perishes off the last ball! Full on off, and toe-ends it to long on! Australia win by 19 runs and they go 1-0 in the three-match series
9.22pm: That's a wrap from us for today. Thanks for joining me, Sreshth, Chandan and Ranjith throughout, and see you again on Sunday for the second ODI. Alan Gardner's report will appear here shortly, and keep an eye on the site for George Dobell's musings from the ground. Cheers!
Josh Hazlewood gets player of the match ahead of Glenn Maxwell: "The batting did well to get what we got. We started really well, there were a few partnerships along the way but we stuck at it. I was happy to get eight [overs] out at the start. We made the most of it. With Roy, Bairstow, they really leave nothing in the sheds. We were lucky to get a couple early. There are a few things to work on but everything's going really well. Sometimes we rest at the end of the Test series, so it's good to play when we're fresh. Hopefully I'll play a few in the months to come. [Recovery?] That's probably the challenge, coming off not much cricket, a few T20s and a few practice games. We'll rest up tomorrow and come out again the day after."
Aaron Finch: "It was nice to win and start off the series really well. There were a couple of little cracks that Jofra and Chris Woakes exploited. It was a new-ball wicket - it was toughest to bat then. [Marsh/Maxwell] It was a great partnership. They paced it really well. They played two really smart, mature innings and I'm really happy for them two to get some runs. On that wicket, I thought we were a big chance if we bowled well early. I thought that was a really good frontline attack for that wicket, but we know how destructive England can be when they get it right."
Eoin Morgan: "The game probably slipped away from us in the first 10-12 overs with the bat. We did a reasonable job with the ball. We thought we could chase it down if we established a few partnerships. I thought they played well. You can always be greedy and want more, but an area of our game we're trying to improve is to take wickets early and we did that. [Billings] Sam's opportunities over the last four years have been limited and sporadic. To come in, show hunger and desire in his training, contribute when Joe Denly was injured in the Ireland series and get his maiden one-day hundred here is outstanding. When Ben Stokes is missing it leaves a big hole."
Lidwin: "Dhoni would have been proud of billings to take it so deep." -- Too deep, if anything!
Muhammad Salman: "With all due respect to Billings, he does not suit the England playing style. Either he plays in the top 4 or does not because he cant hit sixes and that is what England style of play demands." -- I'm sure he just hit two of them and 14 fours in a superb rearguard maiden ton after coming in at 57 for 4 and taking England close to a remarkable win? Maybe I dreamed it...
Plenty of you rightly pointed out how valuable Starc's cameo - 19 off 12 balls - ended up being for Australia. If Woakes, Rashid or Archer had managed that, it could have been very different.
9.10pm: Thanks for your company all evening but do wait for word from the two captains and also who the Player of the Match is. There are four contenders from Australia side and atleast one from, England. Here's Matt Roller to wrap the proceedings.
good length, on middle, and pulled to the leg side
good length, on middle, and thumped to wide long on
Ghanashyam Date: "Kudos to Billings for having taken the game so deep. But there was too much to do"
back of a length on off, and pulled! In the gap between deep midwicket and deep backward square leg
England can't win anymore if there are no extras from Marsh
good length, on middle, and pulled to wide long on
back of a length, on middle, and he misses the pull. Glances his helmet, past the keeper, and they take a single
Billings needs to hit four sixes and a four. Or five sixes. Or three sixes, two fours and a double. Mitch Marsh to bowl.
Keeps the strike, and that means England need 28 off six balls off the part timer. Cummins super expensive tonight. Yorker length outside off, and tapped to midwicket
Caruso: "A no-ball and a freehit could still turn the match in England's favor ;)"
oh dear, game on is it? Full and very wide, but he runs across the stumps and paddle-ramps a shot to the vacant fine-leg region for four!
Jay Canada: "I guess Maxwell deserves the MoM as his knock was very crucial and also had 3 catches at crucial moments, although he went wicket less n his 5 overs!"
picks the slower ball early, and hammers this good length ball cross-batted to deep midwicket
Craig: "If the whole team batted at Marsh's pace, would have made 213. At Maxwell's pace, 390. But I'd still give it to Hazlewood - if all the bowlers had his economy rate, England would have made 130."
full and quite wide. He gives Cummins a charge and flat-bats a shot down the ground
good length, wide outside off, and the slower ball goes under his bat. Misses the wild leg-side swipe
there's the hundred! A well deserved one, even if it doesn't come in a win. Good length, outside off, and he pulls along the ground to the deep midwicket fence. He came in at 57 for 4!
low full toss, on off, and clubbed to cover.
Billings finally changes his helmet. Starc's last ball
yorker length, on leg, and dug away back to the bowler. They scamper across for the single, with Starc trying to effect a run out at the batsman's end but the throw was poor
hits the grille of his helmet as he misses the pull. They'll need to check up on Billings for a prospective concussion as per new rules. Short ball, angling into leg.
knee-high full toss, and clubbed to long on
low full toss, angling into leg stump. Cramped for space, and he swipes this down to long on
Aayushman: "Would be hard on both Hazlewood and Zampa if only one gets the man of the match award." -- Feel Hazlewood deserves it more for that opening spell. Maxwell and Marsh were great too.
full toss, on off. Backs away to crunch a shot to mid off
another slower ball, wide outside off, but just inside the tram lines as Billings misses the cut.
Even if Billings hits a six, the max they can get from this over is nine. Excellent over from Cummins thus far
full on off, and he backs away before hammering a drive to cover
Just two off the over thus far