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England vs Australia - Only T20I

Series: Australia tour of England, 2018
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date: 27 June 2018

Australia 193/10 (19.4 Ovs) RR: 9.81 | England won by 28 runs

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Buttler, Bairstow and Hales - that's one helluva combination; add Morgan and Root to that list. The Aussies had to face their wrath all through the tour. The Australians return home without a single win. The services of Smith and Warner were certainly missed, but they'll have to find a way to get out of this losing streak. England, on the other hand, with sky-high confidence, will host India. That's going to be a crackerjack. It's goodbye from Abhinand Raghavendran, Vineet Anantharaman, Nikhil Jadhav and Shashikant Singh.

Rashid, Man of the Match: It's been okay so far. The bowlers bowled exceptionally well throughout the summer. Hardwork at the nets always pays off. Looking to develop new skills; that's gone well so far. That's part of the game - mixing it up. Even when Finchy was going well, I had to back myself and that's what I did. It's crucial for any team to have a captain like Morgan. He gives the confidence to the bowlers. That's the decision (retirement from the longest format) I made - no regrets.

21:45 Local Time, 20:45 GMT, 02:15 IST: A comprehensive win for the hosts after scoring a mammoth 221. Short and Maxwell were nipped out in the powerplay. Then it was Australia's regular nemesis - the spin twins. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid reduced the Australians to 72/5 in the ninth over. Just as the match was heading towards a boring one-sided encounter, skipper Aaron Finch upped the ante and kept his team in the hunt. But that enthralling knock was put off by the leg-spinner Rashid - who finished with figures reading 4-0-27-3! The pacers provided the finishing touches to wrap up the match.

19.4
0
Plunkett to Stanlake, out Caught by Eoin Morgan!! It's over. The clean sweep is done! 6-0, it is! A hit-the-deck-hard back of a length delivery and Stanlake was late to swing his bat at it. The ball balloons up off the splice and Morgan runs forward from extra cover to snaffle it. England win by 28 runs! Stanlake c Eoin Morgan b Plunkett 7(5) [6s-1]

Plunkett to Stanlake, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.3
6
Plunkett to Stanlake, SIX, hoick across the line and he's made good contact. Slightly moved leg-side and swung his bat at a length ball over mid-wicket
19.2
0
Plunkett to Stanlake, no run, pacy bouncer, Stanlake misses the pull. Got big on him
19.2
1
Plunkett to Stanlake, wide, banged short, but the line is down leg. Stanlake misses the pull. Called as a wide
19.1
0
Plunkett to Stanlake, no run, a bouncer at head-high, Stanlake ducks under it

Liam Plunkett [3.0-0-27-1] is back into the attack

THIRTY SIX needed off the final over!

18.6
1
Willey to Stanlake, 1 run, low full toss wide of off, Stanlake squeezes it towards backward point for a single
18.5
1
Willey to Swepson, 1 run, wristy drive to sweeper cover

Billy Stanlake, left handed bat, comes to the crease

18.4
0
Willey to Tye, out Caught by Plunkett!! Willey persists with the full ball. Tye continues to stay deep to tonk it downtown. Doesn't quite middle it and finds one of the tallest men in the ground. Plunkett, at long-on, reverse-cups it over his head. Tye c Plunkett b Willey 20(11) [6s-2]

Willey to Tye, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

18.3
6
Willey to Tye, SIX, slower ball, Tye stands tall and dispatches it with disdain. Waited for the ball and smoked it straight down the ground. Into the stands
18.2
0
Willey to Tye, no run, wide yorker, Tye tries to sweep; connects with thin air. 44 off 10!
18.1
1
Willey to Swepson, 1 run, pacy full ball around the blockhole, Swepson goes hard on the drive and mishits it to long-on
17.6
2
Jordan to Tye, 2 runs, low full toss on middle, driven straight down the ground. Two wickets off Jordan's final over
17.5
1
Jordan to Swepson, 1 run, a backing away Swepson drills a full ball towards extra cover and scampers through for a quick single
17.4
0
Jordan to Swepson, no run, full and tailing in, Swepson gets an inside-edge onto his boot as he looked to drive

Mitchell Swepson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.3
0
Jordan to K Richardson, out Caught by Hales!! Richardson's nightmare is over. 0/59 with the ball and a first-ball duck with the bat! Pitched up delivery and that's been chipped to mid-off. Richardson couldn't get the required elevation. Jordan on a hat-trick! K Richardson c Hales b Jordan 0(1)

