laugh here. This is bowled flatter and on off, not quite short. Marcus Stoinis rocks back and tries to create the length before pulling it flat and hard toward deep mid-wicket. The ball seems to be sailing over the ropes but Jonny Bairstow leaps up and grabs it out of thin air with both hands to send Stoinis packing.
43.3
4
Liam Livingstone to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Marcus Stoinis cutting loose now. Drags this one down outside off and turning it away, Marcus Stoinis backs away and reaches out before bludgeoning it away straight back past the bowler for a boundary.
43.2
6
Liam Livingstone to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! And, we have lift off! Bowled fuller and on the stumps, Marcus Stoinis gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps it a long way back over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
43.1
Liam Livingstone to Marcus Stoinis, Quicker and shorter around off, cut away straight to Adil Rashid at backward point.
43
over
43 | 5 Runs | HH: 231/6
42.6
David Willey to Pat Cummins, Takes pace off this time and bowls it full around off, Pat Cummins looks to steer this one away but is undone by the lack of pace.
42.5
2
David Willey to Pat Cummins, Full and around off, looking for a bit of reverse swing, Pat Cummins plays a lovely straight drive past mid off. Joe Root from long on runs around and dives in to save a couple of runs for his side.
42.4
2
David Willey to Pat Cummins, Hard length around off, Pat Cummins looks to loft it over mid on but gets it off the outer half of the bat and over the point region for a couple of runs.
42.3
David Willey to Pat Cummins, Pitches this one up right on middle stump, Pat Cummins punches it back to the bowler.
42.2
1
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, Pitched up around off, hit away on the up toward cover for a quick single.
42.1
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, Fuller in length in the channel and skidding through, Marcus Stoinis looks to drive at it but is well beaten.
42
over
42 | 2 Runs | HH: 226/6
41.6
Adil Rashid to Pat Cummins, Floated, full and outside off, Pat Cummins gets to the pitch of the ball and solidly defends it to cover-point.
41.5
1
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Gives it a nice loop and tosses it full on the stumps, Marcus Stoinis drives it back firmly and through the hands of the bowler toward long off for one more.
41.4
1
Adil Rashid to Pat Cummins, Flatter this time, pushed through on off, Pat Cummins pushes it down to long off for a single.
41.3
Adil Rashid to Pat Cummins, Nicely drifted into middle and turning away, Pat Cummins tentatively pushes at it and gets it toward mid off.
41.2
Adil Rashid to Pat Cummins, Holds it back a touch and flights it up around middle, Pat Cummins watchfully defends it out.
41.1
Adil Rashid to Pat Cummins, Starts off with a googly. This is bowled a bit fuller outside off and turning in, Pat Cummins strides forward to defend.
41
over
41 | 4 Runs | HH: 224/6
40.6
1
David Willey to Pat Cummins, Length ball around off, slanted across, Pat Cummins stays back and opens the face of the bat to slice it down to third man for a single.
40.5
David Willey to Pat Cummins, Pitched up on middle and leg, angling across, Pat Cummins plays it off the outer half of the bat toward cover-point.
Skipper, Pat Cummins is the new man in.
40.4
W
David Willey to Cameron Green, OUT! TIMBER! Cameron Green looks to take advantage of the very square fine leg set but ends up paying a hefty price. Smart bowling from David Willey though who bowls this one on a good length and very tight on leg stump, inviting Green to take it on. Green goes across his stumps and ends up playing the lap shot but he misses the ball and the leg stump gets knocked out of the ground. Green falls just short of his fifty and England pick up a timely wicket.
40.3
1
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, On a good length around off, stroked away nicely on the up to wide long off for a single.
40.2
2
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, Back of a length over off, Marcus Stoinis gives himself room and forces the punch in front of deep cover for a couple of runs.
40.1
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, Slower one, angling away on a good length, Marcus Stoinis stays back and guides it straight to short third man.
Powerplay 3! England can now have as many as 5 fielders outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.
40
over
40 | 8 Runs | HH: 220/5
39.6
1
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis, On a good length angling into middle, Marcus Stoinis pushes this one down in front of mid-wicket and picks up a single.
39.5
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis, Bowled on a hard length around off and angling in, Marcus Stoinis stays back and forces it out to the bowler.
39.4
4
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Too easy for Marcus Stoinis. Banged in short over off but it just isn't short enough. This one sits up nicely for Stoinis who pulls it well in front of square on the leg side for a boundary.
39.3
1
Chris Woakes to Cameron Green, Fuller in length and at the stumps, Cameron Green drives it down to long on and turns the strike over.
39.2
1
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis, Leg bye! Back of a length and angled into the body, Marcus Stoinis misses the flick and the ball thuds off the thigh pad to roll toward fine leg. They pick up a leg bye.
39.1
1
Chris Woakes to Cameron Green, Banged in a bit short and over middle, Cameron Green pulls it away in front of mid-wicket for a single.
39
over
39 | 2 Runs | HH: 212/5
38.6
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, Keeps it a bit short around leg, nudged away toward square leg.
38.5
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, Close but not close enough! Confusion amongst the batters and that could have been the end of Cameron Green. Shorter one around leg, Marcus Stoinis dabs it down to the right of mid-wicket and Stoinis comes hurrying in for the single. Stoinis sends him back as Adil Rashid picks up the ball and has to turn his body before throwing it to the bowler. David Willey whips off the bails but the replays show that the dive saved Green.
38.4
1
David Willey to Cameron Green, Swung away for just a single. Slower and shorter around the hips, Cameron Green whips it away to the right of deep square leg where Chris Woakes gets to the ball quickly and releases it even quicker to keep it down to a single.
