England pull 1-wicket miracle win over Australia

Zeecric Bureau

Manchester: England beat Australia by one wicket in the third one-day international in Manchester on Sunday after the wicket of Morgan completely opened the flood gates as they lost their next 4 wickets for 14 to give the Aussies a glimmer of hope to pull of a miracle win.

Tim Bresnan held on to his nerve to help Eng take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the 5 match series.

Graeme Swann had taken four wickets as England pushed for a series win over Australia by dismissing the tourists for just 212 runs.

Off-spinner Swann took four wickets for 37 runs in 10 overs in an innings where only Shane Watson (61) passed fifty and Australia captain Ricky Ponting was out for his latest low score of the tour.

Together with left-arm spinner Michael Yardy (one for 45) he checked Australia’s progress after the tourists started briskly.

James Anderson, on his Lancashire home ground, then finished off the innings with a burst of three for five in seven balls, on his way to final figures of three for 22 in eight overs, as world champions Australia were bowled out with four overs remaining.

England captain Andrew Strauss’s decision to field was understandable given his side had gone 2-0 up in the five-match series after chasing in four-wicket wins at both the Rose Bowl and in Cardiff earlier this week.

But Tim Paine, who made 44, looked in good touch as England’s pacemen -- with the exception of Anderson, whose first six overs cost just 12 runs -- suffered.

Paine was especially severe on Tim Bresnan’s fourth over. The Yorkshire seamer conceded 18 runs, with the pick of Paine’s shots a cover-driven four.

Watson followed up by launching all-rounder Luke Wright for six and four off successive balls.

But a first-wicket stand worth 75 ended in the 14th over as Yardy, with his third ball, had Paine, playing back, plumb lbw to a ball that turned.

Star batsman Ponting came to the crease having made a top score of 33, against Ireland, in four previous innings on this tour.

But here he managed just three off 16 deliveries.

Going down the pitch, he was beaten on the legside by Swann and wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter completed a neat stumping.

Watson went on to a 54-ball fifty with two sixes and five fours but gave his wicket away when top-edging a legside flick off Swann to square leg where Strauss held the easy catch.

Michael Clarke, tied down in making 33 off 54 balls with no boundaries, holed out straight to substitute fielder Ian Bell at long-on off Swann.

Left-hander Michael Hussey made a run-a-ball 21 before he was clean-bowled by occasional medium-pacer Paul Collingwood to leave Australia 183 for six in the 41st over.

Anderson then took the wicket his first spell deserved by having James Hopes play-on before ending the innings by clean bowling Doug Bollinger.


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