Commonwealth Bank Series, 10th Match: Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 2, 2007
England won by 92 runs
2 February 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)
  England innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal EC Joyce c Bracken b Tait 107 201 142 10 0 75.35
46.2 banged in, Joyce plays a tired pull which he doesn't get hold of and the ball loops to wide midwicket. A great ovation as he walks off. His innings has given England something to bowl at and also ensured that John Buchanan gets his wish of making sure Australia are in a game at last 256/5
View dismissal MB Loye c Bracken b McGrath 29 52 33 3 1 87.87
10.6 GOT HIM! McGrath dropped it short, as he was bound to do, and Loye tried to keep things positive by playing the hook. But it was a stroke played with no conviction, and a steepling top-edge ended in the hands of deep square-leg! 58/1
View dismissal IR Bell c †Gilchrist b McGrath 51 96 60 4 0 85.00
33.1 and the drinks break brings a breakthrough once again! And it's that old shark McGrath who does the job. It was short, Bell went for a big swing, and Gilchrist steadied himself under a big top-edge 169/2
View dismissal A Flintoff* lbw b White 3 12 10 0 0 30.00
36.4 Flintoff back, it hits him high up and the immediate thought was that it might have been going over the top. It pitched in line and was certainly straight ... is this the start of England's wobble? 179/3
View dismissal AJ Strauss c Clark b Bracken 26 25 24 3 0 108.33
42.3 well, not a dismissal you'll see in a Test. Strauss walks right across his stumps and scoops the ball to leg ... it goes straight up and Clark only has to move eight or nine yards at backward square leg to take a sitter 222/4
View dismissal JWM Dalrymple run out (Clarke/†Gilchrist) 30 27 18 3 1 166.66
47.6 from McGrath, driven to long-on, the two players get in a real mess over the second and both end up at the bowler's end ... Dalrymple goes but surely Bopara should have sacrificed himself 274/7
View dismissal PA Nixon c Hodge b Tait 4 3 2 1 0 200.00
46.6 another one banged in, and this time Nixon plays a really nothing semi-pull shot which lobs to extra cover. A short and certainly not sweet stay. 261/6
RS Bopara not out 7 14 5 1 0 140.00
LE Plunkett not out 10 8 7 1 0 142.85
Extras (lb 5, w 19, nb 1) 25
  Total (7 wickets; 50 overs; 219 mins) 292 (5.84 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets SW Tait 10 0 68 2 6.80 33 8 0 (5w)
46.2 to Joyce, banged in, Joyce plays a tired pull which he doesn't get hold of and the ball loops to wide midwicket. A great ovation as he walks off. His innings has given England something to bowl at and also ensured that John Buchanan gets his wish of making sure Australia are in a game at last 256/5
46.6 to Nixon, another one banged in, and this time Nixon plays a really nothing semi-pull shot which lobs to extra cover. A short and certainly not sweet stay. 261/6
View wicket NW Bracken 9 1 53 1 5.88 26 4 1 (2w)
42.3 to Strauss, well, not a dismissal you'll see in a Test. Strauss walks right across his stumps and scoops the ball to leg ... it goes straight up and Clark only has to move eight or nine yards at backward square leg to take a sitter 222/4
  SR Clark 10 0 55 0 5.50 26 5 0 (1w)
View wickets GD McGrath 10 0 51 2 5.10 37 6 1 (1nb, 2w)
10.6 to Loye, GOT HIM! McGrath dropped it short, as he was bound to do, and Loye tried to keep things positive by playing the hook. But it was a stroke played with no conviction, and a steepling top-edge ended in the hands of deep square-leg! 58/1
33.1 to Bell, and the drinks break brings a breakthrough once again! And it's that old shark McGrath who does the job. It was short, Bell went for a big swing, and Gilchrist steadied himself under a big top-edge 169/2
  MJ Clarke 4 0 18 0 4.50 10 0 0
  A Symonds 2 0 16 0 8.00 5 2 0
View wicket CL White 5 1 26 1 5.20 16 1 0 (3w)
36.4 to Flintoff, Flintoff back, it hits him high up and the immediate thought was that it might have been going over the top. It pitched in line and was certainly straight ... is this the start of England's wobble? 179/3
  Australia innings (target: 293 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AC Gilchrist*† b Plunkett 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
0.1 what a start! Brilliant, brilliant delivery from Plunkett. Full, fast, inswinging, perfect yorker length, and Gilchrist has no answer whatsoever! Well, well ... England are on a roll! 0/1
View dismissal ML Hayden c Dalrymple b Mahmood 51 103 62 7 1 82.25
20.4 there's the breakthrough! And it's that man on the drive who does the trick. Lots of width from Mahmood, Hayden went for a big booming drive and it's a smart reflex take from Jamie Dalrymple at short cover! Not the best ball, but the best result as far as England are concerned 116/4
View dismissal BJ Hodge b Mahmood 1 8 6 0 0 16.66
1.2 GOTTIM! Well, well, what a start from England! Shorter and straighter, Hodge tried to leave alone but it was onto him too quickly and a big inside-edge deflected onto his middle stump! 4/2
View dismissal MJ Clarke c †Nixon b Plunkett 18 47 29 2 0 62.06
12.2 awful dismissal! that was wide, got wider and Clarke needed an extension to reach it and Nixon dived in front of slip to hold a good catch. England get lucky ... 45/3
A Symonds retired hurt 39 64 35 4 1 111.42
23.6 Panesar to Hussey, tidy stuff from Panesar. Shambolic stuff from ... ahem ... us. But ho hum, what can we do? Sorry about all this 130/4
View dismissal MEK Hussey b Bopara 6 20 14 0 0 42.85
24.4 beautiful ball! Hits the seam, bounces sharply and cramps Hussey for room, and he chops it onto his stumps! That could well be game, set and match! 137/5
View dismissal CL White c †Nixon b Flintoff 13 25 20 0 0 65.00
30.1 Flintoff strikes with his first ball of the new spell! A hint of width tempted White into a rash swipe, and Nixon makes no mistake! England are right into the elongated tail 160/6
View dismissal NW Bracken b Panesar 21 34 26 3 0 80.76
33.6 beautiful ball! Tossed right up, much much slower, and Bracken played all round it as the ball crashed into middle and leg. Another one bites the dust, and with Glenn McGrath now at the crease, it's safe to say the game is up. Or is it? 180/7
SR Clark not out 15 10 23 2 0 65.21
View dismissal GD McGrath lbw b Plunkett 1 10 7 0 0 14.28
36.3 GONE! McGrath steps across his stumps, Plunkett raps him on the kneeroll, Harper raises his finger. Easy as pie, and England are almost home and hosed! 187/8
View dismissal SW Tait run out (Bell) 11 6 10 1 1 110.00
38.5 Plunkett to Clark, Bell has sealed it with a run-out! Pushed on to the back foot, Tait was slow to start running, and Bell swooped from cover to ping down the stumps! 200/9
Extras (lb 8, w 16) 24
  Total (all out; 38.5 overs; 168 mins) 200 (5.15 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets LE Plunkett 9.5 1 24 3 2.44 49 2 0 (6w)
0.1 to Gilchrist, what a start! Brilliant, brilliant delivery from Plunkett. Full, fast, inswinging, perfect yorker length, and Gilchrist has no answer whatsoever! Well, well ... England are on a roll! 0/1
12.2 to Clarke, awful dismissal! that was wide, got wider and Clarke needed an extension to reach it and Nixon dived in front of slip to hold a good catch. England get lucky ... 45/3
36.3 to McGrath, GONE! McGrath steps across his stumps, Plunkett raps him on the kneeroll, Harper raises his finger. Easy as pie, and England are almost home and hosed! 187/8
View wickets SI Mahmood 7 0 38 2 5.42 28 5 0 (4w)
1.2 to Hodge, GOTTIM! Well, well, what a start from England! Shorter and straighter, Hodge tried to leave alone but it was onto him too quickly and a big inside-edge deflected onto his middle stump! 4/2
20.4 to Hayden, there's the breakthrough! And it's that man on the drive who does the trick. Lots of width from Mahmood, Hayden went for a big booming drive and it's a smart reflex take from Jamie Dalrymple at short cover! Not the best ball, but the best result as far as England are concerned 116/4
View wicket A Flintoff 8 0 47 1 5.87 30 7 1 (1w)
30.1 to White, Flintoff strikes with his first ball of the new spell! A hint of width tempted White into a rash swipe, and Nixon makes no mistake! England are right into the elongated tail 160/6
View wicket MS Panesar 10 0 64 1 6.40 25 4 2
33.6 to Bracken, beautiful ball! Tossed right up, much much slower, and Bracken played all round it as the ball crashed into middle and leg. Another one bites the dust, and with Glenn McGrath now at the crease, it's safe to say the game is up. Or is it? 180/7
View wicket RS Bopara 4 0 19 1 4.75 14 1 0 (1w)
24.4 to Hussey, beautiful ball! Hits the seam, bounces sharply and cramps Hussey for room, and he chops it onto his stumps! That could well be game, set and match! 137/5

