Sep 14 2013
Only in-form George Bailey rescued a patchy 227 all out for Australia in the fourth NatWest Series match at the SWALEC Stadium.
The tourists stumbled first to 11 for two, then 57 for four against England's seamers - and also lost their last five wickets for 18 runs as James Tredwell (three for 53) got his revenge for earlier punishment.
In between, on a surprisingly quick but not always entirely reliable surface, Bailey (87) gave Australia some much-needed substance.
Home hopes of levelling the series at 1-1 here, with one more to play in Southampton, will nonetheless be raised.
Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin did not squander their early opportunity to bowl on a pitch which spent much of the previous day and overnight under full cover with heavy rain falling.
In bright conditions, after Eoin Morgan won the toss, Finn began with a tame wide but immediately made up for it with the day's first legitimate delivery - full, straight and swinging in just enough to beat Aaron Finch's attempted drive and send him back lbw for nought.
From the River Taff end, Rankin was on target from the outset and got his reward when Shane Watson's drive at a delivery which was not quite full enough resulted in an edge behind.
England's two frontline seamers kept the score to 31 for two in powerplay.
The first over of back-up medium-pace from Ben Stokes then cost 10 runs, but England's first-change soon repaid his captain's faith with the wicket of Shaun Marsh.
Bowling with enough pace to beat the left-hander's attempted pull, Stokes had his first international wicket - in his 13th limited-overs match - when Jos Buttler held an athletic catch high above his head off the glove.
Finn returned to replace Rankin, and got rid of Michael Clarke - who went to DRS after being hit high on the back foot.
Simulation depicted the ball just clipping the top of the leg bail, and the Australia captain therefore had to go lbw.
Bailey and Adam Voges then shared 15 dot balls before a single got each off the mark, at the start of the first of two important half-century stands.
Bailey, as at Emirates Old Trafford, refused to let Tredwell settle.
Three times he struck the off-spinner for six over long-on, to go with a sweep for his solitary four in a 57-ball 50.
With Voges gone, bowled trying to pull Ravi Bopara, Bailey and Matthew Wade engaged in some chancy but effective running - several times turning apparent dots into ones and ones into twos, just.
That approach brought them 39 in a slightly early batting powerplay, and at the start of the last 10 overs Australia were 195 for five.
The wickets column was still a worry for them, though - and so it proved.
Wade edged Tredwell to short third-man; James Faulkner was run-out attempting a quick single - and after England's off-spinner deceived Mitchell Johnson in back-foot defence, Bailey was ninth out caught-behind trying to angle the returning Rankin down to third-man.