38.3
David Willey to Cameron Green, Slightly back of a length and angling across off, Cameron Green stays back and mistimes the shot on the up back onto the deck.
38.2
1
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, Shortish and on the pads, nudged away through backward square leg for a single.
38.1
David Willey to Marcus Stoinis, Starts the new spell with a hard length delivery around middle and leg. Marcus Stoinis gets across and tucks it down to square leg.
38
over
38 | 8 Runs | HH: 210/5
37.6
1
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis, Another single to end! Around middle, this is flicked towards mid-wicket. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
37.5
2
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis, Two more! Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg. Two taken.
37.4
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis, Shorter in length and on off, this is pushed to cover.
37.3
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis, Slightly fuller and on off, Marcus Stoinis drives but to cover.
37.2
1
Chris Woakes to Cameron Green, Slightly shorter, Green pulls it through square leg for one.
37.1
4
Chris Woakes to Cameron Green, FOUR! That is wonderful! Just a lovely stroke! Green looks in the mood here. This is fuller and around off, he leans into it and creams it through mid off. That one races away to the fence.
Chris Woakes (6-0-30-2) is brought back into the attack now.
37
over
37 | 5 Runs | HH: 202/5
36.6
4
Mark Wood to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Cut away! Yet another boundary through that point region against Wood and that is 200 up for the Aussies. Shorter and around off, Marcus Stoinis stands tall and hits it past point. This one races away to the fence.
36.5
Mark Wood to Marcus Stoinis, Another one on the shorter side, this is pushed to cover.
36.4
Mark Wood to Marcus Stoinis, Gets his bat down in time! Good length and on off, Marcus Stoinis defends it.
36.3
1
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Angled into the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.
36.2
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Good length and on middle, defended.
36.1
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Bangs it short again, Green is hurried onto the pull, it goes off the higher part to mid-wicket. Green is not backing away from the pull shot here.
36
over
36 | 7 Runs | HH: 197/5
35.6
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Dot to end! On off, this is pushed to cover.
35.5
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, BEATEN! Good comeback! The leg spinner, it lands on off and spins away. Marcus Stoinis is beaten as he tries to defend.
35.4
6
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! BANG! That is a massive hit! Wow! That is a serious shot and what a cracking sound it made off the bat. This is tossed up around off, Marcus Stoinis gets down on one knee and brings out the slog sweep. Hits it way back into the mid-wicket stand.
35.3
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Close! The googly, this lands on off and spins back in. Marcus Stoinis adjusts right at the end and defends.
35.2
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Shorter and on off, Marcus Stoinis pushes it to covers.
35.1
1
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
35
over
35 | 9 Runs | HH: 190/5
34.6
1
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Angled into the body, this is nudged towards mid-wicket for one.
34.5
4
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, FOUR! That is a brilliant shot! Wow! Wood holds his head but that was not a bad delivery. Just very good batting! A yorker outside off, Cameron Green jams it out, he manages to guide it past point and wide of third man. Another boundary for Green.
34.4
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Cops a blow! This is banged in short and on the body, Cameron Green looks to pull but then looks to bail out. He gets hit on the body. That was really quick. Almost 150 KPH.
34.3
2
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Angled into the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for two.
34.2
2
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Uses the pace nicely! Shortish and around off, this is guided past point. The fielder at third man, runs to his right, dives and stops it.
34.1
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Good length and on off, defended.
34
over
34 | 3 Runs | HH: 181/5
33.6
1
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, This time he manages to stroke it past mid off and takes one.
33.5
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Slower and tossed up on off, defended again.
33.4
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Flatter and on off, Green pushes it to covers.
33.3
1
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Do not think he picked that! The googly outside off, Marcus Stoinis looks to drive but it goes off the inner half on the leg side for one.
33.2
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Straightaway plays the paddle scoop but to the man at short fine leg.
33.1
1
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, On the shorter side and outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.
Marcus Stoinis is the next batter in.
33
over
33 | 12 Runs | HH: 178/5
32.6
W
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, A loud appeal and up goes the finger! Marnus Labuschagne reviews but that seems out. OUT! THREE REDS! Marnus Labuschagne has to walk back and takes a review along. Massive moment in the game. The momentum just seemed like shifting and Mark Wood has struck. He was not at his best in this over but has got the big wicket. This is fast, it lands on middle and skids through. Marnus Labuschagne goes back and looks to flick but misses and it hits the pad. A good knock from Marnus Labuschagne but he needed to continue. Just the Marcus Stoinis left now and then England are into the all-rounders with over 15 overs to go. End of an action-packed over.
32.5
4
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, FOUR MORE! This is a massive over. This well could be the momentum changing over. This is shorter in length and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne waits and the gets it past point. This one races away to the fence.
32.4
1
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Quick run! On middle, fuller, this is pushed towards mid on for one.
32.4
1
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, WIDE! Yet another wide! Short and down the leg side. Wided.
32.3
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Fuller and on off, Green strokes it to mid on.
32.3
1
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, WIDE! Yet another extra! Down the leg side. Wided.
32.2
2
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Two more! Angled into the pads, Cameron Green works it through mid-wicket for two.
32.1
2
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Green is not happy with his gloves! A short one again from Wood. Really well-directed. Cramps Cameron Green for room as he looks to pull. His one hand comes off the handle, goes off the splice but over mid-wicket for two.
32.1
1
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, WIDE! Errs in line and slips this one down the leg side. Wided.
Drinks break! This has been a breezy phase of play with Adil Rashid putting England in the driver's seat with a couple of quick wickets and now Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green are putting on a steady stand to balance things out. Neither side has quite a stranglehold on this innings and it will all come down to whether Australia can keep wickets in hand or England can pick up a couple of more wickets in quick succession. Let's see how the first innings pans out.
32
over
32 | 4 Runs | HH: 166/4
31.6
2
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Brilliant fielding! This is floated up outside off, this is drilled through covers. Long off does well, he runs to his left, dives and keeps it down to two.
31.5
1
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Slightly shorter this time, Cameron Green goes back and pushes it through covers for one.
31.4
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Tossed up again, nice and slow, around off, defended.
31.3
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Really close! Floats it up on off, Cameron Green plants his front foot way too across and looks to defend, it goes off the inner half on the leg side.
31.2
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Tossed up on middle, defended.
31.1
1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Shorter and around off, Marnus Labuschagne pushes it through covers and takes one.
31
over
31 | 9 Runs | HH: 162/4
30.6
4
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, FOUR! That is a shot of authority! Having been beaten for pace on the last ball, he has thumped this. Short again but this time there is width on offer. Green gets on top of the bounce and nails it past point for a boundary. Second in the over. Good one for the Aussies.
30.5
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, In the air… both Green's bat and the ball but both land safe! A good sharp bumper from Wood. Really hurries onto Green who looks to pull. Loses his bat in the process. It hits the splice and lobs beside the pitch. Wood runs towards it but can't reach it. Lucky escape. For a second, Cameron Green and Australia would have had their heart in the mouth.
30.4
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, That is a good comeback! Tighter line, on a length and just outside off, this one zips through. Cameron Green looks to push at it but misses.
30.3
4
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, FOUR! That was hit hard into the ground! Green with a welcome boundary! Length and outside off, Green hits it onto the ground, it bounces over point and goes behind for a boundary.
30.2
Mark Wood to Cameron Green, Good length and on off, it comes in with the angle. Defended.
30.1
1
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, On a length and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne watches the ball till the end and guides it down to third man for one.
Mark Wood (4-0-17-0) is back on.
30
over
30 | 1 Runs | HH: 153/4
29.6
1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Quicker and a bit shorter around middle, worked away through mid-wicket for one. Labuschagne wants the second but he is sent back.
29.5
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Didn't carry! Nicely flighted delivery on the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne looks to flick but ends up slicing it just a yard in front of the bowler who tries to smother it on the bounce.
29.4
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Keeps it on the stumps, Labuschagne defends this one out.
29.3
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Flatter delivery, drifting in on middle, Labuschagne goes back to play the delicate dab but is lucky to not see that one crash into his pads.
29.2
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Nicely tossed up around off, Labuschagne looks to drive it inside-out but finds the fielder at covers.
29.1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Drifted onto middle and leg on a nagging length, Labuschagne goes deep in his crease to keep this one out.
29
over
29 | 6 Runs | HH: 152/4
28.6
Liam Livingstone to Cameron Green, Tossed up on the stumps, this is flicked away to mid-wicket.
28.5
2
Liam Livingstone to Cameron Green, Cameron Green comes forward and forces this shorter delivery through the cover region for a couple of runs more.
28.4
Liam Livingstone to Cameron Green, Pushed through quicker and on off stump, Cameron Green stays back to defend.
28.3
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Much better from Liam as he bowls this full and around off, this is eased away through cover for one. 150 up now for Australia.
28.2
2
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Poor delivery, dragged down well outside the off stump. Marnus Labuschagne goes after it and hammers it away in front of square on the off side. Jonny Bairstow from deep cover scampers to his right and dives in well to stop the boundary. Two runs are taken.
28.1
1
Liam Livingstone to Cameron Green, Quicker and shorter over middle, Cameron Green stands tall and nudges it in front of mid-wicket for a quick single.
28
over
28 | 8 Runs | HH: 146/4
27.6
4
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, FOUR! Gets the short and wide one now and dispatches it with ease. This is outside off and Labuschagne cuts it hard off the back foot behind point for a boundary. Labuschagne kicking on nicely now.
27.5
2
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Flatter and quicker around off, Marnus Labuschagne goes back and across before dabbing down fine of third man for a couple of runs. A bit of deft touch there from Labuschagne.
27.4
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Nicely looped up outside off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to drive it inside-out but mistimes it back to the bowler.
27.3
1
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Tossed up full and wide, Cameron Green drives it along the ground toward deep cover and rotates the strike.
27.2
1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Just a fraction shorter, turning away from middle and leg, Labuschagne waits on the back foot and works it away in front of square leg for a single.
27.1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Floated, very full on off and at just over 78 clicks. Marnus Labuschagne watchfully defends it out.
27
over
27 | 9 Runs | HH: 138/4
26.6
Liam Livingstone to Cameron Green, Flighted delivery on off stump, Cameron Green defends it out.
26.5
4
Liam Livingstone to Cameron Green, FOUR! A lot of bottom-hand coming into play here. Floated up full and around leg stump, Cameron Green with a jab through wide mid on and the ball speeds away to the fence.
26.4
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Tossed up outside off, this is eased away to sweeper cover for a single by Labuschagne.
26.3
1
Liam Livingstone to Cameron Green, Quicker and flatter around off, punched out in front of point for a quick single.
26.2
2
Liam Livingstone to Cameron Green, Good cricket all around! Tossed up, nice and full outside off, Cameron Green plays a lovely drive wide of mid off. Ben Stokes at long off speeds across to his left and gets to the ball but the batters pick up a couple of runs.
26.1
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, On a length and outside off, turning away, Labuschagne hammers it away with the turn to deep cover and looks for two but has to settle for the single.
26
over
26 | 5 Runs | HH: 129/4
25.6
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Gives it a lot more air and floats it up outside off, Cameron Green leans on and blocks it out.
25.5
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Flatter one attacking the off stump, Cameron Green defends it out.
