England fight back to beat Australia in 2nd ODI

By: AFP      Published: 05:29 PM, 13 Sep, 2020
England fight back to beat Australia in 2nd ODI
England's wicket keeper Jos Buttler (R) dismissing Australia's Alex Carey during the one-day international (ODI) cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 13, 2020. England win by 24 runs.–AFP

World champions England staged a remarkable rally in the field to beat Australia by 24 runs in the second one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday as they levelled a three-match series at 1-1. 

Australia were cruising to a modest target of 232 at 144-2 before losing four wickets for three runs, including captain Aaron Finch for 73, to be 147-6.

Sam Curran then took two wickets in two balls before leg-spinner Adil Rashid ended the match with eight balls to spare when he had Alex Carey stumped.  

Earlier, Australia held England to 231-9, with captain Eoin Morgan top-scoring with 42 after he won the toss.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa took 3-36 from his maximum 10 overs.

England were in dire trouble at 149-8 before a ninth-wicket partnership of 76 between Tom Curran (37) and Adil Rashid (35 not out) kept them in the game.

The series concludes at Old Trafford on Wednesday -- England's final match of a season where they will have played their 18 scheduled international fixtures, albeit behind closed doors, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Brief scores

England 231-9, 50 overs (A Zampa 3-36)

Australia 207, 48.4 overs (A Finch 73; C Woakes 3-32, J Archer 3-34, S Curran 3-35)

Result: England won by 24 runs

Series: Three-match series level at 1-1