England grasped the 4th ODI vs. Australia

England 7-231 (Jos Buttler 65*, Michael Carberry 63, Eoin Morgan 53, Clint McKay 4-39) beat Australia 227 (George Bailey 87, Matthew Wade 36, James Tredwell 3-53) by three wickets.

England got back in the ODI series by an interesting win over their arch rivals Australia in the fourth game besides a hat-trick by the quickie, Clint McKay.

The Kangaroos were bowled out for 227 runs with 10 balls to spare and the hosts thrashed 231 for the loss of seven wickets in 49.3 overs.

Jos Buttler (England) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his unbeaten attacking knock of 65 off 48 mere balls.

The fourth One Day International of the five match series was played on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Earlier, Eoin Morgan won the toss for the home side and invited the tourists to bat first. The decision paid off instantly since the Aussies lost two quick wickets for just 11 runs when their skipper, Michael Clarke and Shaun Marsh tried to get few runs on board. They took the score to 31 after 10 overs with 3 fours as Marsh hit 2 boundaries in the next one and was gone at 51 after scoring 25 runs. Clarke followed him in the 14th over for 22 and Australia was reeling at 4-57 in 13.3 overs as George Bailey and Adam Voges put their heads down for consolidating the innings.

Jos Buttler - Player of the match
Jos Buttler – Player of the match

They crept to 82 after 24 overs with one four from Voges while Bailey hit his first six in the following over. The partnership was broken at 124 when Voges was clean bowled by Ravi Bopara for 30 and was replaced by Matthew Wade. George Bailey completed his 8th ODI fifty in the 33rd over and the pair enhanced the run rate with regular boundaries. Wade became the next victim for 36 and Bailey was the 9th batsman who went back to the dressing room for 87 off 91 balls with 3 towering sixes and 5 fours. The innings of the entire Australian side was rolled back for 227 in 48.2 overs.

James Tredwell was the highest wicket taker with three, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin shared two each whereas Ben Stokes and Ravi Bopara claimed one wicket each.

England had an awkward beginning while losing their three top order batsmen for just 8 runs. Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Joe R     oot were dismissed by Clint McKay who claimed a hat-trick in the second over. Eoin Morgan associated with Michael Carberry in a difficult situation and the first survived a review taken by Clarke. They reached 50 at the end of the 19th over as Morgan accumulated 14 runs in the 23rd one with 3 fours. Micahel Carberry kept on stabilising at his and the score went past the hundred runs mark in the 29th over. Eoin Morgan attained his 19th ODI half century two overs later but his stumps were broken by Shane Watson for 53 off 92 with 7 fours.

Michael Carberry got his 10th ODI fifty in the process and was the fifth batsman who departed for the dressing room at his personal feat of 63 off 95 with 7 fours. The hosts lost their sixth wicket at 144 in 38.4 overs when Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes associated in the center. The tempo of the game was changed by the pair by hitting continuous boundaries and Buttler was the most adventurous of the two. He powered his second ODI fifty in the 47th over and Stokes was dismissed for 25. England required seven runs to win from the last six ball when Buttler dispatched 10 in the first three deliveries with 1 six and 1 four. He remained unbeaten for 65 off just 48 balls with 2 lofty sixes and 5 fours as the hosts powered 231 with three wickets still in hand and even balls to spare.

Clint McKay was the top wicket taker with four whereas James Faulkner, Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter-Nile got one wicket each.

England grabbed the nail biting encounter by a margin of three wickets and levelled the five match series at 1-1.


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