Fresh from his match-winning all round heroics in the last match, Ben Stokes yet again provided the English attack the edge, as he snaffled three wickets to crunch through the hosts’ batting order as Australia Day turned into a bit of fumble
Match Report – Australia vs England, 5th ODI , January 25 from Adelaide
Australia had lost only their first match in the lengthy summer as England finally logged one in their book. On a typical batting strip of Adelaide, Australia had no hesitation batting first as Clarke hope the pitch will play true.
England began in anti-climactic fashion as Finch flashed at one to the slips but was reprieved by Cook, and then again by Bopara in the covers. The Barmy Army had that look of dread they have worn all summer. But Stuart Broad got one to nip back,a bit of relief back in the visitors. Watson was reprieved by the reviews, but edged next ball to Broad as well. When Shaun Marsh, who looked in fine fettle while driving through off, patted one straight to midwicket, the Australia innings was beginning to wobble a bit. Glenn Maxwell, at the recieving end of some harsh words from coach Lehmann due to his daft dismissal during the chase in 4th ODI, came out looking like a man with something to prove. He looked suitably cautious but the pressure of dot balls told, and Ben Stokes yet again provided with that important middle order break-through. At 112/5 the Australian Day was beginning to look a bit pear shaped for Aussies.
George Bailey was still there though, scoring like an opportunist, while Wade gave him able support. Together they added a half-century partnership, while Bailey brought up his own half century as well. Just as he looked to up the ante, his attempted lofted drive against Stokes was miscued straight down the long-on fielder’s throat. When Broad joined in the fun, bowling Wade around his legs, Australia were looking fairly underwhelming at 176/7 on a pretty good batting strip. Briefly, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Faulkner tried to shore it up, but Chris Jordan’s double strike in the last over ensured they wrapped up for an under par 217. England would believe they can finish on a winning note.
England began with typical discipline. Cook and Bell remained cautious through the opening exchanges on a two-paced pitch before Bell started opening up with the signature drives. Just as he had stroked his way to 14 with three hits to the fence Coulter-Nile nipped him in the bud. Stokes couldn’t repeat his heroics from couple of nights back. Suddenly it was advantage Australia with England wobbling at 29/2. However Cook remained firm, and got able support from Root as they both dragged England back to 99/2. Just as it looked England were beginning to pull away Cook tried toCoulter-Nile and mistimed a dolly to short cover. With the match in balance, out came England’s most decorated finisher Eoin Morgan and immediately flayed Doherty through extra cover for a boundary.
Australia 217/9 (Bailey 56, Stokes 3/40, Broad 3/29) vs England 107/3( Cook 39, Coulter-Nile 2/18)
Player(s) of the Day: TBD
Disappointment(s) of the Day: TBD
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