England go 2-0 up after comfortable win
England came into this series wanting to win in different ways. So after a dominant performance in the first one-day international, a nippier chase on an uncharacteristic Brisbane pitch is one to add to the portfolio. A four-wicket win with 34 balls remaining gave them a 2-0 lead in the series.
Australia opted to bat first and drop their only spinner. So when England used three of their own, bowling their second-highest number of deliveries by spinners in an ODI in this country, the hosts knew something was not quite right. Aaron Finch was the only batsman for Australia who put up a show with the bat and his century guided Australia to a fighting scored of 270 runs.
Even given Australia’s duff selection, Mitchell Starc threatened to save them. Starting his last over in the 38th, with 45 to defend, Joe Root and Jos Buttler set and six wickets left, he found Buttler’s outside edge, then Moeen Ali’s middle stump, leaving England still needing 43.
Jason Roy fell for only two after his 180 in Melbourne, yet England were still able to rattle Australia’s attack with Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales combining for 117 off 112 balls to break the back of the chase.
While Bairstow and Hales brought up their half-centuries in style – with a four and a six down the ground respectively – there was minor alarm when both fell in the space of 13 balls, turning 119 for one into 129 for three.
But later, skipper Joe Root and Chris Woakes took the job in their hand and they successfully finished it off to give England a 2-0 lead in the 5 match ODI series.
AUS 270/9 (50 ov) | Finch 106 (114), Warner 35 (40) | Root 2/31
ENG 274/6 (44.2 ov) | Bairstow 60 (56), Hales 57 (60) | Starc 4/59
Result: England won by 4 wickets