That was a clinical performance from the England side today against Australia at Edgbaston. England choose to bat after winning the toss. England openers had slow start as they lost their captain early for a low score. Bell and Trott steadied the ship with useful partnership as they reached the half way stage, at one point of time they were looking good at 170-1 from 30 overs and were aiming at 300. But thing didn’t go well for them as kept loosing wickets at crucial times, at the end they managed to get only 270 runs on the board from their 50 overs. Competitive score with 30 runs short from England’s point of view. Australians were happy as they restricted them for a lesser score, thanks to their bowlers who came to the party at the right time of the innings. Australia started their innings with the most destructive openers in world cricket and were hoping for a good start to follow a desperate win against the English men to get some confidence going before the much awaited Ashes series and to get going forward in champions trophy.
Watson and Warner played a watchful innings this time but that proved costly as they fell in wrong time that too in a quick succession. Hughes and Bailey tried to consolidate the innings with a partnership as Hughes played some delightful cover drives for fours and kept the score board going, Bailey took the responsibility to play till the end to get over the line for his team, they were looking good even when they run rate was increasing all the time. Tredwell who replaced the big boots of Swann got rid of Hughes with a quicker delivery that nipped back in at no time caught Hughes in front of the stumps. Australia had a lot of batting to come though but the decisive moment came when Anderson took the ball and knocked out Mitchelle Marsh and Mathew Wade in one over leaving Bailey the lonely Aussie at the ground. This rapped up the match for England as there was nothing much batting to come though the Aussie tail enders were no mugs with their bats, Bailey felt after very quickly and Faulkner showed some resistence at the end to make sure that batted through the 50 overs without getting allout and he was successful in doing this as Australia ended their innings at 221/9 in thier 50 overs of quota.
Ian Bell of England named Man Of the Match for his 91 runs of 115 balls who helped England to reach that score.