England beat Australia in first T20 thriller
Homeside England has picked a thrilling win against visiting Australia in the first match of the three match T20 series in Southampton. England beat Australia by two runs after a long thrilling comeback from the both sides. With the begginging of Australia’s innings, it seemed like Australia’s victory is a matter of time, but the English bowlers made it home.
With lossing the toss, England went to bat and in 20 overs, the home side put 162 runs on the board. David Malan scored 66 runs for the team which was the highest individual score. He made 5 fours and 3 sixes off 43 balls. Besides, 44 runs came from Butler’s bat as he scored 5 fours and 2 sixes in his innings with 29 balls.
Apart from these two, only Chris Jordan (14 off 6 balls) got double figures. Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson and Glenn Maxwell took two wickets each for Australia.
With a smaller target for Australia, they got a flying start with the explosive batting of David Warner and Aaron Finch as they made a opening partnership of 96 runs in 11 overs. Warner, who scored 57 off 46 balls, hit four fours and Finch, who scored 48 off 32 balls, hit six fours and one six.
After Finch’s departure, Steve Smith came to bat and he scored 18 runs (11 balls). But it was Warner after whose departure, the visiting side fell under pressure. Consequently, gradually the match also took a dramatic turn. In the end, Marcus Stoinis’ innings of 23 runs off 18 balls was effective but didn’t put any result for the match.
England 162/7 (20 overs)
Malan 66, Butler 44 Jordan 14 *
Richardson 13/2, Maxwell 14/2
Australia 160/7 (20 overs)
Warner 57, Finch 48, Stoinis 23 *
Rashid 29/2, Archer 33/2
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