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Live Score England 231 in 41.5 overs Josh Hazlewood has been brought back into the attack and James Taylor hits a slog tennis shot for a boundary straight down the ground to take his score to 98. He isn’t risking a single now with a personal milestone looming large. The next one is bowled short, he pulls but takes just a single. England almost lost their last wicket as the next ball gets the outside edge of James Anderson’s bat and falls short of the fielder at gully. However, the next ball is pitched full and the umpire gives it out! James Taylor tries his luck with DRS and it works in his favour….But wait, there is a run-out. Australia beat England by 111 runs. (Read the Full match Report here)
Live Score England 225/9 in 41 overs Mitchell Starc comes on to bowl his ninth over with James Anderson facing him at the other end. He is maintaining a stump to stump line with good pace. James Anderson has been upto the task for long and has got quite a few byes and wides in the process.Just four runs off the over.
Live Score England 221/9 in 40 overs Mitchell Johnson comes on to bowl another over. He is testing James Taylor with variations in pace and bounce. However, the frustration of not being able to get the last wicket is evident. He has bowled eight overs for just 34 runs and two wickets. Just three runs off the over.
Live Score England 218/9 in 39 overs Mitchell Starc comes on to bowl his eighth over. The left armer is bowling full and straight to James Anderson. He comes around the wicket for James Taylor and tests him with a slow bouncer. Taylor deals well with it and plays it over the wicketkeeper for a boundary. George Bailey makes a brilliant effort running towards his right side, but fails to hold on to the catch. 13 runs off the over. (Watch the Free Live Streaming of Australia vs England here)
Live Score England 205/9 in 38 overs James Anderson has come out to bat as the last batsman and is being treated to some Mitchell Johnson special. the left-armer is bowling fast and straight making James Anderson hop at the crease. He gets a few inside edges, a few wide deliveries. Meanwhile, James Taylor has moved on to 80.
Steven Finn OUT! Live Score England 195/9 in 37.1 over Mitchell Johnson comes into the attack and starts off with a short-pitched delivery which Steven Finn fails to fend off well and ends up giving an easy catch. Steven Finn c & b Johnson 1 (6b)
Stuart Broad OUT! Live Score England 194/8 in 36.1 overs England’s innings is collapsing pretty soon after a good partnership. Stuart Broad is out off the first ball to a reverse swinging delivery by Mitchell Starc. Stuart Broad b Starc 0 (1b)
Chris Woakes OUT! Live Score England 184/7 in 35.2 overs Chris Woakes looks to play over the in-field. He gets the height, but not the distance. He is caught by Steven Smith who jogs a few metres to take the catch. Chris Woakes c Smith b Johnson 37 (42b)
Live Score England 184/6 in 35 overs James Taylor is in full form in this Powerplay. He starts the second over of the Powerplay with a huge six straight down the ground. Mitchell Starc adds a few yards of pace to his next delivery and beat James Taylor, who looks to go after that as well. This is now England’s highest seventh wicket partnership in the World Cup. Eight runs off the over.
Live Score England 176/6 in 34 overs England have taken the Battingh Powerplay and starts off with a boundary through the fine leg region. He has also brought up his half-century off 61 balls. even though it is unlikely to come in a winning cause, he has been the only English top-order batsman to have provided any sort of fight. He is taking no half measures in going after Mitchell Marsh. 13 runs off the over.
Live Score England 163/6 in 33 overs Shane Watson continues from the other end, coming onto bowl his third over. The medium-pacer much like Mitchell Marsh isn’t creating too much trouble. he is slightly nippier and is managing to extract some steep bounce from the wicket. Just six rns off the over.
Live Score England 157/6 in 31 overs Shane Watson comes on to bowl his second over. He is pitching it just short of full length at a stump to stump line. James Taylor and Chris Woakes worked teh ball around easily for singles with the field spread out. Four runs off the over.
Live Score England 153/6 in 30 overs Glenn Maxwell comes on to bowl his third over. He persists with round the wicket. Chris Woakes and James Taylor are still keeping England in the hunt, ensuring they go better on the net run rate. Chris Woakes is employing the sweep shot against Glenn Maxwell. 12 runs off the over.
