Reigning world champions England, on Sunday, beat Australia by 24 runs in the second ODI to draw level in the three-match series. It looked like all over for the hosts when they ended their innings on a modest 231 for 9 on a tough pitch. However, the Eoin Morgan-led side came up with a stunning display with the ball to bowl out their opponents for 207 and keep the series alive.
Chasing 232 to win the series, Australia were cruising at 144-2 thanks to a stand of 107 between Aaron Finch (73) and Marnus Labuschagne (48) before Morgan brought back Jofra Archer (3-34) and Chris Woakes (3-32) to devastating effect. Both the pacers made an immediate impact to induce a collapse of four wickets for three runs in 21 balls.
How good were our seamers today! ???
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Woakes removed Labuschagne lbw before bowling Finch and Glenn Maxwell, while Archer castled Mitch Marsh having accounted for David Warner and Marcus Stoinis earlier in the match.
Sam Curran (3-35) then put England on the brink of victory with two wickets in two balls before adding a third soon after. Alex Carey and Josh Hazlewood tried their best to take the visitors over the line before Adil Rashid accounted for the former to end the 31-run stand as well as the match.
Earlier in the game, England collapsed to 149-8, with leg-spinner Adam Zampa taking 3-36 before Adil Rashid and Tom Curran pushed them to 231-9. At one stage, the home side were reeling at 149 for 8 and the 200-run mark was looking like a distant dream for them.
However, a fighting ninth-wicket stand of 76 between Rashid (35no) and Tom Curran (37) helped England put up a respectable total on the board which eventually turned out to be more than enough.
Here are the highlights from the game: