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Ali strikes as Australia slump to 214 all out against England

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took three wickets as number one-ranked England tried to put their six-run loss to behind them by dismissing for just 214 in the first one-day international at The Oval here today.

Off-spinner Ali took three wickets for 43 runs in 10 overs and leg-spinner two for 36.

This match had started with Australia, keen to show the more sporting side of their nature, shaking hands with their England counterparts -- a move instigated by new

But their familiar problems against spin, evident in warm-up wins over and Middlesex where they twice failed to post 300 batting first, resurfaced.

Wickets fell steadily either side of a sixth-wicket stand of 84 between (62) and (40), the only two batsmen to get beyond 24.

This was Australia's first international series since their tour of saw former and his deputy -- two of the world's leading batsmen -- given year-long bans by for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test in in March.

Top-order batsman Cameron Bancroft, who applied sandpaper to the ball, was given a nine-month ban.

World champions Australia came into this match having lost their last three ODI series -- a sequence that included a 4-1 loss at home to England in January. England, hosts, struggled for early wickets in their stunning defeat by

But they had no such trouble at The Oval, with Australia 90 for five inside 20 overs after Paine won the toss.

Left-arm quick struck second ball to have caught at first slip by Jonny Bairstow off an outswinger before the spinners took charge.

Ali justified his introduction into the attack as first-change with two wickets for three runs in eight balls He had the experienced (19) slicing to short third man before (24) was bowled by a turning delivery.

Paine (12) fell in similar fashion to Finch, a needless reverse-sweep lobbing gently to at short third man.

Marcus Stonis, who made a hundred against Sussex, drove Ali for six but on 24 he was caught behind by wicket-keeper -- the only change to the side beaten by -- cutting at Rashid.

England, without injured all-rounders and Chris Woakes, were now well on top.

Maxwell, twice out in single figures during the warm-ups, hit his first ODI fifty in 10 innings.

The all-rounder struck two superb sixes over long-off against Ali and part-time off-spinner

But his near run-a-ball knock ended when he flicked at paceman and Bairstow, running round on the deep square leg boundary, held a good catch.

Agar offered solid support before he was plumb lbw to Rashid and the innings then fell away, with Plunkett taking three for 42.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 21:50 IST