ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia vs England – As it happened...
Live updates from 2nd match of ICC World Cup 2015 to be played between Australia and England.
New Delhi: Australia kicked off their ICC World Cup 2015 campaign in style as they crushed England by 112 runs in the second match of the tournament.
Over 41.4 | Score 231/10
It was a bizarre end to the proceedings as Hazlewood fired a yorker to Taylor and the umpire raised his finger. Taylor, batting on 98, immediately challenged it and reviews suggested the ball was going outside the leg-stump. But, the replays also suggested that James Anderson was short of his crease when a throw was hit at the stumps! Tayloe remains unbeaten on 98 and it has been an excellent effort from him. Australia win the match by 112 runs!
JM Anderson run out 8 (11b)
Over 40 | Score 221/9
Woakes was dismissed in the 36th over by Johnson, who picked his first wicket of the match. In his next over, Johnson picked another wicket as he caught Steven Finn off his own bowling. Meanwhile, Starc bowled Stuart Broad for a duck. While wickets are falling in quick succession, Taylor is in a different mood and he is scoring boundaries at will. He is batting on 94 and it would be interesting to see whether he can reach the three-figure mark.
ST Finn c & b Johnson 1 (6b)
SCJ Broad b Starc 0 (1b)
CR Woakes c Smith b Johnson 37 (42b)
Over 35 | Score 184/6
Taylor and Woakes have continued the good work and the Australians are struggling to get their seventh breakthrough. Taylor, in particular, has been very impressive with his choice of strokes and has played fearless cricket at the same time. This partnership is now worth 92 runs and even though it isn't threatening, it for sure has frustrated the Aussies to some extent.
Over 30 | Score 153/6
Woakes and Taylor have managed to put some fight in the last five overs. Both the players are playing their strokes and have put the Australian bowlers under some sort of pressure, possibly for the first time in the match. These two have added 40 runs in the last five overs.
Over 25 | Score 113/6
Marsh picked his fifth wicket of the match when Butler drove a ball, Steve Smith flew in the air towards his left and good a blinder! That's a five-fer for Marsh who has ripped through the clueless England batting line up.
JC Buttler c Smith b Marsh 12 (12b)
Over 10 | Score 50/2
Mitchell Marsh struck in his first over in the tenth over of the innings when Ballance hit a length ball straight into the hands of Finch at short midwicket. Joe Root is the new man in and he needs to stitch a big partnership with the experienced Ian Bell.
Over 5 | Score 29/1
Mitchell Starc got Australia their first breakthrough of the match when Moeen Ali mistimed a pull straight into the hands of George Bailey at mid-off. Gary Ballance, who included in the team in place of Ravi Bopara is the new man in.
MM Ali c Bailey b Starc 10 (13b)
Over 50 | Score 342/9
The innings ended in a dramatic manner when after leaking plenty of runs, Steven Finn took a World Cup hat-trick by dismissing Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson off the last three ball of the innings. It was a late onslaught from Maxwell that helped the Aussies reach a mammoth total considering they were 70/3 at one stage.
MG Johnson c Anderson b Finn 0 (1b
GJ Maxwell c Root b Finn 66 (40b)
BJ Haddin c Broad b Finn 31 (14b)
Over 45 | Score 281/5
Fielders can be seen all across the ground when Glenn Maxwell is batting. That's excatly what is happening at the MCG as the right-hander has raced to 36 off 26 balls. He is well supported by Mitchell Marsh who has three boundaries to his name. 44 runs have come in the last five overs.
Over 40 | Score 194/3
Finch once again unleashed his brutal batting style as he smacked Moeen Ali for 16 runs in his seventh over. He was unfortunately run-out in the next over as a result of a direct hit from Eoin Morgan. Soon after Finch's dismissal, Bailey too was dismissed, this time by Steven Finn. Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh are the two new batsmen at the crease.
AJ Finch run out 135 (128b)
GJ Bailey b Finn 55 (69b)
Over 35 | Score 194/3
He was dropped on 0 by Chris Woakes, but Aaron Finch made a strong comeback and slammed the first century of the World Cup. Bailey and Finch have taken the hosts into a very strong position and the English bowlers are looking short of rhythm as well as confidence. This partnership is now worth 124 runs.
Over 30 | Score 161/3
91 runs have been added for the fourth-wicket partnership now and none of the English bowlers are looking to create any sort of trouble for these two. Finch is now just two runs short of a brilliant century.
Over 25 | Score 140/3
Aaron Finch had seen enough and he played some massive hits in the last five overs to accelerate the pace of the innings. Root was introduced into the attack in the 25th over of the innings where Finch smashed him for a six and a boundary. Finch is batting on 88 and this partnership is now worth 70 runs.
Over 20 | Score 105/3
These two are batting sensibly at the moment. Once again, no risks taken in the last five overs and 19 runs were scored. Finch can change gears anytime and this partnership is now worth 35 runs. England need some quick wickets to get back on the driver's seat.
Over 15 | Score 86/3
Bailey and Finch have begun the process of resurrection for the Aussies. Both of them are not taking too many chances and the strategey seems to be to stitch a partnership without taking any risks. Finch is batting on 53 and his wicket is the key for English bowlers.
Over 11 | Score 72/3
Chris Woakes has been very impressive with the ball for England and he once again got a crucial breakthrough, this time with the wicket of Steve Smith! He bowled an off-cutter to Smith who got an inside edge and dragged it onto the stumps. Skipper George Bailey is the new man in.
SPD Smith b Woakes 5 (9b)
Over 8 | Score 57/2
Stuart Broad has brought England back into the game with wicket off consecutive balls! He first bowled a length ball to Warner which dislodged his bails. Shane Watson was the new man in, Broad asked his captain to put a fielder at short mid on and then bowled a delivery which moved away from Watson and he edged it to the keeper! Superb over from Broad. Some high quality pace bowling there!
SR Watson c Buttler b Broad 0 (1b)
DA Warner b Broad 22 (18b)
Over 5 | Score 41/0
After a slow start to the innings, both the pacers have accelerated the pace of the innings with a flurry of boundaries. Anderson conceded 18 runs in the fifth over of the match and the openers are now looking dangerous!
Over 2 | Score 6/0
Good start by the England pacers so far. Stuart Broad and James Anderson have stuck to their captain's plan so far, not offering any width to the Australian openers.
England have won the toss and Eoin Morgan decided to bowl first.
Australia's playing XI: DA Warner, AJ Finch, SR Watson, SPD Smith, GJ Bailey*, GJ Maxwell, MR Marsh, BJ Haddin, MG Johnson, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood
England's playing XI: MM Ali, IR Bell, GS Ballance, JE Root, EJG Morgan*, JWA Taylor, JC Buttler, CR Woakes, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, ST Finn
It might not be an Ashes series, but any match where England and Australia are up against each other is a mouth-watering contest.
Australia are undoubtedly the favourites to win the World Cup 2015. They have a very well composed unit comprising of in-form players.
In the batting department, Australia have two in-form players in David Warner and Steven Smith. Both the youngsters have scored heap of runs of late and they will be well supported by Shane Watson, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell.
England on the other hand performed reasonably well in the recently concluded ODI series where they were defeated by Australia in the final match.
Eoin Morgan, Ian Bell and Joe Root are some names who will have the onus of putting a good score on the board.
England too are a formidable unit in the bowling department where they have three world class pacers in James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn.