Australia’s Glenn Maxwell emphatic hitting led them to whopping 7-wicket winning against England and secured their position to T20 tri-series final. Glenn Maxwell (39), D’Arcy Short (36*), Aaron Finch (20*) and Chris Lynn (31) sealed the boundary to have smooth win at the MCG.
Earlier, England set the achievable target of 137-7 off 20 overs and top scorer being skipper Jos Buttler (46). Billy Stanlake took 2-28 and Kane Richardson got 3-33 for the hosts.
With 33 balls left, Australia won and booked their position to the T20 final on February 21 in Auckland, thanks to their three victories in tri-series.
To face Australia in the final, now England has to face matches back to back with New Zealand in Wellington and Hamilton on February 13 and February 18 respectively.
England’s batting couldn’t work
The batting line-up of England was supposed to be failed on the beginning in their opening game with a 5-wicket loss in Hobart. The top order was knocked in this match, and innings didn’t get going. MCG’s sluggish pitch and some fine bowling from the hosts limited England to 34-3 and the early initiative was under control of Australia.
Due to a groin injury, England skipper Eoin Morgan was absent due to which James Vince got the chance to impress in his sixth appearance at T20 international, at No. 4. He widely flattered to deceive like in the Ashes test series, with two lucky boundaries along the third man before he missed a great chance of pace for run-a-ball 21 from Andrew Tye.
The risk-taking and bold style of batting by England, saved by Morgan when Hobart was collapsed on Wednesday, was less common in the tentative approach of England on Saturday.
Stand-in captain Buttler and Sam Billings have been rebuilt after Alex Hales (3), Jason Roy (8) and Dawid Malan (10) were dismissed to get tourists to semi-competition total by moving the strike and going hard, instead of aggressive play of stroke. Indeed only 12 of 46 runs out of 49 balls from Buttler came in boundaries and innings from England had one six by Billings as they hit 137-7.
Australia’s power-packed performance rules
When England’s batsmen tried hard to find the rope, it was a lot easier for Australia as their top line-up has already disabled the attack of tourists. David Willey (1-30) sent Australia captain David Warner (2) back to pavilion early on by using early swing of new ball before the tone has been set by Lynn with 31 off 19 balls.
Liam Dawson and Adil Rashid put the brakes briefly on as Maxwell and Short played the spinners of England with circumspection. Once the pair made adjustment to the pace, they made light work as the ball was sent to the boundary.
Maxwell made unmatched century in Hobart. Now he was in aggressive form in his approach and he hit two sizes and three fours in his 39 runs off 26 balls. His pull was mistimed from Chris Jordan (2-26) and was caught by Buttler easily, but damage had been done already.