ICC Cricket World Cup, 2nd Match, Pool A: Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 14, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd match, Pool A
Australia won by 111 runs
14 February 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Australia innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal DA Warner b Broad 22 34 18 3 0 122.22
7.3 88.8 mph, searing in at Warner and his stumps are toppled! It was the cross-seamer, like the previous ball, only it still manages to swing. Beats him for pace, beats him for movement and sends him back. Big strike for England, and what was the length? 57/1
View dismissal AJ Finch run out (Morgan) 135 158 128 12 3 105.46
36.3 from Finn, direct hit from the captain and Finch is gone! England are pumped up! He backed away to slap the ball past short cover, Morgan moved to his left, took aim and nailed the target. Finch was not even in the frame. MCG rises to celebrate a wonderful innings, but he was walking off cursing himself. Finch really could have enjoyed himself with over 10 overs left. Ends up fifth on the highest individual score by an Australian in the World Cup 216/4
View dismissal SR Watson c †Buttler b Broad 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
7.4 87.6 mph, it just had to happen, right? MCG, big, raucous crowd, Broad is in his element! Terrific length and the line is impeccable on off stump. Brings the batsman forward and jags the ball away, steals the outside edge and the keeper does the rest. England are right back in it! 57/2
View dismissal SPD Smith b Woakes 5 14 9 1 0 55.55
10.3 85.0 mph, inswing! Beautiful inswing! Gets the inside edge, knocks into off stump and Smith is on his way. He was moving around the crease a touch too much and the fuller delivery cuts back in to fool his front-foot drive on the up and makes him hear a sound every batsman hates 70/3
View dismissal GJ Bailey* b Finn 55 113 69 3 0 79.71
38.1 oh, he's gone now! Drags it on and England have got rid of the set batsmen. The fatal slice to point against a good length ball outside off ends up an inside edge to knock middle stump. Good, solid innings from Bailey. Australia needed that. 228/5
View dismissal GJ Maxwell c Root b Finn 66 63 40 11 0 165.00
49.5 skews it down the ground and Root has taken an absolute blinder! It was full and speared in at the batsman's legs, credit to Maxwell to powering it that far down the ground but Root has made this wicket. Races to his right from long-off, dives full length and grabs it low with both hands. Text-book awesomeness! 342/8
View dismissal MR Marsh c Root b Finn 23 31 20 3 0 115.00
45.1 85.8 mph, length ball has done the trick! Marsh holes out at long-off! The crowd roars it Root's ears as he settles beneath the miscued forehand-slam from the batsman and takes it comfortably 281/6
View dismissal BJ Haddin c Broad b Finn 31 23 14 5 0 221.42
49.4 swings and gets a thick outside edge that tests Broad at deep third man and he passes it with flying colours. Runs in, keeps his eyes all the way on it after Haddin looks for the boundary with a big slog as is necessary with only two balls left, he's played a little gem here 342/7
View dismissal MG Johnson c Anderson b Finn 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
49.6 75.1 mph, at-trick for Finn, and a five- for! That's a third time a bowler has been two-in-two today and Finn is the only one to convert. It was back of a length, Johnson backed away and slapped it straight at mid-off. Has a wry smile on his face and the reason is that Australia have piled up 342! 342/9
MA Starc not out 0 1 0 0 0 -
Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5
  Total (9 wickets; 50 overs; 221 mins) 342 (6.84 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  JM Anderson 10 0 67 0 6.70 31 8 1 (1w)
View wickets SCJ Broad 10 0 66 2 6.60 29 8 0 (1w)
7.3 to Warner, 88.8 mph, searing in at Warner and his stumps are toppled! It was the cross-seamer, like the previous ball, only it still manages to swing. Beats him for pace, beats him for movement and sends him back. Big strike for England, and what was the length? 57/1
7.4 to Watson, 87.6 mph, it just had to happen, right? MCG, big, raucous crowd, Broad is in his element! Terrific length and the line is impeccable on off stump. Brings the batsman forward and jags the ball away, steals the outside edge and the keeper does the rest. England are right back in it! 57/2
View wicket CR Woakes 10 0 65 1 6.50 22 7 0
10.3 to Smith, 85.0 mph, inswing! Beautiful inswing! Gets the inside edge, knocks into off stump and Smith is on his way. He was moving around the crease a touch too much and the fuller delivery cuts back in to fool his front-foot drive on the up and makes him hear a sound every batsman hates 70/3
View wickets ST Finn 10 0 71 5 7.10 28 8 0 (1w)
38.1 to Bailey, oh, he's gone now! Drags it on and England have got rid of the set batsmen. The fatal slice to point against a good length ball outside off ends up an inside edge to knock middle stump. Good, solid innings from Bailey. Australia needed that. 228/5
45.1 to Marsh, 85.8 mph, length ball has done the trick! Marsh holes out at long-off! The crowd roars it Root's ears as he settles beneath the miscued forehand-slam from the batsman and takes it comfortably 281/6
49.4 to Haddin, swings and gets a thick outside edge that tests Broad at deep third man and he passes it with flying colours. Runs in, keeps his eyes all the way on it after Haddin looks for the boundary with a big slog as is necessary with only two balls left, he's played a little gem here 342/7
49.5 to Maxwell, skews it down the ground and Root has taken an absolute blinder! It was full and speared in at the batsman's legs, credit to Maxwell to powering it that far down the ground but Root has made this wicket. Races to his right from long-off, dives full length and grabs it low with both hands. Text-book awesomeness! 342/8
49.6 to Johnson, 75.1 mph, at-trick for Finn, and a five- for! That's a third time a bowler has been two-in-two today and Finn is the only one to convert. It was back of a length, Johnson backed away and slapped it straight at mid-off. Has a wry smile on his face and the reason is that Australia have piled up 342! 342/9
  MM Ali 9 0 60 0 6.66 19 6 1
  JE Root 1 0 11 0 11.00 3 1 1
  England innings (target: 343 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MM Ali c Bailey b Starc 10 20 13 2 0 76.92
