Australia VS England, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 17 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

Australia beat England by 36 runs
02
nd Innings England
Right then, this wraps up this exciting T20I Ashes clash! With this victory, Australia secures those two crucial points and claims the top spot in Pool B whereas, things are getting more serious for the defending champions with this loss and just a couple of games to spare. However, the action in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, 2024 continues as next up is another exciting contest in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup where the hosts West Indies will face a challenge from the associates Uganda. This match will began on Sunday, 9th June and the first ball will be bowled at 6 am IST (12.30 am GMT). But do join us for the pre-match build-up. Cheers, and take care!
Mitchell Marsh, the captain of Australia says that he is very pleased with that effort and their all-round play was phenomenal with experienced players stepping up as well. Adds that they learned a few lessons from their first game and got off to a brilliant start. Mentions that the bowlers know their job well and he didn't try to change too much. Reckons that Pat Cummins was outstanding and bowled really well from the hard end. Mentions that they want to keep learning and want to stick to their game plan going into future games.
Jos Buttler, the skipper of England, says they came up with a lot of intent and also bowled really well in the mid-overs phase. Adds that the conditions were quite extreme with the shorter boundary on one side. On being asked about Jofra Archer's performance, Buttler says it is great to have him back in the ranks and he is bowling at good lines and lengths and says he has a great variety and skill set.  Says that Zampa bowled really well and credits Australia's overall performance. Ends up by saying that they need to dust themselves out and head on for their remaining games.
Adam Zampa is the Player of the Match for his fine bowling effort. He says that they play against England a lot and know the players well and also they had prepared well, with the breeze and the long boundary on one side. Adds that he is trying to sum up the conditions and it was hard to play cross-bat shots. Mentions that some of the wickets in West Indies are such that you need to sum up on the spot and got some useful information from how Adil Rashid bowled as well. Reckons that they have great depth in the bowling attack and they'll play their roles well.
The presentation ceremony…
Earlier in the game, Australia was invited to set the total, and boy, did they start strong! Right from the first ball, Travis Head and David Warner went all guns blazing, making the most of the fielding restrictions. They smashed boundaries effortlessly and totally dominated the Powerplay. Then, Mitchell Marsh stepped in and compounded the strong foundation laid by the openers. Despite the English pacers trying to slow things down, they couldn't take wickets when needed. Marsh played a solid captain's innings, scoring 35 runs. Australia hovered above 10 runs per over, with key contributions from Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, pushing them past 200. In the chase, despite a strong start laid by the openers, England lost their momentum during the mid-overs phase, as wickets tumbled in quick succession, and unfortunately, they couldn't recover from that collapse.
Australia, on the other hand, struggled to get the desired start as their bowlers were hammered by the English openers. Despite using four seamers, they couldn't manage a breakthrough in the first six overs and were instead taken to the cleaners. As soon as the fielding restrictions were lifted, Marsh handed the ball to Adam Zampa, who delivered a couple of quick wickets in the span of just a few deliveries, thanks to some crafty bowling. Marcus Stoinis was quick enough to remove Will Jacks as well. Pat Cummins was brought back for his second spell and proved to be a game-changer. He conceded just four runs and also claimed the crucial wicket of the dangerous-looking Moeen. Mitchell Marsh rotated his bowlers to perfection and the bowlers exploited the conditions very well. Adam Zampa finished up with sensational figures of 4 overs and 28 runs with a couple of wickets. The Australian quicks also reaped the benefits of bowling cutters and varying the pace as Pat Cummins got two, while Marcus Stoinis and Josh Hazlewood finished up with one each.
AUSTRALIA WIN BY 36 RUNS AND REGISTER THEIR SECOND WIN OF THE GROUP STAGE IN A DOMINATING FASHION! Wheras, it is now getting a bit more worrisome for England for their journey ahead. Chasing a challenging total of 202, England got off to a solid start. Openers Jos Buttler and Phil Salt showed great intent, finding boundaries right from the beginning. They successfully navigated the first six overs and capitalized on every poor delivery, making their intentions clear while also keeping up with the asking rate. Phil Salt was the first to go, scoring a solid 37 that gave England a strong foundation of 73 runs. Jos Buttler, despite his great start, couldn't turn it into a big score and got out soon after. Will Jacks didn't make much of an impact, and Jonny Bairstow's struggle at the crease ended without causing much damage. Those two quick wickets really hit England hard, causing the asking rate to skyrocket. Moeen's departure after a brisk 25 added to their woes, and they found themselves completely cornered. Consequently, finding boundaries became a real challenge, and England literally crawled in the backend, eventually falling short by 36 runs.
19.6
4
Marcus Stoinis to Harry Brook, FOUR! That's it, Australia have taken the bragging rights in this big rivalry match up! Bowled a bit quicker and dug in on a hard length outside the off stump. Harry Brook swings across the line but gets a thick outside edge that flies over short third man for a boundary but it doesn't matter. Australia win by 36 runs!
19.5
1
Marcus Stoinis to Chris Jordan, Leg bye! Slower delivery, into the pitch and right at the batter. Chris Jordan is early on the pull and misses. The ball hits the body and falls back on the deck as the batters scamper through for a leg bye.
19.4
1
Marcus Stoinis to Harry Brook, Marcus Stoinis tries to dig it into the pitch and angle it in at the batter but the ball doesn't quite rise up. Harry Brook makes room and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one more.
19.3
1
Marcus Stoinis to Chris Jordan, Fractionally short and around off stump, Chris Jordan pulls it firmly and well in front of square on the leg side but just for a single.
19.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Harry Brook, On a good length and around off stump, hit away on the up and through the cover region for a single.
19.1
4
Marcus Stoinis to Harry Brook, FOUR! Nicely played! Just back of a length and angled into the batter, Harry Brook backs away and checks the lofted drive to get it inside-out over covers and nearly gets a maximum. That was some shot!
19.1
1
Marcus Stoinis to Harry Brook, WIDE! Too full and a bit too wide outside the off stump, called a wide.
Marcus Stoinis (2-0-12-0) to bowl the last over.
18.6
Pat Cummins to Chris Jordan, A dot to end another fine oover from Pat Cummins. The cutter yet again, bowled a tad fuller and outside off. Chris Jordan swings hard at it but fails to connect.
Chris Jordan is in at number 8.
18.5
W
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man and Pat Cummins does get his second wicket. Hard length, taking pace off and bowling it outside off. Liam Livingstone holds his shape and flat-bats it down to long off where Mitchell Starc settles himself inside the ropes and catches it just to his left.
18.4
1
Pat Cummins to Harry Brook, TAKEN! OH, NOT QUITE! Pat Cummins with another cutter into the pitch and this is bowled outside the off stump. Harry Brook just throws the kicthen sink at it and gets a top edge. The ball lobs up over short third where Adam Zampa leaps high up and grabs it brilliantly with the right hand over the shoulder. However, the ball pops out as Zampa thuds back onto the ground and the batters get a isngle.
18.3
1
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, Pace on this time and Pat Cummins nails the yorker at the stumps, Liam Livingstone squirts it away off the toe end of the bat and past square leg for another single.
18.2
1
Pat Cummins to Harry Brook, Just short of a length and outside off, slower too, Harry Brook sets up deep in the crease and mistimes the heave badly down to long on for one more.
18.1
1
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, The off-cutter, bowled a bit fuller and pushed well outside off, Liam Livingstone goes after it and slaps it to sweeper cover for a single.
Pat Cummins to bowl the penultimate over.
17.6
1
Adam Zampa to Liam Livingstone, Nice and full around off stump, Liam Livingstone goes into-out and drives it towards deep cover for a single.
17.5
2
Adam Zampa to Liam Livingstone, Right through! Liam Livingstone is early to back away and Adam Zampa fires it right in the blockhole around the toes. Liam cue-ends it back past the keeper and down to fine leg for a couple of runs.
Halt! The ball has disappered near the sightscreen and hence the fourth umpire walks with a box of balls. The new leather is selected and we are good to go…
17.4
6
Adam Zampa to Liam Livingstone, SIX! High and handsome but a little too late it seems. A boundary after 21 balls in a chase of over 200 and that's just not going to do it for England. Floated full and it is the googly on leg stump, Liam Livingstone steps out and whacks it a long way over the long on fence and the ball seems to be lost.
17.3
1
Adam Zampa to Harry Brook, Flatter delivery around off stump, Harry Brook firms it off the back foot to wide long off and collects another single.
17.2
1
Adam Zampa to Liam Livingstone, Shorter one on the stumps, sliding back on quickly, Liam Livingstone backs away and hits it down to long off for another single.
17.1
1
Adam Zampa to Harry Brook, Sees the batter stepping out and fires it in at the toes, Harry Brook jams it out to mid off for a single.
16.6
Josh Hazlewood to Liam Livingstone, Hits the deck hard and bowls it well outside off, flirting with the tramline, Liam Livingstone reaches out but fails to get any bat on it. No wide called either.
16.5
1
Josh Hazlewood to Harry Brook, Trying everything here Harry Brook but England aren't even getting a single boundary here. Into the pitch again and outside off, Brook walks across and picks it up well over backward square leg but there's a fielder in the deep and it will just be another single.
16.4
2
Josh Hazlewood to Harry Brook, Slightly back of a length and wider of the off stump, Harry Brook stays back and cuts it well behind the point region for a couple of runs.
16.3
1
Josh Hazlewood to Liam Livingstone, Singles aren't going to do it for England here. Too full and wide, Liam Livingstone stays deep in the crease but can't get under it and swats it hard down to long off for another run.
16.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to Harry Brook, Back of a length and around off, Harry Brook looks to come forward and gets hurried but pulls it away to deep square leg for one more.
16.1
1
Josh Hazlewood to Liam Livingstone, Just the one! On a hard length and outside off stump, Liam Livingstone slaps the ball down to long off and picks up a run.
15.6
1
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, Just four runs and a wicket off that over, brilliant from Pat Cummins. Another cutter, into the pitch and at the pads, Liam Livingstone flicks it down to fine leg for a single.
15.5
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, That in-between length on off stump, Liam Livingstone stays watchful and just blocks it in front of covers.
15.5
1
Pat Cummins to Liam Livingstone, WIDE! Slower one, on the shorter side and just angling down leg.
Liam Livingstone is in at number 7.
15.4
W
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, OUT! TAKEN! Top catch in the deep from David Warner and Australia have executed the plan to perfection. Full and wide from Pat Cummins, bowled from around the stumps and forcing the batter to hit to the longer side of the ground. Moeen Ali walks across to the off side and slashes it away up and over backward point. Warner looses the ball in the sun a bit but does well to settle himself and reverse-cup it nicely.
15.3
1
Pat Cummins to Harry Brook, Switches to over the wicket for the right-hander and brings out the slower one, into the pitch and at the batter. Harry Brook makes room and hits it through covers for one.
15.2
1
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, A bit shorter and a bit wider, Moeen Ali walks well outside the off stump and cuts it over the backward point region for a single.
15.1
Pat Cummins to Moeen Ali, A dot ball to begin with! Bowled from around the stumps, into the pitch and around off, Moeen Ali pushes it out towards cover.
14.6
Josh Hazlewood to Harry Brook, Ends up by bowling and good-length delivery, outside off, Harry Brook throws his bat at it but misses. What an excellent over from Josh Hazlewood. Just a couple of runs from it. England need 76 off the last 5 overs remaining.
14.5
Josh Hazlewood to Harry Brook, Brings the angle a bit more closer to the body, Harry Brook attempts the ramp shot but misses to connect.
14.4
Josh Hazlewood to Harry Brook, Hits the deck hard from over the wicket, just nips into the corridor of uncertaintly with a variable bounce that stays low, around off, Harry Brook goes for a cut and gets beaten.
14.3
1
Josh Hazlewood to Moeen Ali, Short of a length, on top of middle, Moeen Ali waits for it and pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
14.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to Harry Brook, Full in length, on the stumps, Harry Brook eases it down to long on for one.
Harry Brook walks in at number 6.
14.1
W
Josh Hazlewood to Jonny Bairstow, OUT! TAKEN! Jonny Bairstow's struggling stay comes to an end and Australians celebrate! Josh Hazlewood breaks a budding partnership just at the right time. Short in length, skids through on top of off, Jonny Bairstow goes for a pull shot but loses his shape and the ball slices off the willow, high up in the air straight towards Glenn Maxwell stationed at deep mid-wicket who takes a very simple catch running forward.
13.6
6
Glenn Maxwell to Moeen Ali, SIX! Excellent shot! Drops a friendly half-volley right underneath the bat, Moeen Ali lofts it high and handsome over deep backward square leg for a maximum. 20 runs off the over.
13.5
1
Glenn Maxwell to Jonny Bairstow, Full and at leg, Jonny Bairstow sweeps it down to deep square leg for a single.
13.4
1
Glenn Maxwell to Moeen Ali, Length outside off, Moeen Ali shuffles and swings across the line but gets an inner half of the bat towards backward square leg for a single.
13.3
Glenn Maxwell to Moeen Ali, Flatter and outside off, skidding through. Moeen Ali gets beaten on the drive.
13.2
6
Glenn Maxwell to Moeen Ali, SIX! PUNISHED! Half-volley around off, Moeen Ali gets forward and under the ball before picking it over long on for a maximum. They need more of those and more frequently now.
13.1
6
Glenn Maxwell to Moeen Ali, SIX! HUGE! Right into the hitting arc of the southpaw, on off, Moeen Ali slogs it powerfully over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
12.6
Adam Zampa to Jonny Bairstow, On a length, going down the leg stump line, Jonny Bairstow sits down to sweep and misses again getting hit on the pads. Just 3 off that over and England under immense pressure now as the required rate keeps mounting.
12.5
2
Adam Zampa to Jonny Bairstow, Full in length this time, outside off, Jonny Bairstow inside edges towards deep fine for a couple of runs.
12.4
Adam Zampa to Jonny Bairstow, Drags his length again, drifting on the leg stump, Jonny Bairstow goes for a sweep but misses.
12.3
1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Pulls his length a bit and dishes out a googly outside off, Moeen Ali chops it to backward point for a quick single.
12.2
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Full and around off, Moeen Ali pushes it to extra cover.
12.1
Adam Zampa to Moeen Ali, Leg-break on the leg stump line, Moeen Ali fails to flick it and the ball pings the pad. A muted appeal for LBW but turned down.
