T20I tri-series: Australia vs England, 5 talking points
The second match of the T20I tri-series, featuring New Zealand, England and Australia, held between the two Ashes rivals ended with Australia cantering home with a 5-wicket win.
England were sent in to bat first and got off to a rollicking start but courtesy of some tight bowling and rash shots, they could just score 155/9 in their allotted overs. Chasing 156 for their second win in the tri-series, Australia won the match by 5 wickets and with nine deliveries to spare at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Here are the 5 talking points from the match.
#1 Dawid Malan’s rescue act after the loss of early wickets
With England losing Jason Roy with the scorecard reading just 16, Dawid Malan entered the crease and along with Alex Hales, sent the new ball bowlers all over the park.
While opener Hales was dismissed at 22, off 15 deliveries, Malan carried on in a desperate bid to build partnerships with the other batsmen. While he raced away to a 36-ball 50, with five boundaries and two sixes, none of the other English players could score more than 16.
Chris Jordan played a cameo towards the end of the innings, scoring 16 in just 11 deliveries, but with the others hardly supporting him, the run-rate, which was almost 10 runs per over in the start, fell rapidly and England could manage just 155 on the board.