Match details


Toss - England, who chose to bat
Points - England 5, Australia 0
ODI debuts - SW Tait (Australia); RS Bopara (England)
Player of the match - EC Joyce (England)
Umpires - DJ Harper and IL Howell (South Africa)
TV umpire - RL Parry
Match referee - MJ Procter (South Africa)
Reserve umpire - RJ Tucker

Match Notes


    • England innings
    • England: 50 runs in 9.3 overs (62 balls), Extras 6
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 62 balls (EC Joyce 18, MB Loye 28, Ex 6)
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • Drinks: England - 75/1 in 15.0 overs (EC Joyce 26, IR Bell 11)
    • Power Play 3: Overs 15.1 - 20.0
    • England: 100 runs in 20.4 overs (133 balls), Extras 10
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 69 balls (EC Joyce 20, IR Bell 29, Ex 2)
    • EC Joyce: 50 off 79 balls (6 x 4)
    • England: 150 runs in 29.5 overs (189 balls), Extras 16
    • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 125 balls (EC Joyce 41, IR Bell 49, Ex 10)
    • IR Bell: 50 off 58 balls (4 x 4)
    • Drinks: England - 169/1 in 33.0 overs (EC Joyce 67, IR Bell 51)
    • England: 200 runs in 39.5 overs (252 balls), Extras 23
    • EC Joyce: 100 off 136 balls (10 x 4)
    • England: 250 runs in 45.2 overs (285 balls), Extras 24
    • Australia innings
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • Australia: 50 runs in 13.2 overs (88 balls), Extras 10
    • Power Play 3: Overs 15.1 - 20.0
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 39 balls (ML Hayden 28, A Symonds 18, Ex 4)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 19.1 overs (125 balls), Extras 13
    • ML Hayden: 50 off 60 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • A Symonds retired hurt at 130/4 (39, 23.6 overs)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 28.2 overs (182 balls), Extras 22
    • Drinks: Australia - 156/5 in 29.0 overs (CL White 10, NW Bracken 9)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 38.3 overs (243 balls), Extras 24
    • One Day International Scorer: Binoy George
 
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