So Close, Yet So Far…

English batsmen tried hard in the 6th ODI of the series but it was Australia who prevailed again. Micheal Clarke finally played captain’s innings and lead his team to a memorable victory.

Earlier, England after winning the toss and electing to bat first put up a mammoth total of 334 runs in their 50 overs. Jonathan Trott played

137 runs helped Johnathan Trott to earn his 2nd Match of the Match award of the series but wasn't enough to provide England with a win. (image from wikipedia)

a knock of his career, scoring his 2nd century of the series. He scored career best 137 runs at very nice pace, he got some good support from Ian Bell, Kevin Petersen and Morgan.

The foundation was lead by the captain Andrew Strauss who scored 69 balls 63. Aussies bowlers were rather expensive, every one going over 5.50 runs per over. The three powerplays (20 overs) conceded 122 runs while England lost 2 wickets during those overs.

Australia response was quite  brutal right from the start, 1st over of the innings yielded 11 runs. Shane Watson scored another quick fire fifty. His fifty came of just 32 balls.

Mitchell Johnson who was surprisingly promoted in the batting order also played a useful innings of 57 runs from 59 balls before been stumped of Kevin Petersen’s bowling.

After the contributions from Watson, Johnson and Ferguson up the order all eyes were on the captain Micheal Clarke who finally played a match winning innings. He scored 80 runs of 70 balls before been run out in 50th over leaving Australia with 7 runs more to win and only 2 wickets in end.

It was an interesting finish then but Brett Lee and Hastings held their nerves taking Australia over the line with 2 wickets in hand and 4 balls to spare.

Man Of The Match: Jonathan Trott played an impressive innings for his century and was awarded Man Of The Match.

The last match of the series will be played at Perth on 6th February with Australia leading 7 match series 5-1.

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