Morgan guides England to an emphatic victory

Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 13:36 [IST]
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Morgan hits a match-winning ton

Rose Bowl: Eoin Morgan hit a match-winning ton to guide England to a four-wicket win and a 1-0 NatWest Series lead over Australia at the Rose Bowl.

Chasing a target of 268 England duo of Morgan and Luke Wright put up a match-winning 95 run fifth wicket stand to help England win the first match of the series.
When Wright arrived at the crease England were struggling at 97/4 in the 20th over.
Morgan was exceptional with his shot selection throughout the innings and he played just 85 balls to reach the three figure mark. He hit a total of 16 fours in his innings.

England while they came out to chase lost their captain Strauss early, off the bowling of Ryan Harris while trying to drive the ball down the ground, only managed to edge behind.
Pietersen coming in at number 3 out up a partnership of 59 with Craig Kieswetter. He was slowly starting to dominate the proceedings as the innings went by but eventually he was out trying to hit one to many shot off the bowling of Watson, caught by Ponting.

Craig Kieswetter, soon followed him while trying to whack debutant Josh Hazlewood on the back foot. And then Collingwood got out after about three overs off the bowling of Shane Watson while trying to go for a big hit, only to mistime it.

This is when Wright and Morgan steered the England batting out of a possible collapse. Wright hit one four and one six in his fine innings if 36 before he was dismissed by Harris leg before wicket(lbw).

Then Tim Bresnan played a fine hand chipping in with 27 runs to bring England more closer to the victory margin.

Earlier in the first innings Australia had made 267 for the loss of seven wickets in their 50 overs. Michael Clarke was the top scorer for the visitor making an unbeaten 87 runs after Tim Paine and Shane Watson had got Australia off to a cautious start.

Clarke along with Micheal Hussey put up a good partnership of 70 runs after Australia were struggling at 98/4 in the 22nd over.


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