ENG vs AUS 2018: At the Halfway Stage the Target was Well Within the Grasp – Eoin Morgan
England continued their dominant run in the ODI series against Australia, as they thumped the visitors by six wickets to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.
It was some sensational piece of batting by England before Australia put on 310 on the board after batting first. Roy was adjudged the Man of the Match Award courtesy a brilliant century. Early in the day, it was some good knocks by Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch which helped Australia score 310 runs in their allotted 50 overs.
They got off to a reasonable start, as Finch and Travis Head shared an opening partnership of 101 runs. It was a good knock by Head. Meanwhile, Finch scores a century in 106 deliveries. Shaun Marsh also looked in great touch and continued his hot form in the series. His innings of 101 off 92 balls included five fours and four sixes.
The English bowlers were spot on towards the latter half of the innings. The visitors eventually got restricted to 310 in their allotted 50 overs. For the hosts, David Willey was the pick of the bowlers with a four-wicket haul. England yet again began on sensationally. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy continued their terrific form in the series.
The duo shared a brilliant 174-run partnership for the opening wicket within 24th over.
It was some excellent hitting by the duo which has been the case for the majority of the series. Roy smashed 101 off 83 deliveries. He smashed 12 fours and a couple of sixes during his knock. His partner Bairstow, on the other hand, scored 79 off 66 balls which contained ten fours.
In the end, it was a breezy knock of 54 off 29 from Jos Buttler deliveries which included nine fours and a six. In the end, it was another comprehensive performance by the Englishmen. They are undoubtedly one of the likely favourites for the World Cup slated to be held in their hometown next year.
Following their 4th consecutive victory, this is what winning skipper Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation,
“I thought we played pretty solid cricket today. Having lost the toss and Australia winning the toss, our objective was to restrict them to total that could be later chased on. I think it depends on conditions.”
“The wicket was really good. At the halfway stage it was a total well within our grasp. He’s (Overton) a young fellow, he came in and grabbed the opportunity. He might get an opportunity in the next game too as we go to Manchester. It’s a ground we have enjoyed, hopefully, it goes well there.”