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Wade blitz sets up Australian win in first ODI

Bowlers complement batsmen as England goes down by 59 runs in Southampton

Wade blitz sets up Australian win in first ODI - Cricket News
David Warner plays a shot
Matthew Wade's unbeaten 71 laid the platform for Australia's 59-run win over England in the first One-Day International in Southampton on Thursday (September 3), taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Wade’s 113-run stand with Mitchell Marsh (40 not out) saved Australia from a precarious position when they joined hands at 193 for 6 in the 37th over. Their unbroken partnership saw Australia finish at 305 for 6, after Adil Rashid, the legspinner, took 4 for 59.

Wade, who was involved in a run-out with Shane Watson, made amends for his error when he put the England attack to sword. His 71 runs came off just 50 deliveries, including 12 boundaries, as Australia smashed 93 off the last 10 overs.

England, who suffered a 111-run defeat to Australia at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 earlier this year, threatened a successful chase from time to time but was eventually dismissed for 246 with 27 balls left in the innings. Steven Finn, the last man to be dismissed, was bowled by Pat Cummins -- one of four Australia bowlers who took two wickets apiece.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to bat on a good track at the Ageas Bowl. Joe Burns (44), playing only his second ODI, and David Warner (59) gave the side a solid start with an enterprising 76-run stand.

England slowly started to choke off the supply of runs, when Rashid came into the attack. Burns fell when he hit a Rashid full-toss back to the bowler to end a first-wicket stand of 76.

Warner, who was scoring at under a run-a-ball, went when, beaten in flight by Rashid, the left-hander edged an intended drive to Woakes at short third man. George Bailey and Steven Smith both hit sixes off Rashid. But Smith, one ball after clearing the rope, hit a Rashid full-toss to Ben Stokes at midwicket and was out for 44. Rashid struck again when had Bailey lbw for 23 with a quicker ball that skidded on, giving the leggie the second four-wicket haul of his career.

Watson was the sixth wicket to fall when he was run out after responding to Wade’s call. Australia was hanging by the thread for a moment but the partnership between Wade and Marsh helped push it past the 300-run mark.

England’s chase started off brightly, when Jason Roy and Alex Hales, put on 70 for the first wicket before Hales fell to Marsh.

Roy though, went on to complete a maiden ODI half-century, off 49 balls, including 10 fours. Just when it looked like he would take the game away from Australia, his innings ended when he sliced Glen Maxwell to backward point on 67.

James Taylor made a near run-a-ball 49 before, advancing down the pitch to Watson -- who played on this ground for Hampshire -- he was bowled.

England then lost three wickets for no runs in four balls -- including Morgan for 38 -- with Nathan Coulter-Nile taking two in two, before Rashid prevented the hat-trick. 

The series resumes with second ODI at Lord's on Saturday.

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