Australia won the first match against the host England by 88 runs in the second ODI to lead the five match series by 1-0.
Australia made 315 for seven in 50 overs with the help of Captain Michael Clarke’s century. Chasing the huge target England was all out for just 227 runs in 45th over.
England won the toss and elected to bowl first. English bowler started with some aggressive bowling. Shaun Marsh was out in the first over for duck.
But skipper Michael Clarke came to bat at number four and lifted Aussies team. With the help of Clarke’s 105 runs Australia was able to make 315 runs in the board. Skipper who scored his eights century played 102 deliveries and hit 14 boundaries.
Twenty twenty skipper George Bailey gave a good partnership to ODI skipper Clarke. Bailey made 82 runs of 67 balls with five fours and four sixes.
Apart from Clarke and Bailey Aaron Finch made 45 runs and Shane Watson also scored 38 runs.
With a huge target of 316 runs, England came to bat but could not hold their wickets. Opener Kevin Pietersen made 60 runs. But his partners came and went back to the pavilion.
Jos Buttler was the highest run scorer for English team who made 75 runs. England’s hope of winning the game was finished when Buttler was also out in 43.2 overs when England score in the board was 216. Eion Morgan who also played a brilliant know of half century also made 54 runs.
Clint McKay was the highest wicket taker for Australian team with 3 wickets.
Skipper Michael Clarke scored his eighth ODI century was awarded as the Man of the Match.
First ODI was ruled out without a ball being bowled and the third ODI will be held on September 11 at Edgbaston, Birmingham