England level series as Archer, Woakes star in Australia’s dramatic collapse


Manchester: England won the second ODI by 24 runs to level their three-match series against Australia after the visitors, chasing a target of 232, suffered a dramatic collapse on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Australia appeared to be cruising as they reached 144 for two thanks to a 107-run third-wicket partnership from captain Aaron Finch (73) and Marnus Labuschagne (48) before capitulating to 207 all out.

Chris Woakes triggered the collapse when he had Labuschagne lbw, beginning a run that saw Australian lose three wickets for one run in eleven deliveries.

Earlier England won the toss and chosen to bat, they progressed at a slow pace with Joe Root needing 73 balls for his 39.

They looked to be in real trouble at 149-8 but then hit 53 runs in the last four overs with Tom Curran (37) and Adil Rashid (36) adding 76 for the ninth wicket.

It was Jofra Archer, who made two early breakthroughs in Australia’s innings when he had both David Warner and Marcus Stoinis caught by Jos Buttler to leave Australia at 37-2.

But Finch and Labuschagne appeared to have put Australia in charge, prompting Morgan to bring Archer and Woakes back into the attack.

Woakes removed Labuschagne, Finch and Glenn Maxwell while Archer castled Mitchell Marsh to leave Australia reeling on 147-6.

Sam Curran came into action as he dismissed Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in successive balls and also claimed Adam Zampa’s wicket.

Alex Carey kept Australia in contention to claim the series, although it was slow going as they managed one boundary in a 16-over spell, before being stumped off Rashid in the penultimate over. Archer was awarded player of the match for his 3-34.

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