Australia was on its tour of England for a T20 series after which the players were supposed to join their respective teams in Dubai for IPL 2020. But before the cricketers start with the new tournament, the decision of the old one needs to be out in the open and now it is. England has beaten Australia in this Three-match T20 series. The last match is yet to be played but the result is already out as England defeated Australia by six wickets and confirmed its victory in this T20 series, in the match played at Southampton on Sunday, September 6, 2020. This must be a good day for English cricketers as they have already marked the trophy for themselves before the last match. Now they would be playing to establish their domination in the series and on the field, not to win the trophy and the series.
SNEAK PEEK INTO THE HIGHLIGHTS
From the very first match, England was out for the kill and maintained the same winning spirit till the end. In the previous match also, that was the first match of the T20 series, Australia’s defeat was quite dramatic. England was chasing the score of 158 runs which it splendidly did with 7 balls to spare. The number of wickets also make this match special as England had lost only four wickets to accumulate this score.
England was in the need of 18 runs off the two overs, the last two overs of the match for them. But little did the opponents knew that England will not need those two overs. England had set out for a win and that too a marvellous one. England got to the winning score only in five balls. All the credit of this stunning finish goes to Moeen Ali who hit one six and one four successively. One more person who should get the credit for this victory of England is the bowler at the other end who made this possible, Adam Zampa. Zampa is a leg spinner but that day did not prove to be one of his best days. Not only Moeen but Buttler too gave the bowler a tough time. To top off Moeen’s four and six, Buttler hit a six of his own and finished the match in style. This must have been a sight to witness.
An official Tweet from England Cricket made this victory all the more special. The Tweet was a proud announcement of the win and it said, “That’s how you win a game. A fantastic performance from the lads to seal the series!”
BUTTLER THE STAR PLAYER
This had been quite a special match for Jos Buttler as in this match the cricketer surpassed his own record of 73 not out. He had created this record against Sri Lanka four years ago at Southampton. This year, the player proved to be even better. Buttler faced only 54 balls and made 74 runs, finishing off the match with a glorious six. This is not the only six that the cricketer hit in this match rather it was a hail storm of fours and sixes by the talented player. Buttler hit eight fours and two sixes during the limited time he spent on the crease.
ICC celebrated this fantastic performance with a Tweet listing down all his runs, balls, sixes and fours. ICC finished the Tweet with an honourable caption that read, “What a performance from Player of the Match, Jos Buttler!” When you make ICC take special notice of the effort that you made, you have done something really commendable.
BOWLING AT ITS BEST
It wasn’t only the strong batting line up of England which ensured victory for them but the bowlers also showed the best of their skills to keep the trophy with the host country. They restricted Team Australia at 157 and the greater achievement was the number of wickets. England had taken 7 wickets of Australia by the time they could score 157 runs. Jofra Archer sent David Warner back to the pavilion when Australia was only at 89-5. Seven overs were still left and Team Australia had no option but to depend on the late-order.
Jonny Bairstow drove Mitchell Starc off the field and in quite an amusing manner. Starc fell victim to the left-arm quick while trying to swing round from a pull. Starc knocked over the stumps with his own bat and had to return to the dressing room only with 19 runs in his account.
England which is generally seen struggling for Powerplay wickets had it all put together during this match. Though they had lost the toss the will to win was at the peak. Fast bowler archer went for the most sought-after wicket which was Warner. And it did not take him much time to get what he wanted. Warner wanted a review but technology couldn’t help the talented player. The review only showed that the ball had been gloved leaving Australia at zero for one wicket.
At 3-2 in the second over, Australia was not in a good position. Alex Carey got promoted to play at number three as a replacement for star cricketer, Steve Smith. But no changes in the batting order could save Australia and Carey also, despite his honest efforts, was lost to wicketkeeper Buttler.
Archer earned one wicket for eight runs. This wicket was taken in two overs and then the bowler was removed from the crease. Next, England’s bowling attack faced Smith who came on the crease at number four but England had its captain, Eoin Morgan against Smith. And soon Smith had to go back to join his teammates in the pavilion. Thus, the second match of the three-matches series concluded, announcing the winner of the series.