Australia found themselves dominating in the first match of the 50 over format series. The visitors were helped by MAXI, Marsh, Hazlewood, and Zampa which allowed them to clinch the first One Day International match at Old Trafford on Friday.
England bowlers bowled well. But while batting it was only Sam Billings and Johnny Bairstow who made an impact. Sam scored his maiden ton, and Bairstow smashed 84 runs. But the others didn’t fire as Australia paved their way back in the match and won the first ODI match comprehensively by 19 runs.
Australia Vs England 1st One Day International Match Highlights – Australia’s 1st Innings
The tourists were put in to bat by the hosts. England won the toss and opted to bowl first in this first encounter. But the response from Australia wasn’t that good. England struck early with the new ball, and Warner was out for just six runs. It was Jofra Archer who started proceedings for the hosts when he got Warner clean bowled.
Australia had dropped Steve Smith from this match, and they promoted Marcus Stoinis at the number 3 batting position. Skipper Finch and Stoinis tried to steady the Australians innings after Warner’s wicket. But Finch got a faint edge on the delivery if Mark Wood. Finch departed after scoring just 16 runs.
Australia’s both the openers were in the pavilion after nine overs. Then came Marnus Labuschagne. For the first time, after the brilliant Test series last year, Marnus was seen batting in Australia’s limited-overs squad.
Stoinis was well set, and he went well at the other end. But just like the T20I series, Stoinis couldn’t convert the start in a big score. He could have bailed Australia out of this challenging situation. But Mark Wood didn’t allow that to happen. Marcus Stoinis was dismissed for 43 runs.
Later, Labuschagne and Carey saw Australia reach the hundred run mark. Labuschange also looked good till he batted for his 21 runs. But his stay was not a long one as Adil Rashid caught Marnus plumb in front.
Alex Carey continued his poor form with the bat. He didn’t have an excellent T20I series, and in the first ODI game, he scored just ten runs which had put Australia in pressure again. The visitors lost half of their side for only 123 runs on the board.
It was the partnership that helped Australia’s revival in the innings. At one stage, Australia didn’t even look like they will score 250 runs after their 50 overs were done. But Maxi and Marsh ensured that their team would post a fair and competitive score on the board.
Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh took the attack on the opposition and helped their team to recover from a struggling position. The all-rounder duo shared a much needed and match-winning partnership of 126 runs for the fifth wicket which took Australia to a good score in the end.
Maxi scored well made 77 runs and England broke this partnership when Mark Wood caught Maxi plumb in front. But brilliant Marsh took the initiative and allowed the score to get past above the 270 run mark, and in the end, Marsh was also dismissed for well made 73 runs.
Australia required the finishing kick which was provided by Mitchell Starc. His unbeaten cameo of 19 runs from just 12 balls ensured that the visitors would post a target close to 300 runs. After their 50 over quota was done, Australia managed to score 294 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
England bowled well at the start. But the partnership between Maxi and Marsh took the game away from them. Mark Wood took two wickets, and Archer took three wickets to their names. They gave the breakthroughs with the new ball. Adil Rashid took two vital scalps in between to dent Australia at the start alongside, Chris Woakes who picked up one wicket to his name.
Australia Vs England 1st One Day International Match Highlights – England’s Run Chase –
England too started their innings on a poor note just like Australia. Their comeback men were out on single-digit scorers. Jason Roy was the first one to go. It was Hazlewood’s one-handed return catch which sent Roy back to the pavilion.
Joe Root, the premiere ODI batsman from England, scored just 1 one run from 11 deliveries. It was Hazlewood again who provided Australia with this vital wicket. Morgan and Bairstow tried to steady things for the home team. But it was Adam Zampa who got the England skipper Morgan for 23 runs.
After two overs, England lost Jos Buttler. Buttler took England home in the second T20I. But this time, Zampa proved too good for the wicketkeeper-batsman. Buttler was out for just one run. The hosts had lost four wickets for only 57 runs 16.1 overs.
Bairstow held up the one end. But it wasn’t a great going for him. The home side needed a significant partnership just like Australia had one with Maxi and Marsh. Sam Billings and Johnny Bairstow tried to steady to the ship with this stand.
Then, it was only Australia who was ahead of the game. But this partnership between Bairstow and Billings took England closer to the Australian target. They added 118 runs and led the fightback from the England side.
Due to this partnership, England was in the course of chasing this score. Bairstow who struggled at the start, later he found his groove, and Billings who was not comfortable against Zampa, cunningly target the other bowlers from Australia.
Starc’s groin injury gave Australia many problems as this partnership between Bairstow and Billings grew in confidence. They put a hundred run stand in just 105 deliveries. It was Adam Zampa who broke this vital stand. Zampa picked up the crucial scalp of Bairstow for 84 runs and brought The Aussies back in the contest.
But Billings scored a fine century to his name. He continued to fight even though the other batters around him fell quickly. After the fall of Bairstow, Moeen Ai, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid were put in quick succession.
It was a tall task for Billings to guide England home alone and in the end, his brilliant knock was ended by Mitchell Marsh. Billings scored a fine hundred in a losing cause, and he was the last man to be dismissed from England’s line up.
Billings and Bairstow brought England close. But the Australians bowled kept taking wickets at the regular intervals which caused the downfall of England in the first ODI match. Zampa picked up four wickets, Hazlewood picked up three wickets. At the same time, Cummins and Marsh took one wicket each to their names.
Australia won the first match of the three-match ODI series by 19 wickets. Josh Hazlewood was named the man of the match for his excellent display with the ball.
The next match of this one-day international series will be played on Sunday 13th September 2020 ay Emirates Old Trafford.
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