11.6
Glenn Maxwell to Jonny Bairstow, Shade full in length, flatter and quicker into the stumps, Jonny Bairstow jams it back to the bowler.
11.5
Glenn Maxwell to Jonny Bairstow, Turns it into the off stump from outside off, Jonny Bairstow punches it to extra covers.
11.4
1
Glenn Maxwell to Moeen Ali, Pulls his length a bit on the stumps, Moeen Ali nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.
11.3
Glenn Maxwell to Moeen Ali, Drops it on off, full in length, Moeen Ali strides ahead drives it to covers.
11.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Jonny Bairstow, Slightly outside off, on a length, Jonny Bairstow goes deep inside the crease and cuts it though cover-point for a single. 100 up for England.
11.1
Glenn Maxwell to Jonny Bairstow, Quicker and flatter, turning into off, Jonny Bairstow rocks back and cuts it off the inner half to the off side.
10.6
2
Marcus Stoinis to Moeen Ali, Hard length, into the off stump, Moeen Ali presents full face of the bat through covers for a brace.
10.6
1
Marcus Stoinis to Moeen Ali, WIDE! Short and down leg, Moeen Ali looks to pull but misses. Wide given.
Moeen Ali is the next man in.
10.5
W
Marcus Stoinis to Will Jacks, OUT! TAKEN! STUNNER FROM STARC! Marcus Stoinis bowls a cross-seamed delivery, on a length around off, Will Jacks flatly airs it over mid off but doesn't get the requisite distance and timing to sail it over the fence. As a result, the ball carries in front of the long off region where Mitchell Starc runs forward and takes a stunning low diving catch to dismiss the dangerous Will Jacks.
10.4
1
Marcus Stoinis to Jonny Bairstow, Keeps the line on the fourth stump, on a length, Jonny Bairstow pulls it with no timing towards long on for one.
10.3
Marcus Stoinis to Jonny Bairstow, Lands it outside off, on a shade full length, Jonny Bairstow swings hard for an expansive lofted cover drive but misses to connect.
10.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Will Jacks, Short in length, outside off, Will Jacks heaves it off the inner half of the bat towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
10.1
1
Marcus Stoinis to Jonny Bairstow, Gently paced, on a good length, at middle, Jonny Bairstow chips it over mid-wicket for a single.
Drinks! Well, the game is hanging in the balance at the moment with Australia striking a strong comeback, courtesy of Adam Zampa's crafty bowling which garnered them the pricy wickets of the English openers Jos Buttler and Phil Salt who looked dangerous. At halway, Australia would be aiming to get a couple of more wickets to exert more pressure on their arch-rivals. Whereas, England do have a luxury of a strong batting depth. England need 109 off the last 10 overs now. Let's see how this phase pans out for both teams.
9.6
1
Adam Zampa to Jonny Bairstow, Oh, in the air but right in the gap! Gives this one some air and flights it up on a length around off. This is not that full and Jonny Bairstow leans on to drive but is early in the shot. The ball gets chipped off the face of the bat and goes to the left of covers and just out of reach of Mitchell Marsh. Bairstow is off the mark with a single.
Jonny Bairstow is in at number 4.
9.5
W
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, OUT! CAUGHT! Adam Zampa has the last laugh here though and Jos Buttler cannot believe it. Zampa keeps bowling it relatively full but pushes this one a bit quicker through the air and around off stump. Buttler goes for the reverse sweep one too many times and ends up chipping the ball just over point where Pat Cummins just leaps up a bit and takes a sharp catch. Buttler was looking really good but Zampa has got Australia back on top here.
9.4
6
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, SIX! BOOM! Full again and at the stumps, Jos Buttler just clears the front leg a bit and manages to thump the ball flat over the long off fence for a maximum.
9.3
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, Much fuller around off stump, this time Jos Buttler nails the reverse sweep but hits it straight to the man at backward point for no run.
9.2
2
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, Flighted delivery outside off, slower as well, Jos Buttler is early on the reverse-sweep and ends up lobbing it over the keeper down to third man for a brace.
9.1
1
Adam Zampa to Will Jacks, This is bowled short and outside off, Will Jacks backs away and cuts the ball in front of square on the leg side for a single.
8.6
Pat Cummins to Jos Buttler, Keeps it full and bowls it outside off stump, Jos Buttler gets halfway forward and pushes it out straight to covers.
8.5
1
Pat Cummins to Will Jacks, Very full and outside off, driven away down to long off for a single. Will Jacks rotating the strike after the boundary, smart cricket.
8.4
4
Pat Cummins to Will Jacks, FOUR! Powered away! Short of a length and outside off, Will Jacks stands tall and gets on top of the rise before swatting it away flat and to the right of Travis Head at short cover for a boundary. Head could have got to it but just seemed to be beaten for pace there.
8.3
Pat Cummins to Will Jacks, Digs it in short now at kjust over 140 clicks and angles it in a long way into the batter. Will Jacks looks to pick it up over mid-wicket but gets hit high on the thigh pad.
8.2
1
Pat Cummins to Jos Buttler, Slower one, floated full and well outside the off stump, Jos Buttler reaches out and taps it in front of point for just one more.
8.1
1
Pat Cummins to Will Jacks, On a hard length over the off stump, Will Jacks presses back and pushes it down through mid on for a single.
7.6
1
Adam Zampa to Will Jacks, Nice and full on leg stump, Will Jacks plays the on drive towards wide long on and picks up another single.
7.5
Adam Zampa to Will Jacks, Quick and short around off, Will Jacks stands tall, rocks back a bit and slaps it straight to the cover fielder.
7.4
1
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, Drifts this one into the legs, looking to turn it away, Jos Buttler just nudges it away with soft hands in front of squatre leg for a run.
7.3
Adam Zampa to Jos Buttler, Nagging length again on off stump and quicker through the air as well, Jos Buttler is unable to get forward but manages to defend it out on the off side.
7.2
1
Adam Zampa to Will Jacks, Drags this one down around off stump and the ball keeps low, Will Jacks plays it off the back foot and down to long on to get off the mark witn a single.
Will Jacks is in at number 3.
7.1
W
Adam Zampa to Phil Salt, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Adam Zampa in a big game for Australia yet again and he gets that vital first wicket for his side. Zampa starts from over the stumps and straightaway goes to the flatter trajectory, bowling it fractionally short and trying to skid it onto middle stump. The ball just turns away ever so slightly and goes through quickly, Phil Salt looks to cut off the back foot but is beaten all ends up and the ball knocks over the top of off and middle.
Adam Zampa replaces Marcus Stoinis.
6.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Phil Salt, Phil Salt will feel he missed out there. Mitchell Starc serves another full toss, this time on middle and leg, Phil Salt shanks the ball over mid-wicket and picks up just a single.
6.5
1
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, Full and at the stumps, gets it right this time, Jos Buttler digs it out firmly down to long on for a run this time.
6.4
4
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Goes for the wide yorker now but serves a full toss instead around off, Jos Buttler uses that bottom hand again and slaps the ball to the right of mid off for another boundary. 17 off the over already.
6.3
6
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, SIX! Jos Buttler continues his stellar form against Mitchell Starc and sends the ball onto thye roof. Starc rolls his fingers across the ball and just drags back the length a bit around off. Buttler stays deep and shuffles across before whackig it handsomely over wide long on for a biggie.
6.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Phil Salt, Pitched up full again and around off, driven off the front foot on the off side for a single.
6.1
6
Mitchell Starc to Phil Salt, SIX! Oh, that is a big let off and Travis Head was completely unaware of where the ropes were. Mitchell Starc dishes out a full and wide one, Phil Salt throws his hands at it and slashes the ball down to third man where Head back-tracks and takes the catch but steps on the ropes. He does release the ball but by then it was already a maximum.
Is that a fair catch? Travis Head backtracks and takes the catch at the boundary but the replay shows that his feet were in contact with the boundary cushion with the ball in his hand. NOT OUT.
5.6
Marcus Stoinis to Jos Buttler, Oh, that is a sensational take from Matthew Wade behind the stumps but that has gone straight off the helmet or probably the shoulder. Banged in short, a bit of an effort ball from Marcus Stoinis around off. Jos Buttler misses the pull and the ball seems to go off the helmet and towards first slip where Wade springs across and takes the catch. A very tidy end to the Powerplay from Stoinis but England are 54/0.
5.5
Marcus Stoinis to Jos Buttler, A bit of yes and no between the batters but no harm is done. Too full and outside off stump, Jos Buttler jams it towards cover-point and Phil Salt at the other end looks for the single but is sent back in time.
5.4
1
Marcus Stoinis to Phil Salt, This is bowled into the pitch and at the batter again, Phil Salt stays leg side and nudges it down in front of mid-wicket to pick up a single in the deep.
5.3
1
Marcus Stoinis to Jos Buttler, Jos Buttler tries to back away but Marcus Stoinis follows him with a shortish ball and Buttler pulls it down to fine leg for just a single.
5.2
4
Marcus Stoinis to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Up and over! Full again and outside off, Jos Buttler comes down the pitch and forces the lofted shot over the cover region and the ball goes into the fence. 50 up for England as well.
5.1
Marcus Stoinis to Jos Buttler, Starts off with a fuller-length delivery around off stump, Jos Buttler leans on and drives it away but straight to the man at covers.
4.6
Pat Cummins to Phil Salt, Length ball outside off, Phil Salt cuts it again but finds the fielder at backward point.
4.5
4
Pat Cummins to Phil Salt, FOUR! Carved away neatly! Too full, in fact, a full toss and outside off, Phil Salt capitalises on it and carves it through short third and backward point for a boundary.
4.4
Pat Cummins to Phil Salt, Takes the pace off the ball, short and outside off, Phil Salt gets beaten on the cut shot.
4.3
Pat Cummins to Phil Salt, Another good yorker on the stumps, Phil Salt digs it out to the leg side inside the inner ring at mid-wicket.
4.2
2
Pat Cummins to Phil Salt, Back of a length, outside off, Phil Salt slashes it over covers. David Warner from deep point sprints almost 50 yards to his right and cuts the ball before the ropes. Just two then.
4.1
2
Pat Cummins to Phil Salt, Almost a yorker angling on off, Phil Salt clears his front leg to open the off side and squeezes it though cover-point for a couple of runs.
Pat Cummins comes in as the first bowling change.
3.6
1
Josh Hazlewood to Phil Salt, Full and slower, sliding on the pads. Phil Salt misses the flick and gets off the pads to square leg for a leg bye.
3.5
4
Josh Hazlewood to Phil Salt, FOUR! Gets it away again in style! Josh Hazlewood lands it on a hard length, on the fifth stump line, Phil Salt stays leg side of the ball and cuts it in front of square gracefully through point for a boundary.
3.4
Josh Hazlewood to Phil Salt, Not where he intended! Just back of a length and at the body, Phil Salt looks to pull but gets in a tangle and the ball goes off the thigh pad towards backward point.
3.3
4
Josh Hazlewood to Phil Salt, FOUR! Cut away powerfully! Short and just outside off, Phil Salt stands tall and cuts it strongly on the up through point for a boundary.
3.2
Josh Hazlewood to Phil Salt, Short of a length on the stumps, Phil Salt again goes for the pull but gets beaten by the bounce.
3.1
Josh Hazlewood to Phil Salt, Back of a length delivery angling on the stumps. Salt pulls at it but gets beaten by the off-cutter.
2.6
4
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, FOUR! WHAT A SHOT! Mitchell Starc angles it into the batter on a fuller length, on middle and leg channel, Jos Buttler gets underneath and picks it over mid-wicket for a boundary. The ball just lands inches inside the fence.
2.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, WIDE! Pushes it too wide of the guideline. Jos Buttler reaches at it but fails to connect. Wide given anyways.
2.5
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, Yorker outside off, Jos Buttler squeezes it straight towards Maxwell at backward point.
2.4
1
Mitchell Starc to Phil Salt, Angles it in on the pads, full in length, Salt misses to flick and it rolls towards short fine after thudding his pads. A leg bye taken.
2.3
6
Mitchell Starc to Phil Salt, SIX! Oh, hello! Mitchell Starc serves a friendly half-volley, right under the bat, Phil Salt clears his front leg and picks the bones out of it, picking it over long on from the middle of the willow for a six.
2.2
1
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, Very full on off, Jos Buttler bends low and digs it out to deep backward point for one.
2.1
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, Starc continues from over the wicket, bullets it outside off on a fuller length, and also gets some lateral movement, Jos Buttler goes for an expansive shot through the off side but misses.
1.6
1
Josh Hazlewood to Jos Buttler, Attacks the off stump, on a fuller length, Jos Buttler pushes it off the inner half the bat towards widish mid on for a quick single.
1.5
4
Josh Hazlewood to Jos Buttler, FOUR! CRACKER OF A SHOT! Good length again, on the off stump line, Jos Buttler walks a couple of steps ahead, swipes it across and through short mid-wicket for a boundary.
1.4
2
Josh Hazlewood to Jos Buttler, Full in length, angling on the pads, Jos Buttler flicks it to deep mid-wicket for two.
1.3
4
Josh Hazlewood to Jos Buttler, FOUR! First signs of aggression! Hard length, outside off, Jos Buttler sees the width and his eyes light up. He cuts it in front of square, on the up and through cover-point for a boundary.
1.2
Josh Hazlewood to Jos Buttler, Lands it on a good length, and it keeps a tad low on the bounce, just around off, Jos Buttler is taken by surprise and the ball beats his under edge. The ball dies before reaching to the keeper on a few bounces.
1.1
1
Josh Hazlewood to Phil Salt, Hazlewood steams in from over the wicket, lands it on a hard length, on off, Phil Salt cuts it on the up for a single at deep point.
Josh Hazlewood to share the new ball with Mitchell Starc.
0.6
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, On the back of a length, around off, Jos Buttler pats it off the back foot to the off side. A decent start for both sides. Just 6 off the first over.
0.6
1
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, WIDE! Will have to reload! Swings down the leg side on a fuller length. Jos Buttler misses to flick it away. Matthew Wade dives to his left and collects the ball cleanly. Wide given though.
0.5
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, Full and straight on the off stump line, Jos Buttler stays leg side of the ball and pushes it back to the bowler.
