Throw love, kindness and geniality out of the window today. World Cup begins and hosts Australia face off against nemesis England in a clash that some say would put Ashes contest to shame. While the jury is still out on that, there is no denying that Melbourne will light up when the two teams battle it out in the second Pool A match, on Day 1 of the World Cup Catch live updates here.
1423: Out! Marsh on fire and claims two in two. Joe Root (5) makes the long walk back after a woeful shot which went straight up. England 66/4 in 13.5.
1422: Out! Bell pulls Marsh but finds a running Starc at the boundary – much to his very visible disappointment. That’s the 3rd English wicket down.
1410: All English eyes on Bell. He is batting with Joe Root even as the required run-rate leaps past the 7-an-over mark.
1402: Out! Ballance departs. His 10 runs show that bringing him in place of Bopara wasn’t such a great move after all.
1352: Even as Aussie fans hope their 300-plus total stands today, Kiwi fans are already celebrating their first win. New Zealand had scored 331. Captain McCullum has hailed his side for the thumping win vs Sri Lanka.
1345: Bell has stitched 17 runs together. He is an experienced campaigner and needs to do what Finch did right at the top of the Aussie innings. Speaking of Finch, here are the best pics of his innings today.
1330: Out! Moeen (10) tries to pull Mitchell Starc but fails to clear Bailey on the leg-side. First blow to England as Gary Ballance makes his way out. Ballance replaced Bopara in this match, leaving many surprised.