ENG vs AUS 2nd ODI: Australia Retain The Ashes After A Nail-biting Thriller

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ENG vs AUS: After having lost their first game, Australia came back stronger, securing a close win against England. Indeed, a close tussle between the two cricketing giants. Australia won the game by a thin margin of 3 runs, bringing down the series to a total of 1-1. The second game at Rose-Bowl Cricket Ground was important for Australia to retaliate and make a strong comeback. With England winning the game, the game would’ve been sealed, thus, Australia had to give in their all.

Winning the toss, England decided to bowl first. Alyssa Healy and Pheobe Litchfield opened the bat. No major contribution from Pheobe, but Alyssa played with Ellyse Perry. Ellyse Perry set a level playing field for England. She batted impressively well. Perry secured a total of 91 runs, after which she was compelled to leave the field, succumbing to an injury.

Beth Mooney played well, assisting Perry. Although Tahlia McGrath wasn’t able to secure many runs, Ashleigh Gardener and Annabel Sutherland batted, securing a few strokes and playing at strike rates of about 100.

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While Sutherland secured a half-century, Georgia Wareham played brilliant strokes, batting at a strike rate of 264, and secured 37 off 14 runs. This led the Australian side to a huge total of 282 runs off 50 overs. The side also lost a total of 7 wickets, thanks to the English bowlers, namely Lauren Bell and Sophie Ecclestone. The two secured 3 wickets each, which included the major batters along with the openers.

With a huge target to chase, England began the chase with Sophia Dunkley and Tamsin Beaumont opening. Beaumont played an amazing game, providing the much-needed start to England’s chase, especially as the team was meant to chase a heap of runs. She secured 60 off just 62 deliveries and offered the team the required momentum.

To follow up on her provided momentum, Nat Sciver Brunt played a jaw-dropping inning. Her not-out 111 runs were the major contribution to the team’s chase, taking them closer to the target with every passing delivery. But tough luck on England’s side, for wickets, continued on the other side.

Amy Jones tried her level best and helped Sciver, but nothing seemed to work for the English. In the end with Sarah Glenn and Sciver on the field, the team failed to secure the winning runs and lost the game by a close call of merely 3 runs. With a loss of 7 wickets, in 50 overs, the team was able to secure a total of 279 runs. Again for the Australians, two major bowlers, Ashleigh Gardener and Alana King picked 3 wickets each.

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A close game for Australia. The winning point helped them settle the score for 1-1. With another game to spare, the two teams will want to make the most of the opportunity, in order to seal the last game with their respective tags.

ENG vs AUS: Brief Score

Australia 282/7 (Ellyse Perry 91 (124), Annabel Sutherland 50 (47), Sophie Ecclestone 3/40) won against England 279/7 (Nat Scriver Brunt 111 (99), Tamsin Beaumont 60 (62), Alana King 3/44) by 3 runs.

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