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Twitter Reactions: Jason Roy and Buttler’s heroics with the bat prove too good for Australia

Shaun Marsh played a valiant knock of 131 runs but he couldn't win it for his team.

Jason Roy of England
Jason Roy of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England managed to go past Australia once again somehow much like they did in the first ODI and sealed the second match by 38 runs. The chase of 343 runs was never going to be an easy task but Shaun Marsh made a meal out of it and played a magnificent knock of 131 runs only to go in vain. However, the visitors now are lagging in the five-match series by 0-2 and will have to win their next match to keep the series alive.

After being invited to bat first by the Aussie captain Tim Paine, England got off to a flyer courtesy the blitz from Jonny Bairstow. He scored 42 runs off just 24 balls even as Jason Roy got himself in only to go bonkers in the innings which was interrupted twice due to the rain. He took the control after Bairstow’s wicket and made sure his team never lost the momentum during the innings. He brought up his fifth century in the process and played a brilliant knock of 120 runs while smashing 12 fours and a couple of maximums.

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Jos Buttler, the skipper, was in the mood by then as he hunted the leather brutally as the home side looked set for a total in excess of 370. He remained unbeaten on 91 off 70 deliveries but lost the gas in the last six overs as Australia bowled really well at the death. Even the other batsmen couldn’t support and the wickets kept on falling and it was only in the last couple of overs when England managed to get some crucial runs. Eventually, they posted 342 in the fifty overs which was still a formidable total.

Marsh gets into the act

Australia handed a debut to D’Arcy Short and made him open the innings along with Travis Head. But the move didn’t work as Australia lost their way completely at the start. Both the openers were back in the hut by the 15th over and they consumed so many deliveries as well.

It was only due to Shaun Marsh that they were in the hunt even as the wickets fell. The hopes of a victory were almost over after Aaron Finch bagged a duck but it was the 54-run partnership between Marsh and Glenn Maxwell which rejuvenated the hopes.

Ashton Agar then supported the left-hander really well as they slowly but steadily made sure that the team stayed in the game. Both added 96 runs in almost 12 overs during which Marsh brought up his first ton in the ODIs after five years. But the total of 342 was still a long way for them.

England kept on taking the wickets at the death even as they brought the equation down to 53 off last five overs. However, the wicket of Marsh in the 46th over sealed the game for England and they took the 2-0 lead. They were eventually bowled out for 304 runs in the 48th over as Liam Plunkett picked the last wicket and fittingly, Roy took the catch to bring an end to the proceedings.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted during the game:

https://twitter.com/Les_Ndlovu/status/1008055316007849984

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