Who would have predicted that: Australia beat England by 1 wicket - 'Faulkner the new finisher'
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"Faulkner the new finisher. He's the new Michael Bevan," Australian skipper Michale Clarke quipped after the all-rounder won them a memorable game against arch rivals England. After a century from Eoin Morgan, Australia were in all sorts of troubles, miles away from a victory, when they found an unlikely hero in James Faulkner.
England 300/8(50 Overs) - Eoin Morgan106 (99), Ian Bell68 (84); Glenn Maxwell2/31(8), Nathan Coulter-Nile2/55(9)
Australia 301/9(49.3 Overs) - James Faulkner*69 (47), Shaun Marsh55 (69); Joe Root2/46(9), Chris Jordan 2/53(9)
Result - Australia won by 1 wicket (with 3 balls remaining)
In the 2nd ODI on the England's 2014 tour of Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane, England posted a formidable total of 300 in their allotted 50 overs, courtesy of a 99-ball 106 from Eoin Morgan and a quick-fire 49 off 36 balls from Jos Buttler.
Late hits from Ravi Bopara and Buttler had provide England momentum, and the score seemed to be sufficient for the likes of Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan and Boyd Rankin to defend. And for most part of the Oz innings, it did appear so.
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Sir Alastair Cook, 11.2 ov), 2-60 (Joe Root, 12.5 ov), 3-78 (Gary Ballance, 17.2 ov), 4-139 (Ian Bell, 29.6 ov), 5-178 (Ravi Bopara, 37.1 ov), 6-295 (Jos Buttler, 48.3 ov), 7-296 (Ben Stokes, 48.5 ov), 8-297 (Eoin Morgan, 49.1 ov)
Australia stuttered in reply and were 120 for 5 after 23 overs and then 206 for 7 after 34.5 overs when Faulkner came to the crease. At the end of 44th over, the hosts were down to 244-9, with a loss seeming just a short way apart.
Off the last six overs, Australia needed 57. An onslaught from Faulkner, which included 5 towering sixes, meant that the equation was brought down to 12 from the last over to be delivered by Tim Bresnan.
The first ball was a slower delivery which Faulkner top edged, right over the head of the keeper for a four. The all-rounder then thrashed two fours off the next two balls to leave Australian fans overjoyed. Faulkner's 69 off 47 balls on the back of his 2 wickets earned him the deserved Man of the Match title.
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Aaron Finch, 1.3 ov), 2-32 (David Warner, 5.5 ov), 3-70 (Michael Clarke, 13.5 ov), 4-114 (Shaun Marsh, 21.4 ov), 5-120 (George Bailey, 22.6 ov), 6-200 (Brad Haddin, 34.1 ov), 7-206 (Glenn Maxwell, 34.5 ov), 8-235 (Nathan Coulter-Nile, 40.6 ov), 9-244 (Mitchell Johnson, 43.6 ov)
Australia - David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay
England - Sir Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, Boyd Rankin
Match: AUS vs ENG, 2nd ODI, England tour of Australia 2014
Date: Friday, January 17, 2014
Toss: England won the toss and opt to bat
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, John Ward
Third Umpire: Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
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