Australia defeated England by 6 wickets in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the ongoing three-match series at tthe Adelaide Oval on Thursday (November 18).
Chasing 288, the hosts went off to a flying start and took the game away from the tourists. David Warner and Travis Head completely dominated the proceedings and went on to form a brilliant opening partnership of 147 runs.
Chris Jordon drew the first blood in the form of Head, who was dismissed for a well-made 69 off 57 balls. Before England could breathe a little, Warner and Steve Smith built another crucial partnership of 53 runs for the second wicket. Warner, cruising to make a triple-figure score, was eventually dismissed for 86. Smith, however, stayed unbeaten on 80 and took his team over the finish line in 46.5 overs.
Earlier, a stunning hundred from Dawid Malan helped England post 287/9 on the scoreboard in their allotted 50 overs. Though at one stage, the total didn’t look anywhere in sight as the visitors were reeling at 66/4. But Malan ensured England put up a fight as he single-handedly led the recovery with a brilliant 134 from 128 deliveries, including 12 fours and 4 sixes. The second-highest scorer for England in their innings was all-rounder David Willey, who chipped in with an unbeaten 34 (40).
“Fantastic performance, a really team effort. Everyone came here fresh. Ashton Agar came in after a few days, nice to see everyone step up. We’ve got plenty of Test cricket coming up, to see Smith play like this was really pleasing. He’s been putting in a lot of effort in the nets. Pretty pleased with my bowling performance as well,” said Australian captain Pat Cummins in the post-match presentation.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Steve Smith wound back the clock or as he put it;
"I'm back, baby."#AUSvENG
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 17, 2022
Say what you want about Steve Smith in T20I cricket, he is among the best ODI batters Australia have ever had #AusvEng
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) November 17, 2022
Australia win the first ODI by six wickets.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 17, 2022
David Warner’s century drought continues.
Getting scores is no problem: Nine of them over 70 since his last international ton in January 2020!
But nothing in three figures. #AUSvENG
— Scott Bailey (@ScottBaileyAAP) November 17, 2022
Watching Steve Smith bat. The 50 over format is so much kinder to top batters with traditional skills.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 17, 2022
Highest average for opening partnerships in men's ODIs (min. 5 innings):
100.25 – Travis Head, David Warner 🇦🇺
90.18 – KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma 🇮🇳
88.22 – Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga 🇱🇰
82.28 – Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill 🇮🇳
74.33 – Asif Mujtaba, Saeed Anwar 🇵🇰#AUSvENG
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) November 17, 2022
Australia win comprehensively to go 1-0 in the three-match ODI series 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) November 17, 2022
Australia beat England by 6 wickets, terrific run chase led by Warner, Smith & Head.
Great start for Pat Cummins as an ODI captain.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 17, 2022
Highest batting averages in Australia’s domestic OD comp (min 20 inns):
Michael Bevan 61.18
DAN HUGHES 59.25
Steve Smith 59.03#MarshCup
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) November 17, 2022
A comfortable 6 wicket win for Australia with 19 balls to spare as they go 1-0 up
Dawid Malan's century was in vain as fifties from Warner, Head and Smith sealed the deal #AUSvENG
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) November 17, 2022
Hope at least Peter Pannalal saab comes up with his arrows telling us exactly by how many inches Malan, Warner, and Smith took advantage today, so that there's some semblance of relevance to this game.
— Hope you and the family are well BC! (@NarovaKunjarova) November 17, 2022
Steve Smith in ODIs since 2020
Innings : 18
Runs scored : 992
Average : 66.13
Strike Rate : 93.05
131 v India in Bangalore
105 off 66 v India at SCG
104 off 64 v India at SCG
98 v India in Rajkot
105 v NZ in Cairns
80* v England in Adelaide pic.twitter.com/KAWKFsE3Zd
— Arnav Singh (@Arnavv43) November 17, 2022