On Saturday, England drubbed Australia in a one-sided match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to ease past by eight wickets and win their third game on the trot.
England’s mavericking openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler power-fired 66 runs in the first six overs, the highest total in the powerplay in the T20 World Cup 2021 so far, to set the tone for the chase.
Jos Buttler’s fireworks lit England’s chase
Buttler was the wrecker-in-chief as he smashed 39 off 19 balls before Roy (22 from 18 balls) fell to Adam Zampa soon after the powerplay.
But Buttler continued his power-hitting juggernaut as he charged down the crease against Zampa to tonk him for a six over long-on and brought up his 15th half-century in the shortest format.
Jos Buttler played a hell of an innings: Aaron Finch
Buttler remained unbeaten on 71 off 32 balls and hit five fours and as many sixes during the course of his blistering knock.
Australia skipper Aaron Finch acknowledged that his bowlers failed to take early wickets and credited Buttler for his flamboyant batting.
“After losing a few wickets in the powerplay, we had to hang in there and get to a total we thought would be defendable. They bowled well and put us on the back foot early,” Finch said during the post-match presentation.
“You had to bowl them out with that kind of total, but Jos Buttler played a hell of an innings and put the pressure on us and it’s just one of those nights where we got off to a poor start and it kept compounding, unfortunately,” he added.
England are the table-toppers of Group 1 after being unbeaten in the tournament and have set their one foot in the semi-final stage.
England face Sri Lanka in their next game on Monday, while Australia play Bangladesh on November 4.
Aaron Finch & co will be in contention with South Africa and West Indies for a second spot in the semi-final from their group.