Series-chasing visitors limit Eng to 231-9by Agencies
MANCHESTER: Adam Zampa proved a thorn in England’s side again as Australia restricted the world champions to 231-9 in the second one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The leg-spinner took 3-36 from a maximum 10 overs to follow his 4-55 during Australia’s 19-run win in Friday’s first of a three-match series.
England captain Eoin Morgan top-scored with 42 but could not prevent his side slumping to 149-8 in the 41st over.
But a ninth-wicket partnership of 76 between the recalled Tom Curran (37) and Adil Rashid (35 not out) kept England in the game.
Rashid pulled fast bowler Pat Cummins for six before last man Jofra Archer ended the innings with a four off Mitchell Marsh.
Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc enjoyed an early strike when he had Jonny Bairstow caught behind for a duck.
Jason Roy hit three fours in an over off fast bowler Josh Hazlewood — an off-drive, a whip shot through square leg and a square-cut.
But his promising 21 ended when he was run out by Marcus Stoinis’ direct hit from cover as Test captain Joe Root, struggling for runs, set off for a risky single. A change of bat saw Root hit two fours off Cummins and his pulled six off Stoinis brought up a fifty partnership with Morgan.
Zampa, however, struck third ball when Root edged a well-flighted delivery to Australia captain Aaron Finch at slip to end an innings of 39 off 73 balls.
Left-hander Morgan hit fours off successive Zampa deliveries and Finch, with Jos Buttler in, recalled Cummins.
His move was vindicated when Cummins had Buttler lbw for just three. (AFP)