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Australia set 300 runs target for England

42Australia set a handsome 300 runs target for England to level the series and to stay in battle in the 4th ODI here in Headingley on Friday. They were put into early trouble as the top three departed quickly as Willey rattled Finch, Burns and Smith.

Bailey and Maxwell then stitched a solid partnership as both of them went on to score fifties. Bailey was cautious in his approach whereas Maxwell was at his best. Maxwell missed out on a ton and then Bailey departed as well. Two wickets in three balls by Plunkett put the hosts on top in the 41st over.

Australia amassed 77/0 off the last 6 overs. Main damage done by Wade who smashed a quickfire fifty once again in this series. The two Victorians added 84 runs off just 8.2 overs. So England need 300 runs to stay alive in the series.

Australia are without their best ODI bowler. It will be an interesting run chase. Join us back then to catch all the action.

England’s fast men struggled to find the yorker length towards the end, and no wickets fell after debutant Marcus Stoinis limply reverse-swept Moeen Ali to short third man for 4 in the 42nd over. At that stage Australia were listing at 215 for 7, having just lost Bailey for a composed 75, when he delivered a return catch to Plunkett.