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2nd ODI: Aaron Finch's century goes in vain as Australia suffer second defeat

England rode on the fifties by Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales to hand the hosts a four-wicket defeat in the second ODI.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 19, 2018 18:35 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Australia's Aaron Finch plays a shot during 2nd ODI between Australia and England.

Opener Aaron Finch scored his second consecutive century but Australia failed to secure a win against England as the visitors rode on the fifties by Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales to hand the hosts a four-wicket defeat in the second ODI at The Gabba, Brisbane, to take a 2-0 lead in their five-match series on Friday.

Joe Root captured two vital wickets to help the tourists restrict Australia to a modest total of 270/9, then the England captain made an unbeaten 46 as his side reached their winning target with more than five overs to spare to seize control of the series after Sunday's five-wicket win in Melbourne.

Jonny Bairstow (60) and Alex Hayes (57) both made half-centuries while Root, Jos Buttler (46) and Chris Woakes (39 not out) all made valuable contributions after Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc took 4-59 to give the home team hope of victory.

Earlier, Finch scored his second century in as many matches to help Australia post a modest total. The Aussie opener followed up his 107 from Sunday's series-opener in Melbourne with a brisk 106 off 114 balls as Australia attempt to level the series after losing the first match by five wickets.

Finch shared a 68-run partnership with fellow opener Dave Warner (35) then joined Mitchell Marsh (36) in an 85-run stand for the fourth-wicket before England put the brakes on Australia's scoring by taking 3/7 in two overs.

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey, one of two players making their ODI debuts for Australia, chipped in with 27 off just 24 deliveries before he was run out as the home side managed just 57 runs from the last 10 overs.

England captain and part-time spinner Joe Root was the pick of the visiting team's bowlers, taking 2/31, including the prized wicket of the Australian skipper Steve Smith for 18, while leg spinner Adil Rashid also bagged two wickets.

England stuck with the same lineup that successfully chased down Australia's 304/8 to win in Melbourne while the home side made three changes.

Carey replaced Tim Paine, who was ruled out with illness, while Jhye Richardson earned his first cap after taking over from Pat Cummins, who was rested after undertaking a heavy workload during the Ashes test series.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was dropped to make way for veteran middle-order batsman Cameron White, who finished unbeaten on 15.

(WIth AP inputs)

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