4.4 89.8 mph, tried to force one too many, didn't pick the right ball, didn't pick the right bowler. Starc's been generating some serious pace, and this shortish ball reaches Moeen a bit too quickly. A mistimed pull shot lands in mid-on's hands 25/1
View dismissal IR Bell c Starc b Marsh 36 63 45 4 0 80.00
13.4 83.0 mph, speaking of Mitches... This was a slower, length ball and Bell has decided it had to go. Got onto the front foot and slogged it quite well. Only he forgot to calculate for Starc lurking on the midwicket boundary there 66/3
View dismissal GS Ballance c Finch b Marsh 10 23 13 2 0 76.92
9.4 trap set, trap sprung! It's a good length ball on middle, and it shapes in at him as well. Ballance can't help himself but go for a flick and he's picked out Finch at short midwicket 49/2
View dismissal JE Root c †Haddin b Marsh 5 20 12 0 0 41.66
13.5 86.9 mph, two in two! And Marsh is sure pulling his weight! Becomes the fourth man on a hat-trick today as he gets Root to top-edge a short ball that Haddin tracks down around fine leg 66/4
View dismissal EJG Morgan* c †Haddin b Marsh 0 24 6 0 0 0.00
17.6 79.3 mph, six balls, no runs, poor shot, Morgan's form appears to be like a mythical creature that just cannot be found. It's the slower short ball and he goes for a pull, can't adjust for the lack of pace, and gets a cue-end to Haddin, who dives to his left and forward as well to complete a spectacular grab 73/5
JWA Taylor not out 98 126 90 11 2 108.88
View dismissal JC Buttler c Smith b Marsh 10 11 12 1 0 83.33
21.2 81.2 mph, Marsh has five, but this wicket is all Smith's! What a stunner at short cover! Forget Superman, just look at this guy leaping to his left and sticking out both hands that grapples a full-blooded bludgeon! 92/6
View dismissal CR Woakes c Smith b Johnson 37 54 42 2 0 88.09
35.2 76.9 mph, slower ball outside off, lifted a bit too high into the air and well, don't bother it's Smith under it having back-pedalled from mid-off. So it's bound to be taken. Beaten for the lack of pace and England's fiesty resistance seems to be at an end 184/7
View dismissal SCJ Broad b Starc 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
36.1 91.5 mph, first-baller and the stumps right up! Eight wickers down, all to the Mitches. And this was a yorker any fast bowler would he proud of! Ripped right through Broad's defences 194/8
View dismissal ST Finn c & b Johnson 1 4 6 0 0 16.66
37.1 87.8 mph, Johnson v tailender... only one result! Vicious bouncer on middle, Finn appeared rooted, defends to protect himself and stared bemusedly at where the ball might have gone after it popped up off the splice. Mitch knew exactly where it was though as he runs up and takes the easiest of caught-and-bowleds 195/9
View dismissal JM Anderson run out (Maxwell) 8 26 11 1 0 72.72
41.5 Hazlewood to Taylor, full and straight on middle and leg, Taylor looks for a flick and seems to have almost fallen over. Big appeal from the bowler, umpire Dar thinks and then gives it. Taylor immediately reviews it and it appears the ball might be skating down leg. Century still on the cards, it would seem. Funnily though, Aaron Finch had come up and started shaking hands with Taylor thinking the match was done. But wait, Dharmasena was checking for the run-out as the batsmen were looking to sneak a leg bye and it appears Maxwell has found his target to leave Anderson short of his ground. But how can that be considering Dar had given it out lbw and that means the ball should be dead, right? The question is, was he run out before the umpire's finger came up or was it after.... Taylor keeps telling it is dead ball, repeating it over and over, but Australia are already shaking hands and the umpires confirm that Anderson is indeed run out 231/10
Extras (lb 5, w 11) 16
  Total (all out; 41.5 overs; 187 mins) 231 (5.52 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets MA Starc 9 1 47 2 5.22 34 6 1
4.4 to Ali, 89.8 mph, tried to force one too many, didn't pick the right ball, didn't pick the right bowler. Starc's been generating some serious pace, and this shortish ball reaches Moeen a bit too quickly. A mistimed pull shot lands in mid-on's hands 25/1
36.1 to Broad, 91.5 mph, first-baller and the stumps right up! Eight wickers down, all to the Mitches. And this was a yorker any fast bowler would he proud of! Ripped right through Broad's defences 194/8
  JR Hazlewood 6.5 0 45 0 6.58 22 6 0 (3w)
View wickets MG Johnson 8 0 36 2 4.50 35 4 0 (3w)
35.2 to Woakes, 76.9 mph, slower ball outside off, lifted a bit too high into the air and well, don't bother it's Smith under it having back-pedalled from mid-off. So it's bound to be taken. Beaten for the lack of pace and England's fiesty resistance seems to be at an end 184/7
37.1 to Finn, 87.8 mph, Johnson v tailender... only one result! Vicious bouncer on middle, Finn appeared rooted, defends to protect himself and stared bemusedly at where the ball might have gone after it popped up off the splice. Mitch knew exactly where it was though as he runs up and takes the easiest of caught-and-bowleds 195/9
View wickets MR Marsh 9 0 33 5 3.66 33 2 1
9.4 to Ballance, trap set, trap sprung! It's a good length ball on middle, and it shapes in at him as well. Ballance can't help himself but go for a flick and he's picked out Finch at short midwicket 49/2
13.4 to Bell, 83.0 mph, speaking of Mitches... This was a slower, length ball and Bell has decided it had to go. Got onto the front foot and slogged it quite well. Only he forgot to calculate for Starc lurking on the midwicket boundary there 66/3
13.5 to Root, 86.9 mph, two in two! And Marsh is sure pulling his weight! Becomes the fourth man on a hat-trick today as he gets Root to top-edge a short ball that Haddin tracks down around fine leg 66/4
17.6 to Morgan, 79.3 mph, six balls, no runs, poor shot, Morgan's form appears to be like a mythical creature that just cannot be found. It's the slower short ball and he goes for a pull, can't adjust for the lack of pace, and gets a cue-end to Haddin, who dives to his left and forward as well to complete a spectacular grab 73/5
21.2 to Buttler, 81.2 mph, Marsh has five, but this wicket is all Smith's! What a stunner at short cover! Forget Superman, just look at this guy leaping to his left and sticking out both hands that grapples a full-blooded bludgeon! 92/6
  SR Watson 3 0 13 0 4.33 8 0 0
  GJ Maxwell 4 0 33 0 8.25 6 3 0 (1w)
  SPD Smith 2 0 19 0 9.50 3 2 0

