England vs Australia First ODI Match Report 2020

Sam Billings excellent 118 went in vain, as Australia defeated England by 19 runs in the first one day international at Old Trafford on Friday.

Australia were without their star batsman Steve Smith who suffered a blow to the head in training on Thursday, while England dropped both Currans and Tom Banton.

After being sent into bat by England skipper, Australia suffered an early jolt in the form of David Warner who was bowled by magnificent delivery Jofra Archer for 6.

Aaron Finch in the 10th over edged a Mark Wood delivery to wicket keeper Jos Buttler for 16.

Wood claimed the dangerous looking Marcus Stoinis for 43, while Adil Rashid dismissed Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey for 21 & 10, as the visitors were reduced to 123/5.

Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell resurrected the innings with a valuable 126 run stand for the sixth wicket, before Maxwell was bowled by Archer for an entertaining 77.

Pat Cummins fell to Archer, while Wood and Chris Woakes sent back Marsh and Adam Zampa respectively.

Mitchell Starc in the end remained unbeaten on 19, as Australia ended up with an impressive 294/9 at the end of their allotted 50 overs.

Jofra Archer along with Mark Wood claimed 3 wickets each, while Adil Rashid bagged 2.

Chasing 295, Josh Hazlewood started impressively by dismissing Jason Roy caught and bowled for 3 in the fourth over.

Joe Root was Hazlewood’s second victim as he was caught by wicket keeper Alex Carey.

Dangermen Morgan (23) and Jos Buttler (1) fell to Adam Zampa, as the home side were in trouble at 57/4.

Jonny Bairstow along with Sam Billings combined together with a 113 stand for the fifth wicket, before Hazlewood in the outfield took a fantastic diving catch to dismiss Bairstow for a well made 84.

Moeen Ali was dismissed cheaply, as England were in a big trouble at 182/6.

Billings along with Woakes game a glimmer of hope with a 41 run stand, before Woakes was dismissed by Zampa for 10.

The 29 year old Billings reached his maiden hundred but failed to take England past the finishing line, as the home side finished on 275/9 at the end of 50 overs.

Josh Hazlewood was declared the Man of the Match for his impressive figures.

The second one day international will be played at the same venue on 13 September, Sunday.

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