2nd ODI, Cardiff, Jun 16 2018, Australia tour of England
(47.1/50 ov, target 343)
England won by 38 runs
Player Of The Match
AUS Innings
Full commentary

7.55pm: Right, well, that was a thoroughly enjoyable bun fight. George Dobell's report is in, so we'll wrap things up for the day. The furore seems to have died down a bit in St Lucia, where West Indies look set for a first-innings lead (you can read about the latest ball-tampering controversy here); from Miller and myself, it's goodnight and good luck, we'll be back for more when the series moves to Trent Bridge on Tuesday. Ta ra!

7.45pm: Time for the presentations, starting with Australia captain Tim Paine: "Obviously we would have liked to restrict them to less than 340, the way Shaun Marsh batted showed we could have chased but until Ashton came out we didn't get going. [Marsh ran out of help?] Would have been nice to have a wicket or two more in hand when he got going, unfortunately we couldn't get over the line. I think our best cricket is good enough to beat these guys, we just haven't put the complete package together. [Face okay?] Yeah, just a bad bounce."

England's stand-in captain Jos Buttler: [Nervous at the end?] "They were playing very well, and as you see all around the world, 10 an over is very achievable with a guy like Marsh playing well, but we had to keep going until the end. [Plunkett and Rashid] Two great wicket-takers for us over the past few years. Adil handled the pressure at the end very well, with batsmen coming after him, wickets for those guys was crucial. [Roy innings] Great to see, played well from ball one, I thought he paced it very well. We got into a position where we could have scored a few more, they bowled well at the end. Always nice to contribute, enjoy the captaincy, tricky at times and you always need the extra fielder out, but good fun. We're always striving to get better.

Jason Roy is Man of the Match: "Obviously nice to get over the line. [Stokes waiting in wings?] Yeah, never ever complacency, we want to better ourselves and match each other in every training session. [Bairstow aggression] It was amazing to watch, I was able to drop back and nudge it around, which was quite pleasing. It's difficult chopping and changing but we have developed a good partnership and friendship, so all good."

7.35pm: England held their nerve, taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Australia didn't quite have enough in junk in the trunk to get themselves up and over the line, despite a marvelous hundred from Shaun Marsh. It would have been a record chase for Australia, but there were too few contributions around the No. 3 - Ashton Agar's sprightly 46 was the next-highest score. Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid were the beneficiaries of Australia's need to hit out, sharing seven wickets between them, but Moeen Ali again bowled a key spell to tie the top order down. England, with a century from Jason Roy and some pyrotechnics from Jos Buttler, just had too much power once again.

Plunkett to JA Richardson, OUT
slower delivery, clubbed towards wide long-on... and Roy tumbles to take an excellent diving catch! Plunkett has four and England have wrapped up victory by 38 runs in Cardiff!
JA Richardson c Roy b Plunkett 2 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
end of over 479 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 304/9CRR: 6.46 • RRR: 13.00 • Need 39 runs from 18b
Kane Richardson0 (1)
Jhye Richardson2 (2)
Adil Rashid8-0-70-3
Liam Plunkett9-1-53-3

Here's Gopi: "That is Rashid's 100th wicket in ODIs!" Good spot, that man

Rashid to KW Richardson, no run
flighted, defended on off stump

Kane Richardson is Australia's last man

Rashid to JA Richardson, 1 run
pushed through and prodded into the off side
Rashid to Tye, OUT
slider, Tye carts towards cow - picks out the man! Rashid is happy again, safely taken running across by one of England's best fielders, Tye unable to get the power and elevation he needed
AJ Tye c Billings b Rashid 10 (9m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66
Rashid to Tye, 2 runs
pushed through and chopped for two more off the back foot

Australia breach 300, still 42 from victory

Rashid to Tye, FOUR runs
gets this one away, slog-swept behind square and Wood seemingly didn't pick it up! That'll be four, bouncing away over the rope, Rashid left chuntering about the fielding
Rashid to Tye, 2 runs
floated up full, Tye heaves to leg, sends a spiralling top edge up towards midwicket... but it lands safely!

Rashid continues, 12 an over needed from the last four

end of over 465 runs • 2 wicket
AUS: 295/8CRR: 6.41 • RRR: 12.00 • Need 48 runs from 24b
Andrew Tye2 (2)
Jhye Richardson1 (1)
Liam Plunkett9-1-53-3
Adil Rashid7-0-61-2
Plunkett to Tye, 1 run
pitched up, drilled to mid-off and Root has a chance to throw down the stumps as Tye goes for the single... would have been gone all day but he misses!
Plunkett to JA Richardson, 1 run
on the stumps and worked for one

Jhye Richardson heads out, Australia needing something special from nine, ten, jack

Plunkett to Marsh, OUT
oh, GONE - bowled 'im! Plunkett hits the woodwork and Australia's best hope of winning walks off after a magnificent century. The crowd rises to applaud him up the steps, probably realising that wicket might have clinched the game... Slower ball from Plunkett, the cutter gripped and hit leg stump as Marsh swung across the line
SE Marsh b Plunkett 131 (178m 116b 10x4 3x6) SR: 112.93

"Australia need to go into T20 mode & play some slam bang cricket from here on," yips Sarang

Plunkett to Tye, 1 run
on the stumps, clipped down the ground for one

Andrew Tye is in at No. 9, the batsmen didn't cross

Plunkett to Paine, OUT
short ball, into the body and Paine flips it straight to fine leg! This time the catch is held, a short-lived cameo from Paine but while Marsh is still at the other end Australia can dream. Think that was a cutter from Plunkett, no pace for Paine to work with
TD Paine c Rashid b Plunkett 15 (16m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 136.36
Plunkett to Paine, 2 runs
dropped! Full outside off, Paine slices it high over point... and Moeen can't grasp it on the run! He actually seemed to overrun it, got under the ball but saw it slip through his hands

Five overs to go, 53 needed. England need to take wickets, Marsh playing a blinder... Liam Plunkett replaces Wood

end of over 459 runs
AUS: 290/6CRR: 6.44 • RRR: 10.60 • Need 53 runs from 30b
Shaun Marsh131 (115)
Tim Paine13 (9)
Adil Rashid7-0-61-2
Mark Wood9-1-57-1

Here's Kapil: "6 overs 62 and extra ball as wide going for 6. I'm note sure why are they bowling around the stumps to Marsh. He can't hit that well straight through off side. This is just bread and better"

Rashid to Marsh, 2 runs
pushes through the googly, slapped past extra cover but Willey does well in the deep to prevent four
Rashid to Paine, 1 run
gets it very full, flat enough that Paine can't get under it as he sits on the back foot and swings