South Africa v England – Game 3
Broad tares South African batting apart to seal series win for England
ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS – LEAD SERIES 2-0
After an even first innings Stuart Broad came to the fore in South Africa’s second innings to destroy the batting order and set up England’s victory in Johannesburg. South Africa batted first and put a reasonable total of 313 on the board but nobody got a half century with Dean Elgar with 46 top scoring. In reply England took a small lead posting 323 thanks to 110 from Joe Root who put together another excellent innings, he was supported with by Ben Stokes with 58. Ragiso Rabada took 5 wickets for the hosts.
Going into the third innings, former England star commentating for Test Match Special Geoffrey Boycott stated sometime after an even first innings, the team batting third, especially when short of confidence like South Africa are, don’t bat very well. His word proved prophetic as South Africa were skittled out for just 83 with Broad taking 6 for 17 in an incredible spell of bowling. Chasing just 74 to win Captain Alistair Cook’s 43 eased England home to secure the series with one game to spare.
Australia v India – ODI Game 1
3rd wicket stand helps Australia home
AUSTRALIA WIN BY 5 WICKETS – AUSTRALIA LEAD THE SERIES 1-0
A 3rd wicket stand of 242 runs between Steven Smith and George Bailey was the key to Australia chasing down India’s total of 309 in Perth. India had put a mighty score on the board on a pitch that had runs written all over it. Rohit Sharma with 171 not out and Virat Kohli supporting with 91 helped India to the score for the loss of just 3 wickets. Australia were in trouble at 21 for 2 when Bailey and Smith came together but the two took command with Bailey hitting 112 and Smith was there until almost the end with his 149, setting up Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner to see Australia home with four balls to spare.
Australia v India – ODI Game 2
Openers lead the way for the Aussies to take 2-0 lead
AUSTRALIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS – LEAD THE SERIES 2-0
It was a case of Deja Vu for India who saw Australia chase down another 300 score as the Green and Golds took a grip of the One Day series in Brisbane. Rohit Sharma hit yet another century scoring 124 and Ajinkya Rahane supported with 89. Virat Kholi also got a half century for the second game in a row as India posted 308. The Australians wasted no time however with openers Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh putting together a first wicket stand of 145 with both men hitting 71. In form George Bailey then steered Australia home with 76 not out as they got home with six balls left. India must be wondering what they need to score to put the Australians away.
Australia v India – ODI Game 3
Maxwell steers Australia to series win
AUSTRALIA WIN BY 3 WICKETS – LEAD SERIES 3-0
Australia sealed the series against India taking a 3-0 lead after a fine knock from Glenn Maxwell and solid bowling from John Hastings and Kane Richardson capped a fine performance in Melbourne. Batting first India were kept under 300, Virat KKohli got a century with 117 with contributions from Shikhar Dhawan with 68 and Ajinkya Rahane with 50. However some tight bowling from Richardson and 4 wickets from Hasting kept the pressure on and India’s score of 295 did not look like it would be enough.
In reply opener Shaun Marsh hit 62 to get Australia off to a good start in the run chase, but it was Maxwell with his 96 including three sixes that was the pivotal innings. He fell just short of his century but James Faulkner’s nice 21 not out steered Australia home to secure the series win with seven balls remaining. With two games to go they will now be looking towards trying to achieve a whitewash.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
Test Match – Game 3 – At The New Wanderers, Johannesburg
South Africa v England
South Africa 1st Inns – 313/10 – (Elgar 46, Amia 40, Stokes 3-53)
England 1st inns – 323/10 – (Root 110, Stokes 58, Rabda 5-78)
South Africa 2nd Inns – 83/10 – (Rabada 16, Broad 6-17)
England 2nd Inns – 74/3 – (Cook 43, Elgar 2-10)
England win by 7 Wickets – England lead the series 2-0
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Stuart Broad (England)
ODI – Game 1 – At The WACA, Perth, Western Australia
Australia v India
India 309/3 – (Sharma 171* Kholi 91)
Australia 310/5 – (Smith 149, Bailey 112)
Australia win by 5 Wickets – Australia lead the series 1-0
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Steven Smith (Australia)
ODI – Game 2 – At The Gabba, Brisbane
Australia v India
India 308/8 – (Sharma 124, Rahane 89, Kholi 59)
Australia 309/3 – (Bailey 76*, Finch 71, Marsh 71)
Australia win by 5 Wickets – Australia lead the series 2-0
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Aaron Finch (Australia)
ODI – Game 3 – At The MCG, Melbourne
Australia v India
India 295/6 – (Kohli 177, Dhawan 68, Rahane 50, Hastings 4-58)
Australia 296/7 – (Maxwell 96 Marsh 62)
Australia win by 3 Wickets – Australia lead the series 3-0
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Glenn Maxwell (Australia)