Chris Woakes Fetches the Win for Visitors

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Chris Woakes Fetches the Win for Visitors

While going through a fierce T20 competition in Adelaide against Australia, Chris Woakes, the debutant player ensured the triumph of England on the last ball of the match.

For the visitors, led by Paul Collingwood, it was not at all an easy job to do, particularly at a time when Shane Watson, while giving his life’s best, booked four English batsmen off 15 runs. Woakes could ensure the success as the team needed only one run on the last ball to prove its dominance on the traditional rivals.

Despite of displaying an impressive performance on bowling front, team England could hardly keep the hosts at 157 off 4. Watson, who was perhaps the best bowler of the match, did equally well with the bat and made 59 runs off 31 balls. His innings contained 6 fours and 3 sixes. With contribution of David Warner, who made 30 off 28 with the help of 5 boundaries, both of the players added 83 runs to the respectable total of 157 runs for the team.

Both of the emphatic players were claimed by Michael Yardy who bagged 2 wickets for 27 runs.

Before Watson coming in to hunt the visitors at will, England started its innings rather confidently. However, when the versatile bowler booked altogether 4 batsmen for mere 15, including Eoin Morgan who had already put 43 runs on the board; highest for the English side, the situation become rather tense.

The fourth wicket claimed by Watson was of Graeme Swann, the spinner who had earlier been hit three consecutive sixes. He lost his wicket while going for an ill-conceived pull which allowed the ball to land into the wickets.

At a stage, when the victory was just four run away from the visitors, Ajmal Shahzad increased the tension when he could not score off the next two balls. But fortunately, amid a scrambled single, Woakes got the strike and for playing a cut at the very next ball, he took a double to level the total.

The 21-year old who was in his first T20 of the career, then opted for a drive to bag the winning run and put his team on the lead for 1-0 in the series. The final match of the T20 series will be played in Melbourne on Friday.

In today’s match, the two important changes which had been made into the English team were Ian Bell, who had been recalled to play the T20 match after laps of about two and a half year, and Woakes, who played the winning role in his debut match.

Show of good gesture was observed from the visiting team when it announced that its players were going to donate a portion of their match fees to the flood victims in Australia. However, they were not the only one in doing so as the Australian players had already planed of doing the charitable for the needy of Queensland floods.

Among the biggest reasons which contributed towards the defeat of the home side despite of an impressive display of performance from Watson, one was the twice drops of Ian Bell in Shaun Tait’s opening overs where O’Keefe could not take the simple chance in the square leg.

Ian Bell who was twice dropped made the most valued 27 runs for the English side. Had he been taken right in the initial overs, the match could have been proved as the one sided play of the hosts.

If we look at the overall picture of today’s match, it prevails that despite of losing the match, team Australia depicted a better cricket than the visitors. While batting, they did not lose quick wickets; the batsmen played with consistency and put a respectable and defendable score on the board. And while balling, they bagged quick wickets and got the English players stumbled at more than 3 points. Had there been a bit of better fielding, the match could have had an entirely different ending.


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