The second one day international between England and Australia became a low scoring thriller to watch, where England kept their nerves till the last and defeated Australia by 24 runs and levelled the three-match one-day international series, with one match to play.
England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first on a slow two-paced pitch, as it would become difficult to chase the target afterwards due to the slowness of the pitch.
In the first innings, Australian bowlers were on a red-hot form and they were spot on with their line and length, due to which England batsman were unable to score freely in the powerplay one and had lost two wickets. The innings was then anchored by Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, who slowly and steadily progressed the innings. The inclusion of leg-spinner Adam Zampa proves vital, as England suffered a collapse and they lost six wickets in one thirty-four balls by just adding fifty-nine more runs to their total. Then the England team innings was held by two lower order batsman – Adil Rashid and Tom Curran and the duo added seventy-six vital runs partnership for the team. Due to which, England posted a respected total of 231/9 at the end of 50 overs.
In the second innings, England bowlers were spot on with their length and line and did not give free runs to Australian Team as they lost two wickets in the first powerplay. The Australian innings was anchored by their captain Aaron Finch (73 runs from 105 balls). At a point of time, it seemed that Australia would easily chase the target. Then Eoin Morgan introduced his two frontline pacers, which resulted in a collapse in the Australian batting line up. Suddenly Australia lost seven wickets in thirteen overs by just adding thirty-two more runs to the total. Then a fighting innings came from Alex Carey till the end of the match, but Australian team could not cross the line and lost the match by twenty-four runs.
With this England level the three-match series, with one match remaining on September 16.