England, on Friday, pulled off a sensational 2-run win against Australia in the first T20I to take the lead in the three-match series. Playing their first match since March, Australia were looking well set to take the lead while chasing 163 before they suffered a spectacular collapse to concede the game at the Ageas Bowl.
Australia were cruising to victory thanks to their openers impressive stand at the top. Captain Aaron Finch and his fellow opener David Warner gave the visitors a solid start by adding 98 runs in 11 overs for the first wicket. But things went downhill when they needed just 39 from 38 balls with nine wickets remaining.
The game turned on its head when Adil Rashid picked up two wickets in his final over including that of Steve Smith and sparked a collapse of 4-9 in 14 deliveries. In the 18th over, Tom Curran managed to prevent Marcus Stoinis or Agar from finding the boundary before Jordan produced a sublime over under pressure, conceding just four singles and running out Agar in the 19th over.
Marcus Stoinis hit a six from the second delivery of Curran’s over but managed just two when the side needed five from the final ball. Curran perfectly executed a yorker to power England to an impressive win. Australia finished their innings on 160 for 6.
3️⃣6️⃣ runs scored
5️⃣ wickets taken
— ICC (@ICC) September 4, 2020
Earlier in the innings, David Malan played a fine knock of 66 to guide the hosts to a competitive total. Jos Buttler, playing his first T20I of the season, impressed too as he scored 44 to help England put 162 for 7. Other than Buttler and Malan, only Chris Jordan got to double figures, hitting 14* from 8 balls in a late cameo.
Here are the highlights of the game:
The second match of the series will take place at the same venue on Sunday. Following the T20Is, both the teams will lock horns in a three-match ODI series.