Match details


Toss - England, who chose to field
Points - Australia 2, England 0
Player of the match - AJ Finch (Australia)
Umpires - Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
TV umpire - BF Bowden (New Zealand)
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire - JS Wilson (West Indies)

Match Notes


    • Australia innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 66 runs, 2 wickets)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 6.1 overs (37 balls), Extras 2
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 37 balls (DA Warner 18, AJ Finch 31, Ex 2)
    • AJ Finch: 50 off 42 balls (5 x 4)
    • Drinks: Australia - 86/3 in 15.0 overs (AJ Finch 53, GJ Bailey 4)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 17.5 overs (107 balls), Extras 2
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 71 balls (AJ Finch 33, GJ Bailey 20, Ex 0)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 26.5 overs (161 balls), Extras 2
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 30.1 - 35.0 (Batting side - 33 runs, 0 wicket)
    • AJ Finch: 100 off 102 balls (9 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 121 balls (AJ Finch 67, GJ Bailey 33, Ex 1)
    • Drinks: Australia - 179/3 in 33.0 overs (AJ Finch 113, GJ Bailey 36)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 35.2 overs (212 balls), Extras 3
    • GJ Bailey: 50 off 63 balls (3 x 4)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 41.6 overs (252 balls), Extras 4
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 41 balls (GJ Maxwell 29, MR Marsh 23, Ex 1)
    • GJ Maxwell: 50 off 30 balls (8 x 4)
    • Australia: 300 runs in 46.1 overs (277 balls), Extras 5
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 23 balls (GJ Maxwell 25, BJ Haddin 28, Ex 0)
    • ST Finn took a hat-trick with the wickets of Haddin, Maxwell and Johnson.
    • Innings Break: Australia - 342/9 in 50.0 overs (MA Starc 0)
    • England innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 50 runs, 2 wickets)
    • England: 50 runs in 9.5 overs (59 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: England - 67/4 in 15.0 overs (EJG Morgan 0, JWA Taylor 1)
    • England: 100 runs in 23.2 overs (140 balls), Extras 10
    • Over 25.6: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - JWA Taylor (Struck down)
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 47 balls (JWA Taylor 31, CR Woakes 22, Ex 0)
    • England: 150 runs in 29.4 overs (178 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: England - 159/6 in 32.0 overs (JWA Taylor 46, CR Woakes 32)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 33.1 - 38.0 (Batting side - 42 runs, 3 wickets)
    • JWA Taylor: 50 off 61 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • England: 200 runs in 37.2 overs (224 balls), Extras 15
    • Over 41.5: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - JWA Taylor (Upheld)
    • Attendance: 84,336
 
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