England Edge Australia In Thriller In 1st T20I
England fought back superbly against Australia in the 1st T20I after staring defeat in the face for much of the encounter.
Eoin Morgan’s side produced an incredible fightback to beat their Ashes enemies by two runs in an enthralling opening match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Australia captain Aaron Finch invited England to bat first after winning the toss. He saw his decision justified as the hosts struggled to post a formidable score.
Firstly, Jos Buttler got the innings off to a flier as he continued his fine form from the Test matches. Although, this knock was far from brutal than anything he delivered in the red-ball game.
The wicketkeeper struck 44 off 29 balls including five fours and two sixes. Buttler was joined early by Dawid Malan, who continued his own form and made himself the mainstay of the home sides batting effort.
Malan saw his batting partners come and go as he made 66 from 43. He struck five fours and three sixes of his own.
In truth, the rest of the order fell short. Chris Jordan the only other man to make double figures as the innings came to a disappointing climax at 162-7.
Finch And Warner Sparkle
Chasing 163, Australia were cruising to victory as openers Finch and David Warner both put the bowling to the sword. The pair lead their side to need just 39 from 38 balls with nine wickets remaining.
However, after a blistering start from Steve Smith, his dismissal triggered a collapse of 4-9 off just 14 deliveries.
Marcus Stoinis threatened to take his side over the line and when he struck the second ball of the final over for six. At this point, Australia needed nine from four balls.
England Hold Their Nerve At The Death
Lastly, it was Tom Curran who kept his nerve at the crucial moment as he closed out the over safely. This left Stoinis bereft as he finished on 22 not out and the Aussie’s were two runs shy.
Both Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer picked up two wickets to spark the England fightback as the visitors’ middle order inexplicably collapsed. As a result, England narrowly edged Australia in the 1st T20I.
England have a 1-0 lead in the series and the second IT20 match begins at the same ground is on Sunday, live on BBC One at 13.50BST
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