Eng limit Aus to 230 in 2nd ODI

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Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 12:36 [IST]
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Eng limit Aus to 230 in 2nd ODI

Australia staged a remarkable fight back from being 33/4 in 12.3 overs to make 230. Shaun Marsh led the recovery with a handsome 110 off 114 balls and was supported first by Cameron White, who made 45 and then by Dough Bollinger, who pitched in with 30.

Being put into bat, Australia got off to an unsteady start. English medium pacer Ajmal Shahzad struck early, removing Aussie opener Shane Watson for 5 in the 3rd over and then cleaning up Brad Haddin for the same score as Australia slumped to 15/2 in 7 overs. Battling poor form, captain Michael Clarke was the next to go when Tim Bresnan had him caught by Ian Bell at point, for 10. The hosts were in serious distress at 21/3 in 9.3 overs.

There were two new batsmen at the crase in Cameron White and David Hussey. They tried launching a recovery, but Chris Tremlett nipped their plans in the bud when he had Hussey caught by captain Anderw Strauss at gully for 8. Australia had slumped to 33/4 in 12.3 overs with Shaun Marsh the new man in. Marsh and White took their side to over 50 in the 18th over after which they each struck a four.

Australia proceed to bat very slowly indeed, reaching a mere 86/4 at the half-way stage. But then Marsh and White began to pick up the rate a tad with Marsh smacking off-spinner James Tredwell for a four to bring up Australia's 100 in the 28th over. In the next over, Marsh took two boundaries off Yardy as the momentum gradually started to shift the hosts way.

Looking to follow Marsh's aggression, White slapped Yardy for a four in the 33rd over, but was out next ball, caught and bowled, for 45 off 76 balls. The hosts had slipped to 133/5, but there was more trouble in store shortly after, when Steven Smith, Nathan Hauritz and Brett Lee departed in quick succession, leaving Australia in shambles at 142/8 in 36.5 overs.

But then Doug Bollinger came to the rescue, joining forces with an ever-stable Shaun Marsh, to take Australia to 150 in the 39th over. With just over 10 overs remaining in their innings, the two began to up the run-rate with a few boundaries. In the 43rd over, Bollinger and Marsh teamed up to take a four and six off Yardy.

Then, in the 45th over, March got stuck into Yardy again, knocking off two fours and a six off him, thus taking Australia well over 200. and reaching his 100 in the process. In the 49th over, Chris Tremlett got rid of Bollinger for 30 and Marsh for 110 in successive deliveries. Thus Australia had been bowled out for 230 in 48.2 overs.


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