England vs Australia – 2nd ODI: For the second time in the limited over series against Australia this summer, England has pulled off a victory from the jaws of defeat thanks majorly to their bowlers on both the occasions. Fast bowlers Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran proved too hot for visitors as the home side leveled the series 1-1.
England opting to bat first, made a shaky start with a given-LBW appeal of Jason Roy on the second ball of the innings. The decision was overturned as Roy took the DRS, however Mitchell Starc got Jonny Bairstow in the 5th over. Roy was looking good before he was ran out by Joe Root off 21 runs. Steading the innings, Root and captain Eoin Morgan played defensively, after Root was hit on his back knee early in his innings.
Adam Zampa, who is having a tremendous tour, was the one to break the partnership with a traditional slip-catch wicket of Root.
After that, the innings derailed. Jos Buttler, Morgan, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes all came and gone in the matter of 59 runs and the score was 159-8 in the 41st over.
Morgan was the impressive of the lot, having top-scored the innings by his fluent 42 runs.
Below-par score and the series loss were on the cards for England but Tom Curran and Adil Rashid stood on the occasion. With try to get as many runs as possible, both the tail-enders started slowly. Rashid, who has 10 First-Class centuries to his name, scored quickly and both scored a ninth-wicket 76-runs partnership that contains eight boundaries and one six between them.
Tom Curran scored 37 runs off 39 balls while Rashid scored 35 runs off 26 balls.
Curran was dismissed two balls before the finish; however, Jofra Archer ended the innings quite well scoring 6 runs off 2 balls including a last-ball boundary.
England finishing with a score of 231-9, which is pretty reasonable and something to bowl at but still a score, pretty chase able.
Bowlers were impressive, Mitchell Starc picked up two wickets while Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins picked up one wicket each. Zampa was again the pick of the bowlers, picked up 3 wickets for 36 runs.
England were on the brink of losing first home series since 2015, but England bowlers stood on the occasion. Jofra Archer made a brilliant, brisk-pace start bowling scorching bouncers. David Warner was the first victim, caught-behind to a chest-high speed delivery, and two overs later, Marcus Stoinis was on the wrong-end as Archer bowled a fierce body-bouncer that caused the bowl to loop into the hands of Jos Buttler.
Steve Smith, again rested as a precautionary measure although he passed the fitness test and was cleared to play the match. Captain Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne played cool and calm innings to steer the chase.
With a 107-run 3rd wicket partnership the score was 144-2 and the required score was 88 runs off 20.1 overs. All things were good.
Then, 144-3, 145-4, 145-5, 147-6. Four wickets and three runs in the space of 21 balls. Chris Woakes and Archer combined to turn the tables for England. Woakes producing the breakthrough with the wicket of Labuschagne, then Archer bowled Mitchell Marsh, then Woakes bowled Finch and Glenn Maxwell. Boom, boom. Timber.
After that, 166-7, 166-8, 176-9. This time Sam Curran was the hero, picking Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc of successive deliveries and finally getting Adam Zampa.
Alex Carry was left to do the impossible and it was always impossible. Scored 36 runs before finally stumped by Jos Buttler for Adil Rashid’s lone wicket.
Archer, Woakes and, Sam Curran (who was picked for Mark Wood who had a sore ankle) picked up three wickets each. England win by impressive 24 runs.
Jofra Archer for his outstanding bowling, including a five-over opening spell of 22-2, was declared the man of the match.
The series decider will be played on Wednesday, September 16 at the same venue after which the IPL players will be headed to UAE to their respective teams.