Brilliant centuries from Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey have lead Australia to defeat England in the third one-Day international match played at Old Trafford. With this 3 wickets victory, Australia won 3 ODIs series by 2-1 and it was the first occasion since 2015 when England lost home series.
World champion England were sensational with their first 50 overs the match though they lost two wickets on the very first two balls of the game. Mitchell Starc dismissed opener Jason Roy and Joe Root in the first over for two ducks.
Johnny Bairstow was sensation with his batting for England throughout the innings as he scored brilliant century and made 112 before returning to pavilion.
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Towards the end of innings, Sam Billings and Chris Woakes hit individual fifties to guide England post 302 runs in 50 overs for the loss of 7 wickets.
The target was never gonna be easy for Aussies as they failed to even chase down 234 runs two days back. And the task became more difficult when Australia lost 5 wickets in the 17th over for just 73 runs on the board. Now Maxwell and Carey were batting together and took responsibility to take the team home.
Both players played their shots and scored match winning hundreds to guide Australia win the match. Maxwell made 108 runs in 90 balls with the help of 7 sixes and 4 fours meanwhile Carey hit 2 sixes and four boundaries. Australia achieved the target with remaining two balls in the game.
Glenn Maxwell was awarded player of the match and man of the series.
Toss: England won toss and chose to bat
England Innings: 302/7 in 50 overs (Bairstow- 112 runs, Billings- 57 runs, Zampa- 3 wickets, Starc- 3 wickets)
Australia Innings: 305/7 in 49.4 overs (Maxwell- 108 runs, Carey- 106 runs, Woakes- 2 wickets, Root- 2 wickets)
Result: Australia won the match by 3 wickets
Man of the Match: Glenn Maxwell