Josh Hazlewood, on Friday, starred with the ball as Australia beat England by 19 runs in the first ODI to take the lead in the three-match series. Sam Billings scored his maiden ODI hundred but it was not enough for him to take England over the line.
Josh Hazlewood made the difference with the ball for the visitors. The right-arm pacer conceded just 26 runs off his 10 overs and picked up three crucial wickets. He first dismissed dangerous Jason Roy for just 3 to give Australia a solid start with the ball.
The Australia star then dismissed Joe Root (1) and Moeen Ali (6) to put the tourists in the driver’s seat. And during his spell, he also took a stunning catch off his own bowling to send back Jason Roy. In the fourth over of the match, he took a one-handed stunner to leave Roy stunned.
It was a length ball around the off stump which Roy wanted to drove down the ground. The England opener went for the shot but failed to keep the ball grounded. But Roy still looked safe as Josh Hazlewood was veering away on his follow-through.
However, he stuck his right hand out in time and took a stunner to send the England star back.
Here is a video of that stunning catch:
Australia take the lead:
Chasing 295, England started on a poor note and were reduced to 57-4 after a fine opening spell from Josh Hazlewood. Billings (118) and Jonny Bairstow (88) then revived England’s hopes but they eventually ended on 275-9.
For Australia, Adam Zampa picked up 4 for 55 while Josh Hazlewood took three as well as the Man of the Match award. Earlier in the game, the visitors had recovered from 123-5 to post 294-9 from their 50 overs, largely thanks to a superb 126-run partnership between Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. Both Marsh and Maxwell scored fine fifties to rescue their team.