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154dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

All-round Root stars as England take 2-0 lead

England's spinners - including Joe Root - played a starring role to help set-up victory before half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales launched the chase

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Finch
106(114) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 29 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 7 37 7 6 1 15 29
JM Bairstow
60(56) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
1 6 4 8 17 1 9 14

Best performances - Bowlers

MA Starc
O10
M0
R59
W4
Eco5.90
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
JE Root
O7
M0
R31
W2
Eco4.42
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

England led the 5-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

13.20 start, First Session 13.20-16.50 Interval 16.50-17.35, Second Session 17.35-21.05

Match days

19 January 2018 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: @miller_cricket

9.02pm Right, that's your lot. Thanks for joining us today, have a read of Dan Brettig's report and join us again on Sunday for the third ODI in Sydney, where Australia desperately need a win to stay alive in the series.

Sarvesh : "Even without Stokes, England ODI side is a force to reckon with. They were the most competitive in India among visiting teams last year, after South Africa. They played really well in South Africa before that. I m in favour of a whitewash in Australia !!! " Watch this space. They are clearly a team in a very good frame of mind at the moment. Good night.

9pm Man of the Match is Joe Root for his wickets and runs. "Enjoyable today, didn't think I'd bowl seven overs at the start of the day. The form Smith has been in this summer, very enjoyable to see the back of him."

"Whenever you come off a series loss you want to prove a point, and leading into the World Cup we want to set a benchmark. We had to stay cool in the moment and get the job done."

Eoin Morgan: "Our bowlers were exceptional. It puts pressure on the Australia batsmen. We did enough to win but it was far from a complete performance, which is exciting for us."

"We have a level of trust and confidence in the group that someone will put their hand up for us."

8.55pm Time for some presentations. Here's Steve Smith. "We're not playing good enough one-day cricket at the moment. It's a quality England batting line-up. We lost a couple of wickets in a row, we couldn't get that power going at the back end to get that 320 we were after."

"Richo bowled pretty well, perhaps [we should have played a spinner]. This wicket is different to the one we had for the Test match."

8.47pm England have won their first ODI at Brisbane since 1999, and they have taken an emphatic 2-0 lead without really being stretched in two apparently daunting chases.

Hypocaust: "Joe Root now has the 3rd highest average (87.06) in victorious ODI chases (min. 20 innings), behind Dhoni (102.72) and Kohli (93.64) and just ahead of Bevan (86.25)."

Mark: "Are we facing a scenario where Australia's total domination of the Tests will be countered by England's total domination of the ODIs and T20s. You begin to wonder if Australia could be whitewashed."

Deedat: "Like Morgan said last time, if Roy fails, someone from the rest of the team would step up. This time, seems like who whole team did. Magnificent from Hales and Bairstow. And just solid as always from Root"

44.2
4
Stoinis to Woakes, FOUR runs, pumped up and over long-on, plugs in the deep, trickles to the rope, and England have secured a tremendous win

David: "So, in the end, we're looking at Joe Root utterly failing to convert. "

44.1
4
Stoinis to Woakes, FOUR runs, up and over point, leaning back and timing the pants off his uppercut! Scores are level...

END OF OVER:
44 | 4 Runs | ENG: 266/6 (5 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.04, RRR: 0.83)

  • CR Woakes31 (25b)
  • JE Root46 (58b)
  • MR Marsh1-0-4-0
  • MP Stoinis4-0-26-0

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43.6
3
Marsh to Woakes, 3 runs, up and over the covers, a shackle-breaking slap to reduce the requirement to within a single blow
43.5
0
Marsh to Woakes, no run, on the pads, attempted flick, can't get this one through

bhaskar: "Who was it that predicted the chase in 43.4 overs? Go and buy a lottery ticket or something! " Afraid he's missed the jackpot!

43.4
0
Marsh to Woakes, no run, back foot block, pushed to cover
43.3
0
Marsh to Woakes, no run, solid defence, back down the track

Chased down

1

No. of bigger successful chases against Australia at Gabba than the 271 by England in this ODI. West Indies had won chasing 282 in 1997.

Poor finish

62/6

Australia's score in last 11 overs. They were 208 for 3 after 39 overs. Only in 3 of the last 11 overs they could score more than 6 runs.

No. 10 for Finch

83

No. of inns taken by Aaron Finch to score 10 ODI centuries, the least among Australia batsmen and 5th quickest among all batsmen.

Strong at Gabba

9-1

Australia's win-loss record in Brisbane in last 10 ODIs since 2010 - their best at any venue playing 5 or more ODIs. Their only defeat was to Sri Lanka in 2013.