25.4
1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, FIFTY for Marnus Labuschagne and an important one too for Australia. Floated up on a shorter length and well outside off, Labuschagne makes room and taps it away to deep cover-point for a single. Labuschagne will now hope to convert it into a big one.
25.3
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Tossed up around off, pushed away with the spin toward cover.
25.2
2
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Short again, this time over middle, Labuschagne rocks back and pulls it firmly in front of Jonny Bairstow at deep mid-wicket. Jonny fumbles a bit and Labuschagne picks up another brace.
25.1
2
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Shorter and a bit down leg, Marnus Labuschagne gets his hands out in front and pushes it 'round the corner for a couple of runs. Moves to 47 now.
25
over
25 | 5 Runs | HH: 124/4
24.6
Moeen Ali to Cameron Green, Cameron Green advances once again and Moeen Ali fires it in outside off. Green manages to defend it out on the off side.
24.5
Moeen Ali to Cameron Green, Pushed through quicker around off, Cameron Green gets on the front foot and eases it toward cover.
24.4
Moeen Ali to Cameron Green, Sees the batter advancing and pulls the length back, Cameron Green pushes it down to mid on.
24.3
1
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, Flatter and on the stumps, tucked away to deep square leg for a single.
24.2
4
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, EDGED AND FOUR! Tossed up delivery around off, Marnus Labuschagne gets deceived in the flight as he looks to drive at it and gets a genuine outside edge that runs away fine into the third man fence.
24.1
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, Loops this one up full and outside off, Labuschagne jams this one back to the bowler.
24
over
24 | 2 Runs | HH: 119/4
23.6
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Floated up on a nagging length around off, Cameron Green gets a big stride forward and makes the block.
23.5
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Pushed through quicker from the front of the hand, Cameron Green taps this one toward cover-point.
23.4
1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Slows it up a lot now and bowls it shorter around off, Labuschagne waits and waits before pushing it out in front of point for a single.
23.3
1
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, The googly now, pushed through on the pads, Cameron Green works it off the back foot in front of square leg for a single.
23.2
Adil Rashid to Cameron Green, Nicely flighted around off, turning away, Cameron Green watches it well and keeps it out on the off side.
Cameron Green is the next man in.
23.1
W
Adil Rashid to Josh Inglis, OUT! CAUGHT! Poor, poor choice of shot from Josh Inglis and Adil Rashid picks up his second wicket. Tossed up on a length around off at just 79.4 clicks, Inglis gets down on one knee attempting the reverse sweep. The ball is slow to come on and Inglis gets a bit of a top edge straight toward backward point. Moeen Ali there takes a good catch right around his face and Australia lose two quick wickets. Rashi starting to really trouble the Aussies now.
23
over
23 | 3 Runs | HH: 117/3
22.6
1
Moeen Ali to Josh Inglis, Tossed up on the stumps, Josh Inglis uses his feet well and punches it down to long on for a run.
22.5
Moeen Ali to Josh Inglis, Flatter delivery angled into the body, Inglis stays back to defend.
22.4
Moeen Ali to Josh Inglis, Fired in full and outside off, Josh Inglis looks to drive it through covers but gets an outside edge along the ground to short third man.
22.3
1
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, Slower through the air and floated up on the pads, Labuschagne nudges it gently 'round the corner and picks up a single.
22.2
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, A tad short and turning into off, Labuschagne backs away and punches it out toward covers.
22.1
1
Moeen Ali to Josh Inglis, Tossed up on off, turning in, Josh Inglis shows the full face of the bat and drives it down to long on for a single.
22
over
22 | 3 Runs | HH: 114/3
21.6
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Drifted into middle, getting it to dip late, Marnus Labuschagne does well to block it out.
21.5
1
Adil Rashid to Josh Inglis, Pushed through quicker and flatter around off, Josh Inglis eases it through the cover region for a single.
Josh Inglis is the new man in.
21.4
W
Adil Rashid to Steven Smith, OUT! TAKEN! Adil Rashid does the trick for England. Rashid tosses this one up on a shorter length and outside off. It is the googly that turns back in. Steven Smith looks to rock back and cut but ends up pushing at it late. The ball goes off the outside edge and to the left of short third. Moeen Ali there takes a good low catch by diving forward and just like that Smith has to depart. Rashid continues his fine wicket-taking record against the Aussies.
21.3
Adil Rashid to Steven Smith, Slows it up and floats it on off stump, Steven Smith tentatively blocks it out.
21.2
1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Tight single! Full and at the toes, pushed into mid-wicket and Labuschagne is quick to get across to the other end.
21.1
1
Adil Rashid to Steven Smith, Nicely tossed up, full and around off, Steven Smith strokes it away with the turn through covers and picks up a single.
21
over
21 | 10 Runs | HH: 111/2
20.6
1
Moeen Ali to Steven Smith, Pushed through outside off, Steven Smith presses back and cuts it behind point for a single.
20.5
1
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, Quicker and flatter on the stumps, nudged away 'round the corner by Labuschagne for one more.
20.4
1
Moeen Ali to Steven Smith, Flatter again, around middle this time, Smith flicks it away past square leg for a single.
20.3
2
Moeen Ali to Steven Smith, Good running! Flatter one around off, punched away through the gap at covers for a couple of quick runs.
20.2
4
Moeen Ali to Steven Smith, FOUR! 'Catch it,' is the call but Steven Smith has hit it wide enough. Tossed up around off, Smith advances and gets too close to the pitch of the ball and ends up hitting it hard and flat to the right of mid off. Chris Woakes there flies to his right and gets a fingertip on it but the ball goes into the fence.
20.1
1
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, Pushed through full and around off, Labuschagne with a cheeky reverse paddle to the left of short third and he picks up a single.
20
over
20 | 3 Runs | HH: 101/2
19.6
Adil Rashid to Steven Smith, Allows the ball to come to him and then guides it to point. Three from Rashid's first!
19.5
Adil Rashid to Steven Smith, The googly this time, this is worked to mid-wicket.
19.4
1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Another one as this is pushed down to long off.
19.3
1
Adil Rashid to Steven Smith, Easy single as this is eased down to long off.
19.2
1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, The sucker ball, gives it a lot of air and lands it well outside off, this is hit through covers for one.
19.1
Adil Rashid to Marnus Labuschagne, Rashid starts well too! Floats this one up and around off, defended.
19
over
19 | 10 Runs | HH: 98/2
18.6
4
Moeen Ali to Steven Smith, FOUR! Nice and fine! Really well played! Steven Smith ends the over with a boundary and this one turns out to be a really good over for Australia. Not sure why Moeen was got in with two right-handers out there. This is tossed up outside off, Steven Smith uses the pace and guides it down to the third man fence. Deft touch.
18.5
1
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, Confusion and a direct hit would have been very close. This is on middle, it is worked to mid-wicket. They both hesitate but eventually go for the run. The throw is towards Buttler who looks to divert it onto the stumps but fails to do so. Would have been really close. Twice now we have seen some confusion in the running.
18.4
4
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, FOUR! Off the outside edge! Australia though won't mind how they come as long as they do. This is flatter and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and looks to cut but it goes off the outside edge and down to the third man fence.
18.3
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, Flatter and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne walks across and works it to square leg.
18.2
Moeen Ali to Marnus Labuschagne, Flatter and on off, this is punched but to covers.
18.1
1
Moeen Ali to Steven Smith, The lap shot comes out, it goes towards fine leg for one.
Still no sign of Adil Rashid as Moeen Ali comes in to bowl.
18
over
18 | 6 Runs | HH: 88/2
17.6
1
Liam Livingstone to Steven Smith, Smith now steps out and then works it past mid-wicket for one.
17.5
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Marnus Labuschagne should have done better with that! This is quite short. He has enough time to rock back but hits it straight to sweeper cover for one.
17.4
1
Liam Livingstone to Steven Smith, Floats it up on off, Smith plays it through covers for another one.
17.3
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Shortish and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne pushes it through covers and gets to the other end.
17.2
1
Liam Livingstone to Steven Smith, Fuller and on middle, this is worked down to long on for another one.
17.1
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Fuller and on middle, this is whipped back towards the bowler who looks to deflect it onto the stumps at the other end but misses, it goes down towards long off for one.
17
over
17 | 6 Runs | HH: 82/2
16.6
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Good length and on off, defended.
16.5
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Smith will feel he missed out there! This is shorter and around off, Steven Smith guides it but straight to point.
16.4
1
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, NOT OUT! Going down leg! England lose a review. That always seemed the case on that one. Yes, it is full and on the pads but the angle, is taking it down. Marnus Labuschagne walks across as he does and looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pad. A loud shout but turned down immediately. It goes towards fine leg as the batters take one. Buttler after having a chat reviews but in vain. Leg bye given.
Reviewed! After a lot of thought, Jos Buttler has gone upstairs for a review regarding an LBW decision. Nothing on UltraEdge. Ball Tracking builds up and shows that the ball is missing the leg stump and the onfield decision of Not Out stands. England lose their review as well.
16.3
4
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, FOUR! A boundary after the 12th over. Long time coming but Australia will be happy it has. Sheer timing! Back of a length and on off, Marnus Labuschagne goes back and punches it through covers. Top shot.
16.2
1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Shorter in length and around off, Steven Smith pushes it through covers for one.
16.1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Length and around off, Steven Smith guides it to point.
16
over
16 | 6 Runs | HH: 76/2
15.6
1
Liam Livingstone to Steven Smith, Steps out but does not get to the pitch of it, it is pushed down to long on for one. Another over without a boundary in it.
15.5
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Slightly shorter, Marnus Labuschagne has enough time to work it towards square leg for one.
15.4
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Soft leading edge! This is tossed up nicely around the pads. Marnus Labuschagne looks to nudge it on the leg side but it turns away, it goes off a soft leading edge to cover.
15.3
1
Liam Livingstone to Steven Smith, Gives it air and lands it on middle, Steven Smith eases it down to long on and gets to the other end.
15.2
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Now off the front foot, strokes it down to long off for one.
15.1
2
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Two more! Shorter and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne just waits that extra second and manages to squirt it past point. Two taken. That extra second helped him play it wide of the sweeper.
Drinks break! England have had a terrific start with the ball as Chris Woakes sent back both the Aussie openers but Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are slowly building up a stand that could be crucial for both sides. England will hope to bring on Adil Rashid at the earliest and pick up a few more wickets in this middle phase. Australia need to keep rebuilding for a while before they can look to start firing. Let's see who sneaks ahead in the middle phase.
15
over
15 | 6 Runs | HH: 70/2
14.6
3
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, Three to the over! A little bit of confusion but no harm done in the end. Mark Wood goes wide of the crease and angles it into the pads, Marnus Labuschagne clips it past mid-wicket. They take two. Marnus Labuschagne thinks to take another. He starts. Smith takes off too. Both then stop but then eventually Marnus Labuschagne calls him through and they make it in easily. There was always three there.
14.5
1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Yet again hits the length but yet again the ball is a little too straight because of the angle he is creating from wide of the crease. Steven Smith works it through square leg for one.
14.4
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Really god stuff! This is banged in short and outside off, Steven Smith evades it. He is keeping the short one as the surprise element so far in this game and not banging it in at regular basis. He has bowled around two so far and both have taken the batter by surprise.
