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Bowlers day out at Old Trafford in an England triumph

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We experienced an exciting 2nd ODI of Australia Tour of England which was held at Emirates Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester. In the 1st ODI which was held on 11th September 2020, Australia won the game by 19 runs where Josh Hazlewood was declared man of the match where he took 3 wickets with an economy of 2.60. Sam Billings gave an excellent performance scoring 118 of 100 but still he was unable to provide a win for England.

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So in the 2nd ODI the same performance were experienced by both the sides where they managed to score some good amount of runs. The match started with England winning the toss and electing to bat first where they managed to set a target of 231.

Looking for a hope to win and stay in the tour, England started with a slower start with an early knock of Bairstow who was dismissed with an early duck. England managed to upgrade their score line with Root scoring 39 runs of 73 balls, Morgan 42, Tom Curran 37 and Adil Rashid 35 where they managed to set a target of 231-9.

Australia who was hoping to maintain the same form to chase the target faced an early dismissal of David Warner in the 4th over. After that big wicket Finch and Labuschagne gave an increase to the score chase with Finch scoring an excellent knock of 73 runs of 105 balls but was finally bowled out by Chris Woakes.  Labuschagne , on the other hand scored 48 runs of 59 balls.  Both Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes proved to be the key players who changed the flow of game at the last moment. By taking 3 wickets in 10 overs with an economy rate of 3.9, Jofra Archer was named Man of the Match of the 2nd game of ODI by dismissing some of the key run scorers like David Warner, Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh who could have turned the match play.

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At the same time, Chris Woakes also gave his best performance by taking 3 wickets in 10 overs with an economy rate of 3.2. Woakes managed to take the wickets of Finch and Labuschagne that proved to be a turning point in the game as he managed to reduce the target chase.

This win gave England a 1-1 draw level and a survival in the tour. Yesterday’s match was a bowler’s day for England as the fall of wickets changed the outcome of the game.

Eoin Morgan, the England captain stated in the post-match interview that the win was a confidence booster for them and they will be maintaining the same form in the next ODI as well. He also added that “This was the best we’ve bowled after a long time. The bowlers made me look good with their performance.”

Bowlers Shine, celebrate last wicket, England win
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So we observed that England managed to get a win by beating Australia by 24 runs. And at the same time we have seen that the confidence level of England has shown a great rise after the win and at the Australian team will also be looking forward for a comeback. This will make the 3rd ODI to be much more fun as we have a 1-1 draw currently. It will be interesting to see both the teams trying their level best to gain a 2-1 win. So till then let’s wait for the 3rd ODI which will be held on 16th September this Wednesday in order to decide who the winner is.

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