2nd ODI, Brisbane

Australia v England, 2013-14

Vithushan Ehantharajah

At Brisbane, January 17, 2014 (day/night). Australia won by one wicket. Toss: England.
Faulkner's stunning unbeaten 69 off 47 balls from No. 9 lifted Australia to their highest run-chase at the Gabba, and thoroughly deflated England. They had been set for their first international win of the tour when Australia slipped to 244 for nine in pursuit of 301, with only six overs to go. But Faulkner, who had shone with the bat during Australia's high-scoring one-day series in India a couple of months previously, went after Stokes, mowing him for five sixes over midwicket in 12 deliveries spread across three overs; the third was caught by Root, but his momentum carried him over the boundary. With 12 needed off the last over, Faulkner hit Bresnan's first three balls for four to give Australia a 2-0 lead, and start talk of another whitewash. Only one higher tenth-wicket partnership had won a one-day international: the 64 added by Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts for West Indies against Pakistan at Edgbaston in the 1975 World Cup. The result was especially hard on Morgan, whose sixth one-day hundred had lifted England, with the help of Bell and Buttler, to 300. Their total had been boosted by four runs during the interval after a drive to long-off by Buttler in the 48th over, bowled by Johnson, was upgraded from a two to a six: replays confirmed that Marsh, who had caught the ball while in mid-air, then thrown it back into play before he touched the ground, had already stepped over the rope and off the field. Ballance and Jordan held on to smart one-handed catches to send back Australia's openers cheaply, Root struck twice and, when Bresnan removed Haddin and Maxwell - who had reverse-swept his way to 54 off 39 balls - England were in charge. But Faulkner had other ideas.
Man of the Match: J. P. Faulkner. Attendance: 32,232.

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