England beat Australia by three wickets in the first one-day international played at the Oval, taking the 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Australia first scored 214 runs, in response to the hosts England lost 7 wickets and achieved the target in 44 overs. Moin Ali (3/43 and 17) was adjudged Man of the Match for his excellent bowling and useful innings. This victory was very important for England after the startling defeat against Scotland on June 10.
Australia decided to bat first before winning the toss, but their debut was very bad. Five batsmen had returned to the pavilion at the score of 90 in the 20th over. Aaron Finch (19), Travis Hadd (5), Shaun Marsh (24), Marcus Stonis (22) and captain Tim Penn (12) were floppy Although Glenn Maxwell (64 balls 62, 16th and 50th) added 84 runs for the sixth wicket with Ashton Edgar (40) to Australia, it was close to 200.
After Maxwell was dismissed in the 37th over, the Australian innings faltered and the whole team was all out with 214 runs in 47 overs. England achieved Australia’s last five wickets in 40 runs. Andrew Tie contributed 19 runs On behalf of England, Moin Ali and Liam Plunkett took 3-3, Adil Rashid 2 and Mark Wood and David Wiley took one wicket each.
In reply to the target England were also poor and in the eighth over, Jason Roy (0), Alex Hales (5) and Johnny Barstow (28), who scored centuries in the last three games, were in the pavilion to score 38. Captain Eoin Morgan (74 balls 69, 36th half century) added 115 runs for the fourth wicket with the route (71 balls 50s, 28rd half-century) to move the side to victory, but in the 29th over Morgan was out After England‘s innings faltered again At the score of 163, Jos Buttler was dismissed by nine runs and after that the route also went on to the same score.
David Wiley (35 *) played sensible innings here and with Moin Ali (17) with 34 for the seventh wicket and then with Liam Plunkett (3 *), unbeaten 21 runs for the eighth wicket added 36 balls to the team. Delivered to live victory. David Wiley hit the ball to give the team victory.
Billy Stanley, Michael Nesser and Andrew Tie took 2-2 and Kane Richardson took one wicket from Australia. Michael Nesser also made his debut and became the 225th player to play one-day internationals for Australia.
The second match of the series between the two teams will be played on June 16 in Cardiff.