Bowlers, Dawid Malan shine as England beat Australia in the T20I series opener

England managed to pull off a narrow win over Australia in the opening game of the T20I series at The Rose in Southampton on Friday. With this result, England have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The day with Australian Skipper Aaron Finch winning the toss and opting to bowl first. The decision backfired completely as Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler got the side off to a flying start. The duo added 43 runs in the first four overs.

Bairstow perished in the fourth over of the innings. He scored just eight runs off seven balls. Meanwhile, Buttler continued to aggressive against Australian bowlers. He smashed a quick-fire 44 runs off 29 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.

With Buttler’s dismissal, England lost momentum in the middle-overs of the innings and were reduced to 108 for 5 after 13.5 overs. Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali perished for low scores to see Australia make a comeback in the game.

For England, Dawid Malan was the star of the show with the bat. Left-hander anchored the whole innings and notched up a half-century to help England post 162 for 7 in their 20 overs. Dawid Malan scored 66 runs off 43 balls with help of five fours and three sixes.

For Australia, Kane Richardson and Glenn Maxwell bowled exceedingly well and claimed two wickets each.

In pursuit of 163 runs, Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch got the side off to an excellent and put on a 98-run partnership for the opening wicket. Pacer Jofra Archer put in splendid performance in his second spell to get rid of the openers.

Once the likes of Finch and Warner departed, the visitors also lost momentum in their innings and failed to keep the scoreboard ticking. With the side needing another 38 runs in last six overs, Australia failed to accelerate and lost the match by two runs.

For Australia, David Warner smashed 58 runs off 47 balls with the help of four boundaries. His opening partner and skipper Aaron Finch scored 46 runs off 32 balls with the help of seven fours and one six.

For England, Adil Rashid made a strong comeback in this game after going lean in the previous T20I series against Pakistan. He claimed two wickets and conceded 29 runs from his four overs.

For his splendid 66 runs, Dawid Malan was named man of the match for this match.

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