Live Score England 130/6 in 28 overs Glenn Maxwell has been brought in from the other end to bowl his third over, replacing Josh Hazlewood. There is spin in operation from both the ends. Glenn Maxwell is bowling round the wicket and pitching the ball up to the batsmen who look slightly circumspect with their footwork against spin. Six runs off the over.
Live Score England 124/6 in 27 overs Steve Smith has come on to bowl his first over, replacing Mitchell Starc who has bowled superbly today. Steve Smith hasn’t been bowling quite often lately. After breaking in as a leg-spinner who could bat, Steve Smith has almost given up on his primary role. he continues to bowl half-trackers and full tosses. The last ball is sent for a boundary through the mid wicket region. Eight runs off the over.
Live Score England 116/6 in 26 overs Josh Hazlewood comes on to bowl his sixth over and in his second spell is proving to be slightly more unplayable. He is maintaining a stump to stump line. James Taylor pulls at a delivery slightly short of good length and the ball goes straight to Aaron Finch who makes a meal of it. Just three runs off the over.
Live Score England 113/6 in 25 overs Mitchell Starc comes on to bowl his fifth over. He is bowling a tight line from over the wicket and angling away from the right-handers. There is very little room on offer for the batsman to free their arms. Just six runs off the over.
Live Score England 107/6 in 24 overs Josh Hazlewood has been brought back into the attack, replacing Mitchell Marsh. He is operating in better line and length in his second spell. James Taylor looks to play an unconventional slog off the last delivery which takes the top edge and run for a boundary towards the third man region. Eight runs off the over.
Live Score England 99/6 in 23 overs Mitchell Starc has been brought back into the attack to bowl his fourth over, replacing Glenn Maxwell. After a good over, he pitches one full on the leg of Chris Woakes who easily works it away for a boundary through the mid-wicket region. Five runs off the over.
Live Score England 94/6 in 22 overs Steve Smith is in his elements as he takes a ripper to dismiss Jos Buttler. Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh bags a five-wicket haul with the most unlikely spell of medium-pace bowling as England’s innings continues to struggle. Just three runs from the over. Chris Woakes has come out to the middle following the dismissal of Jos Buttler. Jos Buttler c Smith b Marsh 12 (12b)
Jos Buttler OUT! Live Score England 92/6 in 21.2 overs Steve Smith takes a brilliant catch to dismiss the English wicket-keeper batsman and give Mitchell Marsh his fifth wicket.
Live Score England 91/5 in 21 overs Glenn Maxwell comes on to bowl his second over. He is keeping the line tight, giving little room for the batsmen to free their arms. However, they are easily able to work him around for singles. The over starts with a boundary followed by four singles and a couple. 10 runs off the over.
Live Score England 81/5 in 20 overs Mitchell Marsh comes on to bowl his fifth over. He has turned out to be the unlikely hero for Australia today. He hasn’t done anything extraordinary with the ball. No great pace coupled with just a little bit of movement. James Taylor and Jos Buttler both are finding it tough to get the scoreboard moving. Another tidy over. Just two runs from it.
Live Score England 79/5 in 19 overs Glenn Maxwell has been brought into the attack, replacing Mitchell Marsh from the other end. Jos Buttler and James Taylor are at the crease. Both are new and will take time to settle in. It is another good over. Six runs from the over.
Eoin Morgan OUT! Live Score England 73/5 in 18 overs Mitchell Marsh comes on to bowl his fourth over. Even though he has maintained a strict line and length, he has got the breakthroughs at the right time for Australia. there is nothing threatening about his bowling, but England have failed to play him well. And he strikes again!
Live Score England 72/4 in 17 overs Mitchell Johnson steams in and Taylor plays the ball cautiously. Johnson bowls a gem of a delivery that beats the batsman, which misses the batsman’s edge by a whisker. There is a show of aggression too when he throws the ball back to the keeper. Its a leg bye to finish the over.
Live Score England 70/4 in 16 overs Its Mitch the man who is into the attack and its tidy and England still struggle to find boundaries. Marsh is using the bouncer well and is giving nothing away to the batsmen.
Live Score England 67/4 in 15 overs Australia are going full throttle and Johnson is into the attack. James Taylor is the new batsman in and there are two swings and misses from the diminutive batsman. Five balls and the batsman struggles and the last ball is tucked away for a single, where the batsmen scramble.
