The Australian cricket team has finally got something to cheer about as they have defeated England in the 5 One Day International (ODI) series. In the fifth and last ODI of the Australia vs England, the Australian team defeated England by 49 runs to win the series 2-1. It was a 5 ODI matches series but the first and the third match of the series ended without any result due to rain.
“Australia wins the 5 ODI series 2-1 against England”
The English team’s dream to send Australia back without winning even a single series was shattered yesterday after losing to 5th ODI to Australia. Before this England had beaten Australia 3-0 in the Ashes test series while the 2 T20 matches series resulted as a draw with 1-1. The ODI series was leveled with 1-1 between both teams and in the series deciding match Australia was able to emerge as victorious to win the series 2-1. Australia won the 2nd ODI by 88 runs but then England comeback strongly with a victory by 3 wickets to level the series 1-1.
While batting first, Australian team had a poor start but then they comeback into the match with a strong fourth wicket partnership of 163 runs between Shane Watson and the Australian team captain Michael Clark. Micheal Clark scored 75 runs while Shane Watson played a superb innings of 143 runs off 174 balls before losing his wicket to Ben Stokes. Australia was bowled out at 298 runs in 49.1 overs. England’s right-arm fast medium bowler Ben Stokes took 5 wickets for 61 runs.
In chase of this 299 runs target England team was able to score only 249 runs after losing its all wicket in 48 overs. England team’s innings never kept going on a stable pace as they kept losing wickets time to time especially the two run-outs of Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright in the innings put England on the back-foot early on. The only good partnership of 92 runs was between Buttler and Ravi Bopara. Bopara scored 62 runs off 100 balls. The Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson completed his 200 wickets in One Day Internationals (ODIs).
For his outstanding innings of 143 runs in the match, Shane Watson was awarded the Man of the Match while the Australian captain Michael Clarke was awarded Man of the Series title.