0.4
Mitchell Starc to Jos Buttler, BEATEN! Angles it across off on a length at 143 kph. Jos Buttler gets squared up as his feet doesn't move and the ball whispers past his outside edge.
0.3
1
Mitchell Starc to Phil Salt, A full toss tailing into the batter, on the pads, Phil Salt swipes it with the angle towards deep square leg for a single.
0.2
Mitchell Starc to Phil Salt, Slants it across off on a fuller length, Phil Salt fails to connect and the ball reaches to the keeper on a bounce.
0.1
4
Mitchell Starc to Phil Salt, FOUR! Just manages to get it through! Starc guns it on the toes of the batter, on a very full length, Phil Salt manages to hit it off the inside half of the bat through deep backward square leg for a boundary.
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st Innings Australia
We are back for the chase! The umpires have taken their positions on the field and so have the players of Australia. It will be skipper Jos Buttler and Phil Salt who will open the innings for England with the latter taking strike. Mitchell Starc has the new ball in hand and is raring to go. Let's play…
… The Run Chase …
Right then, 202 runs needed for the reigning T20 World Champions to get a win against their eternal rivals and given how the competition has gone by, it will be extremely difficult. However, England do have the batting lineup to get this third-highest chase in the history of the Men's T20 World Cup and this could really end up being an all-time classic. Join us in a bit as the all-important run chase is up next.
David Warner is down for a quick chat. Warner says that he thinks it is a competitve total. They knew there will be spin inside the Powerplay and says they tried to get as many runs as they could against them. He reckons that it's a good score and bowling cutters on this surface does the trick. Says they had to apply pressure on them and thinks they did pretty well in this regard.
England will be fairly deflated after that bowling performance and the fact that they took so much time to bowl their 20 overs, they were left somewhat frustrated as well. The decision to start with spin from both ends didn't work out as after a tidy first over, the part-timer, Will Jacks was taken to the cleaners and they were under the pump from thereon. England bowled decently through the middle overs but couldn't pick up wickets and it was then a double blow for the second time that they were able to get back in the game. It was a fine last over from Chris Jordan but by then, the damage had been done and England now have a daunting task ahead.
Riding on a brisk start, Australia managed to get 22 runs each off the 2nd and 4th overs which put them in the driver's seat. David Warner looked particularly dangerous but fell inside the Powerplay and then, Travis Head followed him to the pavilion as well. Still, 74 runs in the first 6 overs was the perfect start and even through the middle overs, they were able to keep on scoring at a decent rate. Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell got a few crucial runs before Marcus Stoinis played a fine cameo and was aided by Matthew Wade as they managed to lift Australia over the 200-run mark, the first of this competition.
Pheww, that was ome end to the first innings and overall, what an exciting watch that was! Full of boundaries, exciting cricket and a bit of that old flame between the two rivals but at the halfway mark, it will be the reigning ODI World Champions who will be very pleased with that total on the board.
20
over
20 | 8 Runs | HH: 201/7
19.6
1
Chris Jordan to Matthew Wade, DRAMA! Full in length, angling away outside off, Matthew Wade leans on it and drives it straight to mid off and sets off for a quick single. The fielder is quick to pick and throw at the non-striker's end. Wade dives to get home and Jordan collects the ball and breaks the stumps and appeals for a run out. Hang on, Wade is absolutely unaware of it and tries to run for the second but Jordan uproots the stump seeing Wade trying to sneak another run. TV Umpire checks and confirms that Wade did well to get back in just in the nick of time. Only a single then. NOT OUT. Australia finish high at 201.
Is that a run out? Matthew Wade hits the ball straight to mid off and scampers through for one. The throw comes in quickly and Chris Jordan whips off the bails at the bowler's end but Wade seems to be in by then. However, Wade threatens to sneak an extra run and Jordan uproots one stump. The replays show that there's no problem with the first attempt and Wade is in. But, in the second attempt also, Wade just managed to plant his foot in the crease just before the stump was uprooted. NOT OUT!
Mitchell Starc is the next man in.
19.5
W
Chris Jordan to Pat Cummins, OUT! RUN OUT! This is turning out to be an excellent final over for England. Slower short-pitched bumper on the stumps line, Pat Cummins gets deceived by the pace off and doesn't connect the swipe across the line. Matthew Wade wants to be on the strike for the last delivery and he is already more than halfway towards the striker's end. Jos Buttler grabs it behind the stumps and throws it towards the runner's end where Chris Jordan collects the ball and flashes off the bails. Pat Cummins is not even in the frame.
Pat Cummins is the new man in.
19.4
W
Chris Jordan to Marcus Stoinis, OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Jordan gets his 100th T20I wicket. Bangs it short in length, into the body of the batter, Marcus Stoinis tries to pull it over mid-wicket but he does it playing it too close to the body, hence, fails to generate the requisite power and finds Harry Brook at deep mid-wicket. A good crucial cameo from Marcus Stoinis comes to an end.
19.3
1
Chris Jordan to Matthew Wade, Short and on the top of off and middle, Matthew Wade pulls it flat along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 200 up for Australia. The first 200 score of this ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024.
19.3
1
Chris Jordan to Matthew Wade, WIDE! Way too outside the guideline on a fuller length, Matthew Wade shoulders arms at it. Wide given.
19.2
1
Chris Jordan to Marcus Stoinis, Short and angling into the batter, down the leg side, Marcus Stoinis pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
19.1
4
Chris Jordan to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Cracking shot! Length ball on the body of the batter, Marcus Stoinis stays leg side of the ball and pulls it with a flat-bat towards the left of long on where Harry Brook dives but fails to make a stop.
19
over
19 | 8 Runs | HH: 193/5
18.6
Jofra Archer to Matthew Wade, What was Wade trying to do here? An appeal for caught behind and up goes the finger. Guns it on the back of a length, right on the top of off, and gets an extra bit of bounce on the surface as well. Matthew Wade pre-meditates and tries to reverse scoop it over short third and fails to connect it as the ball gets heavy on him with the bounce. The English players appeal and celebrate as they believe that the ball brushed off the bat but UltraEdge shows that no bat is involved and the ball just brushed his forearm. Also, England will have an extra fielder inside the ring for the final over as they have failed to finish their overs in the stipulated timeframe.
18.5
2
Jofra Archer to Matthew Wade, That is a real steepler! Banged in well short and slower too around off, Matthew Wade tries to fetch and pull but miscues it badly into the open space around mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
18.4
1
Jofra Archer to Marcus Stoinis, Just short! Back of a length and outside off, Marcus Stoinis reaches out and toe-ends it uppishly towards mid off where Harry Brook dives ahead and just cannot get to the ball. He gets it on the half-volley and gets his body behind it. The batter get a single.
18.3
Jofra Archer to Marcus Stoinis, Back of length, and a leg-cutter outside the off stump. Marcus Stoinis reaches out for it and slaps it straight to extra cover.
18.2
1
Jofra Archer to Matthew Wade, Length on the leg stump. Matthew Wade misses the flick on the inside edge and gets hit on the front pad, and the ball rolls to backward square leg for a leg bye.
18.1
4
Jofra Archer to Matthew Wade, EDGED AND FOUR! Streaky but Wade will take it with open arms! An off-cutter on a fullish length, around off, Matthew Wade plays it inside the line of the ball and it goes off the leading edge towards deep third for a boundary.