Joe Root OUT! Live Score England 66/4 in 13.5 overs England are losing the plot here and this is simply embarrassing. Joe Root goes for a the pull and only manages to get a top edge and the ball goes high in the air and Brad Haddin behind the stumps takes a safe catch.
Ian Bell OUT! Live Score England 66/3 in 13.4 overs Marsh is given another over and there goes another one. Ian Bell’s laboured stay at the crease comes to an end as he pulls the ball and Mitchell Starc takes a safe catch.
Live Score England 65/2 in 13 overs Shane Watson is into the attack and Ian Bell pulls well and Mitchell Johnson cuts off in the deep and its cut off equally well. Joe Root struggles to get the ball away and its another great over for the aussies. The match is slipping away from England’s grasp.
Live Score England 60/2 in 12 overs Junior Marsh continues and England struggle to get things going. Joe Root gets the toe edge of his bat but the ball misses the stumps by a whisker. Ian Bell then cuts the ball off the last ball and its a much needed boundary.
Live Score England 54/2 in 11 overs Mitchell Johnson has come on to bowl his third over. He is generating good pace and troubling the English batsmen. He is constantly clocking in higher 140s and early 150s range. Just four runs off the over. (Watch the Free Live Streaming of Australia vs England here)
Gary Ballance OUT! Live Score England 50/2 in 10 overs Mitchell Marsh has come on to bowl his first over, replacing Josh Hazlewood who has gone for 30 runs off his first four overs. The move works as he manages to dismiss Gary Ballance who chipped the ball in the air and gave an easy catch to the short mid-wicket fielder. Gary Ballance c Finch b Marsh 10 (13b)
Live Score England 48/1 in 9 overs Mitchell Johnson comes on to bowl his second over. He pitches one short of the full length and Ian Bell over the in-field on the off-side. He is generating good pace and clocking in excess of 150 kmph. Five runs scored off the over.
Live Score England 43/1 in 8 overs Josh Hazlewood continues from the other end, coming on to bowl his fourth over. Gary Ballance is shuffling across the crease way too often against him, allowing a constant chance of him faltering and getting out leg before wicket. The English batsmen are working the ball around easily against Josh Hazlewood to take singles and rotate the strike. Just two runs off the over.
Live Score England 41/1 in 7 overs Mitchell Johnson has been brought into the attack to bowl his first over, replacing Mitchell Starc. Johnson is looking good right from the first ball and that could spell ‘T-R-O-U-B-L-E’ for England. He is getting his line and length right along with the pace and bounce. With the evening setting at the MCG, the crowd is getting more relaxed and joining in the fun. Just three runs off the over.
Live Score England 38/1 in 6 overs Josh Hazlewood comes on to bowl his third over. England batsmen look way more comfortable whuile scoring against him. He is causing little trouble with the pace and swing that he is generating. He offers some width off the last delivery and Gary Ballance latches on to that to cover drive that for a boundary. Nine runs off the over.
Live Score England 29/1 in 5 overs Gary Ballance who has come out to bat following the dismissal of Moeen Ali gets off the mark with an inside edge which runs towards the boundary. He has come into the side for Ravi Bopara who was going through a long run of poor form. Five runs off the over. Moeen Ali c Bailey b Starc 10 (13b)
Moeen Ali OUT! Moeen Ali OUT! Live Score England 25/1 in 4.4 overs Mitchell Starc, meanwhile continues to bowl a tight line and trouble the batsmen with his pace. He is clocking in the mid 140s. However, Moeen Ali’s habit of throweing away his wicket continues. He plays an unecessary pull off a delivery that wasn’t pitched too short and came to the bat quicker than he would’ve thought. He ends up giving an easy catch to the mid on fielder.
Live Score England 24/0 in 4 overs Josh Hazlewood comes on to bowl his second over. He is pitching it slightly fuller, giving Ian Bell enough width to drive through covers for a boundary. Unlike Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood is still looking to get his line right. He offers width to Moeen Ali and he goes after it, playing on the up over the in-field for a boundary through the vacant third-man region.The left-hander follows it up with a beautiful cover drive for another boundary. 14 runs off the over.
