Australia fought back hard but failed to pull off a miraculous victory over England as the home side held on to claim a one wicket win in the third one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday. With this,England have taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the NatWest series.
Needing 213 to win,England set off on a strong start with captain Andrew Strauss scoring 87 at the top of the order. But the hosts lost six wickets for just 18 runs in 39 balls late in the chase before Tim Bresnan (14 not out off 15 balls) squeezed out the much-needed win with five balls to spare,including two hits to the boundary to ease the pressure.
The home side had been cruising at three for 185 in the 42nd over,before pacemen Shaun Tait (3/29 off 10 overs) and Doug Bollinger (3/20 off 10 overs) changed the equations and brought the visitors within a realistic chance of tasting their first victory on this tour.
Earlier in the day,Strauss won the toss and decided to field,and was vindicated as Australia faded from an excellent position with the batsmen squandering promising starts. Australia faltered from 75 for no loss to 212 all out as the visiting batsmen failed again. Graeme Swann took 4 for 37 and James Anderson 3 for 22 while Shane Watson was Australias top scorer with 61 from 76 balls,including two sixes and five fours.
brief scores: Australia 212 in 46 overs (Shane Watson 61,Tim Paine 44; Graeme Swann 4/37,James Anderson 3/22); England 214/9 in 49.1 overs (A Strauss 87,P Collingwood 40; S Tait 3/28,D Bollinger 3/20)