5th ODI, Adelaide

Australia v England, 2013-14

Vithushan Ehantharajah

At Adelaide, January 26, 2014 (day/night). Australia won by five runs. Toss: Australia.
England capitulated to lose their last seven wickets for 58 runs and gift-wrap Australia a 4-1 series win. On a stopping pitch - the most sluggish of the series - they were in control at 154 for three in the 36th over, only for both set batsmen to fall to needless shots: following a run-a-ball 39, Morgan failed to clear mid-off, and two overs later Root - who made his first half-century in seven international innings since the Test here in December after being recalled in place of Gary Ballance - ramped Faulkner to short fine leg. Despite a long batting line-up, and overs in hand, panic set in. Buttler pulled to deep square, Bresnan was run out after a muddle with Bopara, and Broad was bowled, eighth out with only 14 needed off 19 balls. Bopara's laboured innings then ended with a freakish stumping, as the ball ricocheted off Wade - standing up to McKay - and back on to the wicket, before dislodging a bail. Replays struggled to confirm whether Bopara's back foot was raised before the bail came out of its groove, but third umpire Dharmasena had no doubt. With six needed off three balls, Tredwell could only edge Watson to the keeper, to seal a dramatic win for the hosts on Australia Day. Their innings had been revived from 112 for five by Bailey, although rapid spells from Broad and Jordan, who took two wickets in the last over, kept things in check. Bell and Stokes went early in the England reply, but Cook steadied matters before Root and Morgan almost broke the back of the chase. Almost - but not quite.
Man of the Match: J. P. Faulkner. Attendance: 27,071. Man of the Series: A. J. Finch.

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