Aus restrict Eng to 214 in 3rd ODI

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Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 12:39 [IST]
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Aus restrict Eng to 214 in 3rd ODI

Australia put on a inspired performance with the ball to bundle out England for 214 in 48 overs. Jonathan Trott was the only batsman to survive the Aussie onslaught, making an unbeaten 84, while Brett Lee took 3 wickets.

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. Ther 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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