ENG vs AUS 1st T20 highlights: England wins by 2 runs in last ball thriller

Australia had a great start to their chase and looked on track to register a comprehensive victory, thanks to Aaron Finch and David Warner's early dominance, with the pair adding 98 runs in 11 overs.Photo: @ICC

A late fightback from the bowlers helped England beat Australia by two runs in the first T20 International of the three-match series at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Chasing 163, Australia at one stage needed just 39 runs from the last six overs with nine wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the series on Friday. However, they ended up on 160/6 and lost the game which was in their grasp for the majority of duration.

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Earlier, Australia restricted England to 162/7, despite Jos Buttler's early fireworks and Dawid Malan's well-composed 66. For the visitors, it was Kane Richardson and Glenn Maxwell who provided control as they returned with figures of 2/13 and 2/14 respectively from three overs apiece.

Eng vs Aus 1st T20 key highlights

  • Australia collapse chasing 163 for victory
  • Aus was 124-1 in 15th over, end on 160-6
  • Curran defends 15 from final over
  • Rashid (2-29), Archer (2-33), Wood (1-31)
  • Warner (58), Finch (46) smash 98 for 1st wicket
  • England 162-7 - Malan (66), Buttler (44)
  • Richardson (2-13), Maxwell (2-14)

Left-arm spinner Aston Agar, who was taken for 16 by Buttler in his first over, also bounced back and returned with figures of 2/32 in his four overs.

Other than Buttler and Malan, only Chris Jordan got to double figures, hitting 14* from 8 balls in a late cameo.

Australia had a great start to their chase and looked on track to register a comprehensive victory, thanks to Aaron Finch and David Warner's early dominance, with the pair adding 98 runs in 11 overs before the Australia captain lost his wicket after scoring 46 runs.

Steve Smith, who came in next, looked fluent as he scored 18 from 11 balls, but Adil Rashid had him caught sweeping and he then dismissed Maxwell four balls later as England fought back.

Warner (58) and Alex Carey also went back to the pavilion in quick succession as Australia lost four wickets for nine runs, with the visitors still needing 30 from 21 balls.

Australia needed 15 from the final over but Tom Curran kept his cool and didn't allow Marcus Stoinis to take his team across the line.

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Playing 11 of both the teams:

England playing 11: Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (w), Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid.

Australia playing 11: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

2:34 AM IST Tom Curran bowled two dot balls in the last over as he defended 15 runs in England vs Australia 1st T20 International match.  "One went for six and spiced things up a little bit!" It was never in doubt @TC59  pic.twitter.com/YtHm6FqMJi — England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 4, 2020

2:25 AM IST Australia needed 15 runs in last over and bowled the final one for England. Stoinis goes for a wild swing off the first but misses while he smashed the next towards extra cover boundary for SIX. Australia still needed 9 runs in 4 balls. Stoinis swings his bat and misses again, In last three ball, Stoinis manages to take three doubles and Australia lost the match. An unbelievable fightback from our bowlers!#ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/50INdbXowC — England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 4, 2020

2:20 AM IST Statistically you can never win the game in the first twn overs, you're always chasing in the back ten. The bowlers came good in the last overs for us with Adil taking two wickets to expose that middle order. 

2:18 AM IST We knew England would come back hard. They executed it really well. We struggled to find a boundary in that 12-18 over phase but the boys will keep learning from this. If you can separate the gameplan and the execution, we were okay, but we just needed to find a match-winning contribution. 

2:14 AM IST We set Australia 163.. Can we defend it?#ENGvAUS clips: https://t.co/7FrfqDaZkN pic.twitter.com/WNG4NV249P — England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 4, 2020

2:13 AM IST Warner was at one end and Morgan introduced Archer, he deliver for his captain and get the crucial wicket for Warner, who was at 58. #ENGvAUS: https://t.co/7FrfqDaZkN pic.twitter.com/kvdSaO67Rb — England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 4, 2020

1:59 AM IST Over Summary: 0 6 0 2 2 2 ; Australia: 160-6; Stoinis (23), Cummins (0) Tom Curran continues Ball 6: A low full toss and Stoinis muscles it towards long-on for a couple of runs.    Ball 5: Stoinis gets a thick inside edge to wide of deep mid-wicket fielder for a couple of runs.   Ball 4: A low full toss and Stoinis gets a top edge, the skier lands safely at mid-on. No body was there.   Ball 3: A big swing and miss from Stoinis again    Ball 2: A length ball and Stoinis smashes over extra cover for SIX.   Ball 1: A big swing and miss from Stoinis.

