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England Beats Australia By 3 Wickets To Level ODI Series 2-2

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| September 11 , 2015 , 23:19 IST
[caption id="attachment_124762" align="aligncenter" width="700"]England vs Australia 4th ODI England's Moeen Ali, right, and David Willey shake hands as their side win the One Day International cricket match between England and Australia at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)[/caption] Eoin Morgan smashed an inspired 92 to help England to a three-wicket victory over Australia in their fourth one-day international on Friday, squaring the series ahead of the final match. Australia set England a challenging target of 300 to level the five-match series and looked set for victory after half-centuries by George Bailey (75) and Glenn Maxwell (85) at Headingley. But Morgan turned the match around and some key contributions from James Taylor and Ben Stokes, who both scored 41, sent the hosts into the final overs with real belief. Moeen Ali and David Willey saw England home with a total of 304-7 with 10 balls remaining. Having trailed Australia 2-0, Friday's victory made it 2-2 ahead of the final match of the series at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday. Australia set England a challenging target of 300 to square the one-day international series at Headingley on Friday. Australia, leading the five-match series 2-1, must be favored to clinch the series, seeing as the team batting first has won each match so far. Thanks to half-centuries by George Bailey (75) and Glenn Maxwell (85), which pulled Australia out of some early trouble at 30-3, and a lusty finish by Matthew Wade and John Hastings, the tourists racked up 299-7. England paceman David Willey, in for the injured Chris Woakes, earned the wickets of Australia's top three batsmen, including captain Steve Smith for 2. It was just the start England hoped for after winning the third ODI in Manchester to keep the series alive. [caption id="attachment_124765" align="aligncenter" width="700"]England vs Australia 4th ODI. Australia's Pat Cummins, second left, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England's Alex Hales, lbw for 0 during the One Day International cricket match between England and Australia at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)[/caption] Joe Burns played on with a half-hearted shot in the third over before Willey sent an in-swinger into Smith's back pad for an lbw decision. Jonny Bairstow then held Aaron Finch's thin edge as England looked to be taking control. But a dropped catch in the 10th over, when Jason Roy failed to hold on to Maxwell's edge, proved costly with the batsmen then only on 6. Maxwell was eventually bowled by Moeen Ali after attempting a reverse sweep to leave Australia on 167. Having entered the last 10 overs on 210-4, Australia lost Mitchell Marsh, Bailey, and debutant Marcus Stoinis in the space of 10 balls. But Australia had an explosive eighth-wicket partnership in hand, with Wade and Hastings scoring at better than 10 per over. Hastings hit with plenty of power but Wade's array of strokes, which brought three fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 50, did most to shift the momentum, with Willey being smashed around the ground in his last three overs

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