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Aus beat Eng by 4 wickets, go 3-0 up

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Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 16:34 [IST]
 
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Aus beat Eng by 4 wickets, go 3-0 up

Australia's middle order pulled off a strong performance to stabilise the innings after being 100/5 at one stage to overhaul England's 214 in the 48th over. Hussey with 68 not out and Haddin with 54 off 59 balls were the stand out innings for the hosts who now go 3-zip up in the 7-match series.

Australia's innings got off to an unsteady start. Shane Watson tried to up the ante by striking two fours in the first two over, but wound up getting bowled by Chris Tremlett for 9 off 7 balls and Australia were 10/1 in 1.4 overs. In the 4th over, Brad Haddin got stuck into the same bowler, taking him for two consecutive fours. But Ajmal Shahzad removed the other batsman Shaun Marsh for 6 as the hosts slipped to 27/2 in 4.3 overs.

Haddin was counter attacking from the other end, knocking off boundaries of both fast bowlers in the 5th and 6th overs. Haddin then hit a six off Tremlett and ran a single to bring up Australia's 50 in the 10th over. But in the very next over, Michael Clarke's travails with the bat continued as he was snapped up at shot mid wicket for 9 and the hosts were 59/3 in 11 overs.

Haddin reached his 50 by striking Michael Yardy for a four in the 17th over, but then Paul Collingwood trapped Cameron White in front for 7 off 23 balls and the hosts had slipped to 92/4 in 18.2 overs. In the 21st over, Collingwood struck again, this time to remove Haddin for 54 off 59 balls. Australia were in trouble at 100/5 at that stage.

But then David Hussey and Steven Smith launched a defiant recovery, taking their side to over 150/5 in the 32nd over after a flurry of boundaries from previous three overs. Australia just required another 65 runs off 108 balls. But Tremlett got the breakthrough in the 36th over when he had Smith snapped up by Yardy at mid off for 26. Australia were in some distress at 163/6.

But in the 41st over, Hussey had clearly turned the tables on England, smashing Yardy for a six, reaching his 50 and taking his side to with 30 runs of victory in the process. In the 44th over, Hussey smashed two fours off Shahzad, taking Australia to over 200 and reducing the equation to 11 runs required off 35 balls. The hosts were home at the end of the 46th over with Hastings taking a couple off Tremlett.

Batting first, England's woes at the top of the order continued with Matt Prior out for a duck in his second successive match. Brett Lee had him trapped plumb in front as the scoreboard read 1/1 in 0.5 overs. But surviving opener Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott overcame that early loss with Strauss striking two consecutive boundaries off John Hastings in the 6th over.

A dreadful mix-up in thje 8th over resulted in Strauss being run out for 23 off 27 balls and
England were 38/2 in 8 overs. The new man at the crease Ian Bell, then took a four off Bollinger to bring up England's 50 in the 11th over. But just two overs later, he was caught and bowled by Shane Watson for 10 and the tourists had slumped to 61/3 in 13 overs.

A slow period followed as the news batsman Eoin Morgan and Trott consolidated. But in the 20th over, the batting duo teamed up to each knock a four off legspinner Steven Smith as the tourists moved to 88/3 in 20 overs. 3 overs later, Morgan took a double off David Hussey to bring up England's 100.

In the 24th over, David Hussey got rid of Morgan for 30 while in the next over, Xavier Doherty dismissed Paul Collingwood for 1 as Engalnd had slipped to 119/5 at the halfway stage. The next man to take guard Luke Wright built a useful partnership with Trott and struck a four off Doug Bollinger to take England past 150 in 33rd over.

In the 41st over, Wright was caught behind off Hastings for 32 and England were in trouble again at 179/6. Chris Woakes put on 20 with Trott before he was out to Lee for 12. The tail couldn't managed to hold out for too long as England were bowled out for 214 in 48 overs.

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