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Taylor-made win for England keeps series alive

James Taylor celebrating his century against Australia in the third ODI at Old Trafford.
James Taylor celebrating his century against Australia in the third ODI at Old Trafford.
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England 300-8 (Taylor 101) beat
Australia 207 (Finch 53) by 93 runs
Third One-Day International, Old Trafford

James Taylor struck his maiden One-Day International century as England set Australia a target of 301 and won by a massive 93 runs in the third ODI at Old Trafford narrowing Australia's lead in the series to 2-1.

England won the toss and opted to bat first, starting steadily by reaching 27 for no loss after six overs.

Jason Roy (63) displayed his sublime form once again with four fours in five balls off Mitchell Starc (1-79) while Alex Hales (9) just couldn’t get going, batting at a strike rate of 29, eventually clipping one straight to short mid-wicket.

England reached 57 for one after 10 overs and Roy brought up another attractive fifty in the 12th over, in just 34 balls before throwing away yetanother excellent start when his 45-ball knock ended meekly.

Trying to check his lofted extra cover drive, Roy managed to pop a simple catch to Glenn Maxwell (2-56) at short extra cover to give debutant Ashton Agar (1-45) his maiden ODI wicket. England reached 86 for two after 15 overs at that point.

Eoin Morgan (62) and Taylor (101) took England past 100 in the 19th over. Morgan was let off by Matthew Wade on 15 when the latter missed an easy stumping opportunity off the bowling of Agar.

The duo added 50 in quick time and motored along at a reasonable pace as England reached 181 for two after 30 overs, more than doubling the score they had at 15 overs (86).

Morgan brought up ihs 27th ODI half-century in just 46 balls in the 30th over while Taylor got to his in 59 balls, in the next over from Mitchell Marsh (0-28) which went for 12 runs.

England reached 200 for two in just 32 overs but lost their way afterwards, aiming for a massive total.

The 119-run third-wicket partnership was broken by Maxwell when Morgan holed out to long-off before Maxwell also got the wicket of Ben Stokes (14). Jonny Bairstow (17) thrashed a couple of balls but was unfortunately run out as England slipped to 273 for five after 46 overs and 280 for seven after 47.

Taylor brought up his maiden ODI hundred in 112 balls in the 49th over but could only take his team to 300 for eight after 50 overs, with no big overs coming towards the end.

Pat Cummins (2-50) was the pick of the bowlers.

Australia were steady in reaching 22 for no loss after five overs. Aaron Finch (53) got going with a couple of fours in the sixth over but Steven Finn (2-43) got Joe Burns (9) in the next over, through a mistimed lob to mid-off.

Nevertheless, Australia were still in the hunt by the end of the power-play, reaching 51 for one after 10 overs.

Adil Rashid (2-41) got the big wicket of Steven Smith (25) thanks to Finn who pulled off a blinder at short mid-wicket, diving full length to take a fine catch.

Australia reached 100 for two after 20 overs with Finch reaching his fifty in 53 balls. However, Rashid got him holing out to long-on.

Maxwell (17) hammered three fours in five balls before top-edging one to wicket-keeper Bairstow trying a reverse dab off Moeen Ali (3-32) as they slipped to 130 for four after 27 overs.

Marsh (13) survived a lbw decision by reviewing it but George Bailey (25) lost his wicket, clubbing a full toss straight to deep mid-wicket.

From then on, Australia lost wickets at regular intervals without managing a partnership.

Wade (42) tried to keep the chase going but lost partners and eventually even he got cleaned up by Finn in the 44th over after striking him for three fours.

Australia were all out for 207 losing by 93 runs. England thereby narrow the gap to 2-1 in the series with two games to go.

Ali was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets and an excellent economy rate of 3.20 complemented well by Rashid. Taylor was named as the man of the match for his fine century.

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