Australia grabs a low scoring game – 5th ODI vs. England

Australia 9-217 (George Bailey 56, Shaun Marsh 36, James Faulkner 27, Stuart Broad 3-31) beat England 212 (Joe Root 55, Eoin Morgan 39, Nathan Coulter-Nile 3-34, Clint McKay 3-36) by 5 runs.

The Kangaroos continued their dominance over the Englishmen since the batsmen of the visitors were unable to chase a rather small target in the final ODI.

The hosts scored 217 for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs and the tourists were bowled out for 212 with two balls remaining.

James Faulkner (Australia) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his all round performance.

The fifth One Day International of the series was played on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at Adelaide Oval.

James Faulkner - Player of the match
James Faulkner – Player of the match

Earlier, Michael Clarke, the skipper of the Aussies, won the toss and elected to bat first. They lost four wickets in 19.4 overs as George Bailey along with Glenn Maxwell got together at the crease. The duo kept on crawling and went past the hundred runs mark in the 28th one. Maxwell was gone at 112 for 22 and was replaced by Matthew Wade whereas Bailey reached his 12th ODI fifty in the process. The latter was dismissed for 56 and Wade became the next victim for 31 as the Kangaroos scored 217 with one wicket left in 50 overs.

Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes were the top wicket takers with three each, Chris Jordan held two and Tim Bresnan got one wicket.

England went down by two wickets at 29 when Joe Root joined in with his captain, Alastair Cook, and they tried to push the run rate. The third wicket partnership came to an end at 90 in 23.5 overs as the latter departed for 39. Eoin Morgan walked in next, hit the first six of the match in the 30th over and Root attained his fifth ODI half century while sending the ball flying over the rope. The association was dislodged at 154 when the first surrendered his wicket for 39 and the Joe Root followed him three runs later for 55. Ravi Bopara contributed 25 runs as the innings of the entire English side concluded at 212 in 49.4 overs.

Clint McKay and Nathan Coulter-Nile were the most successful bowlers with three wickets each, James Faulkner captured two and Shane Watson chipped in with one wicket.

Australia triumphed in an interesting encounter with a little margin of five runs and clinched the five match series at 4-1.


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