14.3
1
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, Really good stuff from Wood! He is not offering any kind of width and the length is impeccable too at the moment. Marnus Labuschagne though is good enough to just nudge it on the leg side for one.
14.2
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, Now a dot! Australia going nowhere at the moment! Back of a length and on off, this is guided to point.
14.1
1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Dealing in singles at the moment! Angled into the pads, Steven Smith works it through square leg and gets to the other end.
14
over
14 | 3 Runs | HH: 64/2
13.6
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Good start then from Liam Livingstone! The last ball was the best, flights it up and lands it around middle, gets a little bit of turn away, all Marnus Labuschagne could do is come forward and block.
13.5
1
Liam Livingstone to Steven Smith, Outside off, this is hit hard but towards sweeper cover. Only one.
13.4
1
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Just the one again! Shorter in length and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne chops it through covers for one.
13.3
Liam Livingstone to Marnus Labuschagne, Tosses it up nicely and outside off, this is driven but to covers.
13.2
1
Liam Livingstone to Steven Smith, Hint of turn again! Shortish and outside off, Steven Smith pushes it through covers for one.
13.1
Liam Livingstone to Steven Smith, A little bit of turn! Flatter and on middle, Smith works it to short fine leg.
Liam Livingstone has now been tossed the ball.
13
over
13 | 3 Runs | HH: 61/2
12.6
1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Does do it this time as this is angled into middle, Steven Smith works it through square leg and takes one.
12.5
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Smith looked to do the same thing here. Wood is bowling from quite wide of the crease and hence, Smith is walking right across and looking to flick but this is slightly outside off. He gets an inside edge onto the pads.
12.4
1
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, Yet another single as this is worked with the angle through square leg.
12.3
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, That is really sharp! Really bends his back on this one. Bangs it short and on middle, Marnus Labuschagne does well to evade it.
12.2
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, Back of a length and on off, this is pushed to cover.
12.1
1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Angled into the pads, Steven Smith works it through square leg and takes one.
12
over
12 | 7 Runs | HH: 58/2
11.6
1
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Single to end a productive over then for the Aussies! Angled into the pads, this is nudged around the corner for one.
11.5
1
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, Good fielding! Good delivery too! Length and around off, Marnus Labuschagne hangs back and looks to defend, it goes off the outside edge but wide of first slip. Third man, runs to his left, dives and keeps it down to one. Excellent effort.
11.4
4
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, FOUR! Quality pull stroke! That will release the pressure England was building. Woakes goes short. Marnus Labuschagne gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket. Boundary results.
11.3
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, Good cricket all around! Length and around off, a little bit of extra bounce. Marnus Labuschagne plays it well by taking one hand off the handle. It goes off the outer half but does not carry to first slip. Root does well as he dives to his right and stops it.
11.2
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, Back of a length and on off, Marnus Labuschagne defends it onto the ground.
11.1
1
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Woakes continues to go full, looking for some movement but there ain't any. It is driven through covers for one.
11
over
11 | 3 Runs | HH: 51/2
10.6
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, A really good first over then from Wood! Back of a length and on off, Marnus Labuschagne takes one hand off the handle as he defends.
10.5
1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Shorter in length and on middle, Steven Smith goes back and pulls it through square leg. Takes one. No short balls so far from Wood.
10.4
1
Mark Wood to Marnus Labuschagne, Slightly fuller this time and around off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to drive, it squirts off the outside edge and goes towards deep point for one.
10.3
1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, A little too straight this time, Steven Smith clips it through square leg for a single.
10.2
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Hits the bat hard there! On a length and around off, extra bounce on this one. Hits the splice of the bat as Steven Smith tries to defend.
10.1
Mark Wood to Steven Smith, Good start from Wood! He lands it on a length and around off, Steven Smith defends it. Wood has been a little too short so far in this tournament but he has begun well.
Powerplay 2 time! Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
10
over
10 | 1 Runs | HH: 48/2
9.6
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, A dot to end the first Powerplay! Good length, honing in on middle, Labuschagne gets squared up and gets a leading edge toward point. Australia 48/2 after the first 10 overs then.
9.5
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, Full and wide outside off, shaping away late, Marnus Labuschagne looks to cream the drive square on the off side but is well beaten and Jos Buttler has to put in a big dive to get a glove on the ball.
9.4
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, Just pulls back the length a bit and bowls it outside off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to stay back and thrash it away but miscues it back onto the deck and toward the bowler.
9.3
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, Hard length outside off, Labuschagne stands tall and taps it away in front of covers.
9.2
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, A touch fuller outside off, angling it in, Labuschagne defends it off the front foot toward cover.
9.1
1
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Good length outside off, Steven Smith gets across and uses his wrists to work it away past square leg for a single.
9
over
9 | 6 Runs | HH: 47/2
8.6
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Shorter again, this time outside off, and Marnus Labuschagne slaps it on the bounce to cover-point.
8.5
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Shortish length over the stumps, Labuschagne tucks it in front of mid-wicket and denies the single.
8.4
1
David Willey to Steven Smith, Tight single! Back of a length over off stump, Steven Smith bunts it off the back foot in front of covers and scampers across. Smith puts in the dive as Jonny Bairstow misses the under-arm shy at the non-striker's end.
8.3
1
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Leg bye! A tad shorter around leg, Marnus Labuschagne looks to tickle it fine but misses. The ball goes off the thigh pad and down to fine leg. The batters pick up a leg bye.
8.2
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Fuller in length and outside off, Labuschagne strokes it on the up to Ben Stokes at widish mid off.
8.1
4
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, FOUR! Lovely shot! Slightly overpitched from Willey around off, Labuschagne gets on the front foot and drives it off the middle of the bat through mid off and picks up a boundary.
