About the Match
After winning the 1st ODI by 6 wickets with twenty-six balls remaining, Australia and England will face each other in the 2nd ODI on Jan 17th at the Gabba Stadium. Leading 1-0 in the 5-match ODI series against England, the Aussies are growing from strength to strength in their performance on the field and are looking forward to make a clean sweep here as well. England on the other hand will be eager to come out all guns blazing especially after winning the one-day match against the Prime Minister’s XI yesterday. It will be interesting to see if the hosts once again dominate or will England manage to get some respite.
Set with a target of 270 runs, the Aussie batsmen punished the English bowlers and reached the total in 46 overs; Finch once again served as the pillar of the chase by posting 121 runs off 128 deliveries and along with Warner, steadied the innings by scoring a 163-run opening stand. While Shane Watson got out for a duck, Clarke went on to post 43 runs and with the help of other middle-order batsmen, they achieved the target with 26 balls to spare. Earlier, the bowlers caused worry for the English top order and McKay was the most successful with 3-44; Coulter-Nile, Maxwell, Doherty and Faulkner contributed with a wicket each at regular intervals and they could restrict the opposition from reaching a huge total. The team will once again try to win the upcoming match on Friday with the bursting confidence and energy that is synonymous with the Aussies.
The team fared better in the first innings of the opening one-day game of the series; though Alistair Cook and Joe Root struggled to score and were dismissed early, Ian Bell’s 41 runs off 56 deliveries and Ballance’s 79 runs off 96 balls gave the team hope of a decent total. The duo posted 40 runs for the 3rd wicket but it was Morgan and Ballance’s 83-run partnership that steadied the innings. Morgan went on to score 50 off 47 balls and Buttler did well to post 34 runs off 24 deliveries; the latter partnered with Bresnan to add another 41 runs for the 8th wicket and the team reached a total of 269 runs. The players were hopeful of a win but the bowlers failed to restrict the hosts from reaching the target; while Jordan, Root, Bresnan and Stokes got a wicket each, they gave away too many runs ending up on the losing side. The team needs to recover from their failure in the tests and take the positive from their rare win yesterday to come up stronger here.
While the Aussies have dominated throughout the tour and lead the ODI 1-0, the visitors had a rare victory against the PM XI yesterday and will try to draw some positive attitude from their win. The English players are eager to better their performance and come up with a much-needed win; however, the Aussies look confident to have another win in their kitty here.
Australia, 1.36 @ Bet365
English batsmen did well in their win against PM XI a day ago, but their problems at the top of the order didn’t go unnoticed. Their top order is struggling for runs and putting pressure on middle order. On the contrary, the Australian opening pair is in fabulous form and so are the following batsmen. Considering the batting order and opening bowling of both the sides, it would be hard for England to match the home team in first 15 Overs. I think Aussies will have a better score at the end of first 15 Overs.
Highest 15 Over Score:
Australia, 1.53 @ Titan Bet