England vs Australia –1st T20I: To conclude the English summer, the Australian team, like West Indies and Pakistan, has also done a favor to England by touring for a limited-overs series to minimize the losses the ECB about to incur this summer because of Covid-19.
The first T20I took place on September 4 at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. Australia winning the toss and decided to field first.
Jos Buttler, after resting for three T20Is against Pakistan, returned to the squad and get straight into the action. Opening with Jonny Bairstow, Buttler continued his good form from the Test series against Pakistan giving a good opening start with a flurry of boundaries and sixes including two sixes and a four-second over by Ashton Agar. Bairstow was got out by Pat Cummins on 8.
In came, Dawid Malan, also in good form. With Buttler scoring 44 and Malan scoring 66, the score reached to 162-7 with not of much contributions from other England batsmen. Chris Jordan providing crucial 14 runs at the back-end of the innings.
Kane Richardson and Glenn Maxwell were the successful and economical bowlers for Australia taking a couple of wickets each. Agar also picked up two wickets but was expensive and Cummins took the lone wicket.
The run chase started in the best possible way for Australia. With Jofra Archer, also returning after resting against Pakistan in the T20I series and into his first limited-overs international since last year’s World Cup final, get straight into the action but was hammered by both David Warner and captain Aaron Finch.
With a partnership of 98 runs in 11 overs, Finch was dismissed by Archer, caught by Chris Jordan at mid-off. Steve Smith is the next batsman. With 39 runs needed in the final six overs and nine wickets remaining, the ball was in Australia’s court and there was nothing left in the chase.
But then, wickets started to tumble and run dried up. Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Alex Carey were all perished away in the space of 13 balls leaving the Australian team still a dominant of the two to win the match.
Pressure and lack of boundaries left Marcus Stoinis to score 15 runs off the final over. He smashed Tom Curran for a second ball six with 9 runs left off the final four balls. Stoinis only managed for 2s on the last three deliveries courtesy to an excellent death bowling by Curran having bowled absolute Yorkers on the last two balls.
Adil Rashid and Archer picked a couple of wickets with Mark Wood taking the wicket of Alex Carry.
With 98 for no wickets, England had no chance of winning the match and here they are, emerged as the victorious side. It was a great comeback for Jos Buttler who gave a brilliant start at the top. Apart from the top 3, it was the middle order that led to the disappointing end for Australia.
Dawid Malan was declared the man of the match for his brilliant 43-ball 66 runs, which was his 8th international T20I fifty in 14 innings.
The second T20I will take place at the same venue on September 6.