Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GJ Bailey
87(91) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 3 3 0 7 0 7
JC Buttler
65(48) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
8 0 4 0 2 4 1 11

Best performances - Bowlers

CJ McKay
O10.0
M3
R39
W4
Eco3.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JC Tredwell
O8.2
M0
R53
W3
Eco6.36
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

6.35pm: Phew, that was quite a match. You'll find Gnasher's more considered summary on the site shortly and we hope you'll join Alex and me for more and full-throttle fun and frolics from the Ageas Bowl on Monday. Thanks for your comments, as ever. Cheerio!

6.25pm: Time for the presentations... Starting with Australia captain, Michael Clarke: "England deserve a lot of credit, they bowled well this morning when the wicket was doing a bit, George Bailey batted really well but we didn't quite have enough. I was disappointed to lose 5 for 20 at the end and the way we bowled was the way we had to, to have a chance. Clint's bowling was terrific but we couldn't get over the line. We've all got to improve. [Shaun Marsh injury?] He might struggle for Monday, it doesn't look good. There's a lot to play for after a difficult Ashes so we're looking forward to trying to win the series."

England's captain, Eoin Morgan: "Absolutely, some hard fought cricket, we were a few down so me and Carbs dug in. Didn't expect it to move around all innings but they had to bowl length at the end. A lot of positives, Michael Carberry scored runs, which was great, Jos Buttler at the end and the bowlers did well. Carbs has got a great head on his shoulders, he's cool and calm. I'm feeling all right, good to get another innings. [Ben Stokes] has been playing really well and he's come up trumps. It's fantastic to see [the new guys] gel in the changing room. The pitch should be a belter down in Southampton so we're looking forward to it."

Despite Clint McKay's claims on the bubbly, Jos Buttler is named Man of the Match: "Definitely, great to be not out and the end and win. The knock at Old Trafford gave me a lot of confidence, so this is brilliant. That's my role [finishing games], so I want to play more like today. I've played a lot with Ben, it was good to be out there with him. We couldn't quite see the ball [on tight runs]. I think Johnson did me with a slower ball at the end and it just went straight up ... The ball has been going into the gloves nicely since the Champions Trophy, so great to continue."

6.15pm: It was always setting up to be nipper at the end but Buttler saw it big and served up the innings England needed, a sparkling 65 from 48 balls. It was a supremely well-paced knock, saving a mighty boosh or two for the end, when it was most needed; and it meant Clint McKay's stunning hat-trick was not the decisive act it looked like being. Carberry and Morgan steadied England with a century partnership but the 75 runs, in less than ten overs, added by Buttler and Stokes were pivotal. And, to the delight of the home support, it was Mitch Johnson who got whacked at the end. Cardiff has had some special finishes - Bairstow's debut, SL-NZ in the Champions Trophy - and this has been another to savour.

49.3
4
Johnson to Buttler, FOUR runs, fullish, on the stumps and bunted straight back down the ground - that's four and Buttler has won it, a tense, sweaty three-wicket victory for England, which levels the series at 1-1 with one to play
49.2
0
Johnson to Buttler, no run, frees the arms again but can only dig this out to short midwicket

Just one run needed now

49.1
6
Johnson to Buttler, SIX runs, smashed it, absolutely SMASHED!! This is an awesome strike of the ball, Johnson went slightly full on middle and leg, Buttler wasn't to the pitch but managed to cart it absolutely miles, over deep midwicket, nearly into orbit above Cardiff and it drops into the crowd, swallowed up by the shadows lengthening over the stand

END OF OVER:
49 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 221/7

  • JC Buttler55 (45b)
  • JC Tredwell1 (4b)
  • CJ McKay10-3-39-4
  • MG Johnson9-0-54-0

Heroic from Clint McKay - but has he done enough?

48.6
1lb
McKay to Buttler, 1 leg bye, drops short, Buttler plays across the line and misses, hits him in the midriff and rolls into the off side, they have to run and do, no direct hit and Buttler keeps the strike

Clarke deliberates over his field, third man and long leg go back...

48.5
1
McKay to Tredwell, 1 run, short and wide and pushed across, Tredwell throws the bat and bottom edges towards cover, they trot one

Tension increases a notch, W-0-0-0 from McKay

48.4
0
McKay to Tredwell, no run, back of a length, stays in the crease and defends

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GJ Bailey
87(91) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 3 3 0 7 0 7
JC Buttler
65(48) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
8 0 4 0 2 4 1 11

Best performances - Bowlers

CJ McKay
O10.0
M3
R39
W4
Eco3.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JC Tredwell
O8.2
M0
R53
W3
Eco6.36
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF