England vs Australia – 2nd T20I: Jos Buttler was all over Australian bowlers to guide England too, in the end, a comfortable victory to give the hosts a 2-nil lead. The comeback could not have been perfected with Buttler also playing a dominant and winning role in the 1st T20I. with 77 to his name, England is looking confident for a clean-sweep series victory against the visitors.
This time, opting to bat first, it was a horrible start for Australia. David Warner was out on the third ball he faced from Jofra Archer, score 0-1. Alex Carry was the next man in and gone in the 2nd over, score 3-2. Steven Smith and Aaron Finch provided some resistance before Smith ran himself out for 10, score 30-3.
Marcus Stoinis and Finch scored together to put back team in order but before they could flurry for the final overs, they both dismissed. Glenn Maxwell also failed to see through his team to the end, Aston Agar, Pat Cummins all contributed bits to give Australia a bit of fighting score of 157-5.
Archer and Mark Wood ripped through the openers with might quick pace. Adil Rashid contributed, Chris Jordan contributed and England were given a decent target.
With the batting line-up of England players and with the form they are in, it wouldn’t have been a too challenging total.
Once again, a brilliant start by England. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow scored plenty of boundaries. Things were looking good before Bairstow was out hit wicket. Once again, it was the combination of Dawid Malan and Buttler that sees through England chase.
As teams are now looking to set their combinations for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in India next year, Dawid Malan is confirming his spot every time he walks out to bat. Buttler was slow to start scoring 25 runs from his first 24 balls but then the T20 giant come. An 87-run 2nd-wicket partnership with Buttler before Malan was caught out in deep mid-wicket.
With a quick couple of wickets of Banton and Morgan, Australia believed.
Australia were not able to score 19 off the last two overs in the first T20I. England needed 18 off the last two overs and they did so in style. It only took them five balls to score 18 runs.
Moeen Ali smashing Zampa for a six and a boundary on consecutive balls before Buttler can finish things off with a mighty straight-six.
England win the match by 6 wickets and 7 balls to spare and taking the unassailable lead in the series 2-0.
Ashton Agar and Mitchell Starc were the most successful and economical bowlers for Australia.
Australia from 3-2 and 30-2, recovered well to reach 157-7 but against the likes of in-form Buttler and Malan, it was always going to be a lesser score. For his brilliant knock of 77 runs of 54 balls, his highest score in T20Is, Jos Buttler was given the man of the match award.
The 3rd T20I will take place at the same venue on September 8.