2nd ODI, Lord's, Sep 5 2015, Australia tour of England and Ireland
(49/49 ov)
(42.3/49 ov, target 310)
Australia won by 64 runs
Player Of The Match
ENG Innings
Full commentary
end of over 431 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 245/10CRR: 5.76 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 65 runs from 39b
Steven Finn1 (4)
Pat Cummins8.3-0-56-4
Mitchell Starc7-0-35-1

7.00pm Steven Smith was booed off the field after his presentation. Lots of interpretations regarding the Stokes' dismissal. Sets up interestingly for the third ODI on Tuesday. Till then, ciao.

6.50pm England are currently having a closed-doors meeting. Hence, the presentation has been slightly delayed.

Eoin Morgan: "After winning the toss and bowling, it was important to hold our disciplines but we failed to do so. We are a learning team and playing against a tough opposition who are a well-drilled side. Managed to get some time in the middle an you get good value for runs here at the Home of cricket. It's difficult, when a guy throws a ball at you from 5 yards its difficult to get out of the way, it was what it was. The decision was given. Yep (when asked if he would have withdrawn the appeal).

Steven Smith: "It's disappointing, the decision was given and the umpires saw it the way we saw it. That was the decision made, I don't want to shy away from the face we played some good cricket. I thought our fielding was quite sloppy. Still lots of improvement to be done in the remaining games."

Mitchell Marsh is the Man of the Match. "It's been a nice start. Hopefully, this can continue. We have all worked extremely hard. It's a great all-round win. Was swinging a bit too hard (in the previous game).

6.35pm Righto, lots of talking points today. Firstly, it has been an entertaining match. England, like in the first ODI, were on course for good chunks of the chase but lost wickets too frequently to really stand a chance. Lots of starts but a point worth mentioning was Eoin Morgan's fighting innings, a really brisk, clever 85.

Among those wickets, was the dismissal of Ben Stokes who was given out obstructing the field. Was he taking evasive action? Did the left hand come out too far as he blocked the ball from hitting the stumps? The third umpire looked at replays and gave him out, which from his point of view and according to me, was the right call. That wicket certainly pushed England back and didn't find their way back till Morgan's late blitz. Another important factor is David Warner is out of the series with a fractured thumb.

Srihari: "Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the Stokes dismissal, what must not be forgotten is the real reason why England are 0-2 down in the series. Their top order's failure to convert starts into big scores is what cost them both games."

Cummins to Morgan, OUT
gone this time, that's the end of an amazing innings by Morgan and a really, good match. Australia win by 64 runs. Morgan and Smith have a chat while shaking hands. Good length outside off, Morgan looks to clear the long-off boundary with a heave but the ball lobs up nicely and sits in long-off's lap. Australia go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
EJG Morgan c Maxwell b Cummins 85 (135m 87b 4x4 4x6) SR: 97.70
Cummins to Finn, 1 leg bye
oh, they steal the single. Good length but closer to off, Finn is hit on the thighs and Morgan calls him through for the single as the ball rolls towards point. There is a quick but inaccurate throw at the non-strikers end.
Cummins to Finn, no run
good length outside off, Finn chooses to leave the ball
end of over 422 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 244/9CRR: 5.8 • RRR: 9.42 • Need 66 runs from 42b
Eoin Morgan85 (86)
Steven Finn1 (2)
Mitchell Starc7-0-35-1
Nathan Coulter-Nile8-1-50-1
Starc to Morgan, no run
they manage to stop the single as well. Very quick low full toss, Morgan looks to heave but skews the ball to short cover who is tight on the one. Good captaincy
Starc to Morgan, no run
another well-executed yorker, speared in with some reverse on off, Morgan drives to mid-off
Starc to Morgan, no run
full yorker outside off, Morgan cannot get under that, he drives to cover and refuses the single

Rajitha: "Plunkett gave it up. Should've calmed down for a couple of balls or so..."

Starc to Finn, 1 run
full and overpitched on leg, Finn does his job as he nurdles behind square for one
Starc to Finn, 1 wide
wide from Starc. Goes for the bouncer but drifts down leg.

Keep the bat down would be my suggestion to Finn

Starc to Finn, no run
quick yorker attempted but ends up as a low full toss. Finn manages to keep it out.

Haz: "With hindsight, just how crucial was that Stokes wicket? Just two wickets left in this situation makes England's position far more precarious than having 4 or 5."

Steve Finn walks out.

Starc to Plunkett, OUT
Starc is accurate first up, silencing the crowd. A ball he has gained lots of applause for over the past few months. From around the wicket, full and straight with a hint of reverse. Plunkett backs away, makes room but is cleaned up. The leg stump is taken.
LE Plunkett b Starc 24 (17m 12b 5x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Mitchell Starc returns. Boos ring around Lord's. Lots of optimism in the crowd though.

end of over 4112 runs
ENG: 242/8CRR: 5.9 • RRR: 8.50 • Need 68 runs from 48b
Eoin Morgan85 (83)
Liam Plunkett24 (11)
Nathan Coulter-Nile8-1-50-1
Pat Cummins8-0-56-3
Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 2 runs
and another with not as much timing though. Very full and wide, Morgan skews the ball over cover for two.
Coulter-Nile to Morgan, FOUR runs
Morgan is at it again. What a shot. Absolutely stunning to watch. He gives himself some room and smashes the ball over cover for another boundary. Hmm, gettin' interestin'.
Coulter-Nile to Plunkett, 1 run
just the one this time. Very full outside off, Plunkett lofts the ball with no timing over cover