Australia has once again racked up a fascinating victory against England. Australia scored 342 runs for the loss of 9 wickets, while England was bowled out for 231 runs in 41.5 overs.
James Taylor scored an unbeaten 98* and fought hard, but couldn’t win the match for his team. After losing the toss, Australia was put to bat first at the MCG in the second match of the day. With the likes of David Warner and Aaron Finch in the top order, Aussies got off to a flashing start and put 57 runs on the board before Warner got out. From here on, Finch took the responsibility of scoring runs and hit the first century of the world cup 2015. Australia successfully scored 342 runs for the loss of nine wickets with the help of some good innings from Aaron Finch (135), Glenn Maxwell (66), and George Bailey (55).
Most of the England bowlers failed to make any impact on the match. The only time any England bowler had a laugh on his face was the last over of the Australian innings when Steven Finn took the first hat-trick of the world cup 2015. He also became the first England bowler to take a hat-trick in any world cup. Finn finished his 10 over spell with 71 for 5.
In a game like this, the entire team needs to come together and give a fight to the opposition; unfortunately it didn’t happen for England today. With five of their batsmen failed to touch double figures, it always looked like a one sided game. No other English man than James Taylor could face the Australian pace attack with confidence. He scored unbeaten 98 runs off 90 balls with 11 boundaries and 2 sixes. Taylor looked determined to touch magical three figures, but umpires declared James Anderson out in a controversial call and ended the England innings when they needed 111 more runs in 8.1 overs. Australia couldn’t have a better start to their mission world cup than this match.
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