Eoin Morgan missed his hundred at Leeds in the 4th One Day against Australia, but, his innings ensured that his team equalized the series 2-2.
Now, the 5th game, which is going to take place in Manchester, has turned into a decider.
Hunting down the target of 300, England had lost three wickets below the 100-mark and all the hopes were lying with the skipper again and the Middlesex man was up to take the responsibility.
He knew even if he played quietly for a brief period of time, it was of no worry as the required run rate could be caught up later on, but, losing more wickets at that juncture would have been disastrous.
He took odd calculated risks in between and punished the bowlers whenever he was given width outside the off stump, but, till the 35th over mark, his focus was mainly on singles and twos.
And, very calmly, he got England to a position where they had enough wickets in hands with not too many runs required to score.
Morgan would definitely have liked to stay till the end and finish the job himself, but, a brilliant catch at backward point by Glenn Maxwell sent him back to the hut.
However, the likes of Bairstow, Plunkett and Moeen Ali played good hands thereafter and England got to the target in the penultimate over.
Moeen was lucky though that Matthew Wade dropped him when he had just come on to bat. Had that catch been taken, the game could have turned around, but, it wasn’t to be.
Moeen could have been caught on the boundary as well when he had gone for a slog sweep and Joe Burns at the deep square leg had managed to get himself around, but, his momentum took him over the ropes and he couldn’t even manage to keep the ball in the playing area.
So, with a couple of lives, Moeen remained not out and saw England through.
The player of the match award went to Eoin Morgan though for his 92.