Jordan to K Richardson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Kane Richardson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.2
0
Jordan to Agar, out Bowled!! 88mph, full and straight. Agar walks across a long way to flick it towards fine leg. Gets beaten by pace and loses his stumps. Australia need 48 off 16 balls. Agar b Jordan 29(23) [4s-3 6s-1]

Jordan to Agar, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

17.1
1
Jordan to Tye, 1 run, with mid-off up, Jordan bravely pitches it up. A low full toss just outside off and Tye drilled it to extra cover. A direct hit at the bowler's end would have been curtains for Tye

Chris Jordan [3.0-0-38-1] is back into the attack

49 needed off 3 overs!

16.6
1
Willey to Tye, 1 run, terrific over from Willey. Just 6 off it. Another ball in the blockhole and wide of off, Tye wrists it to deep mid-wicket
16.5
1
Willey to Agar, 1 run, slower ball, tried the yorker and ended up bowling a low full toss. Agar can't put it away. A dink down to long-on
16.4
1
Willey to Tye, 1 run, deep in the crease to flick this full ball to backward square leg
16.3
1
Willey to Agar, 1 run, now moves across towards off to scoop. Doesn't connect well and has to settle with a single as the ball rolls to backward square leg
16.2
0
Willey to Agar, no run, Willey persists with the wide-full ball. Agar stayed leg-side and fails to make contact
16.2
1
Willey to Agar, wide, gets it to curl away a tad does Willey. The yorker length that flirts with the tramline. On the line. Called as a wide. Agar shouldered arms
16.1
1
Willey to Tye, 1 run, full ball from round the wicket, Tye flashes his bat at it. Can't get it past backward point

David Willey [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Four overs to go. 55 needed.

15.6
1
Adil Rashid to Tye, 1 run, now a tonk down the ground. The athletic Jordon at long-on sprints to his left to cut it off
15.5
6
Adil Rashid to Tye, SIX, swung hard and that's gone deep into the stands. Scrambled seam full ball, Tye stays deep in his crease, moves slightly towards off and clouts it over deep mid-wicket. Clean strike
15.4
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, short ball, pulled to long-on
15.3
1
Adil Rashid to Tye, 1 run, push-driven to long-off

Andrew Tye, right handed bat, comes to the crease

15.2
0
Adil Rashid to Finch, out Caught by Jordan!! Gone! Rashid has removed the big fish. Superb knock from the skipper comes to an end. Is that the game? Rashid wisely slowed his pace and Finch was a wee bit early into the loft. He targeted the sightscreen and mistimed it. It went miles up in the air and Jordon at long-on had to wait for a long time before gobbling that up. Finch c Jordan b Adil Rashid 84(41) [4s-7 6s-6]

Adil Rashid to Finch, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

15.1
4
Adil Rashid to Finch, FOUR, overpitched and Finch tonks it downtown. Beware Agar. Stood tall and bludgeoned it. Stand and deliver!

Adil Rashid [3.0-0-14-2] is back into the attack

Australia need 68 runs in 30 balls!

14.6
1
Jordan to Finch, 1 run, yorker length, Finch jams the drive straight down the ground. Long-off tidies up
14.5
1
Jordan to Agar, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, driven down to long-on
14.4
4
Jordan to Agar, FOUR, slower ball, Agar picks it, waits for the ball and smashes it through extra cover after clearing his front leg. A desperate dive from the long-off fielder but to no avail
14.3
1
Jordan to Finch, 1 run, very full, Finch can't get underneath it. A firm off-drive to long-off
14.2
2
Jordan to Finch, 2 runs, pitched up delivery, Finch waits for the ball to come to him and push-drives it through extra cover. A flat throw from the deep and Finch was taking evasive action before grounding his bat. A direct hit would have made things interesting
14.1
1
Jordan to Agar, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, driven down to long-off

Chris Jordan [2.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack

13.6
6
Moeen Ali to Finch, SIX, 22 off the over! Finch is playing a blinder here. Moeen bowls this right in the batsman's arc. Finch kneels down on a knee and slog-sweeps it over cow corner
13.5
4
Moeen Ali to Finch, FOUR, shortened length, Finch expected that. He stayed back in his crease to flat-bat it over the bowler's head
13.4
6
Moeen Ali to Finch, SIX, Finch is going after Moeen Ali. A low full doled out and the Australian captain takes heavy toll of it. Crouches low to slog it over deep mid-wicket
13.3
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, looks to replicate the shot he played off the previous ball; inside-edged to mid-wicket
13.2
4
Moeen Ali to Agar, FOUR, Agar goes downtown and collects a boundary. Was fired on leg-stump, Agar moves further down leg to thump it over the bowler's head. No chance for long-on to hunt it down
13.1
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, flighted delivery outside off, mistimed slog sweep to deep mid-wicket

100 needed in 7 overs!

