Splendid batting performances from Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan to help England register a comfortable six-wicket win over Australia in the second game of the T20I series at Old Trafford in Manchester.
With this result, England have clinched the T20I series and taken 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The day started with Australia winning the toss and opting to bat first. The decision did not go well as David Warner perished for a first-ball duck. Pacer Mark Wood dismissed Alex Carey to see Australia lose their second wicket with three runs on the board.
Steven Smith’s poor form continued as he departed after scoring 10 runs off 7 balls. With Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis led the fightback with 49-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Skipper Aaron Finch played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 40 runs off 33 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Marcus Stoinis, who chipped in with 35 runs off 26 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar came to the crease and put on a 43-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Glenn Maxwell scored 26 runs off 18 balls with the help of one four and one six, whereas Agar chipped in with 23 runs off 20 balls with the help of two boundaries.
Pat Cummins also added crucial runs at the end to help Australia post a decent score of 157 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs.
For England, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid bowled well and claimed one wicket.
Chasing 158 runs for victory, Jonny Bairstow was dismissed in the third over of the innings to see England lose their first wicket. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan put on a match-winning partnership of 87 runs for the second wicket.
Dawid Malan perished in the 13th over of the innings to see England lose their second wicket with 106 runs on the board. Left-hander chipped in with another splendid innings of 42 runs off 32 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
Tom Banton and Eoin Morgan perished for low scores to see Australia make a comeback in the game.
For England, Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler was standout performer with the bat and smashed unbeaten 77 runs off 54 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Moeen Ali, who chipped in with 13 runs off six balls.
For his outstanding batting performance, Jos Buttler was named player of the match.