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Australia vs England, 4th Match at Hobart, , Jan 23 2015 - Ball by Ball Commentary

4th Match (D/N), Hobart, January 23, 2015, Carlton Mid One-Day International Tri-Series
(49.5/50 ov, T:304) 304/7

Australia won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Player Of The Match
102* (95)
Full commentary

10.30pm That's all from us, from this highly entertaining game in Hobart. Australia have three wins out of three now, which means they are through to the final. England's defeat gives India a window of hope of reaching the final themselves. Make sure you join us for the next game, whenever that is (I'm pretty bad with itineraries). Until then, ta ta!

10.25pm Presentation time. Eoin Morgan: "Wasn't a bad day in general. We played good cricket in stages. Ian Bell was magnificent but the last 10 overs let us down a little bit. Credit to Australia for how they bowled at the death. Having watched most of it and faced one ball of it, today was their day. It was extremely difficult to set up to and the variations were pretty good. I think 300 was about par. If they hadn't bowled that well at the death we would have got 340-350, a matchwinning score."

Steven Smith is the man of the match: "It's nice to get a few runs again tonight and get the boys over the line. A lot of credit has to go to our bowlers for how they bowled in the last 20 overs to keep them down to 300. They are very good at how they bowl at the end and have clear plans, hopefully they can keep that up in the World Cup. 300 was probably a good score for us to chase in the end. I'll never forget this summer. I've really enjoyed it, I've just got to try and keep going and score runs while I'm going well. I thought Haddin really took the pressure off me in the end today. Outstanding. We let it go a little bit later than we would have liked to but Starc came in at the end and put away the first ball. I can't wait to get out at Sydney and play another game at my home ground."

Peter: "England's dreary end to their innings has cost them here. They need more than one batter to click every game... but that's not happening at the moment."

Ashay: "Not to forget that he hit only 7 boundaries (30 runs). Superbly paced innings!!" Indeed. I wonder how difficult it must be for a captain to set a field for him, considering how ridiculously easy he makes it look to shuffle across and work the ball from anywhere outside off stump to anywhere he pleases on the leg side.

10.13pm A bit of tension at the end, but how well did Smith control that chase? He made an exceptional century in a high-pressure chase against South Africa not too long ago, and this innings was just as good, if not better. Good support from Maxwell, Faulkner and Haddin as well. But England really lost the match when they were batting, in the last 10 overs of their innings. Ian Bell will wonder how his innings didn't end up winning his team the match.

Woakes to Starc, 1 run

length ball on middle stump and he makes room to slap it away through the off side. Bounces over the fielder at cover, and that's the winning hit

Every fielder is in the circle now. Mitchell Starc is on strike. Buttler puts on the helmet. He's standing up to the stumps

Woakes to Smith, 1 run

full outside off and he shuffles across to flick it to deep midwicket and level the scores

Two to win from three balls, but it's Smith on strike

Woakes to Henriques, OUT

gone! That was right up there from Woakes again, and he drove firmly to mid-off and set off for the single. Nervy moment there, and Taylor's throw hit the stumps direct at the bowler's end. He was moving towards extra cover and only had one stump to aim at

Moises Henriques run out (Taylor) 4 (11b 0x4 0x6 7m) SR: 36.36
Woakes to Henriques, no run

down the track now and Woakes yorks Henriques, who can't get that drive past short cover. Smith was out of his crease at the other end and an accurate throw would have had him out

Woakes to Henriques, no run

length ball on off stump, pushed to short cover

Nick: "Good to see Gavin Hamilton get a mention! Awarded me with my winners medal at Headingley for the Kwick Cricket tournament when I was at school!"

end of over 493 runs
AUS: 302/6CRR: 6.16 RRR: 2.00
Moises Henriques4 (8b)
Steven Smith101 (94b 6x4 1x6)
James Anderson 10-0-56-0
Chris Woakes 9-0-56-2
Anderson to Henriques, 1 run

full on middle stump and Henriques shows the full face to drive to long-on

Anderson to Henriques, no run

sees Henriques backing away and follows him, looks to flick but can't connect, is hit on the pad

Anderson to Henriques, 2 runs

full on middle and leg, clipped away towards deep midwicket, and that's Australia's 300

Anderson to Henriques, no run

back of a length outside off, defended solidly off the back foot

Anderson to Henriques, no run

full on off stump, and he flows into a good-looking drive straight to short cover

Anderson to Henriques, no run

full outside off, defended to short cover

end of over 484 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 299/6CRR: 6.22 RRR: 2.50
Moises Henriques1 (2b)
Steven Smith101 (94b 6x4 1x6)
Chris Woakes 9-0-56-2
James Anderson 9-0-53-0
Woakes to Henriques, 1 run

full on off stump, and he almost manages to split short cover and mid-off with the drive. Mid-off sprawls full-length to his left to stop the ball

Woakes to Henriques, no run

back of a length on middle stump, tucked away towards short midwicket

Woakes to Smith, 1 run

angles this into the pads, and Smith flicks it away to deep square leg

More from Shiva - "and Smith is the first one to do the double - Tests and ODIs."

Woakes to Haddin, OUT

and he's gone. That's a short ball, a back-of-the-hand slower ball, and he made himself a lot of room and had to reach out a long way to try and connect. Ended up top-edging it, and the ball looped into point's hands

Brad Haddin c Bell b Woakes 42 (29b 4x4 1x6 50m) SR: 144.82
Woakes to Haddin, 1 wide

Woakes throws a bit of a spanner into Haddin's fifty plans, spearing a wide down the leg side

"Smith is the seventh player to hit a ton on captaincy debut in ODIs after Glenn Turner, Richie Richardson, Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Gavin Hamilton and Mike Hussey." - Shiva Jayaraman, our stats expert

Woakes to Haddin, no run

slower ball outside off, and Haddin is beaten, through his pull shot too early

Woakes to Smith, 1 run

short ball, pulled down to deep backward square leg, and Smith has a century on captaincy debut in ODIs to go with his century on captaincy debut in Tests. What a player he is.

Smith needs one for his century, Haddin needs eight for his half-century, and Australia need nine to win.

end of over 4712 runs
AUS: 295/5CRR: 6.27 RRR: 3.00
Steven Smith99 (92b 6x4 1x6)
Brad Haddin42 (27b 4x4 1x6)
James Anderson 9-0-53-0
Stuart Broad 9-0-61-0
Anderson to Smith, 1 run

short, down the leg side, and he swivels around to pull it to long leg

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs

slower ball, short ball, pulled round to deep square leg

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