12.6
1
Plunkett to Finch, 1 run, bumper and that's been pulled away. Rashid at short fine leg gets behind it. The single brings up the 50-run stand
12.5
1
Plunkett to Agar, 1 run, pacy rib-tickler, tucked behind square leg
12.4
4
Plunkett to Agar, FOUR, cracking shot. Back of a length outside off, Agar moves off-side and cuts it hard through extra cover. The sweeper can't cut it off
12.3
1
Plunkett to Finch, 1 run, off-paced delivery, Finch is slightly early into his stroke - the heave. Finch loses his bat as he turns around for the second run. In the end, returns to his crease. Just a single
12.2
0
Plunkett to Finch, no run, slapped to mid-off. Can't steal a run
12.1
6
Plunkett to Finch, SIX, over long-off! Didn't quite get it off the middle, but these are short boundaries. A shortish ball angled in from over the wicket, Finch walked down and in the process slightly moved leg-side to hoist it over long-off

Liam Plunkett [2.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

11.6
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, stands outside leg, waits for this ball to come to him and scythes it square of the wicket. 19 off the over!

The ball loses its shape and we have a replacement.

11.5
6
Moeen Ali to Finch, SIX, doesn't matter where the fielders are placed when you can hit it like that. A drag down from Moeen and it gets the treatment it deserved. Finch rocked back to pull it powerfully over deep mid-wicket. Brings up Aaron Finch's fifty! His eighth in T20Is

A straight long-on in place

11.4
4
Moeen Ali to Finch, FOUR, hammered! Moeen Ali tossed it up and the line was outside off, Finch used his feet by coming down and thumped it down the ground. Long-on can't get there
11.3
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, comes down the track to cut hard. Loses his bat and it lands around the square leg region. The ball made contact with the timber and rolled towards cover
11.2
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, the length has been shortened and Finch muscles the pull. Loses his shape in the process; a single to long-on
11.1
6
Moeen Ali to Finch, SIX, down on a knee and then butchered. A mighty slog over cow corner against a full ball
10.6
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, very full, Agar was initially eyeing the slog sweep. Sees the length and pushes it back to the bowler
10.5
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, pushed through just outside off, patted to cover
10.4
6
Adil Rashid to Agar, SIX, Agar has had enough. Stood tall and gave it a mighty heave. Hacked over the cow corner region. It was the googly from Rashid
10.3
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, and again, Agar picks the googly late and softly taps it into the off-side
10.2
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, googly from a short of length, Agar walks down, picks the wrong 'un late and defends it back towards the bowler
10.1
1
Adil Rashid to Finch, 1 run, flat ball from a short of length, Finch scissors it through covers

Ten overs remain. 139 to win

9.6
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, a direct hit at the keeper's end and Agar is in. Finch opened the bat-face very late to dab it to short third man
9.5
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, steps out of his crease and is nowhere close to the pitch of the ball. Swings his bat hard to slog and inside-edges it to square leg
9.4
0
Moeen Ali to Agar, no run, a backing away Agar cuts a non-turner to cover
9.3
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, chopped to backward point
9.2
6
Moeen Ali to Finch, SIX, waltzes down the track, fetches the offie from well outside off and hacks it across the line. Muscled over deep mid-wicket
9.1
1
Moeen Ali to Agar, 1 run, arm ball from round the wicket, Agar moves leg-side and cross-bats it to the right of long-off
8.6
1
Adil Rashid to Agar, 1 run, the slider from Rashid and that's been punched to long-on
8.5
0
Adil Rashid to Agar, no run, quick leg-break on the stumps, defended from the crease

