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Bowlers guide Australia to series victory

Bowlers guide Australia to series victory
Australian team celebrating the ODI series victory against England at Old Trafford.
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Australia 140-2 (Finch 70no) beat
England 138 (Stokes 42) by eight wickets
Fifth One-Day International at Old Trafford

Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings bowled brilliant spells to turn the fifth and final One-Day International into a one-sided contest as Australia chased down a paltry 138 against England at Old Trafford with seven wickets in hand to claim the series.

England won the toss and opted to bat first on what looked like a track which aided the new-ball bowlers.

Mitchell Starc (1-44) back after being rested for the last match got Jason Roy (4) early. Infact Roy was given out twice lbw in the first over from Starc.

He had reviewed the first decision and got it overturned thanks to an inside edge. When he was trapped again he walked off only for replays showing the ball missing the leg.

Alex Hales' (4) poor form continued as he chipped one to Glenn Maxwell at backward point to give Hastings (3-21) his first wicket in the game.

Hastings (3-21) got the big wicket of James Taylor (12) who nicked an away swinger to the wicket-keeper. England were 22 for three at that point in the sixth over.

They received a body blow when their in-form skipper Eoin Morgan (1 retired out) had to walk off the park.

There were some anxious moments for everyone when Morgan ducked right into a fast bouncer from Starc and was hit flush on the helmet. It led to a concussion and he played no part for the rest of the match to undergo treatment leaving England in disarray.

Ben Stokes (42) played a few delightful strokes down the ground supported for a while by Jonny Bairstow (10).

Just when England got going with a 34-run stand for the fourth wicket, Marsh (4-27) got rid of Bairstow who was not given out lbw initially but Australia made a good use of the review to get the decision reversed.

England couldn't manage any more partnerships down the order either. Moeen Ali (5) tried to slash one wide outside off and nicked to the wicket keeper.

When David Willey (0) walked back, England were 72 for seven and were reduced further to 85 for eight when they lost Stokes. Both being victims of Marsh.

Adil Rashid (35 not out) struck some late blows to take England over 100.

A 32-run last wicket partnership between Rashid and Reece Topley (6) pushed England to 138 in just 33 overs.

Hastings was spectacular along with Marsh who in spite of some ankle trouble had a brilliant day cleaning up much of the middle order.

When England took to the field it was Taylor who was leading them in the absence of regular skipper Morgan.

Australian innings began on a wobbly note when Joe Burns (0) edged one to the wicket keeper off Willey's (1-13) bowling.

They were 31 for two in the tenth over when Steven Smith (12) was caught behind as well. That was just before game was stalled for the lunch break.

However after the break it was a one way street as George Bailey (41 not out) added an assured 109 runs in an unbeaten third wicket partnership with opener Aaron Finch (70 not out).

While Bailey's runs came in 45 balls Finch went faster than run a ball in his 64-ball knock that included 11 fours.

Finch took Australia across 100 and reached his fifty in just 47 balls, with two fours in the 20th over.

Australia eventually reached 140 for two in the 25th over thereby winning the ODI series 3-2.

Marsh was named man of the match as well as the man of the series.

© Cricket World 2015