Player of the Match
Player of the Match

So, from 0-2 to 2-2 in the time it takes to cross the Pennines. England and Australia reconvene at Old Trafford on Sunday for a very tasty decider.

Ribhav Bansal: "Stat Alert : This is only the fourth successful chase by England in their ODI history when they are chasing a target of 300 or more. The last two instances have come in the last 3 months." Chapeau

So, Australia paid the price for resting the tiring Mitchell Starc. Pat Cummins' at-times-fearsome pace earned him four wickets but the support cast was lacking today. Eoin Morgan, as fresh as a daisy after his recent break with Middlesex, top-scored for England with 92 and everyone after Alex Hales at the top of the order chipped in with something for the cause.

Reaction from the ground to come, where Andrew "Gnasher" McGlashan has plenty to get his teeth into. But in the meantime, here's an illustrated story that I lovingly prepared for you between overs (you're welcome). And Brydon Coverdale's match report will miraculously update here shortly.

Steven Smith is disappointed that Australia couldn't defend 300. "It was around par I thought but with our bowling we didn't get enough balls in the right areas. The first and last balls of overs often went for four."

"it did a little bit this morning, similar to Lord's, we've just got to be a little more watchful and make sure we have wickets in the shed for the late onslaught."

"it's a final now, both teams have to turn up and play and we'll be up for the channels. We'll have to play their spinners better. The boys have to pick themselves up and make sure they are ready to go."

Eoin Morgan is understandably named as Man of the Match for a run-a-ball 92. "A hugely significant victory," he says of chasing 300. "To come out and have contributions from the majority of the team was a great chase. Always comforting having guys down the order who can play well and have experience."

So, that is that. Tune in on Sunday for what promises to be a thrilling finale, in which England have the unexpected chance to seal victory over Australia in all three formats this summer. All the more reason for their arch-rivals to rally themselves and deny them.

Hastings to Willey, SIX runs, woomph! A massive slap for six straight down the ground! David Willey finishes the match as he started it, with a flourish!
Hastings to Ali, 1 run, whisked out to midwicket, another single. Australia's goose is cooked

48 | 4 Runs | ENG: 297/7 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 1.50)

  • David Willey6 (8b)
  • Moeen Ali20 (22b)
  • James Pattinson9-0-73-0
  • Glenn Maxwell10-0-54-1
Pattinson to Willey, no run, blockhole ball, effectively dug out. England need three runs, Australia need three wickets ...
Pattinson to Ali, 1 run, on the pads, tucked to square leg. Another single to the total

Aman: "It was a fair catch, because the new rule states that, the first contact with the ball must be in the field of play, and he must not be in touch of the boundary cushions while he is in contact with the ball. And he managed to do both the parts well. Perfectly Legal!!" Here endeth the lesson

Pattinson to Ali, no run, a compact drive to straight mid-off. Another dot
Pattinson to Ali, no run, no way through this time

David Cameron is still in the crowd. Given his earlier comments about Yorkshiremen, he probably feels obliged!

Pattinson to Willey, 1 run, another single, another loud cheer from a partisan crowd
Pattinson to Willey, 2 runs, round the wicket, a crashing uppercut drive out to cover, and England steal an overthrow as the shy comes in from the deep! Wade allowed the ball to hit the stumps and ricochet away

47 | 7 Runs | ENG: 293/7 (7 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.23, RRR: 2.33)

  • David Willey3 (5b)
  • Moeen Ali19 (19b)
  • Glenn Maxwell10-0-54-1
  • Pat Cummins10-0-49-4
Maxwell to Willey, 1 run, on the pads, that's a free run as Willey nurdles it fine. Maxwell's excellent day's work is done, barring another intercession in the field of course
Maxwell to Ali, 1 run, tossed up, punched into the gap at cover, the requirement is down to 8
Maxwell to Ali, FOUR runs, swept hard, swept fine, swept into the gap! A fraction too short from Maxwell and he paid the price!
Maxwell to Ali, no run, defended again
Maxwell to Willey, 1 run, flicked off the pads and Willey gratefully accepts the single
Maxwell to Willey, no run, tossed up, and a bit of a nervy poke almost ends up back in the bowler's hands! Maybe he should just tonk it

46 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 286/7 (14 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.21, RRR: 3.50)

  • David Willey1 (2b)
  • Moeen Ali14 (16b)
  • Pat Cummins10-0-49-4
  • James Pattinson8-0-69-0
Cummins to Willey, 1 run, pushed into the covers and Cummins is done for the day. And so too, nearly, are Australia. Three wickets to win, but England bat deep. No rush, surely

thecricketnerd: ""Fetch that and bowl me another" is something Thor would say as he wielded Mjolnir as a bat." That is actually a make of bat these days too

Cummins to Willey, no run, resolutely defended, right behind the line of the ball
Cummins to Ali, 3 runs, valuable runs as Cummins' errs in line. 15 now to win

Brian: "Wrong, wrong, wrong! Maxwell, having gone out of bounds, must step foot in play before he can take a catch. He did not. It was six." I believe that rule has changed because, well, why not?

Cummins to Ali, no run, a compact drive, out to cover. Ali content to see off the pace of Cummins now, it would seem
Cummins to Ali, no run, pushed back into the crease, Ali defends. England need to be a little careful now ...

Jack: "Maxwell competing with himself for catch-of-the-year"

Cummins to Plunkett, OUT, wow, was that actually a clean catch? It's becoming commonplace these days, to take the ball above the head, on the rope, stagger back, lob the ball back into play, leap back over the rope, snaffle the rebound in mid-air and land as if nothing has happened. But Glenn Maxwell has just done it again! And Plunkett's clunk-it innings is over

LE Plunkett c Maxwell b Cummins 17 (14m 10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 170.00

45 | 13 Runs | ENG: 282/6 (18 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.26, RRR: 3.60)

  • Moeen Ali11 (13b)
  • Liam Plunkett17 (9b)
  • James Pattinson8-0-69-0
  • Pat Cummins9-0-45-3

Alok: ""fetch that and bowl me another!" Reminded me of a Test Match Sofa jingle! :)" Well quite. And on that note, was delighted to hear my friend Daniel Norcross on the senior TMS today. He's come a long way ...

Pattinson to Ali, no run, width, Ali chases it and inside-edges to midwicket. Another excellent over for England
Pattinson to Plunkett, 1 run, shorter, pulled out to midwicket
Pattinson to Plunkett, SIX runs, bang! And the ball is gone! Vast straight strike, down the ground, out of sight. Massive shot, and the punters in the hospitality boxes don't want to return the ball. A steward eventually snatches it and flings it back in a huff

zube: "Why the hell is plunkett being sent in at 8 ahead of willey, who is probably in contention to replace hales as an opener and who is in redhot form at the moment?" He's been sent in to win the match. Not a bad role, really

Pattinson to Ali, 1 leg bye, full and straight, big appeal and a review but that pitched outside leg. It would have splattered all three stumps, but them's the rules
Pattinson to Plunkett, 1 run, chopped down to third man, Plunkett justifying his promotion as a man who likes to use his levers to good effect

England 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1AD HalesJJ Roy
2nd72JWA TaylorJJ Roy
3rd16EJG MorganJWA Taylor
4th91EJG MorganBA Stokes
5th58EJG MorganJM Bairstow
6th23MM AliJM Bairstow
7th21LE PlunkettMM Ali
8th22MM AliDJ Willey