Oval: Australia finally managed to pull out a victory by 78 runs-margin against England in the Natwest ODI series fourth match at the Oval.
Ryan Harris was the man of the moment for the Aussies as he picked up a five-wicket haul to dismantle the England batting line-up to bowl them out for 212 in 42.4 overs in reply to 290-5 posted by the Aussies earlier.
He got the important wickets of Pietersen and Craig Kieswetter early in the space of 6 balls to send the home team in the backfoot as they were never able to recover after that.
Pietersen was looking dangerous for the home team as he hit two continious boundaries past extra-cover and mid-on off Bollinger just facing the third and fouth ball of his innings. He was eventually out while trying to move across the stumps, he was caught leg before wicket(lbw) to Harris.
Michael Yardy for the home team made a valiant half century(57) and Eoin Morgan chipped in with 47 runs but their efforts were not enough to overhaul the Aussie target.
For the Australian batting, Michael Clarke (99 not out) and Ricky Ponting shared a third-wicket stand of 155. Clarke was clinical with his batting and had collected seven fours from 106 balls without taking undue risk.
Ponting who was short of runs at the other end was flawless as well. He was picking the bowlers flawlessly and was on a verge of scoring his 30th hundred but fell to James Anderson while trying to chip him over the in-fielder Strauss in the first ball of batting power-play.
Shane Watson opening the batting for the Aussies contributed with 41 runs off 54 balls before being dismissed by Graeme Swann. Aussies in their last 10 overs managed to pick up 77 runs. Smith coming in at number seven hit a quick-fire 18 not-out off 8 balls to help Aussies finish off with 290-5.
Ponting on the process reached 13000 runs-mark, becoming only the third batsman in history of ODI format to achieve the feat
England coming into the match had already won the series 3-0 and had chance to make it a white-wash by winning the remaining two matches.