Australia v England, 2nd women's ODI, Hove August 23, 2013

Bowlers help England get even

ESPNcricinfo staff

England 256 for 6 (Edwards 53, Greenway 46, Jonassen 2-29) beat Australia 205 (Cameron 81, Brunt 2-36) by 51 runs

England's bowlers orchestrated two mini-collapses - one at the start and one in the middle-overs - to secure victory over Australia in the second ODI at Hove and draw level in the Ashes. Jess Cameron tried her best to keep Australia in the lead, but her lone stand of 81 was in vain.

England's defence of a 257-run target was near perfect as they dismissed Meg Lanning and Rachel Haynes for nought each. Cameron, coming in at No. 3, held one end steady and her 63-run partnership with Jodie Fields looked to put Australia back on the right track, but a spell of three wickets in five overs, beginning in the 29th with Jenny Gunn's sharp return catch to remove Alex Blackwell, brought England back into the ascendancy.

Jess Jonassen herded the tail during a run-a-ball 34 but she ran out of partners and Australia were bundled out in the 49th over. Seamer Kathrine Brunt and left-arm spinner Holly Colvin picked up two wickets each for England.

Having won the toss, England put in a solid batting performance led by Charlotte Edwards, who scored her second fifty of the series, this time a match-winning effort.

A 70-run stand between Edwards and Sarah Taylor was followed by a 77-run fourth-wicket partnership between Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle that laid the foundation for the charge at the death as England made 41 runs off the last five overs. Left-arm spinner Jonassen continued her form with the ball, picking up 2 for 29 to go with the four wickets she took in the first game.

Both teams have four points each heading into the third ODI on Sunday.