3rd T20: England vs Australia - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Manushree Chaumal
Over 17.2 || Score 111/10
Australia won by 84 runs.
England's forgettable tour to Australia came to an end with a 3-0 white wash in the T20I series. Today's match was wrapped up by the dominant Aussies in under 18 overs. The hosts have had a terrific series; they have literally shattered all English confidences. The England team now returns back home, heads hung in shame.
Broad b Muirhead 2 (4b)
Dernbach run out 1 (2b)
Over 15 || Score 99/8
It is end of the road for the English team. They are eight wickets down, need 97 runs from 30 balls with two wickets in hand. Stuart Broad and Chris Jordan are at the crease, trying to drag the match towards its 'already known' conclusion.
Buttler c Maxwell b Christian 8 (9b, 1x4)
Morgan c Starc b Cutting 34 (20b, 2x4, 2x6)
Bopara b Coulter-Nile 4 (5b)
Bresnan st Wade b Muirhead 14 (7b, 1x4, 1x6)
Over 10 || Score 67/4
Six runs off the sixth over, 12 off the next. Morgan's six helped add 10 runs in the eighth over. However, over number 9 was the end of Joe Root. Buttler joined Morgan at the crease to continue the chase to the huge total.
Root c Cutting b Maxwell 11 (21b, 1x4)
Over 5 || Score 25/3
England need 171 runs to win.
And again it is the same old story. Within the first five overs, England is three wickets down and the top order has fumbled. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, the experienced ones handle the English innings. A defeat looms large; a whitewash too!
Wright c Cutting b Starc 8 (12b, 1x4)
Hales c Muirhead b Coulter-Nile 6 (8b, 1x4)
Stokes c Cutting b Maxwell 5 (4b, 1x4)
Over 20 || Score
England need 196 runs to win the match.
George Bailey's antics in the last over have taken the Aussie tally to 195 runs! Quite an expensive over by Dernbach, twenty-six runs added off it. What a blistering knocj by Bailey! The English batsman have a lot of work to do now. A white wash is what they should avoid, but this one's a mammoth total to chase. Broad's 16th over, got him two wickets. But after that Bailey and Wade handled the Aussie reigns quite effectively.
Hodge c Dernbach b Broad 7 (7b, 1x4)
Christian b Broad 0 (2b)
Over 15 || Score 137/4
An expensive 11th over by Bresnan. White hit two boundaries while Cameroon wen tfor a huge six to take the over's total to 18 runs! Dernbach's 12th got seven runs, that included a boundary by Cutting. Thirteen runs off the Stokes' 13th over, while two more wickets fell in the next two overs. First it was Cutting who was dispatched off by Joe Root in the 14th over. Next it was White who got out in the 14th over as he edged Jordan's delivery straight to the keeper.
Cutting c & b Root 29 (16b, 1x4, 3x6)
White c Buttler b Jordan 41 (37b, 4x4, 1x6)
Over 10 || Score 79/2
The last five overs saw fall of two wickets in form of Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell. Ben Cutting joined White after Maxwell's departure. Ben Stokes was introduced in the 6th over, conceded 14 runs with Finch playing some lovely shots (two sixes). But England managed to get rid of him in the next over. Tim Bresnan got a big wicket! Nine more runs in Stokes' next over. Broad back in 9th over got rid of Maxwell, but also conceded 15 runs off the over. Jade Dernbach's 10th over added 5 runs to the Aussie total.
Finch c Broad b Bresnan 30 (21b, 1x4, 3x6)
Maxwell c Hales b Broad 14 (7b, 2x6)
Over 5 || Score
Aaron Finch and Cameroon White opened the Aussie proceedings. Stuart Broad began with the first over. Three runs off it. Chris Jordan began with the second over, his debut in T20. Four runs. Broad's third got 10 runs for the Aussies with White hitting two consecutive fours off the second and third deliveries. First ball of Jordan's next, was hit for a boundary by Finch, adding 7 runs in the over. Tim Bresnan replaced Broad in the fifth over, conceding 3 runs off it.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first.
Today's dead rubber match is of no significance at least for the hosts that have already clinched the T20 series. England, on the other hand, need serious introspection after this disastrous tour Down Under. They would be desperate to avoid another white wash in the shortest format of the game, this time under the leadership of Stuart Broad. The Aussies would just look forward to give a good thrashing to the visitors for the third and final time.
Australia (from): Cameron White, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey(c), Brad Hodge, Chris Lynn, Matthew Wade(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner, James Muirhead, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc
England (From): Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler(w), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad(c), James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach, Danny Briggs, Chris Jordan, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes