James Faulkner steals thrilling one-wicket win for Australia in Brisbane
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner hammered a 47-ball 69 not out to help Australia score a thrilling 1-wicket win over England in the second ODI at Gabba, Brisbane on Friday.
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner hammered a 47-ball 69 not out to help Australia score a thrilling one-wicket win over England in the second ODI at Gabba, Brisbane on Friday. All images from AP and AFP.
England won the toss and elected to bat. Skipper Alastair Cook was ably supported by Ian Bell for a 57-run opening-wicket stand before the left hander fell for 22. Bell, though went strong and made 68.
Glenn Maxwell hampered the English innings with timely scalps of two-left-handers Cook and Gary Ballance. England stuttering at 78 for 3.
Once, Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara departed, Eoin Morgan hogged the limelight with a solid hand batting at No.5. Morgan kept the attack on the Australian bowlers with timely hits to the fence.
Morgan finally reached a well-deserved 99-ball 106. His knock was laced with four fours and six sixes. He shared a crucial 117-run stand with Jos Buttler and helped England recover to post a formidable 300 for 8 in their 50 overs.
Australia's 301-run chase started off poorly with Aaron Finch, hero of the first ODI win for Australia, fell for zero in the second over to Chris Jordan. The right-arm English pacer, then struck in the 6th over to remove David Warner for 18.
Shaun Marsh, who came out to bat at No.3, held the innings together with a responsible fifty (55 off 69 balls). Marsh fell to the offbreak of Joe Root, who had earlier accounted for Michael Clarke's wicket. Australia in a spot of bother at 114 for 4.
Soon Australia lost half their side at 120 for 5, when 6-foot 7-inch bowler Boyd Rankin got George Bailey out LBW for 24.
Glenn Maxwell and Brad Haddin then came up with a rearguard action, attacking the English bowlers in a 80-run stand.
Tim Bresnan then broke the back of the Aussie chase with the wickets of Haddin and Maxwell. An England win, their first in what has been a forgetful tour, looked certain when the hosts were reduced to 244 for 9 with just 6 overs to go. But the match was far from over.
Then came out James Faulkner, with a belligerent knock, that blew the English away. Faulkner hammered three fours and five sixes in his 47-ball knock. He kept on finding the fence and was particularly attacking against Ben Stokes, who was hit for consecutive sixes in the penultimate over, turning the match in the hosts' favour. Faulkner butchered anything short of length and peppered the leg-side fence with ease. His man-of-the-match effort to Australia to an unlikely 1-wicket win, giving them a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.