England vs Australia First T-20 Match Report 2020

Tom Curran kept his cool in the final over, as England defeated Australia by two runs to win the first Twenty 20 international at Southampton on Friday.

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After being sent into bat by Australian skipper, the opening pair of Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow added 43 runs for the opening stand, before Pat Cummins provided the breakthrough by removing Bairstow for 8 runs in the fourth over.

Dawid Malan along with Buttler stitched together a 21 run stand for the second wicket, before Aston Agar sent the latter back after scoring a quickfire 44 runs off 29 balls.

In the 10th over the in form Tom Banton (8) fell soon to Agar as Finch took a brilliant running catch. Skipper Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, and Tom Curran failed to impress with the bat as the home side were in a spot of bother at 124/6.

Chris Jordan and Malan added a valuable 23 run partnership to take their side to 150 run mark. The 33 year old left handed batsman was eventually dismissed by Kane Richardson in the 19th over for a well made 66. His knock came off 43 balls with five fours and three sixes.

Adil Rashid along with Jordan shared an unbeaten 15 run stand, as England ended up with a competitive total of 162/7 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.

Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell and Richardson claimed two wickets each, while Cummins claimed a solitary wicket.

Chasing a target of 163, the visitors started superbly as captain Aaron Finch along with David Warner were involved in a 98 run opening stand, before the former was caught at mid-off by Jordan off Jofra Archer for a well made 46.

Steve Smith who walked into bat at No 3 looked solid in his short stay before falling to Adil Rashid for 18.
In the very same over Rashid dismissed Maxwell for 1 to bring the home side back into the contest.

Archer and Mark Wood claimed the prize scalps of Warner and Alex Carey as both were bowled for 58 & 1, as the visitors from 124/2 slumped to 133/5.

With 15 runs requiring off 6 balls, Marcus Stoinis smashed the second ball over cover for six. But Curran held his nerve, and produced an excellent yorker to deny Stoinis the boundary in the final delivery, as Australia fell 2 run short of the victory target.

The visitors finished at 160/6 at the end of 20 overs. For England Jofra Archer and Rashid bagged two wickets each.

Dawid Malan was declared the Man of the Match for his knock of 66. The second T20 international will be played on September 6, Sunday.

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