Wicket keeper batsman Matthew Wade came up with a cameo of 71 runs off 50 balls to fire his team to a 59 run win in the 1st ODI against arch rivals England. Wade’s assault late in the innings made sure that, despite middle order hiccups, Australia managed to post a competitive 305/6 at the Rose Bowl, Southampton. Jason Roy gave England the early initiative in the chase with 67 quickfire runs. However, the hosts stuttered badly later on, and subsequently could only limp their way to 246 before being bowled out in the 46th over.
Australian openers start well, but middle order flounders
A 76 run opening stand between David Warner and Joe Burns prepared the ideal launch pad for their explosive middle order batsmen. Steven Smith, at No 3, kept things steady after Burns’ (44 off 53) dismissal in the 15th over. Warner got a fifty but was foxed by Adil Rashid soon afterwards. George Bailey (23 off 16) supported his skipper for some time, and made things look easy out in the middle. At 164/2 in the 31st over, the Aussies looked well on course to turn on the accelerator in the last 10 overs.
The Englishmen, however, made things trickier for their opponents thereafter. Adil Rashid, having already picked up the wickets of the openers, got Smith and Bailey out in successive overs. Mark Wood had Glenn Maxwell caught down the leg side, while an unfortunate run out ended Shane Watson’s queasy stay at the crease. The tables had turned completely against the visitors within a matter of 5 overs – they now stood precariously at 193/6, the 40-over mark still 18 balls away!
Matthew Wade takes attack to England, takes Australia past 300
Just when England thought they had closed the door tightly on Australia’s chances of piling on a big score, Matthew Wade came scooting down the pavilion, taking his guard in the middle with aplomb. And the long forgotten wicket keeper batsman made sure that the match dynamics underwent major changes soon afterwards. He was ably assisted by Mitchell Marsh (40 off 34) who, batting lower down the order, has proved to be quite an asset for his team in recent times. The duo took the English bowlers by complete surprise with their counter attack. Barring Rashid and Wood, none of the bowlers had managed to get anything in the wickets column till then. And the Wade-Marsh combo ruined their figures further. Australia went past 300 in style. Eoin Morgan and his men were left with a lot of death bowling problems to think about.
England crumble under pressure after fine start
Jason Roy and Alex Hales gave England just the start they wanted (70 runs in 11.2 overs), and made sure the match looked alive at least for the first hour of the chase. James Taylor and Eoin Morgan looked in fine touch, but seemed to have promised more than they could deliver. While Taylor missed his half century by 1 run, Morgan (38 off 46) failed to convert his start into something big. And it all went downhill for the hosts hereafter. Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid together managed just 45 runs in the lower order. From 172/3, England collapsed to 246 all out in no time!
Australia (305/6 in 50 overs, Mathew Wade 71(50), Adil Rashid 4/59) beat England (246 all out in 45.3 overs, Jason Roy 67(64), Coulter Nile 2/39) by 59 runs
Man of the Match – Matthew Wade