Southampton, September 5
England beat nice rival Australia by two runs in a Twenty20 thriller that went right down to the ultimate ball to take a 1-Zero lead within the three-match sequence right here.
Chasing 163 to win on the empty Rose Bowl on Friday, Australia collapsed from 124-1 after 14 overs to fall quick on 160-6 in its first match of worldwide cricket in six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After dropping 4 wickets for 9 runs off 14 balls, the Australians wanted 26 runs off the ultimate three overs, 19 off the ultimate two after which 15 off the final, bowled by Tom Curran.
Marcus Stoinis hit an enormous six over cowl off the second ball to depart the vacationers needing 9 runs off 4, however couldn’t hit one other boundary.
Australia was handed an excellent begin to the chase as captain Aaron Finch (46) and David Warner (58) shared a 98-run opening stand. Things began going downhill, although, after the lack of Steven Smith for 18 to make it 124-2 and Glenn Maxwell 4 balls later for 1, each falling to the spin of Adil Rashid.
“We knew England would keep coming hard,” Finch mentioned, “and we probably struggled to find the boundary in that 12- to 18-over mark. That’s something to work on.”
England eked out a complete of 162-7 primarily due to Dawid Malan (66) and Jos Buttler (44). No different participant reached double-figures, with Kane Richardson having figures of 2-13 and Maxwell getting 2-14.
“I thought we were 15 runs light,” Malan mentioned, “probably one partnership away from getting to 175-180.”
It was the primary time England has defended a goal below 180 since 2016.
The top-ranked Australians hadn’t performed since mid-March when their scheduled ODI sequence towards New Zealand was deserted.
England can wrap up the sequence by successful the second match again on the Rose Bowl on Sunday. — AP