Ashton Agar, left handed bat, comes to the crease

8.4
0
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, out Caught by Roy!! Australia are falling apart here. A loopy leg-break wide of off, Stoinis presses forward and hits through the line. Chipped it aerially and spooned it to long-off. Roy came forward to take a low catch. Stoinis c Roy b Adil Rashid 0(2)

Adil Rashid to Stoinis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

8.3
0
Adil Rashid to Stoinis, no run, punched to short cover

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

8.2
0
Adil Rashid to Carey, out Bowled!! "If Ali doesn't get you, Rashid will," says Nasser Hussain on air. An ordinary shot from the left-handed batter. A leg-break that turns in a tad from a length. Carey was neither forward nor back. Stayed in his crease to work it through the leg-side. Ends up playing all around it. Beats the inside edge and crashes into the stumps. Carey b Adil Rashid 3(3)

Adil Rashid to Carey, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

8.1
2
Adil Rashid to Carey, 2 runs, stands tall to clip the leg-break to deep mid-wicket and they come back for the second
7.6
1
Moeen Ali to Carey, 1 run, a nudge into the leg-side towards mid-wicket
7.5
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, looks to replicate the shot he played off the previous delivery. Finds short third man
7.4
4
Moeen Ali to Finch, FOUR, nicely done. Opened the bat-face at the very last moment to guide a length ball just outside off fine of the man at short third man
7.3
0
Moeen Ali to Finch, no run, walks down in an attempt to nurdle. The length is shortened and Finch failed to make contact

Alex Carey, left handed bat, comes to the crease

7.2
0
Moeen Ali to Head, out Caught by Hales!! Moeen Ali gets a wicket off just his second ball! The scoring rate slowed down and that has resulted in a wicket. Head looked to break the shackles by dancing down the ground to loft it over long-on. Doesn't get to the pitch and also fails to time well. Simple catch at long-on for Hales. Head c Hales b Moeen Ali 15(10) [4s-1]

Moeen Ali to Head, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

7.1
1
Moeen Ali to Finch, 1 run, in-turner from a short of length, Finch moves leg-side to cut it towards backward point. They scamper through for a quick single

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

Spin from both ends now.

6.6
1
Adil Rashid to Finch, 1 run, flighted delivery, low full toss, clipped away to the right of long-on. Just 4 off Rashid's opening over
6.5
1
Adil Rashid to Head, 1 run, fires in a good length ball on leg, bunted down to long-on
6.4
1
Adil Rashid to Finch, 1 run, backs away a long way to punch this quicker delivery to long-on
6.3
0
Adil Rashid to Finch, no run, shorter in length, slower in pace, cut again, finds short cover
6.2
0
Adil Rashid to Finch, no run, flatter ball on the stumps, Finch makes room and chops it to short cover
6.1
1
Adil Rashid to Head, 1 run, leg-break, wristy flick to deep mid-wicket

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

5.6
4
Willey to Finch, FOUR, another low full toss. Whipped, all bottom-handed .. rather calmly though, waiting on it to get close and using the angle heading into leg
5.5
1
Willey to Head, 1 run, low dipping full toss. Opens out the off-side, inside-outing it wide of mid-off
5.4
1
Willey to Finch, 1 run, keeps backing away, under-cutting a slap through sweeper
5.3
0
Willey to Finch, no run, skiddy bouncer now, hurrying up over Finch's pull
5.2
4
Willey to Finch, FOUR, high tennis-smash. A shimmy, making room and with all his swagger clothes it over mid-off. All the muscle
5.1
1
Willey to Head, 1 run, moves away giving himself the room to swing. Willey follows. A peaceful heave down to deep mid-wicket
5.1
1
Willey to Head, wide, slow floater, down leg. Well down Head's flick

David Willey [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack

4.6
1
Plunkett to Head, 1 run, runs down, chopping on a cut into his pads. Peace with the ricochet rolling towards point
4.5
1
Plunkett to Finch, byes, 1 run, banged in, getting up sharply over the pull. And Buttler fumbles now, spooning it over his head
4.4
1
Plunkett to Head, 1 run, one-legged Natraj-pull. Deflecting it to backward square leg
4.3
0
Plunkett to Head, no run, hits the good length. Head tries giving himself room, but only ends up finds cover
4.2
4
Plunkett to Head, FOUR, now on the left hander's pads. Head clips too, but with more authority, placing it wide of the man at long leg
4.1
1
Plunkett to Finch, 1 run, flicked away off the boots, round the corner
3.6
1
Jordan to Finch, 1 run, glanced away, angle-batted to the man at 45 behind square
3.5
5
Jordan to Head, 5 runs, slapped away to cover. Sneaky single. And Willey, in his quest to stop the single gets out a wild throw, with nobody backing up. Dear oh dear

