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Australia hammer England by 111 runs

Australia vs England

Melbourne: Australia beat England by 111 runs on opening day of the Cricket World Cup at the MCG here today.

Opener Aaron Finch struck tournament’s first century before Glenn Maxwell blazed his way to a 40-ball 66 as Australia posted a daunting 342 for nine against England to launch their campaign on an attacking note in the cricket World Cup.

Sent into bat, Australia rode Finch’s 128-ball 135 and Maxwell’s enterprising knock to lay the foundation for a big score at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Finch hit 12 boundaries and three sixes while the big-hitting Maxwell found the fence 11 times.

Skipper George Bailey also made substantial contribution, scoring 55 off 69 balls while sharing a 146-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Four-time winners Australia got added impetus towards the end with Maxwell clearing the fence regularly.

Leading the co-hosts in the absence of Michael Clarke, Bailey’s innings was laced with three hits to fence.

For three-times runner-up England, seeking to script their maiden ODI World Cup title, seamer Steven Finn was the most successful bowler, returning figures of 5/71, while Stuart Broad took two wickets.

Finch felt the love of his home crowd as the Victorian marked Valentine’s Day with the first hundred of the tournament.

Finch, dropped on nought by Chris Woakes off James Anderson, helped Australia off to a blistering start before Broad pulled England back into the match with two wickets in two balls to remove David Warner (22) and Shane Watson (0).

But Finch, well-supported by Bailey in a fourth-wicket stand of 146, kept going in front of an estimated crowd of more than 90,000.

Finch’s innings ended when he was run out by England captain Eoin Morgan’s direct hit from mid-off while going for a needless single. Bailey followed soon afterwards, playing on to Finn.

Australia innings:

Warner           b Broad  22
Finch      run out (Morgan) 135
Watson      c Buttler b Broad 00
Smith             b Woakes  05
Bailey            b Finn   55
Maxwell       c Root b Finn  66
Marsh           c Root b Finn 23
Haddin     c Broad b Finn   31
Johnson    c Anderson b Finn  00
Starc         not out    00  

Extras (lb-2, w-3)             5

Total (9 wkts, 50 overs)      342

Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-57, 3-70, 4-216, 5-228, 6-281, 7-342, 8-342, 9-342

Bowling: Anderson 10-0-67-0, Broad 10-0-66-2, Woakes 10-0-65-1, Finn 10-0-71-5, Ali 9-0-60-0, Root 1-0-11-0.

England innings:

Moeen Ali  c Bailey b Starc 10
 Ian Bell  c Starc b Marsh 36
Gary Ballance  c Finch b Marsh 10
 Joe Root c Haddin b Marsh 05
Eoin Morgan  c Haddin b Marsh 00
James Taylor not out 98
Jos Butler c Smith b Marsh 10
Chris Woakes c Smith b Johnson 37
Stuart Broad  b Starc 00
 Steven Finn  c&b Johnson 01  
 James Anderson  run out (Maxwell) 08

Extras (LB 5, W 11) 16

Total (all out; 41.5 overs)    231

Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-49, 3-66, 4-66, 5-73, 6-92, 7-184, 8-194, 9-195, 10-231.

Bowling Mitchell Starc 9-1-47-2, Josh Hazlewood 6.5-0-45-0, Mitchell Johnson 8-0-36-2, Mitchell Marsh 9-0-33-5, Shane Watson 3-0-13-0, Glenn Maxwell 4-0-33-0, Steven Smith 2-0-19-0.


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