18
over
18 | 12 Runs | HH: 185/5
17.6
4
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Shot! Good length at the stumps, Marcus Stoinis gets low and reverse laps it towards deep third for a boundary.
17.5
2
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Sees the batter backing, Rashid drops it full and on off, Marcus Stoinis fails to get to the pitch of the ball and lofts it off the inside half of the bat to long on for a couple of more runs.
17.4
1
Adil Rashid to Matthew Wade, Good length outside the off-stump. Matthew Wade backs away and slices the cut to deep backward point for a single.
17.3
Adil Rashid to Matthew Wade, On a length at the stumps. Wade pulls out at the last moment and fends it to his right. Well, Wade seemed to pull out but he ends up playing at it and the umpire doesn't deem it a dead ball. Wade isn't quite pleased but the umpire is having none of it.
17.2
4
Adil Rashid to Matthew Wade, FOUR! Wade has made his intentions clear! Too wide and very full, outside off, Matthew Wade latches onto the width, and smashes it through covers for a boundary.
17.1
1
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Full and on leg, Marcus Stoinis reverse sweeps it to backward point for a single.
17
over
17 | 13 Runs | HH: 173/5
16.6
4
Chris Jordan to Matthew Wade, FOUR! What a shot and what an effort in the deep. Back of a length, and outside the off stump, Matthew Wade pulls it through the mid-wicket region. Jofra Archer from long on runs and sprints to his left, puts in a timely slide but fails to cut the ball before the ropes. Four more.
16.6
1
Chris Jordan to Matthew Wade, WIDE! Slower and down leg, Matthew Wade fails to connect the pull. Wide given.
Matthew Wade walks out to the middle now.
16.5
W
Chris Jordan to Tim David, OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Tim David departs now. Lands this one on a length, and outside off. Tim David takes a good stride forward for an expansive lofted shot over covers but hits it flatly and doesn't get the requisite distance. The ball sails flat and into the safe hands of Liam Livingstone patrolling the deep covers. A crucial wicket for England.
16.4
1
Chris Jordan to Marcus Stoinis, Slower and outside off, on a length, Marcus Stoinis cuts it too late towards short third for a quick single.
16.3
1
Chris Jordan to Tim David, Good length outside off, Tim David swings it like a flat-bat towards long off for a single.
16.2
Chris Jordan to Tim David, DROPPED! That's hit with sheer brute force! Full, outside off, Tim David clears his front leg but bottom edges straight and flat at the bowler where Jordan shells a catch on his followthrough.
16.1
6
Chris Jordan to Tim David, SIX! Oh, what a shot! Half-volley outside off, Tim David sits down on his knee and expands his arms taking complete advantage of the width offered. One hand comes off his bat but the ball travels over deep covers.
16
over
16 | 11 Runs | HH: 160/4
15.6
6
Liam Livingstone to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! MASSIVE! Tossed up in front of the stumps, Marcus Stoinis gets underneath it and powers it straight down the ground for a maximum.
15.5
1
Liam Livingstone to Tim David, Low full toss, David drills it down to long on for one.
15.4
1
Liam Livingstone to Marcus Stoinis, Slows it up on a good length, and turns a shade away from middle. Marcus Stoinis goes for a reverse sweep shot for a single at short third.
15.3
1
Liam Livingstone to Tim David, Drops it full and on middle, Tim David knocks this one down the ground for a single.
15.2
1
Liam Livingstone to Marcus Stoinis, Bowls a quicker full-length delivery, on the leg stump line, Marcus Stoinis makes room and drives it to long off for one.
15.1
1
Liam Livingstone to Tim David, On the middle stump, full in length, Tim David drives it through covers for a single.
15
over
15 | 9 Runs | HH: 149/4
14.6
6
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! A one-handed maximum and Marcus Stoinis spils the over for Adil Rashid and England. Fuller and quicker at the pads, Stoinis goes down on one knee and looks for the pick-up shot but one hand comes off the handle and the ball travels beyond the fine leg fence.
14.5
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, More from the front of the hand, the attempted googly, bowled flatter and at the stumps, Marcus Stoinis blocks it off.
14.4
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Little bit slower with a bit more flight and gets the leg break to turn, Marcus Stoinis plants his front leg ahead and tries to sweep but is beaten by the turn and bounce.
14.4
1
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, WIDE! Bowled from the front of the hand and spilled well outside the tramline on the off side.
14.3
1
Adil Rashid to Tim David, Quicker and shorter around off, played off the back foot and behind backward point for a single.
Tim David is in at  number 6.
14.2
W
Adil Rashid to Glenn Maxwell, OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man and England are back in it. Again that flatter trajectory from Adil Rashid, bowled short this time and over the middle stump. Glenn Maxwell goes on the back foot and bends his back before trying to muscle the ball over deep mid-wicket. Maxwell gets no elevation and hits it flat to the man at deep mid-wicket. Phil Salt takes a fairly simple catch and Australia have lost two wickets in the space of four deliveries.
14.1
1
Adil Rashid to Marcus Stoinis, Bowled flatter through the air and well outside off, Marcus Stoinis fetches and sweeps it away well in front of square leg for a single.
Adil Rashid (2-0-20-0) is back.
14
over
14 | 4 Runs | HH: 140/3
13.6
1
Liam Livingstone to Marcus Stoinis, Nicely tossed up outside off stump, Marcus Stoinis opens up the off side and drives it firmly down down to long off for a single.
Marcus Stoinis is the new man in at number 5.
13.5
W
Liam Livingstone to Mitchell Marsh, OUT! STUMPED! Jos Buttler almost made a mess of that one but England do have a breakthrough. Liam Livingstone keeps bowling the leg-breaks to the right-handers and flights this one up nicely on a length and drifts it in from around off. Mitchell Marsh is drawn forward but the ball turns away after pitching and beats the bat. Buttler misses the stumps on the first occasion but the replays show that he did enough on the second attempt and Marsh could only get his back foot onto the line and not inside it in time.
Is that out? Quick glovework from Jos Buttler as he flashes off the bails in a blink. The side-on replay shows that Mitchell Marsh's back foot is marginally outside of the popping crease. OUT loads up on the giant screen.
13.4
1
Liam Livingstone to Glenn Maxwell, A low full toss on the pads, Glenn Maxwell just eases it away well in front of mid-wicket and turns the strike over.
13.3
1
Liam Livingstone to Mitchell Marsh, Floated up on leg stump, Mitchell Marsh plays it with the turn towards covers for one more.
13.2
1
Liam Livingstone to Glenn Maxwell, Short again but much straighter, Glenn Maxwell plays it off the back foot towards mid-wicket and picks up a single.
13.1
Liam Livingstone to Glenn Maxwell, Bowled full and on leg stump, Glenn Maxwell brings out the rebverse sweep and plays it towards cover for no run.
Liam Livingstone now comes into the attack.
13
over
13 | 18 Runs | HH: 136/2
12.6
4
Chris Jordan to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR! Absolutely nailed to exactly where the fielder was a delivery ago and Australia pick up 17 runs off that over. Slower and shorter outside off, sitting up nicely for the batter. Mitchell Marsh waits on the back foot and slaps it just behind point for yet another boundary.
