England complete four-wicket win in Brisbane despite Starc brilliance
England 274-6 (Bairstow 60) beat
Australia 270-9 (Finch 106) by four wickets
Second One-Day International in Brisbane
A collective batting effort from England saw them extend their dominance in the limited overs format as they chased down 271 against Australia in 44.2 overs with four wickets in hand in the second One-Day International in Brisbane to claim a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Brisbane pitch played true and it was the batsmen from both the sides that made good use of it as even a total of 270 from Australia proved inadequate. Aaron Finch (106) scored his second consecutive century but the rest of the batting lacked impetus as England pulled back things in the second half despite Australia having seven wickets in hand.
The first powerplay saw Finch and David Warner (35) knock down 56 runs without losing a wicket and Eoin Morgan had to turn to spin to get the first breakthrough. Moeen Ali (1-31) induced an edge as Warner nicked one to the slip.
Australia reached the 100-run mark in the 18th over and Finch reached his fifty off 51 deliveries but England pulled back things considerably through a double strike from Joe Root (2-31) when he had Steven Smith (18) trapped LBW and later had Travis Head (7) caught and bowled.
Finch was going at run-a-ball and his century came off 104 deliveries while Mitchell Marsh (36) provided brief support at the other end. Just when Australia desperately needed a push on, Finch holed out to mid on in the 41st over but that came after Marsh was stumped off Adil Rashid (2-71).
The last 10 overs yielded just 57 runs for Australia with Cameron White (15 not out) batting at seven and Alex Carey (27) making decent contributions before Chris Woakes (1-37) effected a couple of run outs and picked a wicket to keep the home side down to 270 for nine in the 50 overs.
Jason Roy (2) could not repeat his heroics from the previous game as he was caught at mid-wicket in the fourth delivery of the innings from Mitchell Starc (4-59). Jhye Richardson (2-57) also impressed on his debut as he bowled a pace filled first over but Jonny Bairstow (60) and Alex Hales (57) counter-attacked the Aussie bowling as they reached 60 for one in the first powerplay.
Hales was the first to reach his fifty off 52 balls while Bairstow completed his sixth half-century off just 41 deliveries.By the 19th over, England reached 119 for one.
Richardson came back to bowl one of the finest spell as he castled Hales and also had Bairstow caught at cover but Joe Root (56 not out) and Eoin Morgan (21) continued to build on.
With Starc starting to get the reverse swing going, he had the England skipper Morgan castled but the visitors were still placed comfortable as they needed just 102 runs off the final 20 overs.
Jos Butter (42) pressed the accelerator to ease pressure on England, Starc produced a brilliant 38th over where he had Buttler caught behind and three deliveries later, castled Moeen (1) as well. Any chance of Australia taking hold of the game was put off by Woakes (39 not out), who struck five boundaries and a six in his 27-ball knock while Root was solid at the other end seeing his team through.
The win has given England 2-0 lead in the series with Root taking the player of the match award for his all-round brilliance.
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