England snatch an unlikely victory to level ODI series

England snatched an unlikely victory by 24 runs to level the ODI series 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday. Australia were well on course for victory before capitulating by losing eight wickets for 63 runs.

England looked in trouble at 149-8 before a stand of 76 between Adil Rashid and Tom Curran enabled England to make 231.

Australia were cruising to their target when England’s bowlers hit back to send the series all square with one match to go.

England go into second match without Wood and Ali

On the same pitch as the opening ODI, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat. England were without Mark Wood with a slight knock and decided not to go with Moeen Ali.

Jason Roy survived a confident lbw appeal second ball, but Australia soon struck. Jonny Bairstow faced six deliveries before thick edging behind without scoring.

Roy(21) was looking in good touch before a direct hit from cover point ran him out. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan stood firm and added 61 before Adam Zampa struck with his third ball. The leg spinner had Root(39) caught at slip.

England struggle under the spin of Zampa

Jos Buttler(3) failed to shine, and with Zampa(3-36) picking up the wickets of Morgan(42) and Sam Billings(8) England were struggling on 140-6. Sam Curran(1) and Chris Woakes(26) soon went with Australia well on top.

England needed some inspiration and it came in the shape of Rashid(35*) and Tom Curran. The pair added a useful 76 with 53 runs coming in four overs.

With two balls remaining Mitch Marsh bowled Curran(37) as England closed on 231 for 9 in their 50 overs.

Aussies lose Warner early on

Australia soon lost David Warner(6) in their run chase with Jofra Archer picking up the wicket of the opener. Archer has now dismissed Warner four times in this white ball series between the sides.

Bowling with serious pace and aggression Archer had Marcus Stoinis(9) caught behind to leave the visitors 37-2. The visitors had to regroup, and it was down to Marnus Labuschagne and Aaron Finch to pull Australia around.

Labuschagne and Finch to the rescue for Australia

The pair added 107 for the third wicket before Chris Woakes trapped Labuschagne(48). Australia were still in a strong position to push for victory, but little could they see a massive collapse coming.

Archer(3-34) bagged the wicket of Marsh(1) and with Woakes picking up the dangerous Finch(73) Australia had lost three wickets in 21 balls.

England fightback to level series

Australia’s collapse continued when Woakes(3-32) dismissed Glenn Maxwell and Sam Curran bowled Pat Cummins(11). Curran struck again when Mitchell Starc(0) chased a wide ball first up with Curran on a hat trick.

Zampa(2) avoided the hat trick delivery but shortly afterwards fell to Curran(3-35). It was left to Alex Carey to try and get Australia over the line. Carey(36) eventually fell to Rashid as Australia fell short of their target.

It sets it up nicely for the third and final ODI on Wednesday, with the momentum firmly back with England.

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