England Survive Late Wobble To Go 2-0 Up In Cardiff
England 243-6 (Morgan 52, Strauss 51, Collingwood 48) beat
Australia 239-7 (White 86no, Watson 57, Broad 4-44) by four wickets
Second One-Day International, Cardiff
England survived a late wobble to beat Australia by four wickets in the second One-Day International in Cardiff and move into a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
England were set 240 to win the match after half-centuries from Shane Watson and Cameron White steered Australia to a competitive score despite Stuart Broad marking his 24th birthday by taking four for 44.
Half-centuries from Andrew Strauss and Eoin Morgan put England on top before a late flurry of wickets kept the match in the balance but England eventually held their nerve to get home with 28 balls remaining, closing on 243 for six.
Broad's happy return also included his 100th ODI wicket, that of Tim Paine, whose uncomfortable innings of 16 was ended when he was caught down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Craig Kieswetter.
Broad, who bowled an impressive early spell, then had Ricky Ponting (13) caught by Kieswetter via a regulation outside edge and Michael Clarke (1) caught at short leg by Graeme Swann as a formulated plan came off to leave Australia in trouble at 77 for three, and then 94 for four when Watson top-edged Luke Wright to be held by a diving Kieswetter in front of square.
Watson, who hit the first ball of the match for four, hit seven further boundaries on his way to an aggressive 57 in 59 balls but after his dismissal, Cameron White, caught by Kieswetter of a Luke Wright no ball early in his innings, took centre stage and hit an unbeaten 86 in 98 balls with seven fours and two sixes.
James Anderson produced a fine swinging delivery to bowl Mike Hussey for 14 but White was well supported by Steven Smith, who hit 41 in 53 balls and the pair put on 84 for sixth wicket.
Smith became Broad's fourth wicket when a leading edge looped to Paul Collingwood at mid-off and James Hopes was run out by Tim Bresnan in the final over for eight as England rounded off another slick display in the field.
Australia, by contrast, were sharp in the field but offered up five no balls and free hits, which England's batsmen gorged themselves on.
Kieswetter fell early, edging Doug Bollinger to Paine before Strauss stroked three fours and two sixes in his fine innings of 51 in 56 balls and Kevin Pietersen made 33 to put on 68 for the second wicket.
Pietersen was superbly caught by Ponting at midwicket as he failed to get enough height trying to flick leg-spinner Smith away and Strauss was caught and bowled by Nathan Hauritz, the off-spinner dismissing his man for the sixth time in ten ODI matches.
Collingwood then passed Alec Stewart's tally of 4677 to become England's leading ODI run-scorer on his way to 48 and Morgan played another classy knock, making 52 before Bollinger dismissed both men, Collingwood chopping on and Morgan edging a seaming delivery.
Wright's dismissal when he chopped Hopes onto his stumps meant England had lost three wickets for 19 runs but Swann (19 not out) and Tim Bresnan (12 not out) saw off the danger, Swann thumping Clinton McKay over mid-off for a big six to win the game in emphatic fashion.
Bollinger's efforts returned him three for 46 from his ten overs and Hopes, Hauritz and Smith took a wicket apiece.
The third match is at Old Trafford on Sunday, 27th June.
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