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Australia trash England in the 5th ODI to win the series 3-2

Australia thrashed England in the 5th ODI by 8 wickets to win the series 3-2 played at Old Trafford just a few moments ago. It was a dominating performance by the Australian team who outplayed England in all departments and made sure they win the series. Australia created pressure on the England team and never allowed them to enter into the game.

Chasing a paltry total of 139 the Australian innings too started badly losing the wicket of Burns for 0. Smith and Finch played some wonderful strokes scoring 29 for the 2nd wicket. At the stroke of lunch, Smith was dismissed for 12. At lunch, Australia was 36 for 2 in 10 overs.  

After the break, Finch and Bailey played some attacking cricket. Finch remained not-out on 70 while Bailey remained not-out on 41. Australia won the match by 8 wickets with 154 balls to spare. The Australian team needed 24.2 over’s to finish the match and seal the series 3-2.

England won the toss and elected to bat. The England innings got off to a poor start as Jason Roy was given out, but he reviewed his decision and the umpire had to reverse his decision as out. Two balls later, Jason Roy was dismissed for 4. Alex Hales did not score many runs and was caught leaving England in big trouble at 13 for 2. James Taylor hit some wonderful strokes but was dismissed for 12. Morgan was hit on the helmet and had to retire hurt. Ben Stokes and Bairstow tried to steady the innings by building a nice partnership of 34 before Bairstow was dismissed for 10.

Bairstow was given not-out, but Australia reviewed and the umpire had the reverse his decision as out. Ali and Ben Stokes hit some wonderful strokes, but Ali played a loose stroke. England lost wickets at regular intervals and were struggling at 106 for 8. Rashid and Topley put up a 30 runs wicket as Topley was the last wicket out. Rashid remained not out on 38. England was bowled out for 138 in 33 over’s. Mitchell Marsh was the pick of bowlers with 4 wickets, Hastings 3, Agar and Stars 1 each.

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