July 2, 2012
2nd ODI, The Kia Oval
England 252-4 (45.4 overs) beat Australia 251-7 (50 overs) by 6 wickets
England eased to a second victory over Australia at The Oval yesterday after defeating the tourists by six wickets.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first hoping for a large score on a ground that is always good for batting.
However, England bowled with a great amount of discipline throughout in restricting Australia to a below par score of 251-7 from their 50 overs. Steven Finn was the pick of the seamers conceding just 36 runs from 9 overs, and picked up the vital wicket of David Warner for just 10. Graeme Swann strangled Australia in the middle overs with figures of 1-27 from 8 overs.
Shane Watson top scored for Australia with 66 from 80 balls at the top of the order, and he was well supported by George Bailey who made 65 batting at number 4.
Australia would need a good start with the ball if they were going to have any chance of winning but Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson were off target from the off. Cook was dismissed by Mckay in his first over for 18, but Ian Bell was looking in fine form as he helped himself to 75 from 113 balls.
Ravi Bopara arrived at the crease with the score on 81-2 and proceeded to play his best innings in an England shirt. Bopara scored at just under a run a ball in an innings of 82 with 8 boundaries. The Essex right-hander helped England to a very comfortable victory before running himself out with just 2 needed for victory.
Eoin Morgan hit the winning runs as he finished on 43 not out from just 40 balls.
England now take a 2-0 lead in the best of five match series against the old enemy. The third match takes place at Edgbaston on Wednesday in what will be a day/night contest.
The Scoop 02/07/12