Australia thrashed England by 111 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday in their opening game of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. The Australians were off to a flyer with a quick fire 57 partnership between David Warner and Aaron Finch but Warner was bowled by Stuart Broad for 22 after 7.1 overs. Shane Watson was out first ball as Broad picked up his second wicket as they were 57/2.
Chris Woakes removed the dangerous Steven Smith for 5 as the Aussies were 70/3 after 10.3 overs. George Bailey joined Finch at the crease as they built a massive partnership off 146 to put the co-hosts in a position of strength before Finch was run out for 135 after a direct hit from Eoin Morgan with the score on 216/4 after 36.3 overs.
Bailey was bowled by Steven Finn for 55 in the 38.1 overs as he picked up his first wicket and the Aussies were 228/5. Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell put on a quick fire 53 runs partnership but Marsh lost his wicket for 23 as Finn picked up his second wicket. Maxwell was joined by Brad Haddin in the 46th over and Maxwell smashed his way to a half century off 30 balls but Finn picked up his third wicket removing Haddin for 31.
Finn would complete a hat-trick by removing Maxwell for 66 after a great catch from Joe Root, before removing Mitchell Johnson for a duck to complete a five-for as the Baggy Greens posted 342/5 in their 50 overs. England started badly chasing down 343 runs as Moeen Ali was caught at mid-on by Bailey for 10. Gary Ballance joined Ian Bell at the crease but he didn’t last long as he was caught for 10 at mid-wicket by Finch, and Marsh picked up his first wicket after 9.4 overs as England were 49/2.
Marsh was at it again as he picked up two quick wickets of Bell for 36 and Root for 5 as England were 66/4 after 14 overs. Marsh continued to trouble the English as he picked up his fourth wicket and removed Morgan for a duck. It was Morgan’s third duck in five innings with his side effectively out of it at 73/5 after 18 overs.
Marsh picked up his fifth wicket and his maiden five wicket haul as he removed Jos Buttler for 10 after 21.2 overs leaving England struggling at 92/6. Woakes and James Taylor fought back and put on a 92-run partnership before Woakes departed for 37. After that it ended quite quickly with Broad next man out as Mitchell Starc clean bowled him.
Taylor was the last man standing on 98 but in bizarre circumstances he was given out LBW but the decision was overruled on appeal. However James Anderson was given run out at the other end courtesy of the replay as the match ended with England all out for 231. Marsh finished with a superb 5/33.