England complete stunning comeback to beat Australia in the 2nd ODI
England pulled off an astonishing 24-run victory as Australia crumbled for the second time in as many weeks in the 2nd ODI international at Emirates Old Trafford.
Following their collapse in the first T20 a fortnight ago, Australia couldn’t cope with the pressure of chasing once more and England fought back to level the series. An all-round team effort saw England edge Australia in another thriller between the two teams.
Winning the toss and batting first Eoin Morgan went against the grain for the hosts’ who have become so adept at chasing big targets in recent times.
At 90-3 after 22 overs, Morgan may have wished he had stuck to the norm. Australia started off superbly. Both Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood caused England’s batsmen all sorts of trouble.
Curran and Rashid put Australian bowlers to the sword
However, 42 from the captain himself and critical late order runs from Tom Curran, and Adil Rashid hauled England up to a respectable total at 231-9 from their 50 overs.
Adam Zampa the pick of the visitors’ bowlers as the lep-spinner claimer three wickets for just 36 from his 10.
In response, a partnership of 107 from Aussie captain Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne looked certain to take the game, and the series, away from England.
However, both set batsmen fell to Chris Waokes as he and Jofra Archer returned to start the fightback. This began the Australian collapse. Inevitably, no batsman was able to stop it and Aaron Finch himself at the post-match interview said that the issue was a “million dollar question.”
England superb again at the death
Brother of Tom, Sam Curran came into the attack for the death overs and picked up three wickets of his own before Rashid removed the last remaining dangerman Alex Carey and with it clinched the match.
Archer, (Sam) Curran, and Chris Woakes all taking three wickets as the home side bowled their way back into contention. Australia’s coach Justin Langer will likely be fuming at his side’s display. They failed to close out both innings, despite dominating both of it.
England winning by 24 runs in a match which looked destined to end in an Australia win. The series is now tied at 1-1 ahead of the third and final match on Wednesday, also at Emirates Old Trafford.
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