Live Score England 10/0 in 3 overs Mitchell Starc comes on to bowl his second over. He is getting the line right, enough to keep the batsman guessing outside the off-stump. He swinging the ball both ways at a great pace. Ian Bell opens the face of the bat to guide the ball through the third man region for a boundary. Five runs off the over.
Live Score England 5/0 in 2 overs Josh Hazlewood steams in to bowl the second over and the lanky pacer, with an upright pace has Ian Bell watchful and then a bad delivery is put away for the first runs off the bat. There are a couple of wides too. England are not able to get the ‘V’ on the ball and its a rather slow start.
Live Score England 0/0 in 1 overs Mitchell Starc starts proceedings and the left-armer is spot on with his line and Moeen Ali can only fish outside off-side in vain. The last ball is yet another peach from Starc and there is a loud appeal for a caught behind but the ball just missed the stumps.
Live Score Australia 342/9 in 50 overs Steven Finn is bowling the last over of the innings. He bowls wide outside the off-stump and Brad Haddin goes after it. The ball goes through the vacant third man region, but is stopped by the fielder before it reaches the boundary line. Glenn Maxwell swats the next ball over the in-field for a boundary through the extra cover region for a boundary. Brad Haddin and FGlenn Maxwell are dismissed off back-to-back deliveries. Joe Root makes a superb dive to dismiss Glenn Maxwell in the deep and follows up with the dismissal of Mitchell Johnson! He becomes the second English bowler after James Anderson to take a hat-trick in ODIs. Steve Finn gets a hat-trick! England need 343 runs to win Glenn Maxwell c Root b Finn 66 (40b) ; Brad Haddin c Broad b Finn 31 (14b) ; Mitchell Johnson c Anderson b Finn 0 (1b) — Catch the Top 3 highlights of the 1st Innings here
Live Score Australia 334/6 in 49 overs James Anderson comes on to bowl his last over and the penultimate over of the innings. He starts off with a slower one, but Brad Haddin gets enough time to hit him through the deep cover region for a boundary. In a surprising move, Eoin Morgan doesn’t have a sweeper in that region. Brad Haddin uses that to full advantage as he hits the next delivery also through the same region for another boundary. In just 22 balls, the seventh-wicket pair has brought up its half-century partnership. 13 runs off the penultimate over.
Live Score Australia 321/6 in 48 overs Stuart Broad has come on to bowl his final over, replacing Steven Finn. Since 2011, Stuart Broad has an economy rate of 8.50 when he bowls in the last five overs of the innings. Brad Haddin starts the over with a boundary, smartly working the ball through the vacant slip region for a boundary. Stuart Broad comes back to bowling yorkers after a second short-pitched delivery is also smacked for a boundary. 11 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 310/6 in 47 overs Chris Woakes has been brought back into the attack to bowl his 10th over. Australia have reached their 300-run mark. But currently, it is the Glenn Maxwell show going on. He has provided the much needed late flourish for the Australians. The last 50 runs have come off just 25 balls. Brad Haddin also hasn’t taken too long to settle in. He goes on the backfoot to pull his third ball for a boundary through the mid-wicket region. 11 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 299/6 in 46 overs Brad Haddin has come out to bat following the dismissal of Mitchell Marsh who was caught in the deep as he looked to play his big shots. Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell is getting lucky with his unusual strokeplay. Yet again, without much notice he has reached his half-century off 30 balls. Mitchell Marsh c Root b Finn 23 (20b)
Mitchell Marsh OUT! Live Score Australia 281/6 in 45.1 overs (Also Read what happened in the other match of the day – New Zealand vs Sri Lanka – Match Report)
Live Score Australia 281/5 in 45 overs Mitchell Marsh finally looks to have got into his groove and dangerous to unleash in the five overs left after this in the Australian innings. He starts off with a couple of boundaries. The first one is a slower ball pulled through the square leg region for a boundary followed by a slog tennis ball hit straight down the ground. The last ball also runs away for a boundary. 