1:56 AM IST Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 0 W ; Australia:  148-6 ; Ashton Agar (4), Marcus Stoinis (11); Chris Jordan [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack Ball 6: Stoinis goes for a big hoick, misses, runs a leg byes. Morgan takes REVIEW for LBW, it is missing leg. But Agar is RUNOUT while taking the leg byes. OUT.    Ball 5: A swing and miss from Stoinis   Ball 4: Jordan goes around the wicket, Agar tries to play a big shot, gets an inside edge to pads, a single taken.    Ball 3: Stoinis taps towards extra cover for a single.   Ball 2: Agar cuts straight to backward point for a single.   Ball 1:  Stoinis hits towards deep fine leg for a single.

1:48 AM IST Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 2 1 ; Australia:  144-5 ; Ashton Agar (2), Marcus Stoinis (9); Tom Curran [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack Ball 6: Stoinis punches towards extra cover for a single.   Ball 5: Stoinis cuts towards deep point for a couple of runs.   Ball 4: Agar cuts towards backward point for a single.   Ball 3: Stoinis taps towards off side for a single.   Ball 2: Agar taps towards extra cover for a single.   Ball 1:  Stoinis pushes in front of mid-off for a single.

1:43 AM IST Over Summary: 0 0 W L1 2 1 ; Australia:  137-5 ; Ashton Agar (0), Marcus Stoinis (4); Australia need 26 runs in 18 balls Mark Wood [3.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack Ball 6: Stoinis clips towards square leg for a single.   Ball 5: Stoinis slices the full delivery just wide of backward point for a couple of runs.   Ball 4: One leg byes for Australia Ashton Agar, left handed bat, comes to the crease   Ball 3: Carey gets an inside edge to off stump, GONE. Carey b Mark Wood 1(5)   Ball 2: DOT   Ball 1: Carey taps towards off side for no run

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WATCH: What last over hero Tom Curran said

Tom Curran bowled two dot balls in the last over as he defended 15 runs in England vs Australia 1st T20 International match. 


WATCH: Eng vs Aus 1st T20 highlights, last over thriller

Australia needed 15 runs in last over and bowled the final one for England. Stoinis goes for a wild swing off the first but misses while he smashed the next towards extra cover boundary for SIX. Australia still needed 9 runs in 4 balls. Stoinis swings his bat and misses again, In last three ball, Stoinis manages to take three doubles and Australia lost the match.



Here's what Eoin Morgan said after the match

Statistically you can never win the game in the first twn overs, you're always chasing in the back ten. The bowlers came good in the last overs for us with Adil taking two wickets to expose that middle order. 

Here's what Aaron Finch said after the match

We knew England would come back hard. They executed it really well. We struggled to find a boundary in that 12-18 over phase but the boys will keep learning from this. If you can separate the gameplan and the execution, we were okay, but we just needed to find a match-winning contribution. 


WATCH: Dawid Malan's fifty

WATCH: When Archer cleaned up Warner

Warner was at one end and Morgan introduced Archer, he deliver for his captain and get the crucial wicket for Warner, who was at 58.


Over 20; Australia: 160-6

Over Summary: 0 6 0 2 2 2 ; Australia: 160-6; Stoinis (23), Cummins (0)

Tom Curran continues

Ball 6: A low full toss and Stoinis muscles it towards long-on for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: Stoinis gets a thick inside edge to wide of deep mid-wicket fielder for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: A low full toss and Stoinis gets a top edge, the skier lands safely at mid-on. No body was there.
 
Ball 3: A big swing and miss from Stoinis again 
 
Ball 2: A length ball and Stoinis smashes over extra cover for SIX.
 
