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AUS vs ENG 2nd ODI: Australia secure a 72-run win to seal the series 2-0

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AUS vs ENG 2nd ODI: Australia has sealed the three-match T20I series against England 2-0 after winning the second match by 72 runs on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia, once again, put in a brilliant batting performance, thanks to an outstanding knock from Steven Smith.

The opening pair of David Warner (16) and Head (19) got out early to leave Australia in some trouble at 43 for 2. But Steve Smith and Labuschagne then led the recovery by stitching a 101-run stand for the third wicket.

The latter played a handy knock of 50 runs in 59 balls before getting out in the 28th over. Smith, however, continued the fireworks as he went on to play a sensational knock of 94 runs in 114 balls. He got out off Adil Rashid while trying to play the glory shot to reach his ton.

Despite the wickets, runs kept coming for Australia as Mitchell Marsh scored a half-century in 59 balls to propel Australia to a competitive score of 280 runs on the board at the end of the first innings.

In pursuit of the run-chase, England lost Jason Roy and David Malan without even adding any runs to their tally. England, as a result, had lost the first three wickets for just 35 runs on the board.

Billings-Vince’s 122-run partnership goes in vain

James Vince and Sam Billings then came to the team’s rescue as the duo stitched a 122-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, once the partnership was broken, the wickets fell in a heap, and England was bundled out for 208 runs in the end. The likes of Moeen Ali (10), Chris Woakes (7), Curran (0), and Willey (6) all got out cheaply. Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa ran through the opposition’s batting unit and both of them picked two wickets each.

The third and final ODI is slated to be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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Pratik Pathak
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