15 runs off the over. 15 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 266/5 in 44 overs James Anderson comes on to bowl his ninth over, replacing Stuart Broad who went for 10 runs of his previous over. He using the change of pace well. English bowlers have done well to keep a check on the scoring rate with two hard hitting batsmen – Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh at the crease. Eight runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 258/5 in 43 overs Chris Woakes has been brought back into the attack, replacing Steven Finn. he starts off with a full pitched delivery and Mitchell Marsh drives him handsomely straight down the ground for a boundary. He pulls the length back later. Eight runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 250/5 in 42 overs Stuart Broad has been brought back into the attack to bowl his ninth over, replacing Moeen Ali. He has bowled superbly in patches today. But other times, he has been too mediocre. Yet again, this over, he is having the Australian batsmen in trouble with his length. Mitchell Marsh is finding it tough to get moving while Glenn Maxwell is looking to take the attack on the bowler. Australia’s 250 is up. 10 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 240/5 in 41 overs Steven Finn has come on to bowl his eighth over. He has added a few yards of pace as the innings has progressed and also hit the length better. He has kept the batsmen on the backfoot and given them much room to free their arms. Just three runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 237/5 in 40 overs Moeen Ali has come on to bowl his ninth over and possibly his last. He has bowled well and kept the line tight doing the job of the fifth bowler perfectly. Glenn Maxwell tries to sweep him, gets a top edge, but the ball falls short of the fielder at leg slip. Seven runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 230/5 in 39 overs Steven Finn has come back well. he is bowling a tighter line and managed to dismiss George Bailey who inside edged the ball on to his stumps. Mitchell Marsh has walked out to bat following the dismissal of George Bailey. Just two runs off the over. George Bailey b Finn 55 (69b)
George Bailey OUT! Live Score Australia 228/5 in 38.1 overs Steven Finn has come back to bowl his seventh over and strike rightaway to dismiss Australian skipper George Bailey for 55!
Live Score Australia 228/4 in 38 overs Glenn Maxwell has come out to bat following the dismissal of Aaron Finch. He walked back to teh pavilion as the 90,000 crowd at the MCG gave him a standing ovation. Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell is already showcasing his wide range of strokeplay, making a mockery of Moeen Ali. Nine runs off the over.
Aaron Finch OUT! Live Score Australia 216/4 in 36.3 overs George Bailey has brought up his half-century. There is a bit of mix up in the middle. They survive the first time. Aaron Finch falls the second time, just three balls later. A brilliant direct throw by skipper Eoin Morgan. Aaron Finch run out 135 (128b)
Live Score Australia 210/3 in 36 overs Aaron Finch is in murderous mood. Moeen Ali has been brought into the attack, replacing Chris Woakes and he is getting tonked all across the park by the big-hitting Aaron Finch. Australia have crossed the 200-run mark. 16 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 194/3 in 35 overs James Anderson has been brought back into the attack. Following the loss of three wickets in quick succession, Australian batsmen have made good use of the favourable batting conditions. The fourth-wicket partnership of Aaron Finch and George Bailey has added over 122 runs already. Aaron Finch played a slog pull and the ball stayed in air for a long time. However, it fell in no man’s land, just away from the fielder. Six runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 188/3 in 34 overs Chris Woakes has been brought back into the attack. The Australian scoring rate has gone a little quite since Aaron Finch has completed his century. Maybe they are adopting a cautious approach to unleash in the Batting Powerplay. With a number of power-hitters to follow, Australia look well placed at the moment.
Live Score Australia 172/3 in 31 overs Aaron Finch brings up his century with a leg flick for a boundary. This has been a magnificient century in front of 90,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Steven Finn is brought back into the attack, replcaing Stuart Broad. He is bowling slightly fuller and Aaron Finch drives him straight for a second boundary off the over. 11 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 161/3 in 30 overs Moeen Ali continues from the other end. He will have to bowl at least nine overs today given that the experiment of bringing on Joe Root failed. Aaron Finch is eager to reach his century and the MCG crowd has become louder England will soon realise that the drop in the first over is very very costly. Just three runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 158/3 in 29 overs Stuart Broad comes on to bowl his seventh over. With the field spread out, singles are coming rather easily. He is bowling just short of the good length and keeping the batsmen on the back foot. Two runs scored off the over.
Live Score Australia 156/3 in 28 overs Moeen Ali continues. He has gone for just 21 runs off his first four overs. He has done well to restrict the Australian scoring even as the batsmen have looked to attack the off-spinner. They are just knocking the ball around for easy singles. Four runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 152/3 in 27 overs Stuart Broad is brought back into the attack. The fourth-wicket Australian partnership is proving threatening for the English and they need a wicket desperately. Stuart Broad peppers him with a few short-pitched deliveries, but George Bailey pulls well. Six runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 146/3 in 26 overs Moeen Ali continues from the other end. He is bowling a tight line. Even as he isn’t getting much turn from the wicket, he isn’t easy to score off. Nonetheless, the Australian batsmen deal with him easily. Six runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 140/3 in 25 overs Joe Root has been brought into the attack, replacing James Anderson and is slog swept for a boundary off the first ball by Aaron finch. The daredevilry doesn’t end there as he steps down the track to hit him straight down the ground for a huge six. He moves on to 88 off just 84 balls. It has been an expensive over for England. 11 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 125/3 in 23 overs James Anderson continues from the other end. Aaron Finch plays a lovely shot over extra cover for a boundary. James Anderson comes back well with a more tighter line to keep the batsman in check. Both Aaron Finch and George Bailey have decided to up the scoring rate. Eight runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 117/3 in 22 overs Moeen Ali has come on to bowl his second over. George Bailey is looking to step out of the pitch and play the off-spinner Moeen Ali looks tough to score off. Two boundaries off the over, 10 runs from it.
Live Score Australia 107/3 in 21 overs James Anderson continues from the other end. He is bowling a tight stump to stump line to tie up the Australian batsmen. They are finding it difficult to score off him. Another good over for England. Just two runs off it.
Live Score Australia 105/3 in 20 overs England skipper Eoin Morgan has finally introduced spin into the attack. Moeen Ali has come on to bowl his first over, replacing Steven Finn. He isn’t flighting the ball much, not allowing the Australian batsmen to hit over the top easily. Just one run off the over.
Live Score Australia 104/3 in 19 overs James Anderson comes back into the attack to bowl his fifth over, replacing Chris Woakes. He is having trouble with his length. He is also offering just enough room for the batsmen to free their arms. However, it is a good tidy over. Just two runs from it.
Live Score Australia 102/3 in 18 overs Aaron Finch and George Bailey are looking to consolidate the Australian innings after the fall of three wickets in quick succession. Meanwhile, Australia bring up their 100-run mark in the 18th over. Steven Finn offers some width and Aaron Finch goes after the delivery. The ball fell just away from Ian Bell. Just six runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 96/3 in 17 overs Chris Woakes comes on to bowl his fifth over. England bowlers have managed to pull things back successfully. He is experimenting a bit with the length, mixing up the full pitched deliveries with a few short ones. Three runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 86/3 in 15 overs Chris Woakes comes on to bowl his fourth over. He is generating good pace, around mid-140s. He hasn’t allowed the batsmen to score freely. There are quite a few dot deliveries in between all the easy singles for the taking. Just three runs from it. Time for Drinks Break!
Live Score Australia 83/3 in 14 overs Steven Finn comes on to bowl his second over. His pace over the years has gone down considerably, but he relies on the steep bounce he manages to generate with his height. Another quiet over, just two runs from it.
Live Score Australia 81/3 in 13 overs Aaron Finch brings up his half-century off just 42 balls with majestic off-drive, well fielded by the mid off fielder to restrict it to just a single. Chris Woakes has bowled well. He hasn’t done much except keeping a tight line and length. Just four runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 77/3 in 12 overs Steven Finn comes on to bowl his first over, replacing Stuart Broad. He has bowled a good over, operating on a tight line, offering little room for the batsmen to free their arms. Just five runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 72/3 in 11 overs Chris Woakes comes on to bowl his second over and succeeds rightaway by dismissing Steve Smith. George Bailey has come out to the middle following the dismissal of Steve Smith. This is an ideal opportunity for the stand in skipper to prove his worth in the side. Six runs off the over.
