Not surprisingly, JOS BUTTLER has been named the Man Of The Match. What next for Australia? Another ODI series gone. Playing for pride remains, with 2 games left. Can they avert a whitewash? Chance 1 will come on Australia Day, 26th January, 2018 in the fourth ODI at the Adelaide Oval, at 1350 local (0320 GMT). Do join us then. In the meanwhile, you can check how Sri Lanka is faring against Zimbabwe in their must-win game. ADIOS! Take Care!
How to respond when one of your mates goes down? South Africa showed that twice in a Test - once against Australia and once against India recently when Dale Steyn was out injured. Tonight, England have done it in the absence of Liam Plunkett. They would have been worried with the loss of a bowler but the team combined together well as a unit. Only Joe Root went for runs tonight while the others did really well to share the spoils.
Steven Smith edged one behind and after numerous replays, was adjudged caught behind. From some angles it seemed like the ball had bounced. After that, the Aussies started to lose their grip on the game. There was a 74-run stand between Marcus Stoinis and Tim Paine towards the end but the required rate was always getting tougher.
Australia actually batted well on a sluggish surface with a lot of intent. David Warner and Cameron White departed early but the 69-run stand between Aaron Finch and Steven Smith got things under track. Finch departed but then the skipper got a handy partnership with junior Marsh. And then, came the controversial moment.
A really good win for England, in fact their best of the series. Even though the margin is only 16 runs. It is because they were struggling with the bat around the 40th over and then they were a bowler short. Add to this, Australia were ahead of them throughout the run chase till the 50th over. Kudos to such a performance.
Chris Woakes to Tim Paine
A short ball on middle, pulled through mid-wicket for another single. The game ends. Sam Billings collects and then roars towards the crowd. England's first bilateral series win in ODIs in Australia! 3-0 up with 2 to go!
Chris Woakes to Pat Cummins
Outside off, slapped towards sweeper cover for only one.
Outside off, Cummins slashes hard but misses.
Pat Cummins comes in, with Australia needing a hat-trick of sixes.
Chris Woakes to Marcus Stoinis
OUT! Finds the man. It was always going to be too difficult for only one person to do it for Australia and Stoinis has fallen. A short ball, Stoinis pulls it over square leg but finds the substitute Sam Billings in the deep. A calm and cool catch taken. Stoinis is disappointed. They do not even bother to cross.
On middle, punched down to long on for a couple.
A short ball outside off, another cutter, Paine mistimes his pull towards long on for a single. 21 needed from 5.
Mark Wood to Tim Paine
Full and outside off, driven through the covers and it is only one. 22 needed off the final 6. England scored 24 off Cummins' last, in the 49th.
A short ball outside off, Tim looks to pull but misses.
Mark Wood to Marcus Stoinis
A short ball down the leg side, pulled through the leg side for a single.
FOUR! Fifty for Stoinis. Poor guy. Keeps on doing the hard work for nothing. Full and wide outside off, Stoinis reaches out and steers it past short third man. This is his fourth 50-plus score in ODIs, all of them in a losing cause. I mean... this seems to be ending in one as well.
A length ball outside off, Paine swings hard but gets a bottom edge which goes past the stumps to Jos Buttler. They go through for a quick single and Buttler misses his shy at the striker's end.
Backs away and punches it through point but straight to the fielder. Only one. 29 needed from 11.
Mark Wood to bowl the 49th over.
to Tim Paine
Full on middle, smashed down the ground for a couple.