England vs Australia
So that's your lot from Lord's today - Australia have won by 39 runs to take a 2-0 lead in this NatWest Series. Please join us again on Wednesday for the third ODI - perhaps England may have worked out how to use a power play by then.
Over 47: Lee W
210 - WICKET! - The game is over as Lee fires in a superb yorker to clean up Collingwood for a valiant 56, albeit at a rather pedestrian pace (84 balls). England have been bowled out for 210 midway through their batting power play.
Over 46: Watson 0-0-2-1-0-0
210-9 - There's ironic cheers as Anderson makes contact with bat on ball, albeit without getting any runs. Collingwood does manage to get three but England need much, much more than that. What a sorry mess Strauss' side have made of this game, it's almost as if they didn't learn their lessons from Friday.
Over 45: Lee 0-0-2-1-0-0
207-9 - The opening over of fielding restrictions yields the mighty sum of three runs, and two of those came via a thick insidge off Collingwood's blade down to fine leg. England now need the small matter of 43 off 30 deliveries with this last-wicket pair at the crease.
England have now taken the final power play - surely it's too little too late now?
Over 44: Bracken 0-4b-W-0-W-0
204-9 - WICKET! - Swann's luck finally runs out as he's bowled swiping across the line at a Bracken slower ball. The batsman swipes at the stumps as he heads off the field. WICKET! - And now Sidebottom has gone, clean bowled without troubling the scorers, and England are drinking in the last chance saloon.
Over 43: Watson 1-0-1-0-1-0
200-7 - Collingwood scampers through for a risky single to get through to his 22nd ODI half-century. England's 200 comes up in the same over, the last 50 runs taking 70 deliveries.
Over 42: Bracken 0-0-0-1-1-4
197-7 - Collingwood's three dot balls at the start of the over do little to calm the nerves amongst the crowd. However, there jeers turn to cheers off the final delivery of Bracken's over when the Durham batsman hits through the line over the head of mid-on, getting just his third boundary of the innings. There's a Flintoff fitness update - he suffered a minor deep vein thrombosis in his right calf following knee surgery but this will not complicate his recovery.
Over 41: Johnson 1-1-1-1-1-1w-1
191-7 - Swann continues to live dangerously, this time getting a leading edge looking to work Johnson through mid-wicket that loops just wide of Hauritz at cover. With the added bonus of a wide England pick up seven runs. And still we wait for the power play to be taken.
Over 40: Hauritz 1-1-1-1-1-1
183-7 - It's a picket fence over for England as they get six singles off Hauritz. Swann did his best to break the run of ones, lofting the spinner just short of long-off and then reverse-sweeping one delivery pitching on leg stump through point. It all ending up being just one more to the total, and the hosts now need 66 from the last 10 overs.
Over 39: Johnson 0-1-2-1-1-0
178-7 - Swann looks like a man with a plan - he's come out swinging at Johnson and seems determined to help England get home here. After 39 overs Australia were 166-5 - remember their batting power play yielded 40 runs.
Over 38: Bracken 0-1b-1-0-1-1
173-7 - Collingwood keeps the strike with single off the last ball of Bracken's latest over - England now need 77 from 72 balls. Power play anybody?
Over 37: Johnson 2-0-1-W-0-1
169-7 - WICKET! - After Collingwood survived a scare from the first ball, Paine dropping a tough chance diving to his right, although replays showed the ball hadn't actually hit the bat before looping off the pad, Bresnan does depart. The Yorkshire all-rounder attempts to thrash Johnson over point but only ends up in getting a thin edge through to the wicketkeeper.
Over 36: Bracken 1-0-0-0-1-0
165-6 - Friend of the scorecentre Chandni is wondering if Wright wouldn't be better used at the top of the order, rather than in the middle. Her point is a valid one, but England have decided he's to be used as a finisher in the closing overs. Joe Denly may well be the option at the top of the order in place of Ravi Bopara, provided he's fit to play.
Over 35: Lee 0-0-0-1-0-0
163-6 - The run-rate is now nearing a run-a-ball (87 off 90 to be precise) and Australia have plenty of options left to bowl. The key to this game now seems to be that English power play and when exactly they choose to take it. Knowing that Swann is next, you'd reckon it would be better to be used up sooner rather than later.
Over 34: Hauritz 0-0-1-0-1w-0-0
162-6 - The change of ball now takes place, something England will be happy about considering Lee was getting the older one to arrow back in late. It's a quiet Lord's right now as the tension seems to be getting to the crowd. The asking rate is still not an issue for England, the area of concern is the number of wickets lost.
Over 33: Lee 0-1-W-0-2-1lb
160-6 - WICKET! - Wright's enterprising knock comes to an end when he gets a feather of an edge through to Paine behind the stumps. Lee is adamant it's out and eventually umpire Hill agrees with him, sending the Sussex all-rounder on his way for 20 from 19 deliveries. Bresnan is beating all ends up by the first delivery he faces but manages to make contact with the second, whipping it away through mid-wicket for two. The final ball strikes Bresnan on the arm and runs away for a leg bye(?).
Over 32: Hauritz 1-1-0-1-0-4
156-5 - Hauritz returns and only concedes three off the first five deliveries...then gets swept away powerfully by Wright to concede four. The attacking stroke takes England through to DRINKS. The task is this - England need 94 from 108 balls with a batting power play still to come.
Over 31: Lee 1-0-0-1-0-1
148-5 - Lee comes back on and leaks just three singles. He's also getting the ball to tail back in with some late inswing, though very soon we will have the mandatory ball change after 34 overs. We've also now got the floodlights on at Lord's, meaning the ground cannot have them on again this season. Apparently they had one final credit to use them and, despite this being a day game, that's not been used up.
Over 30: Bracken 0-0-1-0-0-4
146-5 - Colingwood is now fourth on the all-time list for England's leading ODI run-scorers, over-taking Allan Lamb. Wright celebrates his team-mate's achievement by slapping a wide ball from Bracken way over the head of cover for four. England need 104 from the final 20 overs (120 balls).
- 6th Sep 2009
- I J Gould and A L Hill
england BATTING CARD
|Bopara||lbw b Watson||27|
|Prior||c Paine b Watson||1|
|Morgan||lbw b Johnson||14|
|Wright||c Paine b Lee||20|
|Bresnan||c Paine b Johnson||5|
|Extras||1nb, 6w, 5b, 2lb||14|
|Total||All out, 46.1 Overs||210|