It was a compelling win for England at the end of a thrilling match in their first One Day International against Australia at Kennington Oval in London.
Morgan and his men held their nerves to take a 1-0 lead in the 5 match ODI series.
Australia was very close to winning, but England displaying great character took the win away from the visitors. The hosts won the match by 3 wickets.
Australia’s Batting –
Choosing to bat first after winning the toss the Australian batters failed to put up a score that could challenge the Englishmen on their home soil.
Australian openers could not provide a good start, Travis Head and Aaron Finch didn’t do what was expected of them.
Head was dismissed in the very first over; which put Australia in the back-foot very early on in the match. He fell to David Willey for just 5 runs, after he nudged a swinging delivery to the slips where Johnny Bairstow took a neat catch.
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However, Finch and Marsh did look good and carried the innings forward but in the 8th over Finch was out to Moeen Ali for just 19 runs. After Finch, Moeen Ali picked the wicket of Shaun Marsh, out for 24 runs, in his very next over.
Australia’s new ODI skipper Tim Paine also did not last long and fell to Moeen Ali for just 10 runs.
However, Glenn Maxwell, playing his flamboyant strokes played some attacking shots and hit the England bowling at will which helped Australia reach 214 runs.
Maxwell took on the spinners and along with Ashton Agar build a partnership.
Maxwell played well, for his 62 runs and got good support from Ashton Agar who scored 40 runs.
But once Maxwell was dismissed by Liam Plunkett, it was all over for Australia.
The visitors could not even bat for their allotted 50 overs. They were bundled out for just 214 runs in 47 overs.
England’s Bowling –
The hosts England bowled well to restrict the visitors to just 214 runs. The pacers used the conditions very well and the 2 spinners did get some help from the pitch.
Moen Ali, Liam Plunkett picked up 3 wickets each, Adil Rashid got 2 wickets, Mark Wood and David Willey picked up 1 wicket each for their efforts.
England’s Chase –
The run chase of 215 runs would have been easy for the hosts but the Aussie bowlers did well to pick up wickets in regular intervals.
Jason Roy was out for a duck, Alex Hales and Johnny Bairstow were also out early for England.
Then, Skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root steered the innings. They shared a partnership of 115 runs amongst them.
Morgan scored 69 runs and Joe Root scored a vital 50 runs. These two took England close to win but Australia did make a comeback with the wicket of Morgan who was dismissed by Andrew Tye, and Joe Root fell soon after he reached his half-century. The wickets of Buttler and Moen Ali put the pressure back on England.
But David Willey showed his all-around capability and provided the finishing touch to the England innings and won them the match.
David Willey scored 35 not out and Liam Plunkett was 3 not out, England won the match by 3 wickets and 6 overs to spare.
Australia’s Bowling –
Australia bowled well, the bowlers kept them in the hunt. Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye, and Michael Nesser took 2 wickets each and Kane Richardson had 1 wicket to his name.
Moeen Ali was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his excellent bowling figures.
The teams next meet on Saturday 16th June at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.