England vs Australia 2nd ODI: Roy, Buttler make it 2-0 to England

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Jason Roy scored his fifty ODI century

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Opener Jason Roy thumped a superb 120, while stand-in captain Jos Buttler struck an entertaining 91 not out as England defeated Australia by 38 runs in the second ODI in Cardiff to take a 2-0 series lead.

However, Australia batsman Shaun Marsh deserves a lot of credit as well as he hammered an exceptional 131 and nearly carried his side across the finish line.

Being put in to bat, England made a fantastic start to their innings as Roy and Jonny Bairstow amassed a 63-run partnership in under nine overs.

Bairstow scored a majority of the runs and was nearing his half-century when he was caught behind off the bowling of Kane Richardson for a 24-ball 42.

Roy and Alex Hales added 50 runs to the score before Hales was clean bowled by Jhye Richardson for 26.

Roy began to up the ante during his 66-run stand with Joe Root as he raced past his half-century. Root, on the other hand, made a quick 22 before being brilliantly caught by D’Arcy Short off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis.

Roy and Buttler, who filled in for regular skipper Eoin Morgan as he was ruled out of the match with back spasms, forged a 60-run partnership, during which Roy brought up his hundred. The 27-year-old ended up scoring 120 off 108 balls, which included 12 boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Andrew Tye.

England’s dominance with the bat continued as Buttler and Sam Billings put together a 50-run partnership before Billings was cleaned up by Tye for 11.

Even though England began losing wickets in a hurry once Billings was gone, Buttler smashed an unbeaten 91, which came off 70 balls and included eight boundaries and two sixes, to help the hosts finish on 342/8 off their 50 overs.

Jos Buttler 91 not out England Australia 2nd ODI Cardiff cricket

Jos Buttler struck his 16th half-century on ODI cricket

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Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson and Tye picked up two wickets apiece, while Stoinis chipped in with one.

Chasing 343 to win, Australia made a disappointing start to their innings as opener Travis Head was superbly caught by Hales off the bowling of Mark Wood for 19.

Short and Marsh made up for the loss of Head with a 54-run stand before Short was caught by Root at slip off the bowling of Moeen Ali for 21.

Stoinis and Aaron Finch were removed in quick succession, but Marsh and Glenn Maxwell amassed a 54-run partnership before Maxwell was caught by David Willey at mid-on off the bowling of Moeen for 31.

Marsh and Aston Agar kept Australia in the hunt with a 96-run partnership before Agar was stumped by Buttler off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 46.

Australia captain Tim Paine only scored 15 before he was sent packing by Liam Plunkett.

Plunkett struck again two balls later as he clean bowled Marsh for 131 off 116 balls, which included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Shaun Marsh 131 England Australia 2nd ODI Cardiff cricket

Shaun Marsh’s fourth ODI hundred went in vain

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Rashid proceeded to remove Tye for 10 runs before Australia were bowled out for 304 when Jhye Richardson was dismissed by Plunkett for two runs.

Plunkett was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Rashid snapped up three, Moeen took two and Wood claimed one.

Paine was disappointed to have lost again, and said: “Obviously we would have liked to restrict them to less than 340, the way Shaun Marsh batted showed we could have chased but until Ashton came out we didn’t get going.

“[Marsh ran out of help?] Would have been nice to have a wicket or two more in hand when he got going, unfortunately we couldn’t get over the line. I think our best cricket is good enough to beat these guys, we just haven’t put the complete package together. [Face okay?] Yeah, just a bad bounce.”

Buttler was thrilled that his side took a 2-0 lead, and said: “[Nervous at the end?] They were playing very well, and as you see all around the world, 10 an over is very achievable with a guy like Marsh playing well, but we had to keep going until the end.

“[Plunkett and Rashid] Two great wicket-takers for us over the past few years. Adil handled the pressure at the end very well, with batsmen coming after him, wickets for those guys was crucial. [Roy innings] Great to see, played well from ball one, I thought he paced it very well. We got into a position where we could have scored a few more, they bowled well at the end.

“Always nice to contribute, enjoy the captaincy, tricky at times and you always need the extra fielder out, but good fun. We’re always striving to get better.”

Roy was named Man of the Match, and said: “Obviously nice to get over the line. [Stokes waiting in wings?] Yeah, never ever complacent, we want to better ourselves and match each other in every training session.

“[Bairstow aggression] It was amazing to watch, I was able to drop back and nudge it around, which was quite pleasing. It’s difficult chopping and changing but we have developed a good partnership and friendship, so all good.”

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