England had a clean sweep over Australia in the 5-match ODI series adding the final win to the previous four. In the last ODI match, the home team won by a single wicket with nine balls remaining. There was a difference in the way both the teams handled each other. While Australia was played strong in the beginning with a gradual fade by the end, England started as a the lowkey, while wrapping up with a victory.
Australia’s inning began with the impressive partnership between Aaron Finch and Travis Head bringing 60 runs in 6.3 overs. Finch was taken down by Moeen Ali along with Marcus Stoinis, who followed three balls latter. Head played until the 12th over striking a half century, while hauling the score to 90. By the 15th over, the team lost 5 wickets as Tim Paine was run out. The score was only 100 and Australia had half of its line-up wiped away.
A short revival in the innings was under middle order player Alex Carey and D’Arcy Short. The players forged a partnership of 10 overs adding 59 runs. But as the next wobble begun, it became too much to handle for the visitors. In the 25th over Carey and Agar, both toppled. England bowlers clipped away the next three batsmen in 10 overs, cutting short the innings to 34.4 overs. Carey scored 44 runs, while Short remained unbeaten striking 47 runs, pulling total tally to 205 runs.
Although Moeen Ali had four wickets in the innings, Jos Buttler has special impacts. He stumped Shaun Marsh, caught Carey and struck Paine with the run out. He even had the part with Moeen Ali bringing on the run out of Kane Richardson. Meanwhile, in the chase, his century was the only winning factor for England. Australia bowlers took down the top order in 13.1 overs. When Alex Hales was down, the chase was only at 50.
It was Jos Buttler again digging the pitch single handedly to keep up his strike. He entered the pursuit at the score of 50 after the fifth wicket. The following wicket could not build up any culpable partnership, but Rashid Ali, delivered the most needed stand to make the victory possible. The 10th player down the line supported Buttler in the partnership of 81 runs. The duo chased the score to 195, until Billy Stanlake took that brilliant catch to send back Rashid. In the final stretch, Buttler played with Jake Ball to reach the winning mark. The player scored 110 runs in 122 balls.
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