Aussies need 138 to beat England in T20

Hope Soto
February 11, 2018

Glenn Maxwell, who scored a stunning century in the five-wicket triumph last time out, top scored again for his side with 39 as the hosts chased down England's 137-7 easily.

Pacer Kane Richardson (3/33) was the standout among the Australian bowlers.

Warner left England in trouble at 34-3 in the fourth over when he ran out Dawid Malan with a direct hit.

Opting to bowl on winning the toss, the Australians restricted England to 137/7. Playing his first global match since the Ashes, Vince characteristically lived dangerously and could have been run out on several occasions as England appeared paralysed by their change of fortune since a decisive One-Day worldwide (ODI) triumph.

Two wins against England and one against New Zealand means Australia qualify for the final of the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series in Auckland on 21 February.

Jordan (2-26) returned to dismiss Maxwell (39) but it was little consolation for England, whose defeat was confirmed when Aaron Finch (20no) bludgeoned back-to-back sixes off Willey.

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D'Arcy Short was 36 not out when Australia reached England's total of 137-7 with more than five overs to spare. In front of 42,691 fans here, the Australian global summer was closed in style with a dominant seven-wicket win, with 33 balls to spare.

Ashton Agar - 4/10 - The all-rounder has previously been a thorn in England's side, but could not make much of an impact with the ball, despite bowling fairly economically.

England earlier posted a modest 137-7 from their 20 overs with stand-in captain Jos Buttler (46) top scoring.

Sam Billings - 6/10 - Supporting Buttler as England rebuilt their innings, Billings added a very useful 29 runs in the latter overs. It's a pretty similar England team to the ODIs and they smashed us pretty well in that series.

Tom Curran - 1/10 - The young seamer was only given two overs as Lynn and Short took him for 23 from his spell. Kane Richardson was awarded Player of the Match for his three-wicket haul.

England will face New Zealand in Wellington on Tuesday and again in Hamilton the following Sunday requiring victory in at least one of those games to ensure they make the final.

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