About the Match
The Aussies won the first ODI of the series against England in a comeback performance to take a 1-0 lead; the two teams will face each other on 5th September at the Lord’s cricket ground for the 2nd ODI. While Australia put up a thunderous total of 305 runs batting first, England failed to chase and were all-out by the 46th over for just 246 thereby surrendering the first match to the visitors by 59 runs. The upcoming match on Saturday will test the capabilities of the teams to do well in all departments of the game; it needs to be seen which side can execute the game plan to perfection and come out trumps at the end of it.
Adil Rashid was superb with the ball as he claimed 4-59 to dismiss the top order effectively but the others couldn’t impress much although they did combine well to restrict the hard-hitting Aussies to 305 runs. The middle-order batsmen however, struggled to get the tempo up after a smashing start by Roy and Taylor, who scored 67 and 49 runs respectively; Morgan and Hales did well too to keep the scoreboard ticking but a quick fall of wickets and the pressure was on them.
Stokes couldn’t scalp any wickets and he was unlucky with the bat too; Ali, Buttler and Woakes must bounce back and help the team steady the innings in the middle. Wood claimed a wicket but gave away too many runs; with a more disciplined attack, they can surely reign in the visitors to an achievable total.
Overall, they have good resources in the team that have helped them win the T20 match recently; if they can strategize well and be confident on the field, they can surely be a tough unit to crack on Saturday.
The bowlers were fantastic as they defended 305 successfully in the first ODI to help the team take 1-0 lead in the 5-match series; Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Starc and Watson took 2 scalps each and were economical too to stifle the English batting line-up. Maxwell did well too to dismiss Roy who was looking dangerous in the beginning of the chase.
The batting performance was excellent as they put up solid partnerships all the way; Burns and Warner posted a 76-run opening stand while Smith and Bailey combined well to keep the runs coming. However, it was Matthew Wade with his brilliant unbeaten 71 off 50 and the steady support by Mitchell Marsh, who scored a well-made 40 that took the total across the 300-run mark.
After suffering the Ashes defeat followed by the loss in the only T20 match recently, the Australians look geared up to take the ODI series; their win in the first match has certainly boosted their morale and they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum on Saturday.
The English suffered defeat but they will leave that behind to come up with a better performance on all fronts; Australia surely has proven that they have the required firepower to bounce back from the bottom. While the contest will be well-fought by both sides, we feel that the hosts will draw level with a much-needed win here