1st innings: Australia 157/7, Aaron Finch 40, Chris Jordan 2/40
2nd innings: England 158/4, Josh Buttler 77*, Aston Agar 2/27
England won by 6 wickets
England’s brilliant T20I form continues as they beat their historical rivals in shortest format of the game to win the series with one game to go. In their 2nd T20I at Southampton, the hosts replicated the same performance as they gave in 1st T20I game.
Bowlers did their job quite well in the first innings as Australia were restricted for just 157/8. Apart from opener Finch and middle order batsman Marcus Stoinis, no one could quite settle into the pitch. Their target of near 160 again came due to late strikes from Maxwell and Agar.
The target was quite low looking at England’s batting standards as a target of 158 was never going to be enough for the Aussies. England came out to bat in the second innings with an easy target. Josh Buttler proved once again why he is a true gem for the English team. Despite the change in batting order i.e opening the innings, he has never run out of form.
Just as in 1st T20I, David Malan was the partner for Buttler after his opening counterpart Bairstow went early. Buttler scored 77 runs off 54 balls which included 8 fours and 2 sixes at strike rate of 142. Malan, who has been effective in No.3 position for The Three Lions scored 42 runs off 32 balls which included 7 fours at strike rate of 131.
In the end, it was easy victory for the hosts. England would come up with a hope to clean sweep the series when they play Australia in third and final T20I on Tuesday.