third ODI: Maxwell, Carey star with centuries as Australia win thriller to seize sequence

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Superb centuries from Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell impressed Australia to a dramatic three-wicket victory over England on Wednesday because the touring aspect clinched the one-day worldwide sequence 2-1. The pair placed on 212 runs for the sixth wicket after Australia had slumped to 73-5 chasing a stiff goal of 303 runs within the finishing game of the sequence.

Jonny Bairstow scored 112 as England recovered from dropping their first two wickets to the opening two balls of the sport to attain 302 for seven of their 50 overs after successful the toss. Australia misplaced their first 5 wickets cheaply however fought back brilliantly to win with two balls to spare in opposition to the world champions and inflict their first residence one-day sequence defeat for 5 years.

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England bought off to the worst potential begin as Jason Roy drove a thick outdoors edge to backward level and Joe Root was trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc off the primary two balls of the innings. Bairstow set about engineering a restoration, nevertheless, and England shortly pushed the run rate above six an over.

A 114-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Bairstow and Sam Billings (54) supplied the spine of the innings and Chris Woakes additionally contributed a fast half century to take England previous the 300-run mark. Woakes then took the primary two wickets of the Australia innings earlier than Root, together with his part-time off spin, nicked out David Warner and Mitchell Marsh cheaply to take away the vacationers’ prime order.

When Marnus Labuschagne was run out within the 17th over, Australia had been reeling on 73/5. Carey and Maxwell fought back, nevertheless, dragging Australia right back into the match with lusty hitting and leaving them needing 21 runs off the last 18 balls for victory. They seemed like throwing a successful place away when Maxwell top-edged spinner Adil Rashid and was caught by Tom Curran for 108 off 90 balls and 10 balls later Carey was caught by Mark Wood at third man off Jofra Archer for 106.

Australia wanted 10 runs off the ultimate over which England captain Eoin Morgan bravely entrusted to Rashid. Starc smacked a six off his first ball and hit one other boundary to win the sport, bringing a crowded summer time of worldwide cricket to an thrilling conclusion.

England had a busy three-month window into which they crammed six exams and 12 limited-overs internationals – all performed behind closed doorways in a bio-secure bubble due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

[Attribution HT]

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