1st ODI: Morgan, Root power England to three-wicket win over Australia

first_imgTim Paine and Justin Langer’s Australia regime started with a three-wicket loss to England in the first match of the five-match ODI series at The Oval on Wednesday.England, who suffered a shock loss to Scotland on Sunday almost made a mess of the modest chase but fifties from captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root along with a composed unbeaten 41-ball 35 from David Willey helped the Three Lions go over the line against an Australian side that lacked teeth overall.Only Glenn Maxwell impressed as Australia batted first, scoring 62 as the touring side lost regular wickets and were bowled out for a mediocre 214 in the 47th over.Sealed with a 6! Not a bad way to finish it off @david_willey! Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/iBAMP2Ofvc#ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/TLOjtD8ouq England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 13, 2018Sheets of sandpaper with “4” and “6” printed on them were handed out on the approaches to the Oval — a reminder of the ball-tampering scandal that engulfed Australian cricket this year and cost Steve Smith the captaincy.Coach Darren Lehmann stood down after the test series in South Africa and Langer’s new-look Australian batting line-up made an inauspicious start.Travis Head chased a wide outswinger from Willey and edged to Jonny Bairstow for a routine slip catch and Aaron Finch struck a couple of boundaries before a rash drive at Moeen Ali sent an easy catch to backward point.Shaun Marsh looked in good nick for his 24 before Moeen got one past his outside edge, the ball striking the top of off stump to leave Australia on 52 for three.advertisementCaptain Tim Paine’s rash reverse sweep off Moeen went straight to Mark Wood at backward point for 12.Australia tried to raise the tempo and Marcus Stoinis lofted a six off of Adil Rashid only to nudge one behind to keeper Jos Buttler having scored 22.Maxwell, who struck a 52-ball half century, shared an 84-run stand with Ashton Agar for the sixth wicket to raise Australian hopes of a challenging total.But Maxwell top-edged Liam Plunkett to deep square leg where Bairstow took the simplest of catches and Agar was plumb lbw to Rashid before Plunkett and Wood mopped up the tail.Billy Stanlake bowled Jason Roy for a duck in England’s reply and when Bairstow was caught on the boundary England were 38 for three.Morgan and Root put England in total control before the hosts stumbled over the line.The second match of the five-game series is in Cardiff on Saturday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more