12.6
1
Chris Jordan to Mitchell Marsh, WIDE! With England behind on the over-rate, these extras will certainly frustrate them even further. Full and wide outside off, spilled beyond the tramline and Mitchell Marsh leaves it alone.
12.5
1
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell, On a good length and outside off, pushed away into the off side for a single.
12.4
4
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! Now, that would have been a wide but Glenn Maxwell does much better and picks up a boundary instead. Slower bumper, dug in well short and wide, Maxwell goes chasing after it and manages to get enough power on it to get it over backward point for a boundary.
12.4
1
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell, WIDE! Ooh, maybe a tad harsh call for the bowler. Full and wide, Chris Jordan nails the wide yorker and flirts with the tramline but the umpire feels it is just wide enough and extends his arms.
12.3
6
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell, SIX! Oh, that has been sliced all the way! Bangs it in on a hard length and outside off, Glenn Maxwell throws his bat at it and ends up slicing the ball off the outer half and over Will Jacks at third man for a maximum.
12.2
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell, Oh, what was that from Glenn Maxwell? With how the field is set up, Chris Jordan goes full and wide, almost a bit too wide and Maxwell goes a long way across the off stump trying to get it over the mid-wicket region but gets into a horrible poistion and ends up scooping it wide of mid-wicket. Jonny Bairstow tries his best to get there but just doesn't reach it and surprisingly, the batters didn't even take a run.
12.1
1
Chris Jordan to Mitchell Marsh, Too full, in fact, a low full toss on off stump, Mitchell Marsh drives it with a straight bat and down to long off for a single.
Chris Jordan (1-0-5-0) is back into the attack. England have got a first warning for not starting the over withing 60 seconds.
12
over
12 | 7 Runs | HH: 118/2
11.6
Mark Wood to Glenn Maxwell, Good fielding effort! Shortish length at the body, Glenn Maxwell fends it to square leg and looks for one but turns back and Adil Rashid keeps him honest with a throw at the keeper's end. It is well wide and Mark Wood does well to back up and dives across to save any extra runs.
11.5
Mark Wood to Glenn Maxwell, Well, that one zipped through! Not anywhere near as quick as the previous one but banged in well short and outside off. The uneven bounce means the ball flies through past Glenn Maxwell and straight to the keeper.
11.4
Mark Wood to Glenn Maxwell, Hard length, quick and angled into the leg stump at 153.2 KPH. Glenn Maxwell hangs back and makes room to slog it away but mistimes it badly towards mid-wicket.
11.3
4
Mark Wood to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! Powered way by Glenn Maxwell! Slightly overpitched and angled into the legs, Maxwell holds his shape and whips it away well wide of long on for a boundary.
11.2
1
Mark Wood to Mitchell Marsh, Back of a length, short and wide of the off stump, this is slapped away to deep point for a single.
11.1
2
Mark Wood to Mitchell Marsh, Buzzers! Hard length bowled at the body of the batter, Mitchell Marsh tucks it away behind square leg for one and looks for two but Liam Livingstone is very quick to come in and scores a direct hit at the keeper's end. However, the ball deflects away and eventually, Australia do get the second run.
11
over
11 | 9 Runs | HH: 111/2
10.6
Jofra Archer to Glenn Maxwell, Beaten! Bowls this one quicker and on a fullish length wide of the off stump, getting it to nibble away off the deck. Glenn Maxwell stays back to cut it late but is beaten past the outside edge.
10.5
1
Jofra Archer to Mitchell Marsh, Banged in much shorter and outside off, hit away off the back foot through covers for one.
10.4
6
Jofra Archer to Mitchell Marsh, SIX! Pace on and Mitchell Marsh does manage to get one away. About 146-odd clicks and on a good length at the batter, Marsh mistimes the heave but the breeze carries it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
10.3
Jofra Archer to Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Marsh trying to muscle everything away but Jofra Archer is bringing out those slower ones which are tough to put away. Seemed like the leg cutter, bowled on a shorter length around off, Marsh with a heave across the line but the ball goes nowhere.
10.2
1
Jofra Archer to Glenn Maxwell, Banged in shorter and slower again over the stumps, Glenn Maxwell stays deep in the crease and hits the pukll flat through mid-wicket for one more. That was actually bowled from the back of the hand by Archer.
10.1
1
Jofra Archer to Mitchell Marsh, On a hard length around off stump and at just 120 clicks, Mitchell Marsh with a wild hoick across the line but he gets an inside eddhe down towards fine leg and picks up a single.
Drinks break! Well then, a very well-fought first 10 overs of the first innings but Australia are well in front thanks to that wonderful Powerplay. Both openers, Travis Head and David Warner got away the huge hits early and Warner in particular was in punishing mood. England did well to pick up a couple of quick wickets but are still chasing the game and need a few more wickets in the middle phase to stem the flow of runs. Australia will certainly eye 200 runs from here but can they get to it? Let's find out. Jofra Archer (2-0-12-1) is back into the attack.
10
over
10 | 5 Runs | HH: 102/2
9.6
1
Chris Jordan to Mitchell Marsh, Straighter and slower on the back of a length, around off, Mitchell Marsh stays leg side of the ball, transfers his weight to the back foot and punches it through covers for a single. Halfway of the first innings done. Australia are cruising nicely at 102/2.
9.5
1
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell, Short, angling onto the pads, Glenn Maxwell waits for this pace-off delivery, and nudges it towards deep backward square leg for a single.
9.4
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell, Into the blockhole, on middle, Glenn Maxwell jams his bat in time and digs the ball straight towards cover.
9.3
1
Chris Jordan to Mitchell Marsh, 100 up for Australia! Gentle-paced delivery on off, Mitchell Marsh works it down to long on for one.
9.2
1
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell, Shorter, and a slower off-cutter, on off, Glenn Maxwell clips it off the back foot towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.1
1
Chris Jordan to Mitchell Marsh, Hard length, on off, Mitchell Marsh waits for this one and cuts it through cover-point for a single.
9
over
9 | 12 Runs | HH: 97/2
8.6
1
Adil Rashid to Mitchell Marsh, Leg break, full and outside off, Mitchell Marsh gets down on the knee and sweeps it along the ground towards deep square leg for one.
8.5
6
Adil Rashid to Mitchell Marsh, SIX! SMOKED OUT OF THE PARK! Drags the length back a bit, and turns it away from middle and off channel, Mitchell Marsh picks the length early and rocks back deep into the crease. He gets underneath and generates enough power and pulls it over deep mid-wicket right over the solar panels above the stands.
8.4
Adil Rashid to Mitchell Marsh, Full and outside off, Marsh drags it off the inside half of the bat towards short fine.
8.3
Adil Rashid to Mitchell Marsh, Googly, outside off, Mitchell Marsh inside edges it to short fine.
8.2
1
Adil Rashid to Glenn Maxwell, Good length, outside off, Glenn Maxwell rocks back and hits it to deep point for one.
8.1
4
Adil Rashid to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! Drops it full and flat on the stumps, Glenn Maxwell with his strong bottom hand and flatly swipes it across the line over mid-wicket for a boundary.
