Australia vs England, 3rd ODI: England beat Australia by 16 runs, seal series 3-0

Jos Buttler hammered 100 runs in 82 balls while Chris Woakes played a cameo to complete his half century as the duo set a difficult target of 303 runs.

Match EndedEngland tour of Australia, 2017/18 - 3rd ODI


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England beat Australia by 16 runs
By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 21, 2018 4:40:05 pm
Australia are playing 3rd ODI against England in Sydney. Australia vs England, 3rd ODI: Jos Buttler smashes 100 in 82 balls. (AP)

Chasing a total of 303 in Sydney, Australia suffered an early breakthrough with left-handed batsman David Warner once again getting out for a meagre total of 8 runs. Chris Woakes, who hammered 50 runs for England, displayed his form with the bat as he got the wicket of the dangerous Warner. Australia threw in a surprise as they promoted Cameron White up the order and sent him one-down in place of skipper Steve Smith. The strategy did not work as he became a victim of Mark Wood who provided another early breakthrough. He departed on 17 after giving an easy catch to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Aaron Finch, who has smashed two consecutive centuries in the series, went on to hammer his 18th ODI fifty before getting LBW out of 62 off Adil Rashid. Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh settled the innings but a controversial dismissal of the skipper turned the tide away from them. Marsh too departed on 55. Marcus Stoinis and Tim Paine stitched a partnership but struggled to score boundaries. The former completed his fifty but failed to take his side to a win as they lost by 16 runs.

England vs Australia 3rd ODI highlights

1635 hrs IST: England win the match by 16 runs and seal the 5-match series 3-0.

1630 hrs IST: Marcus Stoinis departs on 58 and the series is all but gone from Australia’s hands now. England are on the verge of winning the ODI in Sydney.

1625 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR MARCUS STOINIS! Makes it with a four! Much needed boundary for Australia. Can he take his side to victory and save the series?

1615 hrs IST: The required run rate has gone over 14 now. England need 43 runs in 18 balls. Can Marcus Stoinis do what Jos Buttler did for England and save the series?

1605 hrs IST: 66 runs needed on 35 balls and with Stoinis and Paine struggling to middle the ball,the match is slipping away from the hands. A loss in Sydney will take the series away from Australia’s hands.

1550 hrs IST: Australia need 86 runs in 54 balls and the required rate is increasing since Mitchell Marsh’s dismissal. Marcus Stoinis needs to get on to move the things along for his side.

1540 hrs IST: WICKET! Mitchell Marsh slogs it away for a catch to Alex Hales off Adil Rashid. The ball dropped low but Hales made no mistake. He departed on 55. AUS 201/5

1535 hrs IST: 200 up for Australia and Marcus Stoinis delivers it with a six! Australia just need 100 runs now in 78 balls with 6 wickets in hand. With Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis in the middle, it looks very chaseable.

1523 hrs IST: HUGE call on Steve Smith’s wicket. Here is the video below of the dismissal. What are your thoughts?

1520 hrs IST:  WICKET! Steve Smith is gone for 45 and Mark Wood gets the BIG WICKET! It looked like Jos Buttler has taken a clean catch here but the umpires went for a referral with the TV umpire. The third umpire adjudged it as OUT, but Smith and the crowd looked unhappy. What are your thoughts on the dismissal?

1515 hrs IST: England are missing a seamer in Liam Plunkett who has injured his left hamstring and according to a statement by ECB, is “unlikely to return at this stage”.

1455 hrs IST: 150 up for Australia and this partnership between Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith is looking really dangerous now. The duo have added 40 runs in 50 balls and England need to break this partnership to get hold of the match.

1445 hrs IST: Mitchell Marsh is scoring runs at a fast pace and he is bringing Australia back into the game. He has scored 20 runs in 21 balls. Steve Smith is looking to play the anchor innings, much like Joe Root did in the first two ODIs and ensuring they do not lose any more wickets.

1426 hrs IST: WICKET! Rashid Ali gets the much-needed wicket of Aaron Finch and he departs on 62! Finch called for a review but it went to umpire’s call who had earlier raised his fingers on a LBW appeal. AUS 114/3

1420 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR AARON FINCH! Is there any way to get him out? Aaron Finch is invincible! It is his 18th fifty ODI fifty. Another hundred in series.

1410 hrs IST: What makes Aaron Finch so dangerous during chase is that he is an uncanny ability to strike boundaries at will. He keeps on smashing balls in the air and scoring runs. Precisely, what he has done here in this chase and England are wondering how to get him out now and it is Adil Rashid who is brought into the attack.

1400 hrs IST: Aaron Finch is once again looking very dangerous here and he has scored 32 runs in 34 balls. He will be the key player Australia will rely on to chase down the total.

1340 hrs IST: WICKET! Mark Wood gets the wicket of Cameron White, who gives away an easy catch to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. He departs on 17. AUS 43/2

1330 hrs IST: Australia have opted to promote Cameron White up the order and he has come out to the middle instead of Steve Smith. Perhaps, the decision has been taken keeping the required run rate in mind. But this strategy can totally backfire in case he gets out early. It would leave no one to play a power innings down the order for Australia like Buttler did.

1320 hrs IST: WICKET! David Warner is gone for 8! Chris Woakes returns with the ball to get an early wicket after hammering a fifty. AUS 24/1

1300 hrs IST: Here we go with the chase. Mark Wood and Chris Wood start with the new ball. Aaron Finch and David Warner in the middle for Australia.

