Jos Buttler smashed a superb half-century to see England beat Australia in the one-off T20 game played at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Hosts posted a mammoth total on the board courtesy of splendid knocks from Jos Buttler and Alex Hales. In reply, Australia faltered in the chase and slumped to 72 for 5 after 8.4 overs. Australia T20 Captain Aaron Finch put in a valiant effort with the bat and scored 84 runs despite ending up the losing the game.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid once again made a telling contribution with the ball for England and finished with three wickets from his four overs. Chris Jordan also picked up crucial wickets for England to see Australia bowled out for 193 runs in 19.4 overs. The loss meant that Australia have failed to win a game since the ball-tampering fiasco in Newlands, Cape Town.
Buttler continued his rich vein of form for England after asked to open the innings. He smashed a half-century off just 22 balls to see England get off to a terrific start. Buttler added 95 runs with Jason Roy in a space of eight overs. He scored 61 off 30 balls with the help of six fours and five sixes. He was the first to be dismissed as Mitchell Swepson provided a breakthrough for Australia.
Roy also played well and scored 44 runs off 26 balls. Alex Hales came to the crease and also put in a decent performance with the bat. He scored 49 runs off 25 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. He added 72 runs with Joe Root to take England’s score past 200-run mark.
For Australia, leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson bowled well in his debut game and picked up two wickets in the game.
In pursuit of 222, Australia lost D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell early in the innings. The visitors once again fell to spinners that proved to be their undoing in this game as well. Aaron Finch clearly decided to grind it out and produced a special performance with the bat. He scored 84 off 41 balls with the help of seven fours and six sixes. Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye also chipped in with useful 20s but it wasn’t enough as England won by 28 runs.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was named man of the match as he finished with 3 for 27 from his four overs.