Solid batting helps Australia put one over England
Australia 305-6 (Wade 71no) beat
England 246 (Roy 67) by 59 runs
First One-Day International, Southampton
Matthew Wade played a brilliant knock down the order to ensure Australia came from behind with bat and ball to win the first One-Day International against England at The Rose Bowl in Southampton by 59 runs.
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Joe Burns (44) and David Warner (59) gave Australia a solid start reaching 54 for no loss after 10 overs, with Warner being dropped by Chris Woakes (0-57) off his own bowling.
Adil Rashid (4-59) got the first breakthrough as Burns handed him a caught and bowled opportunity that was accepted gleefully.
Australia managed to stay on a decent run-rate scoring 100 for one after 20 overs.
Warner reached his fifty in the 23rd over off 57 balls but couldn’t kick on as Rashid broke the stand by dishing out a tossed up delivery that was mistimed to short third man.
Rashid’s day got better when Steven Smith (44), like Burns, missed out on a half-century, smashing a full toss down to the deep mid-wicket boundary where he was caught by Ben Stokes (0-38). George Bailey (23) was trapped lbw as Rashid picked up a fourth wicket.
Things looked bad for Australia on a good batting track when Glenn Maxwell (15) edged one to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler off the bowling of Mark Wood (1-72), Australia reaching 192 for five after 36 overs.
A bad call from Wade (71 not out) ended Shane Watson’s (6) innings with a run out, putting Australia in deep trouble at 193 for six.
However, Wade and Mitchell Marsh (40 not out) added an unbeaten 112 runs for the seventh wicket in less than 14 overs. Wade brought up his half-century in just 40 balls in the 47th over with the help of eight fours.
Both Wade and Marsh managed to get the big shots away, even though Marsh wasn’t exactly timing them well.
He still managed a strike rate of 117 as Australia reached 305 for the loss of six wickets after 50 overs.
England started the chase really well with Jason Roy (67) and Alex Hales (22) adding 70 in the first 68 balls.
Mitchell Starc (2-55) went for three fours in the third over before Hales took him on for another six and a four in the fifth over. Roy hit consecutive fours off Marsh (1-35) and then off Pat Cummins (2-48) in successive overs.
After Marsh got the breakthrough in the 12th over, James Taylor (49) and Roy took England over 100, however, Roy, who looked fluent, drove one airily off Maxwell (1-29) and was caught by Warner.
Taylor was looking in good touch and added 40 with Eoin Morgan (38) in good time, the latter having survived an inside edge that went extremely close to the off stump.
Taylor, though, needlessly stepped out to Watson (2-39) on the brink of a half-century and missed the in-swinger to lose his stumps and that was the turning point in the match.
England couldn’t put together any substantial partnerships from that point on.
England were still in the game at 172 for three after 32 overs needing 134 more in 18 overs but Stokes (13) flicked one straight to mid-wicket and Morgan gloved one to wicket-keeper Wade, giving Watson a second crucial wicket.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-39) virtually ended the chase in the next over with two wickets in two balls, one of which was the dangerous Buttler for four.
There were a couple of late cameos but England were bundled out for 246 in the 46th over with Watson being the pick of the Australian bowlers.
Australia, with that 59-run win, go 1-0 up in the five-game series. Wade, who managed a strike rate of 142, was named the player of the match.
The series now shifts to Lord’s for the second ODI to be played on 5th September.
© Cricket World 2015