1246 hrs IST: HUNDRED FOR JOS BUTTLER! His 5th ODI century and it has come in 82 balls. 6 fours, 4 sixes and completes it with a double off Mitchell Starc in the final ball of the innings. It takes England’s total to 302/6 in 50 overs. Australia need 303 to win and save the series. What a comeback!

1245 hrs IST: Last ball to go and it is Buttler on strike on 98*. Can he hammer his century?

1236 hrs IST: Buttler has hammered two sixes and a four in this over but he will not get a chance to play this Free-HIT. But Woakes was all over it and he smashes it for four. Final over to go!

1230 hrs IST: Back-to-back boundaries by Buttler and it is his show nigw. He is smashing boundaries at will. Two overs still to go. Can he take England over 280?

1225 hrs IST: 250 up for England! This has been some hitting by Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes who both have been smashing Australian bowlers for boundaries all over the park. The duo have already hammered a partnership of 65 runs in 52 balls and have taken England to safer shores. 3 overs to go.

1220 hrs IST: This has been a good partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler. They have scored boundaries at will and jhave kept the scoreboard ticking along. With 5 overs to go, England can see themselves reaching anywhere between 260-280 which can get tricky for Australia to chase down under lights.

1155 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR JOS BUTTLER! It is the 15th ODI fifty for the wicketkeeping-batsman and it has come in just 52 balls. He can be a dangerous customer in the final few overs and Australia will look to get his wicket as early as possible.

1147 hrs IST: WICKET! Moeen Ali is gone for 6 and it is Mitchell Marsh who gets his wicket finally. He survived the catch chance but then mistimed a straight ball, which went on to take down the stumps. ENG 189/6

1140 hrs IST: Cameron White has dropped a sitter and Moeen Ali survives on 1. He can be a dangerous batsman in the final few overs. Australia may regret missing out on the chance.

1130 hrs IST: WICKET! Josh Hazlewood finally breaks this partnership between Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan, and the skipper departs on 41. Edges it and gives away an easy catch behind the stumps to Tim Paine. ENG 172/5

1105 hrs IST: 150 up for England. This partnership between Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan has reached 43 runs and the duo are working out in the middle to take their side to safer shores.

1055 hrs IST: Dropped! Eoin Morgan was dropped on 18 by Steve Smith, who rarely misses any catch. It was any easy catch at the covers but the Australian skipper lets it go.

1045 hrs IST: 25 overs are gone, and England are at 116/4. It has looked like a tough wicket to bat on with the ball taking time to come out on to the bat. A target close to 250 would be challenging for Australia.

1030 hrs IST: WICKET! Joe Root is OUT! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! It’s Josh Hazlewood who gets the HUGE wicket. Root chops the delivery and the ball just skids the bails along with it. ENG 107/4

1025 hrs IST: 100 up for England and it is a glorious strike from skipper Eoin Morgan that takes them over the milestone. Morgan and Root need to stitch a long partnership here to take England to safer shores.

1015 hrs IST: WICKET! Jonny Bairstow is gone for 39 and it’s Adam Zampa who gets him with a stunning delivery. The ball took a nasty spin and knocked his stumps. ENG 90/3

1010 hrs IST: Joe Root in this series has been invincible so far. He made 91* at MCG and then came back to score 46* at Gabba. He is currently playing on 21* and Australia will need to get his wicket soon or he can single-handedly take the game away from them.

1000 hrs IST: Two early wickets has slowed down the run rate for England in Sydney. In 15 overs, the visitors have made only 69 runs and are looking to settle down. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are working hard in the middle to keep the score board ticking but boundaries are coming hard to come by.

0936 hrs IST: WICKET! Marcus Stoinis gets the crucial wicket of Alex Hales in his first over. He is caught by Adam Zampa at mid-on for 1. England in trouble, maybe? ENG 45/2

0922 hrs IST: WICKET! Pat Cummins gets the breakthrough. He has bowled exceptionally good since the morning and his efforts reaped rewards. It is the very dangerous Jason Roy who is gone for 18 and England lose their first wicket. ENG 38/1

0920 hrs IST: It has been a steady start for England. Both the batsmen are still looking to ensure they do not lose an early wicket and are playing at a steady run rate. Pat Cummins has been exceptionally good since the morning.

0905 hrs IST: Jason Roy is starting to break out of his shackles and he has already struck 3 boundaries. He could prove to be the key player for England with the form that he is in.

0855 hrs IST: Good start from Australia and they have kept both the explosive openers in check so far. Mitchell Starc gave 3 wides in his over which could have been avoided. Other than that, it has been pretty disciplined start from the seamers.

0845 hrs IST: HERE WE GO! It is the first time England are batting first in the series. It is the explosive duo of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow in the middle. Mitchell Starc starts with the new ball.

0825 hrs IST: England have fielded the same team in the 3rd ODI. No changes.

0823 hrs IST: Australia makes 4 changes. Tim Paine, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa return to the side in place for Alex Carey, Travis Head is dropped and makes way for Pat Cummins. Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye have also been dropped.

0820 hrs IST: Australian skipper Steve Smith has won the toss and elected to bowl first against England in Sydney. After setting the target and losing in the first two ODIs, the hosts look to chase in the 3rd ODI.

0800 hrs IST: Welcome to our Live blog on the 3rd ODI between Australia and England. After a forgettable Test series, England will look to seal the ODI series by winning in Sydney. We will bring you all the updates as it unfolds from Sydney Cricket Ground. Stay tuned for updates on the toss which will be coming in shortly.

Australia Squad: Steven Smith(c), Travis Head, Aaron Finch, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Cameron White, Josh Hazlewood

England Squad: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

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