T20 World Cup, AUS vs ENG: Jos Buttler and bowling unit power England to a healthy victory against their arch-rival Australia. Chris Jordan gets the Player of the Match for his fantastic spell.
Pressing Australia from the first over, England were way ahead in the game after four overs. They sent three Australian batters back to the dugout. Woakes was perfect in his opening spell getting Warner and Maxwell.
From the other end, Chris Jordan gets Smith to commit to a loose pull shot on outside off delivery. Worry grew larger when Adil Rashid got Marcus Stoinis with his unpredictable googly.
A sense of relief for Australia as skipper, Aaron Finch, and Wade took the inning with responsibility. But that Partnership also didn’t last long because of Wade’s nature to attack. He chose the wrong delivery of Liam Livingstone to attack.
Ashton Agar too was in touch, hitting two sixes before eventually falling on Tymal Mills short of length delivery. A pure timing from Agar which didn’t find the needed elevation and straight to Liam Livingstone on the deep mid-wicket boundary.
The contribution from the Australian lower-order helped them reach 125 runs. Two huge hits from Pat Cummins and a six from Mitchell Starc gained some momentum which would be used against England’s batter.
Unlike Australia, England came out sizzling hot. Jos Buttler in particular was hitting everyone in every direction. His innings consisted of five fours and five sixes with a strike rate of 221.88. WOW!!
We are witnessing a new batter in every match for England. This time it was Jos. Australian bowlers were particularly inaccurate in their line and length. Giving freebies and holding the stump line even when Jos was making room for himself shuffling leg side.
Just after Powerplay, Adam Zampa struck making Jason Roy walk back to the pavilion. A light was shining in Australia’s eye for a comeback, however, they had to still figure out Jos Buttler’s riddle. Despite losing his partner, Jos continued to hammer the opponent recklessly.
Needing 30 runs or less, Dawid Malan was caught behind but this time no comeback hope was seen. It was too late for Australia for a comeback. Making 30 runs on a second-inning UAE pitch with dew helping was way too easy.
Jonny Bairstow had a hitting practice session for the upcoming encounters with two huge sixes against Adam Zampa. With this loss, Australia are third after England and South Africa, who won a close game against Sri Lanka.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021, AUS vs ENG: post match presentation.
“It was a great bowling effort and we were trying to continue with the momentum. We are trying to keep it as simple as possible and hold the length back. I was trying to stick to my strengths and tried to work hard and put in a good performance.”
“We lost too many wickets in the powerplay, but we tried to get 150 on the board. Chris Woakes is a brilliant bowler and England put us on the back foot early. One has to bowl them out with that kind of total but Jos Buttler played one hell of an innings. We have got a couple of days of rest and then have a game against Bangladesh to focus on.”
“It feels pretty good to win this game and continue the momentum. It was a big game and the start we got with the ball was very important. Having a couple of all-rounders in the side comes in handy in such conditions. Roy and Buttler were brilliant with the way they batted and made the chase easy for us. We treat every team with respect and take no team lightly.”