Dawid Malan’s century falls short as Australia’s top order shows too strong.
Australia cruised to a six-wicket win against England in their first one-day international at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, despite a brilliant Dawid Malan century.
Aussie top order fires on all cylinders
Malan scored a splendid 134 as England posted a total of 287-9, but it never seemed to be enough on a lifeless batting ground that gave nothing to the bowlers.
With 3.1 overs remaining, Australia reached the target with no or little difficulty.
The Australian openers had made easy work of England’s attack and were in command from the start, with both David Warner and Travis Head unleashing all-out charges.
They reached their century partnership in just 88 balls, with only Olly Stone able to halt them.
Head reinforced his reputation against the new ball in front of his home crowd, having entered the match averaging 50.07 from 15 previous ODI innings as an opener.
He was on his way to his third ODI century when he holed out in the 20th over for 69 off 57 balls. Smith, who had been on the outside looking in for most of the T20 World Cup, then reminded everyone of his prowess in the 50-over format with some well-timed strokes at No.3.
Warner believed to be on his way to his first century in nearly three years when, on 86, he hoisted David Willey into the air and was superbly collected by Sam Billings at deep backward square.
Smith, who finished not out 80, was unfazed as he led Australia to victory despite losing Marnus Labuschagne for four and Alex Carey for 21.
Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, won the toss and decided to bowl, and England were quickly in danger, behind 20-2 after four overs until Malan arrived.
When he left, the score was 259-8, with Jos Buttler’s 29 the next highest. Malan’s 134 came off 128 deliveries, including 12 fours, and was his second ODI century after a 125 against the Netherlands in June.
Captain Cummins in command.
Following the retirement of Aaron Finch, Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, is now leading the charge. His ODI reign has begun with a victory over archrival England.
He even recently dropped out of the IPL to focus on the national squad, and he appears to be on the verge of stardom with the Ashes and World Cup fast coming.
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