Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Cricket : Ponting maintains Aussie charge

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting hit a magnificent 126 from 109 balls to help Australia to a four-wicket win and 5-0 lead over England in their one-day international series.
Despite England reaching their highest total in five matches with 299 all out at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Ponting smashed 14 fours and three sixes to lead Australia to 302-6 with 10 balls remaining.
Mitchell Johnson hit the winning runs with the fourth six of the innings.
Poor fielding
The loss again exposed England's shortcomings in limited-overs cricket, with poor fielding and loose bowling undoing what was ultimately only a reasonable score on a helpful wicket.
Tim Bresnan dismissed both openers but that only brought Ponting to the crease and he set about dismantling the English attack.
Fifth ODI scorecard
England inningsA Strauss lbw b Hauritz 35J Denly c Hussey b Johnson 45R Bopara c Hauritz b Watson 18M Prior st Paine b Hauritz 37O Shah c Paine b Johnson 31E Morgan c Siddle b Bracken 58D Mascarenhas c Johnson b Watson 19S Broad run out 22A Rashid run out 18T Bresnan c Bracken b Siddle 4R Sidebottom not out 3Extras: 9Total: (all out; 50 overs) 299Fall of wickets: 1-61 2-95 3-105 4-165 5-192 6-230 7-267 8-272 9-278Australia inningsS Watson c Mascarenhas b Bresnan 36T Paine c Rashid b Bresnan 16R Ponting c Shah b Broad 126M Clarke c Shah b Rashid 52M Hussey c Sidebottom b Mascarenhas 6C Ferguson lbw b Broad 17C White not out 24M Johnson not out 18Extras: 7Total: (six wickets; 48.2 overs) 302Fall of wickets: 1-45 2-76 3-209 4-226 5-255 6-261
Michael Clarke also hit 52 and Ponting stayed out until his team was on 261, when he was caught by Owais Shah off Stuart Broad.
Cameron White and Johnson then guided the tourists to victory and continued to extract revenge for the loss of the Ashes.
The next match is set for the same ground on Thursday.
Falling short
England had been hopeful of victory after recovering from a slow start of 4-0 off four overs to keep scoring despite the loss of key wickets.
Even so, every batsman down to No. 10 got a start without going on to get a truly big score.
Captain Andrew Strauss set an example with 35 at almost a run a ball after he again won the toss, but Eoin Morgan was the true engine with a top score of 58 from 41 balls.
Adil Rashid smashed 14 of the 18 runs to come off the last over, with three boundaries off the expensive Johnson, before he was run out on the last ball trying to push the score past 300 for only the second time in 28 matches.
The spinner finished with 18 from nine balls, Matthew Prior scored 37 and Joe Denly chipped in with 45 from opener.

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