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Aus chase down 333, win 6th ODI vs Eng

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Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 17:14 [IST]
 
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Aus chase down 333, win 6th ODI vs Eng

Chasing England's 333/6, Australia put in a remarkable performance with the bat to overhaul the mammoth total and win the 6th ODI against England and go 5-1 up in the series. The hosts' fight back was lead by captain Michael Clarke who made 82 off 70 balls with useful contributions from Mitchell Johnson with 57 and Shane Watson with 51. England's most successful bowler was Steven Finn who took 2/51 and their most expensive was James Anderson who went for 1/91.

Australia got off to a blazing start thanks to a flurry off fours from the bat of Shane Watson. England paceman Chris Woakes had a horror start when in the first over, Watson struck him for a four and then the bowler conceded 5 wides.

Woakes came in for some more tap in his next over, going for two more boundaries to Watson, who was clearly looking to dominate. But England's worst over was yet to come. In the 6th over, Watson took 19 runs off James Anderson, including four hits to the boundary. Australia had raced to 55/0 in just 6 overs.

Anderson finally broke the opening stand when he had Haddin caught by Jonathan Trott at short fine leg, for 20 off 25 balls. Australia were 71/1 in 8 overs. Then with Callum Ferguson as his new partner, Watson took a single of Michael Yardy in the 11th over to notch up his 50 off just 32 balls.

But in the start of the 13th over, Yardy had Watson snapped up a leaping Andrew Strauss at short midwicket, for 51 off 34 balls. England were back in the game at 88/2. Then Mitchell Johnson was sent in as a pinch-hitter and straight away hammered Steven Finn for a boundary. The batsman then took a single off Yardy to bring up the hosts 100 in the 15th over and struck the first six of the match off Kevin Pietersen as Australia climbed to 114/2 in 16 overs.

In the 22nd over, Ferguson smashed Woakes for a boundary to take Australia past 150. In the next over, Johnson got into the act, clobbering Jonathan Trott for a four and six. But Ferguson was run out in the following over, for 46 off 44 balls.

Then in the 29th over, Johnson was stumped off Pietersen for 57 off 59 balls and the hosts had slipped to 194/4. By the end of the 32nd over, Michael Clarke and Cameron White had taken their side to over 200. However, at the start of the 36th over, Finn had White caught by Eoin Morgan at deep square leg, for 20 off 21 balls and Australia were in some trouble at 227/5.

Clarke took a single of Finn to bring up Australia's 250 in exactly 40 overs. At that point the hosts still needed 84 off 60 balls. Fast-forward to the end of the 43rd over and Australia required 65 off 42 balls. In the meantime Clarke had brought up his 50. The captain then cut loose, taking 15 runs off Anderson in the 44th over. The hosts now needed 48 runs off 36 balls.

Clarke and Hussey then took 10 runs off Woakes in the 45th over to reduce the equation to 38 runs required off 30 balls. Hussey then hit a six off Anderson in the next over and followed it up with a four and a double, lowering the equation to a run a ball.

It looked like the Australians were running away with the match, when Finn pegged them back by getting Hussey caught behind, for 38 off 36 balls. The hosts now needed 20 off 18 with 4 wickets in hand. But just four balls and three runs later, Smith was run out for a duck. Australia required 16 off the last two overs with Clarke on strike.

There was intense drama in the first ball of the penultimate over, when Trott dropped Clarke off Finn at short fine leg as the ball rolled away to the boundary. But later in the over, Clarke was run out while attempting to steal a second. Brett Lee was the new man at the crease with the hosts needing 7 off 7 to win. Lee rounded off the over with a single, reducing the equation to 6 needed off the last over.

Woakes started the final over with a wide and two balls later was smacked by John Hastings for a four as Australia won the match by 2 wickets with 4 balls to spare.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, England got off to a steady start, thanks to some fine aggressive batting from openers Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior. Strauss struck the first four of the innings when he crashed Tait through extra cover in the 4th over. Prior followed suit, smacking Brett Lee for a boundary in the first ball of the 5th over. Then the batting duo each took a four off Lee in the bowler's next over, taking the score to 38/0 in 7 overs.

But in the following over, Mitchell Johnson broke the stand when he bowled Prior for 18 off 23 balls. Strauss smacked Johnson for a four in the 11th over to take England past 50 and together with Jonathan Trott began to build an ominous stand. Strauss struck a four each in the 13th and 14th over before taking a single of leg-spinner Steven Smith in the 19th over to bring up the tourists' 100.

But Strauss ran out of steam in the 22nd over when Smith had him caught by David Hussey at short midwicket. The batsman had to exit on 63 off 69 balls as England slipped to 121/2. Then with Kevin Pietersen for company, Trott took charge, slamming a four off Smith to take England past 150 in the 29th over, before Peitersen clobbered speedster John Hastings for two more boundaries in the next over.

Just as England took the batting powerplay, Lee had Pietersen snapped up by Smith at mid-off, for 29 off 34 balls. But Trott counter-attacked by striking two consecutive fours in the same over to take England to 200 in the 35th over. For the next five overs, a four came in every over with Ian Bell getting into the act. Then Trott hammered Johnson for two more boundaries in the 42nd over as England climbed to over 250/3.

The fours kept coming at a rapid pace till Tait had Bell caught by Michael Clarke at extra cover. The batsman was on his way for 45 off just 32 balls and England were all set for a gigantic total at 293/4 in 45.5 overs.

Eoin Morgan took England past 300 with two blistering fours off Lee in the next over. He hit one more four off Watson before he was out to the same bowler for 21 off 13. Tait caught and bowled Trott of the penultimate ball of the inninngs, for a mammoth 137 off 126 balls. At the end of 50 overs, England had posted a massive total of 333/6.

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