Travis Head, left handed bat, comes to the crease

3.4
0
Jordan to Maxwell, out Bowled!! Sucked in! Perfectly disguised cutter, Maxwell confuses himself walking all around his crease, settles into his earlier position and tries going across the line .. hours before the ball gets to him. Through. And off-stump is on a cartwheel. Maxwell b Jordan 10(7) [4s-1]

Jordan to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

3.3
4
Jordan to Maxwell, FOUR, that's how you treat free-hits - with utter disdain. Stands his ground, allows the ball to get under his bat and then the smoke. Into the sightscreen
3.3
1
Jordan to Maxwell, no ball, bumped in short. Maxwell can't connect on his pull, never mind, he's getting a free-hit - not on height, on the overstep rather
3.2
2
Jordan to Maxwell, 2 runs, a scoopy slice, clearing two men chasing the balloon up from the ring, over extra cover
3.1
2
Jordan to Maxwell, 2 runs, trouble? A flat throw from the deep makes Maxwell stretch when he runs back for his second. Just back. For all those of you who care, it came in from deep point
2.6
4
Plunkett to Finch, FOUR, fat outside edge. It's his share now to pocket a few .. does it with an attempted straight batted hoick, but the line doesn't get close enough. Through the empty cordon
2.5
1
Plunkett to Maxwell, 1 run, back of a length, hopping dab, third man
2.4
1
Plunkett to Finch, 1 run, carved away towards cover for a quickie
2.3
1
Plunkett to Maxwell, 1 run, wide tease. Maxwell succumbs, just not getting close enough though. Slicing it off the outside half to third man

Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.2
0
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, out Caught by Moeen Ali!! Perfectly picking fielders out. A real sitter on the hips, Short could've put it away anywhere, but gets done in by the sticky pace and short-arm-jabs it tentatively. And ends up skewing it away to mistime it to a reverse-cupping Mo. D Arcy Short c Moeen Ali b Plunkett 16(12) [4s-3]

Plunkett to D Arcy Short, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

2.1
0
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, no run, backs away, and Plunkett follows his feet. Nurdled off the outer boot. Only as far as the keeper

Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

1.6
0
Jordan to Finch, no run, bumper .. and gets away. Decent clicks, decent carry and over Finch's pull
1.5
1
Jordan to D Arcy Short, 1 run, fourth-stump lined. Short ramps his bat out, steering it away to a deep backward point
1.4
4
Jordan to D Arcy Short, FOUR, overcompensated with a wide outside off line. Easy pickings these, and Short doesn't disappoint, smoking it all along the carpet, through the covers
1.3
4
Jordan to D Arcy Short, FOUR, keeps it very straight. Short now settles into a glance, getting it much finer than the earlier one
1.2
4
Jordan to D Arcy Short, FOUR, heading down leg. This should help Short's confidence, goes on his toes, tickling, and firmly enough behind square
1.1
0
Jordan to D Arcy Short, no run, 85.4mph, angling away with the blockholed length. Short tries reaching out, without being able to get any bat

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

0.6
0
Willey to Finch, no run, ends with a yorker. Finch gets down, and can only squeeze it out
0.5
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, 1 run, perfect drill down. Gets his front leg out, smearing it hard. And ends up shattering the stumps at the non-striker's. Sure daylight robbery of a boundary
0.4
2
Willey to D Arcy Short, 2 runs, leg-lined again. Whipped, to a fumbling deep square leg
0.4
1
Willey to D Arcy Short, wide, too straight. Attempts a dreamy swing away from middle, but this one holds its line, going down leg
0.3
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, no run, 85.3mph, a checked tap, feeling for the ball, getting it right as he gets it out to cover
0.2
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, no run, beats him .. conventionally. Good lengthed, and more away-swing. Short tries punching it on the up, nope, can't
0.1
0
Willey to D Arcy Short, no run, wild slash. A hint of swing here, going away and Short throws his bat out, missing big time

D Arcy Short and Finch are at the crease. D Arcy Short is on strike. Willey will open the attack