Australia and England have been playing a bilateral T20I series just before the start of T20I Cricket World Cup. First match of the three match series has been held at Perth and Australia lost in the high scoring game by 8 runs to England, despite David Warner’s heroics. Australia again fell short of 8 runs in the second match too, in Canberra.
Aaron Finch, Australian captain returned to opening position in this match and all formidable Australia pacers like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa along with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis have been included in the XI.
Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Jos Buttler(13) and Alex Hales(4) could not give as explosive start as they did in the first match. Dawid Malan went after Australia bowlers even though Ben Stokes (7) and Harry Brook (1) also failed. Moeen Ali and Malan scored quickly and put up 92 runs partnership. Moeen Ali (44) got out in the 17th over and Malan (82) fell in the last over. England managed to put up challenging 178/7 score on board.
Australia started the innings poorly in the chase losing Aaron Finch (13) and David Warner (4), cheaply. Glenn Maxwell (8) too failed but Mitchell Marsh kept one end going. Marcus Stoinis (22) played well to put 40 runs partnership with Marsh. But Marsh (45) got out quickly and Tim David (40) with Matthew Wade (10) and Pat Cummins (18) tried his best but Australia fell 8 runs short. Interestingly, Sam Curran and Marcus Stoinis, both all-rounders took 3 wickets each in Australia and England innings, respectively.
England have won the series against Australia just before the CWC to boost their confidence. During the Australia chase, Ben Stokes Superman-ly effort caught the attention of viewers and the video of his brilliance is going viral.
Ben Stokes Superman-ly effort
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YOU CAN NOT DO THAT BEN STOKES 😍 pic.twitter.com/Y5nH6TtnJJ
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