England locked horns with Australia in London for the 1st ODI of the 5-match ODI series. Tim Paine-led Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Australia did not get of to a good start, they lost Head (5), Aaron Finch (19) too did not kick on after getting a start. It just got from bad to worse when they were reduced to 70 for 4 after Shaun Marsh (24), Stoinis (22) departed. The hosts looked completely on top.
It was finally left to Maxwell (62) and Agar’s (40) that got the visitors to some respectability by breaching the 200-run mark. They eventually managed to score 214 and were all-out with 18 more balls to spare.
Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali were the pick of the English bowlers, they picked up 3 wickets apiece. Steve Smith and David Warner were really missed, they didn’t look half the side they are with the two champion batsmen.
It semed it would be a ake walk for the hosts, but things got off to a nightmarish start as Roy (o) departed with no run on the board. Hales (5) was leg before wicket to Neser. Coming on the back of three consecutive tons, Jonny Bairstow (28) did not last long and that is when doubts started cropping up in the minds of the English side and their fans. It was finally left to Mr dependable Joe Root (50) and Eoin Morgan (69) who stitched together a partnership to bring the English chase on track.
In-form Buttler (9) fell prey to Tye. And with three departing in quick succession meant the two new batsmen who came to the crease were under pressure and that meant the visitors were starting to believe.
But it was the Mo-Show (19) again, this time with the bat, he stitched a crucial partnership with Willey (35), who remained unbeaten along with Plunkett (3). England beat Australia by 3 wickets to take 1-0 lead in the series.