Jofra Archer bowls an unplayable bouncer to get rid of Australia’s Marcus Stoinis in Manchester.
England fast bowler Jofra Archer is an absolute joy to watch. He is a fantastic bowler who can give nightmares to any batsman on his day. Archer showcased his mettle against Australia in the second ODI.
At first, he dismissed David Warner for 6 runs. During the eighth over of the second innings, Jofra Archer unleashed his potential once again. He stunned Marcus Stoinis by bowling an unplayable bouncer.
While England was defending a paltry target, Archer gave his team a much-needed breakthrough. Marcus Stoinis tried to take the game away from the hosts after hitting a six. However, his departure gave the hosts a sigh of relief.
Jofra Archer delivered a deadly bouncer to dismiss Marcus Stoinis
Stoinis had no solution to Archer’s bouncer. As a result, he got out while trying to play the shot. He was sent back to the dressing room by Archer. Archer delivered a lethal bouncer to Stoinis which forced the latter to play the shot.
However, the ball took the edge off the bat and went straight up in the air. Jos Buttler who was keeping the wickets took an easy catch.
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England beat Australia to level the series
It was a do or die match for England’s national cricket team. England won the toss and opted to bat first. The hosts didn’t have the best of starts as they lost Jonny Bairstow (0) and Jason Roy (21) early on.
Joe Root scored 39 while Eoin Morgan scored 42. Both these set batsmen fell prey to Adam Zampa’s bowling. Sam Billings who scored a century in the first match was also removed by Adam Zampa.
While England failed to add runs to the scorecard, tail-enders came to the rescue. Tom Curran and Adil Rashid put up a great batting display, scoring 37 and 35 respectively. They posted an easy target of 232 for visitors.
Australian bowlers raised the bar and restricted England to an achievable target. Adam Zampa accounted for three dismissals while Mitchell Starc picked two wickets. Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, and Pat Cummins picked one wicket apiece.
England pacers keep Aussies in check
Though it was an easy target to chase, Australians messed it up completely. English bowlers stuck to their line and lengths kept the Aussies in check. Except for Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, and Alex Carey, all others got out cheaply.
Aussie skipper top-scored for his team with 73 while Marnus and Carey scored 48 and 36. England pacers ripped through the defense of the Aussie batting line-up. It was clearly evident from the fact that three pacers – Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, and Sam Curran took three wickets each.
Jofra Archer was the man of the match for his 3/34. He also bowled two maiden overs in his ten-over bowling spell. With the help of a fantastic bowling performance, England bounced back in style.
The hosts beat the visitors by 24 runs and leveled the series at 1-1. The third and final ODI will be played at The Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on September 16, Wednesday.