England have won the first ODI by 3 wickets against Australia despite wobbling on the finishing line in the five-match series opener at The Oval, London.
Australia elected to bat first under their new ODI captain Tim Paine. Aaron Finch and Travis Head were the new opening batsmen. Head was dismissed early in the innings by David Willey. Finch was caught off Moeen Ali as spin did the job for England.
Shaun Marsh made 24 off 30 on his return to ODI side. Australia stumbled to 90/5 as Ali struck thrice. Marcus Stoinis and Paine didn’t do much.
Glenn Maxwell got his form back at a time when his side needed badly. He tied a 84-run partnership with Ashton Agar for the sixth-wicket to lead Australia’s recovery. Maxwell top-scored with 62 runs off 64 balls hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes. Agar made 40 from 62.
Australia were all out for 214 runs in 47 overs. Liam Plunkett took three wickets for 42. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid picked up two scalps.
England lost Jason Roy on the second ball to Billy Stanlake, who bowled an inswinger. No.3 Alex Hales turned out to be debutant Michael Neser’s maiden wicket. Jonny Bairstow missed out on being the second man to hit four consecutive ODI tons.
With England 3 down for 38, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan rescued from the trouble as they put on 116 runs. Skipper Morgan led from the front as he scored his first fifty in 17 innings. He departed scoring 74-ball 69 runs with 11 boundaries.
Andrew Tye struck twice to dismiss Morgan and in-form Jos Buttler. Stanlake got Root caught behind for 50. Just as the game was leaning towards England, the tourists hit back. England lost three big wickets in ten runs.
Willey and Ali added some runs to get closer. Ali failed to finish the game off as he was dismissed for 17 by Neser. England then crawled to the victory by three wickets with six overs remaining. Willey scored career-best 35* off 41. Plunkett remained unbeaten on 3 runs from 15 balls.
Australia 214 all out in 47 overs (Maxwell 62, Agar 40; Plunkett 3/42, Ali 3/43)
England 218/7 in 44 overs (Morgan 69, Root 50; Tye 2/42, Stanlake 2/44)
England won by 3 wickets