8
over
8 | 2 Runs | HH: 41/2
7.6
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, On a good length and around the off stump, Steven Smith solidly keeps this one out as well.
7.5
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Full and honing in on the stumps, Steven Smith covers the line and blocks it out.
7.4
2
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Risky again from Steven Smith! Fuller and much wider of the off stump, Smith goes for the big booming drive but the ball comes on a bit slower and takes the inside edge before going toward fine leg. They pick up a couple of runs.
7.3
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Takes a bit of pace off it and bowls it on a shortish length in the channel. Steven Smith stays back and just dabs it really late in front of first slip.
7.2
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Back of a length around off, Steven Smith punches it away toward covers.
7.1
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Hard length, angling in from the fifth stump line, Steven Smith gets across and covers the line well to make the block.
7
over
7 | Runs | HH: 39/2
6.6
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Maiden! On the shorter side around leg stump, Labuschagne looks to tuck it off his hips but mistimes it to short fine leg.
6.5
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Still can't get it through, five dots in a row now. Floats this one up really full around off, inviting the drive, Marnus Labuschagne punches it to the right of mid off but can't get it through.
6.4
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Pitched up full and around off, Labuschagne leans on and drives it straight to mid off.
6.3
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Back of a length outside off, Marnus Labuschagne hops back and taps it out in front of cover-point.
6.2
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Much fuller and closer to the off pole, Marnus Labuschagne makes a good leave.
6.1
David Willey to Marnus Labuschagne, Almost gets chopped on! Back of a length angled across off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to stay back and run it down to third man but gets an inside edge past the off stump.
6
over
6 | 7 Runs | HH: 39/2
5.6
1
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, Honing in full and on the pads, Marnus Labuschagne looks to block but gets an inside edge down to fine leg for a single.
5.5
Chris Woakes to Marnus Labuschagne, Bowled on a good length outside off, Marnus Labuschagne leaves it alone.
Marnus Labuschagne walks out to bat now!
5.4
W
Chris Woakes to David Warner, OUT! CAUGHT! A bit reckless from David Warner and Chris Woakes has the last laugh here. Woakes cleverly rolls his fingers across the ball and bowls it shorter outside off. Warner tries to take on the pull but never gets in position and ends up fetching it whilst falling over a bit. The ball goes off the top edge and around mid-wicket where David Willey settles under a skier and takes it reverse cup. Australia lose both their openers now and Woakes has two wickets.
5.3
Chris Woakes to David Warner, Keeps it back of a length but brings the line a straighter, David Warner blocks it out on the off side.
5.2
6
Chris Woakes to David Warner, SIX! Stand and deliver from David Warner and that is an unbelievable shot. Back of a length angling across off, Warner stays back and sorts his feet early before hitting through the line and nonchalantly lifting it right back over the bowler's head for a maximum.
5.1
Chris Woakes to David Warner, Pitched-up delivery on middle stump, David Warner defends it back to the bowler.
5
over
5 | 6 Runs | HH: 32/1
4.6
4
David Willey to Steven Smith, FOUR! Gets it fine enough! Good length on the leg pole, Steven Smith gets across and flicks it away off his pads down to fine leg for a boundary.
4.5
David Willey to Steven Smith, Full and outside off, Steven Smith gets a big stride across and drives it straight toward extra cover.
4.4
1
David Willey to David Warner, Length ball, shaping away from around off, David Warner plays it late and just eases it past backward point for a single.
4.3
David Willey to David Warner, Close but not close enough! On a good length around middle and angling in sharply. David Warner gets caught on the back foot and beaten on the inside edge as the ball flicks the pads before going into Buttler's hands. A huge appeal for caught behind but it's turned down! David Willey seems fairly convinced and after a chat, Jos Buttler does review it. On the first replay, the third umpire concludes that there's definitely no bat involved but the LBW will now be checked. Ball Tracking confirms wickets as umpire's call and the on-field decision stands. England retain their review as well and it might have actually been for LBW and not caught behind.
4.2
David Willey to David Warner, Pitched up on middle and leg, trying to swing it away, David Warner stays watchful and blocks it out.
4.1
1
David Willey to Steven Smith, Floated up around off, shaping it away from the right-hander. Steven Smith gets across his stumps and dabs it down toward third man for a single. With that, Smith brings up 1000 runs in ODI World Cups!
4
over
4 | 11 Runs | HH: 26/1
3.6
Chris Woakes to David Warner, Good length in the channel, punched away sweetly toward cover.
3.5
2
Chris Woakes to David Warner, Short and wide, a bit too wide and David Warner has to reach for it. Warner cuts it off the toe end and over the infield, getting it wide of third man for a brace.
3.4
Chris Woakes to David Warner, Very full on middle, David Warner eases it away to mid off.
3.3
4
Chris Woakes to David Warner, FOUR! Smeared away to the fence! Slightly shorter around the hips, David Warner looks to pull it hard over square leg but gets a bottom edge that flies wide of the man at fine leg for four runs.
3.2
2
Chris Woakes to David Warner, Good length again around middle and leg, David Warner leans on a bit and works it away past mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
3.1
3
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, THREE LEG BYES! Steven Smith almost gets dismissed due to his risky trigger movement. On a good length around middle and angling in, Smith gets well across the stumps and looks to flick it away but misses. The ball goes off the pads and there is an appeal for LBW but the umpire isn't interested. Jos Buttler has to chase the ball down to fine leg and the batters pick up three leg byes.
3
over
3 | 1 Runs | HH: 15/1
2.6
David Willey to David Warner, Full again, a lot straighter on off stump, David Warner punches it straight back to the bowler who does well to get a hand on it on the followthrough.
2.5
David Willey to David Warner, Smashed but for no run! A bit too full and wide, David Warner nails the cover drive but hits it straight to the fielder at cover.
2.4
David Willey to David Warner, Inside edge! Floated up on a nagging length on off stump, David Warner looks to get on the front foot and block but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
2.3
David Willey to David Warner, Very full on off, shaping away, David Warner shapes up for the big shot but ends up just squeezing it toward point.
2.2
1
David Willey to Steven Smith, On a good length over middle, angling across, Steven Smith walks across his stumps and tucks it away to deep square leg for a single.
2.1
David Willey to Steven Smith, Keeps it nice and full around leg, getting it to move a bit in the air, Steven Smith watchfully keeps it out.
2
over
2 | 5 Runs | HH: 14/1
1.6
3
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Oh, that could have gone all wrong for Steven Smith! Pitches this one up on middle and leg, Smith looks to turn it leg side but closes the bat face early and gets a leading edge. The ball rolls away behind square on the off side and Smith gets off the mark with a streaky three. End of a testing over by Woakes.
1.5
Chris Woakes to Steven Smith, Delivered on a hard length again outside off, getting some bounce and nip away off the deck. Steven Smith leaves it alone.
Steven Smith walks out to bat! With no Marsh, he walks in at number three.
1.4
W
Chris Woakes to Travis Head, OUT! CAUGHT! Eased into Root's hands! Chris Woakes serves it on a hard length around off and gets it to seam away from the left-hander. Travis Head stays back and just looks to steer it away down to third man but ends up guiding it perfectly into the bread basket of Joe Root at first slip who makes no mistake and gobbles up the sharp chance. Woakes draws first blood and Head is a goner!
1.3
2
Chris Woakes to Travis Head, Don't bowl there to Travis Head but he hasn't quite got his timing correct. On a length, well wide of the off stump, Head throws his hands at it and lifts it high over the cover region. The ball plugs again and they get another couple of runs.
1.2
Chris Woakes to Travis Head, Nicely bowled! Hits the deck hard and keeps it over off, the ball nips away beautifully as Travis Head has a feel for it. Head is beaten past the outside edge.
1.1
Chris Woakes to Travis Head, Starts off on fuller length from over the wicket and serves it on middle and leg. Travis Head strokes it away to mid on.
Chris Woakes to bowl from the other end!
1
over
1 | 9 Runs | HH: 9/0
0.6
1
David Willey to Travis Head, A single to end the first over and 9 runs come off it! On a good length and tighter around off, Travis Head hangs back and opens the bat face late to guide it down to third man for a single.
0.5
4
David Willey to Travis Head, FOUR! Hammered away! A hint of width on offer and shaping further away, Travis Head just free his arms and slaps this one over cover-point to pick up the first boundary of the game.
0.4
2
David Willey to Travis Head, That was a real brain-buster for the third umpire. Pitched up on the stumps, Travis Head shows some aggression and tries to get under it. Head lifts it well over mid off without much timing and the ball plugs in the outfield. Moeen Ali gives chase and manages to stop it a couple of inches inside the ropes. Just a brace then.
0.3
David Willey to Travis Head, Just pulls back the length even further and angles it into the pads. Travis Head looks to block it off the back foot but misses and the ball goes off the thigh pad onto the off side.
0.2
David Willey to Travis Head, On a hard length on middle, this one is angled into the left-hander. Travis Head hops back and defends it down the pitch.
0.1
2
David Willey to Travis Head, Travis Head and Australia are underway right away! Willey starts from over the wicket and serves it on a good length on off, just shaping it away a touch. Head stays put and eases it in front of the point fielder and picks up a couple of runs.
Time now for the action to begin! The players make their way out to the middle. David Warner and Travis Head are the openers for the Aussies. David Willey has the new ball in hand. Here we go…
It is time for the National Anthems! The players make their way out to the middle. We are not far away from the action.
Australia's skipper, Pat Cummins says that they were actually going to have a bat anyway. Adds that they backed their style of play and their opening batters have epitomized well. Informs that Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green are in for Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. Mentions that any clash between these two nations has a spice to it and it looking forward
Jos Buttler, the captain of England says that they will bowl first as the surface looks a bit tacky and might get better as the day goes on. Adds that they have an unchanged side and says that they are just looking forward to this game. Reckons they'll need to bat a lot better. Adds they had some nice time and now back to the game. Mentions that there is a lot to play for with the Champions Trophy place and rivalry against Australia.
Australia (Playing XI) – David Warner, Travis Head, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (WK), Cameron Green (In for Mitchell Marsh), Marcus Stoinis (In for Glenn Maxwell), Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Josh Hazlewood.
England (Unchanged XI) – Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (C/WK), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, and Mark Wood.
TOSS – England have won the toss and they will BOWL first.
Joe Root in a recent interview said England are a better side than the Aussies. However, the England side hasn't walked the talk. They have been way below par in the tournament and will need to be at their best against the high-flying Aussies. Can they do so? Can they play as party spoilers for the Aussies? We will find out. Toss and teams in a bit.
The Australians are, as they say, peaking at the right time. After losing two in a row they're on a roll at the moment. Yes, they'll be without Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell but they still have a lot of quality in their ranks. They'll back themselves to beat a struggling England side. They though would know, despite the poor form England are in, they are not a side to be taken lightly. A win here for them will see them almost ensure their place for the knockouts. A lot to play for. This promises to be a cracker.
Hello and a warm welcome to the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad for Match number 36 of the 2023 Cricket World Cup. One of the greatest rivalries in cricket will be locking horns in a high-octane clash. England however, will be playing for pride as they're already out of the tournament, the Aussies on the other hand, need a win to strengthen their position of making it to the next round. Despite England being out of the tournament, will give it their all to beat their rivals.
… MATCH DAY …
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