England’s white-ball strength has been well documented since 2015, and they defeated the World Champions right before the World Cup. This will be a shot in the arm for them. Australia fielded a strong side, but England, despite being in trouble in the opening part of the first innings, staged a stunning comeback. Let’s examine how England accounted for their success.
Australia won the toss and invited England to bat first. The first inning of the England vs Australia T20 started with Buttler and Hales at the crease, and Hazlewood opened the attack. Buttler hit the first four of the inning in the first ball of the first over.
Cummins dismissed the first wicket of the inning in the 4th over. Zampa caught Buttler earlier, and he scored only 17(13). Again a wicket for Australia was taken by Stoinins in the 5th over. Hales caught out after scoring 4 runs for England. England was at 34/2 during the power play.
Dawid Malan was playing well and hitting boundaries, while Ben Stokes tried to support him but could not do so for a long time. Zampa bowled Stokes in the 8th over, and he was gone after scoring 7(11).
Soinis got another wicket of Brook in the 9th over with a simple back-of-the-length delivery. Harry Brook scored 1(2). Dawid Malan hit his successful half-century in the 14th over. The 106 runs partnership ended when Zampa dismissed Moeen Ali in the 17th over with a tossed-up googly. Moeen Ali was 6 runs away from hitting his half-century when Tim David caught him out.
Sam Curran came into the crease but was bowled out in the 19th over by Starc. Stoinis credited 3rd and the most important wicket of Malan in his account during the last over. Malan scored a fine 82 in his inning. Chris Jordan ended the first inning with a six. England finished at 178/7.
The second inning started with Warner and Finch at the crease, and Stokes opened the attack against Australia. Finch hit the first four of the second inning in the second over. Australia got their first success in the 4th over. Willey took the big wicket of Finch with air and straight to mid-off. Finch walked off, angry with himself.
Two back-to-back wickets in the name of England. Topley dismissed Warned in the first ball of the following over. Mitchel Marsh came into the crease and hit 15 runs in the first 5 balls of his inning. However, it was a good start for England. Australia scored 35 runs with a loss of 2 wickets.
Maxwell was gone in the 8th over from a short delivery by Sam Curran. The 55 runs partnership ended when Sam Curran dismissed Stoinis with a short ball. Stoinis scored a good score of 22 in 13 balls. Tim David came into the crease and started hitting boundaries.
At the start of the 15th over, England took the important wicket of Mitchell. Mitchell was just 5 runs away from hitting fifty, dismissed by Stokes with a slower delivery. Tim David was also gone when he was 10 runs away from hitting a half-century. Sam Curran bowled him out with a fuller delivery.
With losing wicket after wicket, Australia could not achieve the run chase of 178. They tried hard but ended the inning with 170/6. England won the 2nd match of ENG vs. AUS T20 by 8 runs.
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