Mitchell Marsh hands Australia consolation win, England win T20I series

Splendid bowling performances from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood followed by superb batting effort from Mitchell Marsh saw Australia earn a consolation win in the third and final game of the T20I series.

The day started with Australian Captain Aaron Finch winning the toss and opting to bowl first.

In the absence of Jos Buttler, Tom Banton was promoted to open the innings with Jonny Bairstow. Banton perished in the second over of the innings as Josh Hazlewood provided early breakthrough for Australia.

Jonny Bairstow found form with the bat after not doing much with the bat in the first two matches of the series. He put on a 49-run partnership with Dawid Malan to rebuild the innings for England.

Dawid Malan once again put in a crucial innings for the side in this dead rubber. Left-hander scored 21 runs off 18 balls with the help of three boundaries.

Sam Billings failed to make an impression with the bat and perished for a low score to see England lose their third wicket with 76 runs on the board.

For England, Jonny Bairstow was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 53 runs off 44 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. After scoring his half-century, Bairstow perished in the 13th over of the innings to see England lose their fourth wicket.

Stand-in captain Moeen Ali and Joe Denly put in crucial performances for the side with the bat to help England post a modest score of 145 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs.

Moeen Ali scored 23 runs off 21 balls with the help of two boundaries and one six, whereas Joe Denly chipped in with unbeaten 29 off 19 balls.

For Australia, Leg-spinner Adam Zampa claimed two wickets, while Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Kane Richardson claimed one wicket.

In pursuit of 146 runs, Matthew Wade and Aaron Finch got the side off to a brisk start and added 30 runs in the first three overs. Playing his first game, Wade perished after scoring 14 runs off just nine balls.

Finch continued to be positive in his innings and added another 39 runs with Marcus Stoinis. Pacer Tom Curran dismissed Stoinis in the seventh over to see Australia lose their second wicket.

Glenn Maxwell struggles continued as once again was troubled by spin of Adil Rashid. Steven Smith also failed to make an impression to see Australia lose their way in their innings.

Skipper Aaron Finch played well and smashed 39 runs off 26 balls with the help of four boundaries and one six.

With Finch dismissed in the 11th over, Mitchell Marsh came to the crease and put in match-winning performance for the side. He put on an unbeaten partnership of 46 runs with Ashton Agar to see Australia complete the target with three balls to spare.

Marsh remained unbeaten till the end and scored 39 runs off 36 balls with the help of two fours and one six. He was well supported by Ashton Agar, who chipped in with 16 not out off 13 balls.

For England, Leg-spinner Adil Rashid continued his excellent form with the ball in hand and claimed 3 for 21 in his four overs.

For his crucial innings, Mitchell Marsh was named man of the match. For superlative performances for England during the T20I series, Jos Buttler was named player of the series.

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