Record chase for Aussies
Australia pulled off a spectacular run-chase to win the sixth one-day international against England by two wickets on Wednesday, racking up a record 334 for eight to take a 5-1 lead in the series.cricket Updated: Feb 03, 2011 01:11 IST
Australia pulled off a spectacular run-chase to win the sixth one-day international against England by two wickets on Wednesday, racking up a record 334 for eight to take a 5-1 lead in the series.
Inspired by under-fire skipper Michael Clarke's 82, the hosts scored their highest tally when batting second in a one-dayer to overhaul England's 333 for six, a record by them against Australia.
Clarke was run out with eight runs needed but John Hastings hit the winning four with a thick inside edge down to fine leg to spark wild celebrations among the Australians in a sparse crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Jonathan Trott, who struck 102 to help the tourists to their only victory in the series, compiled a superb 137 to drive England to what looked like a winning tally as the home side laboured in the fierce heat of a sweltering day.
Australia, who already held an insurmountable lead in the seven-match series, knew they needed a record score as the heat of the day gave way to a cooler evening.
Shane Watson (51) and Brad Haddin got them off to a blistering start with a stand of 71 in 7.6 overs before the keeper was dismissed for 20, snared by a fine catch by Trott off James Anderson.
Clarke promoted Mitchell Johnson to number four in the order and the all-rounder responded with a knock of 57 that included two huge sixes before being stumped by Matt Prior off Kevin Pietersen.
Earlier, Prior was involved in controversy when he inadvertently knocked a bail off after taking a ball from spinner Michael Yardy and claimed Johnson had been bowled.
Watson kept up his good form with another half-century while Callum Ferguson produced a bright 46 but it was a sixth-wicket partnership of 90 between David Hussey and Clarke. Clarke, who was booed on to the pitch in the last one-dayer in Brisbane, compiled his 45th one-day half century.