Ball 1: A big swing and miss from Stoinis.





Over 19, Eng vs Aus live score: 148-6; Australia needs 15 runs in 6 balls

Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 0 W ; Australia:  148-6 ; Ashton Agar (4), Marcus Stoinis (11);

Chris Jordan [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Stoinis goes for a big hoick, misses, runs a leg byes. Morgan takes REVIEW for LBW, it is missing leg. But Agar is RUNOUT while taking the leg byes. OUT. 
 
Ball 5: A swing and miss from Stoinis
 
Ball 4: Jordan goes around the wicket, Agar tries to play a big shot, gets an inside edge to pads, a single taken. 
 
Ball 3: Stoinis taps towards extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 2: Agar cuts straight to backward point for a single.
 
Ball 1:  Stoinis hits towards deep fine leg for a single.

Over 18, Eng vs Aus live score: 144-5; Australia need 19 runs in 12 balls

Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 2 1 ; Australia:  144-5 ; Ashton Agar (2), Marcus Stoinis (9);

Tom Curran [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Stoinis punches towards extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 5: Stoinis cuts towards deep point for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Agar cuts towards backward point for a single.
 
Ball 3: Stoinis taps towards off side for a single.
 
Ball 2: Agar taps towards extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 1:  Stoinis pushes in front of mid-off for a single.

Over 17, Eng vs Aus live score: 137-5; Wood scalps Carey

Over Summary: 0 0 W L1 2 1 ; Australia:  137-5 ; Ashton Agar (0), Marcus Stoinis (4); Australia need 26 runs in 18 balls

Mark Wood [3.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Stoinis clips towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 5: Stoinis slices the full delivery just wide of backward point for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: One leg byes for Australia

Ashton Agar, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Carey gets an inside edge to off stump, GONE. Carey b Mark Wood 1(5)
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Carey taps towards off side for no run

Over 16, Eng vs Aus live score: 133-4; Archer gets Warner

Over Summary: 2 W Wd2 0 1 0 1 ; Australia:  133-4 ; Alex Carey (1), Marcus Stoinis (1); Australia need 30 runs in 24 balls

Jofra Archer [3.0-0-27-1] is back into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Carey. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Stoinis collects a single.

Ball 3: Archer beats Stoinis outside off.
 
Ball 3: TWO WIDES down the leg side.

Alex Carey, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Warner plays a nothing shot as he tries to make some room and moved down the leg side, edges to leg stump, GONE. Warner b Jofra Archer 58(47) [4s-4]
 
Ball 1: Warner hits towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 15, Eng vs Aus live score: 127-3; Rashid gets Smith, Maxwell

Over Summary:  0 W 1 1 1 W ; Australia:  127-3 ; David Warner (56), Glenn Maxwell (1); Australia need 36 runs in 30 balls

Rashid continues...

Ball 6: Maxwell tries to go inside out hits straight to extra cover, GONE. Maxwell c Morgan b Adil Rashid 1(2)
 
Ball 5: Warner punches down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 4: Maxwell clips towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 3: Warner hits towards deep md-wicket for a single.

Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Smith goes for slog sweep gets a top edge, Bairstow completes the catch at deep mid-wicket. Smith c Bairstow b Adil Rashid 18(11) [4s-2 6s-1]
 
Ball 1: Rashid beats Smith outside off.

Over 14, Eng vs Aus live score: 124-1

Over Summary:  1 1 6 1 0 0  ; Australia:  124-1 ; David Warner (54), Steve Smith (18); Australia need 39 runs in 36 balls

Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Warner hits to short extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 4: Smith knocks down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 3: A flighted delivery and Steve Smith slogs towards long-on boundary for SIX.
 
Ball 2: Warner collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Smith flicks in front of square for a single.

Over 13, Eng vs Aus live score: 115-1

Over Summary:  1 0 0 1 2 0  ; Australia:  115-1 ; David Warner (53), Steve Smith (10); Australia need 48 runs in 42 balls

Adil Rashid [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Warner whips wide of mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Smith collects a single down the ground.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Warner hits towards sweeper cover for a single.

Over 12, Eng vs Aus live score: 111-1; Warner hits Fifty

Over Summary:  1 4 4 1 2 1  ; Australia:  111-1 ; David Warner (50), Steve Smith (9); Australia need 52 runs in 48 balls

Mark Wood continues...

Ball 6: A short delivery and Warner nudges towards deep fine leg for a single and completes his FIFTY.
 
Ball 5: Warner clips towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Smith taps the short delivery towards off side for a tight single.
 
Ball 3: Smith smashes the short delivery, this time, in front of square for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Smith pulls the pacy short delivery behind square for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Warner flicks towards deep backward square leg for a single.

Steven Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 11, Eng vs Aus live score: 98-1; Archer gets Finch

Over Summary:  1 Wd 1 2 1 1 W  ; Australia:  98-1 ; David Warner (46), Aaron Finch (46)

Jofra Archer [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Finch tries to hit over mid-off but miss times it to Jordan at the circle, GONE. Finch c Jordan b Jofra Archer 46(32) [4s-7 6s-1]
 
Ball 5: Warner clips towards backward square leg for a single.
 
Ball 4: A short delivery, Finch tries to pull it gets a top edge, falls short of deep fine leg fielder, a single taken.
 
Ball 3: Finch cuts through backward point for a clouple of runs.

Ball 2: Warner tucks towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 1: A short delivery and Finch smashes it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Over 10, Eng vs Aus live score: 91-0

Over Summary:  Wd 0 1 0 0 Wd 1 0  ; Australia:  91-0 ; David Warner (44), Aaron Finch (42)

Mark Wood [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Wood beats Warner outside off, DOT. 

Ball 5: Finch dabs towards wide of backward point for a single.
 
Ball 5: WIDE down the leg side.
 
Ball 4: A short of length and Finch taps towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 3: A pacy short delivery, Finch ducks under it.
 
Ball 2: A shoulder height delivery, hurried on Warner, who pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 1: A pacy short of length delivery and Warner tries to pull, misses.
 
Ball 1: Wood starts with a WIDE down the leg side.

Over 9, Eng vs Aus live score: 87-0

Over Summary:  2 1 6 4 4 0  ; Australia:  87-0 ; David Warner (43), Aaron Finch (41)

Adil Rashid continues...

Ball 6: DOT. 
 
Ball 5: A straighter delivery and Finch goes inside out, this time, hits over extra cover for FOUR
 
Ball 4: Finch drives the half-volley through extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: A googly, Finch slog it towards long-on boundary for a GIGANTIC SIX.
 
Ball 2: Warner drags the googly from outside off towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 1: David Warner reverse sweeps, gets a top edge, falls just short of deep point for a couple of runs.

Over 8, Eng vs Aus live score: 70-0

Over Summary:  2 0 2 Wd 3 1 1  ; Australia:  70-0 ; David Warner (40), Aaron Finch (27)

Tom Curran [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Warner pushes towards cover for a single.
  
Ball 5: Finch gets an inside edge onto pads for a single.
 
Ball 4: A slow bumper, Warner waiting for it and guides through short third man for three runs.

Ball 4: WIDE outside off.
 
Ball 3: Warner glances towards backward square leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Warner slaps towards deep point for a couple of runs.

Over 7, Eng vs Aus live score: 60-0

Over Summary:  0 2 1 0 2 0  ; Australia:  60-0 ; David Warner (32), Aaron Finch (26)

Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Rashid beats Finch with a genuine leg break. 
 
Ball 5: Finch hits wide of long-off for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Finch tries to cut, gets beaten by a flipper.
 
Ball 3: Warner drags another googly towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 2: Warner slogs the googly wide of deep mid-wicket fielder for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 1:  DOT

Over 6, Eng vs Aus live score: 55-0

Over Summary:  4 L1 2 1 2 0  ; Australia:  55-0 ; David Warner (29), Aaron Finch (24)

Jordon continues...

Ball 6: Finch blocks last ball.  
 
Ball 5: Finch smashes over extra cover for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Warner taps towards point for a single.
 
Ball 3: Warner pulls towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: One leg byes for Australia.
 
