HomeAustralia tour of England 2020Aussies avoid clean sweep, pip England to win final...

Aussies avoid clean sweep, pip England to win final T20I

- Advertisement -

Australia tour of England, 3rd & final T20I, England 145/6 off 20 overs, J Bairstow (55 off 44), J Denly (29 off 19), A Zampa (2/34), M Starc (1/20); Australia 146/5 off 19.3 overs, A Finch (39 off 26), M Marsh (39 off 36), A Rashid (3/21), T Curran (1/23); Australia won by 5 wickets

With the series already lost, the Aussies went into the third and final T20I with some of their wounded pride to salvage and that they did but not without hitting a few bumps along the way.

The Aussies made three changes to the side that went down rather tamely in the first two matches. They went in with the experienced Matthew Wade as the keeper-bat in place of Alex Carey, while tall New South Wales quick replaced Patrick Cummins who didn’t have fruitful outings with the ball in the first couple of games.

- Advertisement -

In the third change, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh came into the side in place of David Warner, who too, couldn’t light up the Ageas Bowl with the willow in his previous two outings.

England made just one change to their playing XI, as stylish right-hander Joe Denly replaced explosive keeper-bat Joss Buttler. Easily the form player for England with the willow, Buttler pulled out of the inconsequential final tie citing ‘personal reasons’. His unbeaten 77 off 54 put England on course to a series win in the last game.

The coin yet again flipped in favour of Australia captain Aaron Finch, who, this time, decided to put England into bat.

Unlike the last game, their bowlers came to the party as the opening duo of Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc sent down tight spells, preventing the Englishmen from getting off to a flier. Young Tom Banton, who was restored to the opening position due to the absence of Buttler, couldn’t get going as he fell edging a Hazlewood delivery to Wade for 2.

(Credits: Twitter/ICC)

Banton’s exit brought Dawid Malan to the crease and, along with Bairstow, he took England to 54 in the ninth over before the southpaw skied Zampa to the outfield only to see Marcus Stonis run in and pull off a stunning catch. It was a rare failure for the left-hander, who had been on a good run of form coming into the game. He fell 21 off 18 balls, with three hits to the fence.

The Aussies kept chipping away at the wickets as Sam Billings lobbed a catch to Finch off leg-spinner Adam Zampa for 4. It was another poor outing for the Kent right-hander, who is seen as a middle-order enforcer in the English batting line-up.

Bairstow, who had been struggling for form coming into the third T20I, looked to be finding the middle of his bat as he brought up his fifty, with 3 fours and 3 sixes. However, just when he looked to be striking form, the Yorkshireman fell for 55, offering a catch to slow left-armer Ashton Agar off his own bowling. A handy 23 off 21 balls from Moeen Ali and an unbeaten 29 off 19 from Denly helped England finish at 145 for the loss of 6 wickets.

In reply, the Aussies got off to a good start, posting 31 runs on the board in the fourth over before Wade, in trying to hit a Mark Wood delivery over mid-on, fell to a good catch by Chris Jordan. His quickfire 14 off 9 balls was laced with one boundary and a towering six off Joffra Archer.

(Credits: Twitter/ICC)

Wade’s exit brought Stoinis to the crease, in another batting surprise by the Aussie think-tank. However, unlike the move to send Carey ahead of Steve Smith at No. 3 in the last game, which turned to be a blunder, the Stoinis gambit worked as the burly all-rounder struck 26 off 18 balls, with 5 boundaries. However, just when Finch and Stoinis threatened to take Australia to a facile win, the latter hit a Tom Curran delivery to Banton in the square leg boundary.

The fall of Stonis’s wicket triggered a mini-collapse as the Aussies lost Maxwell and Smith in quick succession. While Maxwell fell to a needless switch-hit that went awry, Smith was caught by leg-spinner Adil Rashid off his own bowling. Neither troubled the scorers much as Maxwell was sent back for 6 while Smith fell for 2. Rashid picked up both the wickets, bringing England back into the contest.

However, the sinewy Marsh brought his power-hitting into play as his 39 off 36 balls, with 2 boundaries and 1 six, brought the Aussies within touching distance of the target. Agar gave him good company with 16 off 13 deliveries.

With 1 to get off 4 balls, Marsh drove Jordan to mid-on and stole a quick single to take the Aussies to a win. It was a nervy end to a game which Australia, for a large part, had in its control.

While England took the series 2-1, the win in the final game will have given the Baggy Greens a world of confidence and a winning momentum going into the three-match ODI series, which starts at the Emirates Old Trafford on September 11.

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Southampton XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Southampton, a club located in the south coast of England, have one of the most renowned youth academies in the Premier League.  Despite producing class...

Who Is the Better Formula 1 Racer, Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton?

Despite Verstappen’s first win in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021, a new debate has sparked on which Formula 1 racer is better? Max Verstappen...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -