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102dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Morgan leads 300 chase to level series

Eoin Morgan led England to a three-wicket victory in the fourth ODI at Headingley, where they levelled the series 2-2 and ensured the final match at Old Trafford on Sunday will be the decider

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EJG Morgan
92(92) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 22 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
1 9 20 5 12 20 10 15
GJ Maxwell
85(64) 10x4 - 2x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 23 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
3 3 8 4 24 15 6 22

Best performances - Bowlers

PJ Cummins
O10
M0
R49
W4
Eco4.90
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
DJ Willey
O8
M0
R51
W3
Eco6.37
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

5-match series level 2-2

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00, Interval 14.00-14.45, Second Session 14.45-18.15

Match days

11 September 2015 (50-over match)

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Andrew Miller

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.

48.2
6
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!
48.1
1
Hastings to Ali, 1 run, whisked out to midwicket, another single. Australia's goose is cooked

END OF OVER:
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
47.6
0
Pattinson to Willey, no run, blockhole ball, effectively dug out. England need three runs, Australia need three wickets ...
47.5
1
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

47.4
0
Pattinson to Ali, no run, a compact drive to straight mid-off. Another dot
47.3
0
Pattinson to Ali, no run, no way through this time

England 2nd innings Partnerships

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