ENG vs AUS: Australia descended without Smith, still beaten England by 19 runs

Manchester: Despite their former captain and star batsman Steve Smith not playing due to injuries, Australia defeated England by 19 runs in the first ODI. The hero of Australia’s victory was fast bowler Josh Hazelwood, who took 3 wickets for 26 runs and took a catch and made a great catch, making the Australian road a century partnership of Sam Billings and Johnny Bairstow. Also finished. In the end, even Billings’s century could not work for the host team.

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The target of victory was met by 296 runs
While batting first, the England team was given the target to score a record 295 runs for victory over Old Trafford. England had lost their initial 4 wickets for just 57 runs, 2 of which went to the account of leg-spinner Adam Zampa. But Johnny Bairstow and Billings changed the course of the match by adding 103 runs for the 5th wicket.

When the match was out of Australian hands, Hazlewood broke the partnership by diving and taking an impossible catch from Bairstow. From here, the match was again in the possession of Australia. Bairstow scored 84 runs. Billings’ struggle continued at the other end of the wicket, but no one could support him. Billings scored 118 off 109 balls and was dismissed on the last ball of the match. England’s score was reduced to 275 for nine wickets in 50 overs.

Australia had lost 5 wickets for 123 runs
Earlier, England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and gave Australia the first batting. Fast bowler Jofra Archer bowled opener David Warner for 6 runs and proved his captain’s decision right. In the 10th over of the innings, Mark Wood caught skipper Aaron Finch on a personal score of 16 by wicketkeeper Jose Butler. Marx Stoinis could not convert his 43 runs and Marnus Labushen his 21 runs innings into a big score. After this, wicketkeeper Alex Carijab returned to the pavilion after scoring 10 runs, the team’s score was 123 for 5 wickets.

Maxwell and Marsh took over the Kangaroo team
Australia were trapped in crisis due to early wickets falling, with Glenn Maxwell’s 77 runs and Mitchell Marsh’s 73 runs with their half-century innings. Due to the 126-run partnership between the two batsmen for the sixth wicket, the score of Australia team crossed 250. Archer broke this partnership by bowling Maxwell.

Marsh hit six fours in the 100-ball innings. He was lbw to Wood. Mitchell Starc, during his unbeaten 19 innings, hit the last ball for six, bringing the team’s score to 294 for 9 wickets. For England, Archer and Wood took three each, while Adil Rasheed took two and Chris Woaks took 1 wicket.

The team was nervous due to a ball in Smith’s head
Earlier, the Australian team had started playing without their star batsman Steve Smith, who had a ball in his head during practice. This made the team management nervous and everyone remembered the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes from the ball in the head. The incident happened on Thursday when a member of the coaching staff was throwing the ball over the net and a ball hit Smith’s head. Although Smith was found fit in the ‘Concussion’ investigation, the Australian team management said that he was not fielded as a precautionary measure.
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