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England beat Australia by 3 wickets in the 1st ODI match at the Oval

Australia won the toss and decided to bat at the Kia Oval this morning against England in the first of the five match ODI series.


Australia 214 (47 overs) (Glenn Maxwell 62, Aston Agar 40; Moeen Ali 3-43, Liam Plunkett 3-42)

England  218-7 (Eoin Morgan 69, Joe Root 50, David Willey 35*)

Result: England won by 3 wickets

Australia found it tough going against the England bowling attack and lost wickets regularly. Unable to build any meaningful partnerships, the Australians were bowled out for 214 in 47 overs – only Glenn Maxwell 62 and Aston Agar 40 scoring over 30 for Australia.

Moeen Ali 3-43 and Liam Plunkett 3-42 were the pick of the England bowlers.

In reply, England were 38-3 at one point losing their top three batsmen – Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow. However, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan steadied the England response with a partnership of 115, when Morgan was out on 69 caught by Tim Paine off the bowling of Andrew Tye.

And that’s when the wheels came off again for England, losing Morgan, Buttler and Root, in the space of 3 overs for just 10 runs added to the score – 163-6. England looked in a bit of bother, however, Moeen Ali (17),David Willey (35*)and Liam Plunkett got England over the line. It was a not a pretty run chase for England , but they did eventually win it by 3 wickets! Andrew Tye 2-42 was the pick of the Australian bowlers.

Now off to Cardiff on Saturday for Match 2 in the series.

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