After a 5-0 whitewash win in the ODI series, England have won the one-off T20I against Australia by 28 runs at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. Australia have lost all their international matches in the tour.
Australia elected to field first under their new regular T20I captain Aaron Finch. England opened the innings with Jason Roy and Jos Buttler. The two made a great start for the hosts. They put on 95 runs, 70 of them came in the powerplay.
Buttler hit 61 runs off 30 deliveries including 6 fours and 5 sixes. Roy scored 26-ball 44 with 6 boundaries. Joe Root and Alex Hales added valuable runs in their 72-run fourth-wicket stand. Hales missed out on a half-century scoring 49 off 24 with 5 fours and 3 sixes. Root scored 35 off 24.
England made 221/5, their second-highest T20I total. Mitchell Swepson took two wickets on debut for Australia.
Australia made a good start courtesy of Finch. The Aussie skipper reached his fifty in 27 balls. He went on to score 84 runs from 41 balls hitting 7 fours and 6 sixes. The rest of Australian line-up didn’t contribute much. Ashton Agar’s 29 and Andreww Tye’s 20 only helped in lessening margin of defeat.
The tourists were bowled out for 193 runs in 19.4 overs. Adil Rashid was sublime with the ball as he scalped three for 27. Chris Jordan also took three wickets but expensive.
England 221/5 in 20 overs (Buttler 61, Hales 49, Roy 44; Swepson 2/37)
Australia 193 all out in 19.4 overs (Finch 84; Rashid 3/27, Jordan 3/42, Plunkett 2/34)
England won by 28 runs
Man of the Match: Adil Rashid