Trott powers Eng to 333/6 in 6th ODI vs Aus

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Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 12:46 [IST]
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Eng powers to 333/6 in 6th ODI vs Aus

In the 6th ODI against Australia of England ongoing tour, the visitors reached a formidable 333/6 in their 50 overs, powered by a blistering century from Jonathan Trott, who finished on 137 off 126 balls. Shaun Tait was Australia's most successful bowler, going for unimpressive figures of 2/55 in 10 overs while Brett Lee was the most expensive bowler with 1/66 in 9 overs.

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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