Wednesday, January 26, 2011

England won the match by 21 in a much needing 4th ODI victory

With a 21-run victory against Australia in the 4th ODI match played at the Adelaide Oval, England cricket team became successful to keep their hope alive to win the series.

Jonathan Trott emerged himself as match savior after scoring a century in this match that England headed for much needed victory. His 102 runs from 126 balls helped England to be 3-1 in the 7-match ODI series.

Jonathan Trott made good partnership with Matt Prior and because of their 113-run contribution in the first-wicket stand England could score 299 runs after losing 8 wickets.

After two consecutive ducks, Matt Prior showed his aggressive form as he scored 67 off 58 balls including 8 boundaries and 1 six. However, Jonathan Trott showed his all rounder form as he picked two important wickets with the ball.

Paul Collingwood became the first English batsman to reach the 5000 ODI runs landmark. He scored 27 runs playing equal number of balls.

Australia started well when they came to chase England’s 300-run target to win the match. But the departure of Shane Watson for 64 increased England’s possibility to win the match. Cameron White and Steven Smith tried hard to reach the target but they could not make it possible. Cameron White was caught by Michael Yardy off Jonathan Trott. Tail ender Brett Lee played well and scored 39 runs in the 8th wicket stand.

Australian supporters were not happy for their national cricket team’s defeat as it came in Australia’s national holiday.

Australia took the lead of the series after three consecutive victories and they needed to win the 4th ODI match to ensure their series victory. However, they failed to do it.