1st T20I, Southampton, England beat Australia by 2 runs
Australia tour of England, 2020 1st T20I, Southampton Australia vs England, England beat Australia by 2 runs
That closes an upside down game! Australia were well in control till the fifteenth over, but some way or another managed to lose it. England, helpless starters as they have demonstrated to be, escaped against Pakistan in the main game, saved by rain. Here, it was more of Australia snatching defeat rather than they winning. The two teams would hope to go one better come Sunday, sixth September, 2020 at 6.45 PM IST. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
DAWID MALAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Grins and says that his confidence is sky-high but is not quite sure of what the secret recipe is for his success. Feels that playing white-ball cricket is more exciting and challenging for him and is a fantastic learning opportunity for him. On the absence of seniors, Malan admits that the fact that the likes of Stokes and Roy returning into the XI pushes him harder to make life hard for the selectors. Feels that England were 17-18 runs light, perhaps feeling that 180 was a decent score, especially after the start Buttler got but feels that all these things happen in the game of cricket.
Victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan, admits that statistically, you can never dominate the match in the initial 10 overs of a chase. It is always the back end. Praises Warner and Finch for getting off to a staggering start but then accepts that under lights, the wicket started to back off, so Warner's wicket made it hard for new batsmen to score rapidly. On picking the squad for this arrangement, or even a playing XI, Morgan says that it is all about the conviction. For instance, he focuses on that picking Mark Wood for this game demonstrated beneficial in the second half of the innings. Lauds praises on Tom Curran and Chris Jordan for taking responsibility in the death overs.
Australian captain, Aaron Finch, admits that Australia battled to discover the boundary mark with the bat from overs 12-18. In any case, he accepts his team is continuing to learn. On the Aussies losing Smith and Maxwell in the same over, Finch doesn't look a lot into it and puts it down to gameplan. Instead, he is more critical of himself and David Warner for not kicking on after a huge start. On the chance of the defining moment of Adam Zampa's 22-run over in the eighteenth, Finch says it is easy to captain looking back but the reason to give him that over was that he was doing admirably work then. Is confident of the leggie bobbing back. On the game overall, Finch just puts it down to consummate execution of gameplan by England, but is confident of his side doing admirably next game
Continue accepting. That is the mantra. What a performance by England. Don't comprehend what turned them on. Perhaps the wicket of Steven Smith? He has been frightening them directly through the Ashes and once he fell, they essentially lifted themselves up. The bowling started improving, the yorkers discovered their mark, the handling was sharper and the change of pace was exemplary. Everyone started ineffectively but finished well, with Rashid and Archer giving the defining moments of the game
Mark this over. The fifteenth from Adil Rashid. Second ball, Steven Smith departs. 4 balls later, Glenn Maxwell goes. And then, the game changes. Australia slip from 124/1 to 148/6, losing 5/24 out of 29 balls. Towards the end, Marcus Stoinis heaved and puffed but could only manage a solitary six in his excursion.