The first T20I between England and Australia went all the way to the wire with the hosts keeping their nerves to take a 1-0 lead. England, asked to bat, posted 162 runs on board with David Malan (66) and Jos Buttler (44) scoring most of the runs for their side. But Australia failed to chase down the target even after a strong start.
Australia started their chase well with David Warner scoring a half-century and Aaron Finch hitting 48 runs but lost their way in the runs chase. The visitors, thus, lost the match by two runs. England captain Eoin Morgan was mighty pleased with the way Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran bowled in the death and credited them for the victory.
“The bowlers came good in the last overs for us with Adil (Rashid) taking two wickets to expose that middle order. It was difficult for them under lights on a slow wicket. Tom Curran has carried on from a brilliant winter in New Zealand and South Africa where he led the attack with Chris Jordan,” Eoin Morgan said in the post match interview.
“He was really calm in the last two overs. We always show faith in the guys coming in at seven and eight with the bat,” he added.
Australia will look to avenge their first match defeat with a strong performance in the second match. England, however, will look to better their run scoring and consolidate their lead in the three-match T20I series. Both the team might opt for an unchanged eleven to maintain their respective momentum.
The second T20I will be played at the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton on Sunday. After the series players from bot the team will head to UAE to join their franchises for the IPL 2020.