ICC Live

CT 2017 - Buy Tickets - 300x250


What are your thoughts on this article?

Morgan, Willey star in series-leveling win for England

Home side chases down 300 against Australia with three wickets to spare in fourth ODI

Morgan, Willey star in series-leveling win for England - Cricket News
England beat Australia by three wickets in the fourth One-Day International at Headingley to level the five-match series 2-2.
Eoin Morgan and David Willey starred for England as it beat Australia by three wickets in the fourth One-Day International at Headingley to level the five-match series 2-2 on Friday (September 11), setting up a juicy final at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Australia, after opting to bat, rode on contrasting half-centuries from Glenn Maxwell (85), George Bailey (75) and Matthew Wade (50) to put up 299 for 7, despite Willey’s return for 3 for 51. Morgan then held the chase together, scoring a run-a-ball 92 to help England cross the line with ten balls to spare. 

It was a victory to savour for England who was 0-2 in the series a week ago, especially considering this was only the fourth successful chase in its ODI history while chasing 300 or more.

Facing a tricky target, England got off to a poor start when Alex Hales was trapped in front for nought, Pat Cummins picking up the wicket in the second over of the innings. But James Taylor and Jos Buttler attacked aggressively, putting on 72 in just 53 balls, to put England ahead.

A change of ends for Cummins resulted in a much-needed breakthrough for Australia, as Roy was caught at slips, and England was reduced to 73 for 2. Five overs later, Taylor followed suit, Wade taking an excellent catch down leg after he had nicked Mitchell Marsh.

But thereafter, Morgan took charge. The need of the hour being wickets, Morgan and Ben Stokes firmed things up. Though they were solid, it didn’t come at the cost of runs as the scoreboard was kept ticking along at a reasonable pace. They added 91 for the fifth wicket, and looked good for more, but Marsh slipped in a yorker and Stokes was gone for a 54-ball 41, attempting the push down the ground.

With Jonny Bairstow’s arrival, Morgan, after completing his half-century, decided it was time to accelerate and swung his bat around, with Bairstow taking over the role of sealing up one end. Their 58-run stand had taken the total up to 238 when Morgan sliced one to backward point and watched as Maxwell plucked out a one-handed screamer.

Australia sensed an opening and knew a few more wickets could still see it through. Maxwell soon had Bairstow caught behind for a 27-ball 31, and shortly thereafter, Liam Plunkett became Cummins’s fourth wicket. However, Moeen Ali (21 not out) – dropped on 11 by Wade – and Willey (12 not out) remained unperturbed, putting on an unbroken 22 to take England through.

Earlier, Maxwell and Bailey laid the foundation for Australia, putting on a 137-run partnership for the fourth wicket in good batting conditions. Though wickets fell in clumps, Wade and John Hastings put on quite a show in an unbeaten stand of 84 off just 54 balls to set England 300 to win.

Willey, playing his first match of the series in place of Steven Finn, produced an impressive opening spell, which at one point included figures of 3 for 6 in five overs.

The left-arm seamer removed Joe Burns (2), bowled off an inside edge as he attempted to leave, before trapping Steve Smith (5) leg before wicket with a full-pitch inswinger. Aaron Finch (15) was next to go as he edged behind.

Maxwell then survived two dropped catches on 6 and 35 but counter-attacked superbly. Just as he looked set for a second ODI century, he was bowled by Moeen while attempting a reverse sweep.

Bailey guided the visiting side past 200, before falling to Liam Plunkett in the 41st over as England applied the brakes.

Marcus Stoinis (4), the debutant, followed shortly after as Australia slipped to 215 for 7, but some late hitting from Wade and Hastings restored momentum. The pair added 65 from the final five overs to lift the side to a decent total, but Morgan and Co timed the chase perfectly to walk away with a win.

Similar Articles