Ball 1: Finch chips over mid-on for FOUR

Over 5, Eng vs Aus live score: 45-0

Over Summary:  0 1 0 1 1 1  ; Australia:  45-0 ; David Warner (26), Aaron Finch (18)

Tom Curran, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Finch taps towards backward point for a single.
 
Ball 5: Warner gets an inside edge to fine leg for a single.
 
Ball 4: Finch gets a thick edge to mid-on for a single, brilliant variations from Curran.
 
Ball 3: A brilliant delivery for Curran, hits Finch on gloves.
 
Ball 2: Ball on the pads, Warner dabs towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 1: A slow delivery outside off, Warner tries for cross batted wild swing misses. 

Over 4, Eng vs Aus live score: 41-0

Over Summary:  0 4 0 1 0 Wd 4  ; Australia:  41-0 ; David Warner (24), Aaron Finch (16)

Chris Jordan, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Aaron Finch cuts through backward point for FOUR.

Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Warner.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Warner slices over backward point for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 3, ENg vs Aus live score: 31-0

Over Summary:  0 4 2 1 4 0  ; Australia:  31-0 ; David Warner (19), Aaron Finch (12)

Archer continues...

Ball 6: DOT
  
Ball 5: Finch edges through short fine leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: Warner steers down to third man for a single.
 
Ball 3: Warner tucks wide of deep square leg fielder for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Warner pulls towards deep backward square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 2, ENg vs Aus live score: 20-0

Over Summary:  4 2 0 4 1 0  ; Australia:  20-0 ; David Warner (12), Aaron Finch (8)

Mark Wood, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Warner collects a single
 
Ball 4: A short delivery, Warner gets a gloves to fine leg boundary for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Warner hits the short ball, hurried to batsman, just over mid-on for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 1: David Warner gets an inside edge towards fine leg boundary for FOUR.

Over 1, ENg vs Aus live score: 9-0

Over Summary:  1 0 0 4 4 0   ; Australia:  9-0 ; David Warner (1), Aaron Finch (8)

David Warner and Aaron Finch are at the crease. Warner is on strike. Jofra Archer opens the attack..

Ball 6: A slow delivery and Finch gets a leading edge, falls safely in front of backward point.
 
Ball 5: Ball on the pads and Finch glances through short fine leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: A short delivery and Finch pulls towards deep backward square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: A swinging away delivery, beats Fincg outside off.
 
Ball 2: Finch dabs towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 1:  Warner punches towards mid-off for a single.

Over 20, Eng vs Aus live score: 162-7

Over Summary: 1 0 B1 2 2 4 ; England: 162-7 ; Adil Rashid (1), Chris Jordan (14)

Pat Cummins [2.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Jordan smashes towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR.
 
Ball 5: Jordan hits straight down the ground for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Jordan smashes towards wide of deep mid-wicket fielder for a cpuple of runs.
 
Ball 3: ONE BYES taken.
 
Ball 2: Adil Rashid fails to collect a single.
 
Ball 1: Jordan collects a single.

Over 19, Eng vs Aus live score: 152-7; Malan departs

Over Summary: W 1 1 2 1 0 ; England: 152-7 ; Adil Rashid (1), Chris Jordan (5)

Richardson continues...

Ball 6: Rashid squeezes the yorker for no run.
 
Ball 5: Jordan collects a single.
 
Ball 4: Jordan hits wide of sweeper cover for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 3: Rashid collects a single.
 
Ball 2:  Jordon dabs towards third man for a single.

Adil Rashid, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Malan tries to go inside out but fails to go long as he holed up to long-off.

Over 18, Eng vs Aus live score: 147-6

Over Summary: 1 1 2 Wd5 6 6 1 ; England: 147-6 ; Dawid Malan (66), Chris Jordan (1)

Adam Zampa [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Malan. 
 
Ball 5:  Brilliant for Malan as he smashes towards deep extra cover for a single.

Ball 4: Malan sweepes towards deep mid-wicket for SIX.
 
Ball 4: FIVE WIDES
 
Ball 3: Malan collects a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Jordan nudges towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 1: Malan hits towards sweeper cover for a single.

