Can David Warner do anything wrong? He hit his third ODI century, and his fourth international ton in a little over a month © Getty Images
Can David Warner do anything wrong? He hit his third ODI century, and his fourth international ton in a little over a month © Getty Images

Australia beat England by three wickets in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series at Sydney, securing a bonus point in the process. England fought back extremely well after they lost two wickets in the first over, but Australia came out on top eventually. Pramod Ananth lists the highlights from the game.

1. England lose four wickets in the first Powerplay: England struggled to get things going right from the beginning. They lost two wickets in the first over and four wickets within the opening ten overs. Due to this horrendous start, England were handicapped and could not play attacking cricket during the first Powerplay.

2. Moeen Ali’s quick-fire 22: Moeen Ali looked unfazed by the loss of wickets at the other end. He hit Starc for a huge six and then drove Shane Watson through the covers for a boundary. Moeen was looking to take the aerial route against James Faulkner, but this time there was a fielder waiting at covers for just that shot.

3. The Morgan-Buttler partnership: Skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler’s 67-run stand for the sixth wicket gave England some ray of hope of putting up a competitive score. Although it was an extremely slow partnership, it gave England a great platform to put up a defendable score.

4. Eoin Morgan’s gritty century: Morgan walked out to the middle when England were struggling at 12 for three. He took some time to get going but he managed to stick it out and successfully made it through the tough period to register his third ODI century. His century eventually propelled England to 234.

5. Mitchell Starc’s four-wicket haul: Mitchell Starc started the destruction early-on. He picked up two wickets of the first three balls of the innings and then came into the attack late in the innings and picked up two more scalps, including that of Eoin Morgan. Starc was adjudged the Man of the Match for his impressive performance with the ball.

6. Steven Finn slips while bowling: Fast bowler Steven Finn, who was in the side due to an injury to James Anderson, slipped while he was just about deliver a ball. His back foot slipped while he was on the bowling crease, and he fell awkwardly. Luckily for Finn, he wasn’t injured and was able to carry on bowling.

7. David Warner’ third ODI century: David Warner scored his first ODI century in over two years and his first at his home ground of the SCG to lead his side to a comfortable win. Warner scored 127 from 115 balls and stitched together an 87-run stand with Steven Smith for the third wicket. Warner eventually fell while attempting to secure the bonus point for his side, which Australia eventually managed to achieve.

8. Australia lose wickets chasing the bonus point: Just like Warner, Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey too perished while they were looking to get the all-important bonus point. Brad Haddin too was attacking right from the beginning of his brief innings, but he was unfortunately run-out at the non-striker’s end with Australia needing three runs off six balls.

9. Chris Woakes’ four wickets: There was something to cheer about for the English bowlers at the end of the day. Chris Woakes finished with figures of four for 40 in eight overs and made sure England did not go down that easily. Back-to-back wickets of Bailey and Maxwell would have certainly made Australia re-think their strategy, but his efforts went in vain as he could not prevent Australia from securing an easy win.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)