Home > Features >

Australia emphasise stronghold over England with nail-biting victory in 5th ODI at Adelaide

Australia © Getty Images
Australia won the ODI series against England 4-1 © Getty Images

By Shrikant Shankar

Australia pulled off a five-run win over England in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) to claim the series 4-1. The target for England was only 218 runs and they looked set to win, as nine runs were required off nine deliveries with two wickets remaining. England transpired to lose both those wickets and Australia gained the win which would enhance their morale even more. This win just went onto showcase their stronghold over England.

England won the fourth ODI in Perth by a convincing margin of 57 runs after losing the first three matches of the series. They were looking for some momentum going into the Twenty20 International  (T20I) series after enduring what is definitely their worst tour Down Under. They were outplayed in the first and third ODIs in Melbourne and Sydney. In the second ODI in Brisbane, James Faulkner’s heroics with the bat snatched victory from under their noses.

They bowled very well to restrict Australia for 217 for nine in Adelaide. The wicket was not the most conducive for batting, but the England batsmen did not get off to a flying start. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell scored slowly to add 23 runs for the opening wicket. Bell fell for 14 to Nathan Coulter-Nile. Man of the Match from the fourth ODI — Ben Stokes — was dismissed for a duck by Clint McKay. But a 61-run partnership between Cook and Joe Root helped England to recover.

Coulter-Nile struck again as he dismissed Cook for 39. England’s player of the series, Eoin Morgan joined Root and the duo added 64 runs for the fourth wicket. But James Faulkner struck twice in quick succession to dismiss both Morgan (39) and Root (55) to leave England struggling at 157 for five. Another of England’s impressive performers in the series Jos Buttler (5) fell cheaply. England’s lower-order offered little resistance and Australia gained the upper hand going into the last five overs.

Ravi Bopara seemed to have done enough for England, as they only required nine off nine deliveries with two wickets remaining. Unfortunately from England’s perspective, it was too much to ask tail-enders Chris Jordan and James Tredwell to pull off the victory. Shane Watson took the wicket of Tredwell and Australia won the game by a narrow five-run margin. With that they won the series 4-1. This follows Australia’s 5-0 victory in the Ashes series and they have looked every bit brilliant in all those victories.

If England had won the match, it could have given them a nice feeling heading into the T20Is, but now momentum is lost again. They might win the three-match T20I series, but the tour has been nothing short of a disaster for England. After a brief period of England dominance, especially in Tests, Australia have managed to get back the stronghold over their old rivals. Heading into the future, Australia will be a team to watch out for, whereas England will be on an all-time low. And to add to that, Australia regained the No 1 ranking in ODIs after the win.

(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 3: Faiz Fazal dismissed by Vinay Kumar on 72

Pakistan vs Australia Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi Day 2

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Younis Khan’s ban: why the ICC is justified

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Misbah ul-Haq gets most runs by a Pakistani captain in Tests

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 138/1 at Tea; Faiz Fazal unbeaten on 60

Pakistan 405/3 against Australia at lunch on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Faiz Fazal brings up fifty; Central Zone 128/0 after 37 overs

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Mythbusting — the claim that playing for a weaker batting side handicaps a batsman has no basis

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here