Over 17, Eng vs Aus live score: 125-6; Malan hits fifty

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 W 1  ; England: 125-6 ; Dawid Malan (50), Chris Jordan (0)

Kane Richardson [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Malan pulls towards deep mid-wicket for a single and brings up his fifty.

Chris Jordan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Tom Curran mistimes the short of length delivery to sweeper cover, GONE. Tom Curran c Agar b K Richardson 6(10)
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Malan collects a single towards deep backward square leg.
 
Ball 2: Tom Curran collects a single towards mid-off.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 16, Eng vs Aus live score: 122-5

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 1 1  ; England: 122-5 ; Dawid Malan (48), Tom Curran (5)

Maxwell continues...

Ball 6: Tom Curran hits down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 5: Malan collects a single.
 
Ball 4: Curran collects a single.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Malan collects a tight single towards short fine leg region.
 
Ball 1: Tom Curran collects a single.

Over 15, Eng vs Aus live score: 117-5

Over Summary: 0 4 1 1 1 1  ; England: 117-5 ; Dawid Malan (46), Tom Curran (2)

Ashton Agar [3.0-0-24-2] is back into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Tom Curran towards sweeper cover. 
 
Ball 5: A single Malan down the ground.
 
Ball 4: Tom Curran collects a single down the ground.
 
Ball 3: Malan collects a single towards square leg region.
 
Ball 2: Malan cuts between short third mand and backward point for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 14, Eng vs Aus live score: 109-5; Maxwell gets Moeen Ali

Over Summary: 0 0 1 1 W 1  ; England: 109-5 ; Dawid Malan (40), Tom Curran (0)

Maxwell continues...

Ball 6: Malan collects a single towards deep mid-wicket.

Tom Curran, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Moeen Ali tries to break the shackles, play a reverse sweep, gets a top edge and Zampa takes the catch at short third man. Moeen Ali c Zampa b Maxwell 2(6)
 
Ball 4: Malan tucks towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 3: Moeen Ali collects a single.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 13, Eng vs Aus live score: 106-4

Over Summary: 6 1 B1 1 1 4  ; England: 106-4 ; Dawid Malan (38), Moeen Ali (1)

Adam Zampa [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Malan smashes the half tracker towards cow corner for FOUR.
 
Ball 5: Moeen Ali collects a single
 
Ball 4: Malan cuts towards point region for a single.
 
Ball 3: ONE BYES for England.
 
Ball 2: Malan knocks down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 1: Malan sweeps towards deep square leg for SIX.

Over 12, Eng vs Aus live score: 92-4

Over Summary: 2 0 2 1 W 1  ; England: 92-4 ; Dawid Malan (26), Moeen Ali (0)

Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Malan punches towards long-off for a single

Moeen Ali, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Morgan comes down the wicket and tries to go for biggie, top edges it and Steve Smith takes the skier at long-on. Morgan c Smith b Maxwell 5(3) [4s-1]
 
Ball 4: Malan collects a single.
 
Ball 3: Malan hits wide of mid-wicket region for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1:Malan collects a couple of runs towards wide of cover for a single.

Over 11, Eng vs Aus live score: 86-3

Over Summary: 4 1 4 1 0 1  ; England: 86-3 ; Dawid Malan (20), Eouin Morgan (5)

Mitchell Starc [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Malan collects a single.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A short delivery and Eoin Morgan  top edges it  but ball falls safely at square leg, a single taken. 
 
Ball 3: A gentle half volley from Starc and Morgan drives through extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Malan collects a single towards mid-wicket region.
 
Ball 1: Malan drives through extra cover for FOUR.

Over 10, Eng vs Aus live score: 75-3

Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 W 1  ; England: 75-3 ; Dawid Malan (14), Eouin Morgan (0)

Ashton Agar continues...

Ball 6: Malan works towards wide of mid-wicket for a single.

Eoin Morgan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Banton comes down the wicket and tries to hit over extra cover fails to time it, Aaron Finch takes a good back running catch. Tom Banton c Finch b Agar 8(10) [4s-1] 
 
Ball 4: A single for Malan.
 