Steve Smith OUT! Australia 70/3 in 10.3 overs Steve Smith looks to come across the stumps, but fails to counter a beautiful yorker by Chris Woakes and loses his wicket. Steve Smith b Woakes 5 (9b) — Catch the video highlights of the wicket here
Live Score Australia 66/2 in 10 overs Stuart Broad continues from the other end, bowling his fifth over. He is getting better in the last few overs. He is getting a little nippier with his pace and troubling the batsmen with his length. Steve Smith is off the mark with an easy single towards mid on. Aaron Finch has moved on to 41 off 35 balls. Six runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 60/2 in 9 overs England have made first change to their bowling. Chris Woakes has come in to bowl for James Anderson. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch continues to live dangerously. He is operating on a tight line just outside off-stump. Just three runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 57/2 in 8 overs England have their tail up as Stuart Broad gets two wickets off consecutive deliveries. First he gets David Warner with a yorker and follows up with a brilliant outswinger to Shane Watson. Watson gets an outside edge and Jos Buttler takes an easy catch. However, Steve Smith defends the the yorker well. A fantastic over by the tall fast bowler – the best of the innings for sure!
Shane Watson OUT! Australia 57/2 in 7.4 overs Stuart Broad gets an amazing outswinger to get Shane Watson to get an edge and give an easy catch to the wicketkeeper. — Watch the Video Highlights of the wicket here
David Warner OUT! Australia 57/1 in 7.3 overs Stuart Broad manages to dismiss David Warner with a yorker length delivery after he gets an inside edge and rattles his own wicket. — Watch the Video Highlights of the wicket here
Live Score Australia 52/0 in 7 overs James Anderson comes on to bowl his fourth over. He starts off with a delivery straying on the leg side. Aaron Finch guides it through the fine leg region for another boundary. Australia and the opening partnership bring up their 50 runs off just 40 balls. Just five runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 47/0 in 6 overs England are showing good commitment on the field, but Australia is racing away quickly towards the 50-run mark. Stuart Broad, who has come on to bowl his third over is pitching it fuller and with better results. Six runs off the over.
Australia 41/0 in 5 overs Aaron Finch is bludgeoning the English bowlers. James Anderson slightly over pitches the delivery and gets driven straight powerfully by the opener. The pitch is easy paced and the ground slightly heavy due to the rain the previous night. Suddenly after the first two overs, Australia have taken command of the game and made the bowlers look miserable. 18 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 23/0 in 4 overs It’s Aaron Finch who has decided to start the attack on the English bowlers. he starts off with a straight shot over the head of the bowler for a boundary. He follows up with three runs off the next delivery. David Warner isn’t making things any simpler for the fast bowler with a dab through the square leg region for a couple. Aaron Finch is already proving that dropping his catch was a costly miss by the English. Stuart Broad isn’t helping matters by bowling short-pitched stuff. 15 runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 8/0 in 3 overs James Anderson has come on to bowl his second over. He has done well to keep David warner’s attacking play in check with some testing deliveries leaving the left-hander. he strays a bit on David Warner’s legs which he plays through the mid wicket region for a couple. Two runs off the over.
Live Score Australia 6/0 in 2 overs Stuart Broad has taken the second new ball for England. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch continues to play the flick show through the leg. He is bowling a good length and getting a good away going delivery from the right hander. Just three runs from the second over.
Live Score Australia 3/0 in 1 over James Anderson has taken the new ball and will be bowling the first delivery of the Australian leg of the World Cup to David Warner. He starts off with a good away going delivery from the left-hander, getting a nice shape to the delivery. He is off the mark, along with Australia with a short jab through the gap between cover and extra cover for a single. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch is beaten with an away going beauty. The next one is flicked through the square leg region. Chris Woakes drops an easy catch. Just three runs off the first over.
The players of both sides – Australia and England have walked in with the mascots for the national anthem. England’s national anthem is played out first followed by that of the home side Australia.
08:30 AM IST: England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field against Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Match 2 of the Pool A clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on Saturday. Australia will be led by George Bailey in the absence of Michael Clarke.
Morgan said at the toss, “Shouldn’t change through the game, bit of a storm that came through so maybe a bit of moisture as well. Ballance is in, batting at No. 3. Ravi’s out. We’ve gone for the extra batter today.”
England (Playing XI): Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), James Taylor, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey(c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin(w), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
Hello and welcome to the live cricket score updates of Match 2 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on Saturday. The Group A tie will the opening encounter of the World Cup in Australia, with the first match set to be hosted by co-hosts New Zealand in Christchurch. (Also Read: Top 5 Players to Watch Out for in Australia vs England match here)