Hosts register three-wicket win over visitors in fourth ODI on Friday
Travis Head played an inspirational innings and Pat Cummins produced a great spell of fast bowling as Australia finally end England’s winning streak in the 50-over format with three-wicket win in Adelaide on Friday. The day started with Australia captain Steven Smith winning the toss and decided to bowl first.
His decision proved a correct one as the visitors lost half of their side for just eight runs in the seventh over. A 53 and 52-run sixth and seventh partnership gave some breathing space to the visitors, but two wickets in quick succession leave them 120 for eight. But another 60-run partnership for the ninth-wicket partnership between all-rounder Chris Woakes and young Tom Curran lift the visitors to competitive 196.
The star of the show was Woakes, who scored a brilliant 78 off 82 with the help of four fours and five sixes. He was well supported by Curran, who scored timely 35 off 35 with the help of two fours and one six.
For Australia, Cummins was the star of the show and claimed four, whereas his new-ball partner Josh Hazlewood and young pacer Andrew Tye claimed three wickets each.
At the half-time, Kangaroos would’ve taken 197 to chase with both hands. However, the home side made a real mess of it as they kept losing wickets at regular interval. However, England’s brilliant effort with the bowl proved not enough as Australia went over the line with 13 overs and three wickets in spare.
The star of the show for home side was makeshift opener Travis Head, who in absence of in-form Aaron Finch, played a sublime knock of 96 off 107 with the help of 15 boundaries. Apart from him, only all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine made substantial contributions with scores of 32 and 24 respectively.
For England, leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three, whereas Woakes, Mark Wood and Curran claimed a wicket each. For his outstanding bowling performance, Cummins was awarded man of the match.