Australia managed a disastrous batting collapse as the English bowlers snatched an unlikely victory in the second ODI to level the series 1-1 at Emirates Old Tafford on Sunday.
Deciding to bat first after winning the toss, the English innings never really got going with opener Jonny Bairstow dismissed without troubling the scorers followed by Jason Roy(21) and Joe Root(39). Morgan played a patient knock of 42 but failed to capitalize on the start as Zampa dismissed him lbw just when he was looking good. It was a brilliant 76-run partnership between Tom Curran(37) and Adil Rashid(35*) for the ninth wicket which helped England to go past the 200-run mark, eventually putting up a fighting total of 231/9 at the end of their 50 overs.
Adam Zampa(3/36) and Mitchell Starc(2/38) were the destroyers-in-chief for Australia, beautifully supported by an economical spell of 1/27 from Josh Hazlewood.
Coming out to chase a comparatively easy total, Australia were pegged back by two early strikes from Jofra Archer(3/34), dismissing Warner(6) and Stoinis(9) in quick succession. A beautiful 107-run partnership between Aaron Finch(73) and Marnus Labuschagne(48) brought the Australian chase back on track.
Just as the Aussies were looking to run away with the game, the duo of Chris Woakes(3/32) and Jofra Archer wrecked havoc under the lights, bringing about a dramatic Australian collapse. Cruising along beautifully at 144/2, the visitors lost four wickets for just three runs in a span of 21 deliveries. The Australian batting line up was eventually bundled out for 207 in the 49th over, after the Aussies lost their last eight wickets for just 63 runs.
England after leveling the series 1-1 now, will be aiming to protect the record of not losing an ODI series at home since the 3-2 defeat against Australia five years ago.
Both the teams will now face off in a series deciding third ODI on Wednesday.
England – 231/9 (50/50overs)
Australia – 207 all out (48.4/50 overs)
England won by 24 runs
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Jonny Bairstow, 4.1 ov), 2-29 (Jason Roy, 6.6 ov), 3-90 (Joe Root, 22.3 ov), 4-107 (Jos Buttler, 25.3 ov), 5-117 (Eoin Morgan, 28.5 ov), 6-140 (Sam Billings, 36.1 ov), 7-143 (Sam Curran, 37.6 ov), 8-149 (Chris Woakes, 40.1 ov), 9-225 (Tom Curran, 49.4 ov)
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (David Warner, 3.4 ov), 2-37 (Marcus Stoinis, 7.5 ov), 3-144 (Marnus Labuschagne, 30.5 ov), 4-145 (Mitchell Marsh, 31.5 ov), 5-145 (Aaron Finch, 32.3 ov), 6-147 (Glenn Maxwell, 34.1 ov), 7-166 (Pat Cummins, 39.2 ov), 8-166 (Mitchell Starc, 39.3 ov), 9-176 (Adam Zampa, 43.5 ov), 10-207 (Alex Carey, 48.4 ov)
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