Australia lead the series 1-0, Billings Ton goes in vain

Sam Billings' maiden ODI ton went in vain as Australia's disciplined show with the ball helped them secure a 19-run win to take a 1-0 lead in the ODI series.

Australia start their ODI campaign with a victory over the World Champions, England won the toss and asked the tourist to bat first.


Australia Bating First Struggled a bit but then they were comfortable to score and had a 126 runs partnership between Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh.Missing Steven Smith, who suffered a blow to the head in training the day before, and asked to make the running against the No. 1-ranked side, Australia recovered well from a shaky first half. Coming in with Australia's score a peaky-looking 123 for 5, Maxwell was soon ticking along at above a run a ball, before unleashing his full repertoire. With Marsh intent on knuckling down, having been restored to the side in South Africa earlier this year, it was Maxwell who looked most capable of undoing England's good start with the ball.Maxwell also didn't bowlers to settle down, driving and reverse-sweeping the spinner for boundaries. Marsh, who was the more steady of the two - scoring occasional fours and focusing on rotating the strike - got to his fifty off 75 balls. Maxwell, on the other hand, got to the half-century mark off 43 deliveries, scoring his second six off Rashid en route, as Australia reached 218 at the end of the 40th over.Australia could only managed 77 runs from the final 10 and reached to a fine score of 294.

Like Australia, England too struggled at the start of their innings, slipping to 57 for 4 before Jonny Bairstow (84) and Billings (118) led the fightback with a century partnership.Bairstow and Billings stopped the rot with a partnership of 113 off 115 balls. Bairstow's 78-ball fifty was his slowest in ODIs,Billings, who brought up his century from 101 balls, A couple of quiet overs from Starc and Cummins added to the pressure and the target proved beyond England's reach despite Billings scoring a fine hundred.

Brief scores: Australia 294/9 in 50 overs (Glenn Maxwell 77, Mitchell Marsh 73; Mark Wood 3-54, Jofra Archer 3-57) beat England275/9 in 50 overs (Sam Billings 118, Jonny Bairstow 84; Adam Zampa 4-55, Josh Hazlewood 3-26) by 19 runs.

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