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Ben Stokes Hogs the limelight as Australia beat England in 2nd ODI


Ben Stokes Hogs the limelight as Australia beat England in 2nd ODI

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Australia won the second one-day international against England by 64 runs in a match overshadowed by the controversial dismissal of England allrounder Ben Stokes on Saturday.

Steven Smith scored 70 and Mitch Marsh smashed 64 off 31 balls to help Australia reach 309-7 at Lord's. England was all out for 245 in 42.3 overs with captain Eoin Morgan top-scoring on 85.

Australia leads the five-match series 2-0.

In a match full of incidents, Australia opener David Warner will miss the rest of the ODI series with a broken left thumb. He retired hurt after being struck by a rising delivery from Steven Finn off only the second ball of the day.

Smith and George Bailey (54) put on 99 for Australia's second wicket, before the middle order contributed through Glenn Maxwell (49) and Shane Watson (39).

Marsh cut loose, hitting seven fours and three sixes before getting dismissed off the final ball of the innings. Stokes finished with 3-60.

A wet outfield delayed the start by an hour, reducing the match to 49 overs per side.

Morgan was the last man out for England after sharing a 51-run third wicket partnership with James Taylor (43) and 55 for the ninth wicket with Liam Plunkett (24). Pat Cummins took 4-56.

The controversy

In the 26th over, with England 141-3, Stokes pushed a defensive shot back at bowler Mitchell Starc, who hurled the ball towards the stumps as the batsman left his crease.

Stokes turned away and dived back in an attempt to regain his ground, but the ball was stopped by his outstretched left hand.

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Tim Robinson consulted TV umpire Joel Wilson, who applied Law 37,  deeming that Stokes had "wilfully" obstructed the field.

Midway into England's reply, Stokes was given out for 10 after the ball hit his hand as he took evasive action.

It was only the sixth dismissal for obstructing the field in the 3,861-match history of one-day internationals and the first for an England player.

The third game of the five-match series takes place at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Out obstructing the field in ODIs

Batsman Match Venue/date

Rameez Raja

Pakistan v England

Karachi, 1987

Mohinder Amarnath

India v Sri Lanka

Ahmedabad, 1989


Pakistan v India

Peshawar, 2006

Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan v South Africa

Durban, 2013

Anwar Ali

Pakistan v South Africa

Port Elizabeth, 2013

Ben Stokes

England v Australia

Lord's, 2015


Australia captain Steve Smith: "It was blatantly out. The ball wasn't going to hit him, Stokes was out of his crease, he put his arm out and got in the way of the ball.

"I thought it was the right decision at the time and I still think it's the right decision."

England skipper Eoin Morgan: "It would have been very different if we were fielding."

Asked if that meant he would have withdrawn the appeal, Morgan replied: "Yep."