England vs Australia Third T20 Match Report 2020

Mitchell Marsh held his nerve by scoring an unbeaten 39, as he guided Australia to a five-wicket consolation victory over England at Southampton on Tuesday.

England included Sam Billings and Joe Denly in place of Jos Buttler and Eion Morgan who was unfit after dislocating his finger in the previous T-20, while Australia dropped David Warner, Pat Cummins and Alex Carey and brought in Matthew Wade, Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood.

After being sent into bat by captain Aaron Finch, the home side suffered an early jolt by losing Tom Banton cheaply to Josh Hazlewood for 2.

Dawid Malan along with Jonny Bairstow added 49 runs for the second wicket stand, before Malan (21) was caught by Marcus Stoinis off Adam Zampa.

Billings who came into the side in the absence of Buttler , miscued a reverse sweep and was caught by Finch at slip.

Bairstow looked good in his knock of 55, before he miscued a pull off Agar, with the bowler taking a fine catch.

Standing skipper Moeen after scoring an attractive 23 was caught at deep midwicket by Steve Smith off Mitchell Starc to reduce England to 119/5.

Denly provided a finishing touch by scoring a quickfire 29 to take England to a competitive score of 145/6 at the end of 20 overs.

Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with figures of 2/34 in 4 overs.

Chasing a modest total of 146, Australia’s opening pair of Matthew Wade and Aaron Finch started briskly, with the pair adding 31 runs, before Wade fell to Wood for 14.

Sitting comfortably at 70/1, the visitors suffered a mini collapse, as leg spinner Adil Rashid brought the home side back into the contention by claiming the key wickets of skipper Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and star batsman Steve Smith respectively reducing them to 100/5.

All rounder Mitchell Marsh along with left arm spinner Ashton Agar however saw the team through without any further alarms, as they overhauled the target of 146 with three balls to spare.

England however won the three-match series 2-1.

Adil Rashid was England’s best bowler as he ended up 3/21.

Mitchell Marsh was adjudged the Man of the Match.

The focus now shifts to the one dayers, where both teams will travel to Manchester for a three match ODI series starting on Friday.

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