Travis Head, Pat Cummins help Australia to clinch Adelaide ODI by three wickets
In a low-scoring affair, Australia beat England by three wickets and 78 balls to spare while riding on the all-round performances of Travis Head and Pat Cummins on Friday in the penultimate One-day International of the five-match Gillette series in Adelaide.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine remained unbeaten on 25 off 31 balls, and Andrew Tye faced a ball for three when he hit the winning runs in mid-off region on the bowling of Mark Wood.
Opening alongside explosive opener David Warner, Travis Head was the top-scorer with 96 off 107 balls. He struck 15 boundaries in his knock to score at the strike-rate of 89.72.
Skipper Steve Smith was dismissed by Adil Rashid when Joe Root completed a catch after facing 16 balls for his four. Mitchell Marsh, who was caught and bowled by leg-spinner managed to score 30-ball 32. His cameo included three fours and a six.
Cameron White was trapped in front of the stumps by Tom Curran as Warner could score 13 off 11 before nicking the ball off Chris Woakes straight into the gloves of Jos Buttler.
Pat Cummins faced nine balls for his three before the confusion with Paine saw him failing to return to the non-strikers end when Mark Wood effected the run out dismissal.
While chasing down the target of 197, Australia had a plenty of time in the world to work on, but the visitors’ bowlers somewhat did well by eking out wickets which weren’t enough in general.
Earlier, England batted first and was bundled out on 196 in 44.5 overs after the Australian bowlers ripped apart the batting order on Adelaide surface.
After reeling at eight for five in 6.2 overs, England saw skipper Eoin Morgan somewhat knitting the partnership of crucial 53 for the sixth wickets.
Morgan scored 61-ball 33 before being dismissed by Pat Cummins, who saw his remarkable figures of four for 24 in his quota of 10 overs and was simultaneously named Man of the Match.
Smith used seven bowlers as pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood bagged three wickets alongside Andrew Tye.
Bowling allrounder Chris Woakes was the top scorer for England with 82-ball 78 which saw his innings was comprised of five sixes and four boundaries.
For the ninth wicket, Woakes alongside Tom Curran knitted 60 runs to give something for their bowlers after struggling at 120 for eight in 32 overs.
Curran managed to score run-a-ball 35. He smashed two boundaries and a solitary six.
Explosive opener Jason Roy was dismissed for nought alongside Jonny Bairstow which subsequently saw four Three Lions batters returned to the hut without opening the account.
Follow Gillete ODI series here: Australia Vs England, 2018
Tahir Ibn Manzoor