Ball 3: Banton cuts wide of short third man for a single.
 
Ball 2: Malan drives toward cover for a single.
 
Ball 1: Tom Banton collects a single.

Over 9, Eng vs Aus live score: 70-2

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 1  ; England: 70-2 ; Dawid Malan (11), Tom Banton (6)

Zampa continues..

Ball 6: Banton puches towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Banton tries to cut, beaten by a flipper.
 
Ball 1: Tom Banton reverse sweeps over backward point for FOUR.

Over 8, Eng vs Aus live score: 65-2; Agar takes Buttler

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 W 1  ; England: 65-2 ; Dawid Malan (11), Tom Banton (1)

Ashton Agar [1.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Tom Banton, right handed bat, comes to the crease and  drives down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 5: Buttler goes for a half hearted pull shot, holed up to deep mid-wicket, Cummins doesn't make any mistake, Buttler c Cummins b Agar 44(29) [4s-5 6s-2]
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Malan whips towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 2: Buttler collects a single.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 7, Eng vs Aus live score: 62-1

Over Summary: 1 0 1 1 4 0  ; England: 62-1 ; Dawid Malan (10), Jos Buttler (43)

Adam Zampa, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Malan drives through cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: Buttler collects a single down the ground.
 
Ball 3: A single for Malan.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Buttler hits towards long-on for a single.

Over 6, Eng vs Aus live score: 55-1

Over Summary: 0 4 1 1 0 1  ; England: 55-1 ; Dawid Malan (5), Jos Buttler (41)

Cummins continues...

Ball 6: Buttler collects a single towards cover region.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Malan gets a thick outside edge towards short third man for a single.
 
Ball 3: Buttler clips towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 2: Buttler moves towards leg side, Cummins followed him, still the batter smashes just wide of extra cover fielder for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 5, Eng vs Aus live score: 48-1

Over Summary: 1 4 0 0 0 0  ; England: 48-1 ; Dawid Malan (4), Jos Buttler (35)

Kane Richardson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Wrong line for Kane, on the pads, Malan clips through short fine leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Buttler nudges towards backward square leg for a single.

Dawid Malan, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 4, Eng vs Aus live score: 43-1; Cummins gets Bairstow

Over Summary: 1 4 0 1 2 W  ; England: 43-1 ; Jonny Bairstow (8), Jos Buttler (34)

Pat Cummins, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Bairstow gets a thick outside edge towards short third man, GONE. Bairstow c Starc b Cummins 8(7) [4s-1]
 
Ball 5: Bairstow guides towards deep backward point for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Buttler taps towards point for a risky single.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A full delivery and Buttler chips it over extra cover with super timing for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Bairstow collects a single towards backward square leg.

Over 3, Eng vs Aus live score: 35-0

Over Summary: 0 1 2 4 0 4   ; England: 35-0   ; Jonny Bairstow (5), Jos Buttler (29)

Starc continues...

Ball 6: A yorker outside off and Buttler squeezes through backward point for FOUR.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Buttler punches towards cover boundary for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: Buttler cuts towards wide of third man for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Bairstow works towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 2, Eng vs Aus live score: 24-0; Buttler smashes 16 runs in the over

Over Summary: 0 6 4 0 0 6   ; England: 24-0   ; Jonny Bairstow (4), Jos Buttler (19)

Ashton Agar, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Agar gives a bit of air and Buttler wallopes over mid-on for gigantic SIX.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A fast delivery, Buttler hits towards cover for no run.
 
Ball 3: A short delivery, Buttler rocks back on backfoot and smashes over mid-wicket for one bounce FOUR.
 
Ball 2: A flighted delivery and Buttler comes down the wicket and hits straight down the ground down the ground for SIX.
 
Ball 1: A low full toss, Buttler knocks towards short extra cover for no run.

Over 1, ENg vs Aus live score: 8-0

Over Summary: Wd 0 0 2 1 0 4   ; England: 8-0   ; Jonny Bairstow (4), Jos Buttler (3)

Jos Buttler and Bairstow are at the crease. Buttler is on strike. Starc will open the attack

Ball 6: Bairstow drives through extra cover for FOUR. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Buttler hits towards third man for a single.
 
