Aus win final ODI by 57 runs

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Published: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 17:25 [IST]
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Aus win final ODI by 57 runs

Chasing a formidable 280 for victory, England slumped to 64/5 before Matt Prior (39) and Michael Yardy (60*) lead a latter order revival. But once the tail was exposed, the Aussies struck back to wrap up the English innings and romp home by 57 runs, with Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson taking 3 wickets each. Earlier, Aussie allrounder Adam Voges top-scored for his side with 80 not out off just 72 balls.

Things went awry for England right at the start of their innings, with Shaun Tait bowling Andrew Strauss for a duck off the second ball and Doug Bollinger getting Steve Davies caught behind at the end of the second over, also for no-score. The visitors were in dire straits at 5/2 when Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott tried to steady the innings. The former struck Tait for two fours in the 5th over, but after the duo hit a couple more boundaries, Trott edged Mitchell Johnson to David Hussey at slip and was on his way for 14 as England slid to 48/3 in 9 overs.

Then just a couple of overs later, Pietersen was caught by Alex Krejza off Johnson at point and had to begin the long walk back, for 26. England were now in deep trouble at 56/4 in 11 overs. Johnson picked up his third wicket when he had Ian Bell caught at third man. The batsman had to depart on 8 and England were now 64/5 in 14.1 overs.

Michael Yardy and Matt Prior tried to take the fight to the Aussies, helping England to 100 in the 22nd over, courtesy a four off Prior's bat. But in the 26th over, Krejza got his maiden ODI wicket when he had Prior caught by a diving David Hussey at cover. Though England were 119/6 at that stage, Luke Wright counter-attacked by smashing the bowler for two consecutive fours in the same over.

But soon after he took England to over 150 in the 29th over, Wright was foxed by Krejza and was on his way for 24 off 19 balls. Then Yardy and Liam Plunkett took England to 200 at the end of the 40th over, with the side still requiring 80 off 60 balls. That's when Tait had Punkett caught behind for 20 off 32 balls. Then later in the over, Tait bowled Steven Finn for a duck and England had reached the bottom of the barrel at 200/9 in 41 overs.

In a last ditch attempt to rescue the innings, Yardy took two doubles, a four and a six off Bollinger to go past his 50. But Hastings hit the final nail in the coffin when he got the wicket of last batsman James Anderson for 4 as England were bowled for 222 and thus, had lost the match by 57 runs.


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