Australia have set England a target of 279 in fifty overs in order to get their hands on the Carlton-Mid trophy. After being reduced for 66-4 in 18 overs, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh batted steadily and revived the Aussie innings in the middle overs and a quick cameo by James Faulkner took the Aussies to a strong position.

After putting the hosts into bat on a wicket that offered a lot early on, Jimmy Anderson sent Aaron Finch back to the pavilion in the very first over caught by Joe Root at slips. Soon, Anderson struck again as he dismissed the other opener David Warner for 12. 33-3 became 60-4 when Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali had George Bailey and Steve Smith respectively. Smith became a victim of under estimating Moeen Ali as he shuffled across to him just to get stumped by Jos Buttler.

Marsh and Maxwell did the repair works as Maxwell batted with flair while Marsh was playing the anchor role as he rotated the strike for his partner. Maxwell reached his fifty and took on the attack during the batting power play before getting out for 95, 5 short of his maiden ODI 100. The duo put on a 141 run partnership for the fifth wicket when Maxwell departed. Soon Marsh reached his fifty and ran himself out for 60. Marsh had 7 fours and a six while Maxwell accounted for 15 boundaries.

Brad Haddin too didn’t last long and James Faulkner took charge in the last five overs and he plundered 50 runs off 24 balls with the help of 4 fours and sixes. Stuart Broad was the pick of the English bowlers with figures of 3-55.


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