Ball 3: An inswinging delivery, Buttler tucks uppishly towards mid-wicket region for a couple for runs.
 
Ball 2:  A fiery full toss, Buttler fails it to hit from the middle of the bat towards extra cover for no run.

Ball 1: Buttler squeezes the wide yorker to off side for no run.
 
Ball 1: Starc starts with a way ward delivery outside off, WIDE called.

England playing 11

England playing 11: Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (w), Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid.

Australia playing 11

Australia playing 11: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

There's extra incentive when you play against Australia: Mark Wood

England pacer Mark Wood believes that there is an extra incentive for every player in the team when they come up against arch-rivals Australia.
 
His remark comes as England gets ready to lock horns with Australia in three T20Is and as many ODIs.

The T20Is will be played at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton while the ODIs will be held at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.
 
"Without a doubt. It's always good when you play for England, don't get us wrong, but it is an extra incentive when you play Australia, when you play the biggest rivals," cricket website ESPNCricinfo quoted Wood as saying.
 
"They are desperate to beat you, you're desperate to beat them. And it doesn't matter if it's the Ashes, white-ball, T20. Doesn't matter what it is, we'll be desperate to beat them.
 
"Full credit to them for coming over here in uncertain times but they'll not  READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

England vs Australia playing 11 prediction

Australia tentative playing 11: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.

England tentative playing 11: Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer. 

England vs Australia match prediction

In ENG vs AUS 1st T20, England would start favourites against Australia given Eoin Morgan side has played two limited over series while Australia is coming after 5-month break.

ENG vs AUS 1st T20 pitch report

Australian skipper Finch reckoned that Southampton wicket may have some pace which would allow batsmen to play their shots. The Ageas bowl wicket has been equally helpful for batsmen and bowlers in the past and we may not see a run feast like Southampton here

Eng vs Aus 1st T20: Buttler, Bairstow to open for England

England captain Eoin Morgan has said Jos Buttler will continue to open the batting in the T20 International series against Australia. "Yes, he will (open), with Jonny (Bairstow)," Morgan confirmed as quoted by Sky Sports ahead of the opening T20I on Friday.
 
"Like I've said before, we will continue with this until we feel the need that it's not working.
 
"We feel that Jason (Roy), Jonny and Jos are three of our greatest-ever white-ball players - unbelievable strikers of the ball, batsmen you do not want to bowl against - so if one out of the three of them gets going past the first six overs of the powerplay and into the middle overs, it puts us in a really strong position for the last 14.
 
"We always pose the question of, 'how do we get the best out of all of our players?', and when you talk about those three guys specifically, it's more obvious with Jonny and Jason batting at the top of the order.
 
"But, trying to get the best out of Jos, at the moment we feel the more balls he faces, the more influence he can have on the game.
 
"If it gets to fine-tuning things down the line and that hasn't necessarily worked out, we can always fall back on Jos in the middle order," he added.

Pictures of The Ageas Bowl Stadium, Southampton

There is a cloud cover at the Ageas as we are gearing up for the England vs Australia 1st T20 International.


Southampton weather live updates

At the moment there is cloud cover at the Ageas Bowl but there is chance of drizzle in the evening. Having said that, it won't affect the much as it seems to be a passing shower.



Here are the squads of both the teams

England squad for T20Is: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Reserves: Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood.
 
Australia squad for T20Is: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

ENG vs AUS 1st T20 preview

Denied a Twenty20 World Cup this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, cricket fans might have the next best thing in the upcoming days.
 
A series between England and Australia.
 
They are the top two teams in the T20 world rankings Australia is No. 1 and their fierce sporting rivalry is deep-rooted. They also have some of the most explosive batsmen and fastest bowlers in world cricket.
 
What more could you ask for?
 
"I hope it's a preview for the final," Australia captain Aaron Finch said Thursday, referring to the next T20 World Cup that will now take place in India in October-November 2021.

"The England-Australia rivalry is always huge," he added, "regardless of who you are playing in front of and where you are playing. You could play in a street and it would still be there." READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 


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