8
over
8 | 3 Runs | HH: 85/2
7.6
Mark Wood to Mitchell Marsh, A huge appeal from Mark Wood for LBW but the umpire is unmoved. Wood tries to convince the his skipper to send it upstairs but eventually Buttler decides not to take it. Hits the deck hard again, angles into the batter a bit more, Mitchell Marsh gets in two minds and the ball thuds his pads. The replays later do show that there was a big inside edge.
7.5
Mark Wood to Mitchell Marsh, Hits the deck hard, on the top of off, Mitchell Marsh gets his off-stump covered and punches it back to the bowler.
7.4
2
Mark Wood to Mitchell Marsh, Aims the yorker on the middle, Mitchell Marsh jams the bat in time and hits it towards widish mid on. Mark Wood chases the ball towards the leg side, and the batters cross for the double.
7.3
Mark Wood to Mitchell Marsh, Full and outside off, Mitchell Marsh expands his arms and slaps it straight to mid off.
7.2
Mark Wood to Mitchell Marsh, Serious pace, full and on the leg stump line, Mitchell Marsh tries to flick it away but the pace gets heavy on him and inside edges onto the pads, and straight towards short mid-wicket.
7.1
1
Mark Wood to Glenn Maxwell, Steams in from over the wicket, bowls it on a length, closer to the body on middle, Glenn Maxwell clips it off the inner half towards deep square leg for a single.
7
over
7 | 8 Runs | HH: 82/2
6.6
1
Adil Rashid to Glenn Maxwell, Too full and on the stumps, Glenn Maxwell gets ahead and turns it towards long on for a single to end the over.
6.5
Adil Rashid to Glenn Maxwell, Flattens his length and trajectory, on the pads, Glenn Maxwell tucks it towards short fine off the back foot.
6.4
1
Adil Rashid to Mitchell Marsh, Slower through the air, on off, full in length, Mitchell Marsh watches it closely and eases it towards covers for a single.
6.3
4
Adil Rashid to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR! Swept away! Drops it right underneath the bat, on the middle, Mitchell Marsh sits down and sweeps it behind square for a boundary at deep square leg.
6.2
1
Adil Rashid to Glenn Maxwell, Slides it outside off, full in length, Glenn Maxwell bends low and fetches it from outside off, drags it towards long on for a single.
6.1
1
Adil Rashid to Mitchell Marsh, Tossed up, full and on off, Mitchell Marsh strides in line of the ball and drives it through covers for a single.
6
over
6 | 4 Runs | HH: 74/2
5.6
Jofra Archer to Glenn Maxwell, Good pace and good length, it further takes off from the deck, on the top of the middle, Glenn Maxwell moves more towards the leg side but gets beaten attempting a cut shot. End of the mandatory Powerplay. Australia are flying at 74/2.
5.5
Jofra Archer to Glenn Maxwell, Hard length, jagging back in on the top of off, Glenn Maxwell hops back and bunts it down the track.
Glenn Maxwell is the new man in.
5.4
W
Jofra Archer to Travis Head, OUT! TIMBER! 'YOU MISS I HIT,' SAYS JOFRA ARCHER! Both the Australian openers are back in the hut now. Varies his pace and length, on full and attacking the stumps, Travis Head clears his front foot to open the off side but the ball stays a bit low as well. Travis Head swings it hard but gets deceived by the low bounce and the ball whizzes past his inside edge into the stumps. Australia are two down now but they have got a sensational initiation.
5.3
4
Jofra Archer to Travis Head, FOUR! Through this time! Brings the angle a bit closer and on the top of the middle, Travis Head stays leg side of the ball and cuts it well past backward point for a boundary.
5.2
Jofra Archer to Travis Head, Stays around the wickets, bowls an off-cutter on a length, just around off, Travis Head throws his bat at it and inside edges over the off stump for none.
5.1
Jofra Archer to Travis Head, Steams in from around the wicket, on a length, around off, Travis Head moves to the leg side and cuts it but finds the point fielder.
The Australian skipper, Mitchell Marsh walks out at number 3.
5
over
5 | 15 Runs | HH: 70/1
4.6
W
Moeen Ali to David Warner, OUT! BOWLED'EM! What relief for England as Moeen Ali strikes and David Warner departs after a fiery cameo. Quick and short at the stumps, bowled flatter and this one skids through. Warner backs away to cut but the ball stays low and sneaks under the willow before castling into the stumps. Warner has done his job one will feel but now England have a chance to bring some control back into this innings.
4.5
4
Moeen Ali to David Warner, FOUR! Better length from Moeen Ali but David Warner is up to the task. A tad shorter and angled in from middle and leg, Warner goes back and across in the crease and forces the pull past Chris Jordan and the ball rolls away towards cow corner for yet another boundary.
4.4
Moeen Ali to David Warner, Flighted delivery, at the batter, David Warner comes down the pitch but ends up squeezing it off the toe end of the bat to square leg.
4.3
1
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, On the shorter side and bowled around off, Travis Head plays it off the back foot and gets it down to deep cover for a single.
4.2
6
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, SIX! Wow, that is a clean strike! A nothing delivery really from Moeen Ali as he tosses it up right in the slot around middle, Travis Head simply hits through tge line and whacks it dead straight over the bowler's head for a huge six.
4.1
4
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, FOUR! Not quite where he intended that to go but that was well-adjusted by Travis Head in the end. Floated up quite full and on leg stump, Head backs away to open up the off side but ends up slogging it away to the right of mid on for a boundary.
4
over
4 | 22 Runs | HH: 55/0
3.6
Mark Wood to David Warner, Slower one, bowled a tad full and at the stumps, David Warner watchfully keeps it out. 22 off that over as well, the second time that has happened in just the first 4 overs.
3.5
4
Mark Wood to David Warner, FOUR! Takes some pace off the ball and digs it in over middle stump, David Warner sets up for it well and muscles the pull shot well in front of square for a crunching boundary.
3.4
6
Mark Wood to David Warner, SIX! Up, up and away! Carnage out in the middle from David Warner and he has raced to 31 off just 11 balls. Tries to follow up the slower delivery with a quick yorker but ends up serving a full toss on middle and leg. Warner manages to get under it and lifts it in front of square on the leg side for a biggie. 50 up for Australia already.
3.3
Mark Wood to David Warner, That in between length on middle and leg, David Warner is unable to get completely forward and decides to just block it back to Mark Wood.
3.2
6
Mark Wood to David Warner, SIX! Just using the pace so well here David Warner. Dug in short and at the rib cage at 145.6 clicks, Warner just gets inside the line a bit, swivels and just angles it over deep fine for another maximum. The signs are ominous for England who are under the pump early on here.
Halt! David Warner has just graciously struck the ball out of the park. The new ball has been taken.
3.1
6
Mark Wood to David Warner, SIX! That is nonchalant from David Warner! Quick and full on the pads, Warner just picks it up and flicks it over deep square leg for a maximum. Short part of the ground and the ball has gone out of the ground. New ball, please!
Mark Wood is now brought into the attack. He replaces Will Jacks.
3
over
3 | 8 Runs | HH: 33/0
2.6
1
Jofra Archer to David Warner, Just short of a good length and at the batter, David Warner hops and nudges it behind square on the leg side for one.
2.5
2
Jofra Archer to David Warner, Hits the deck hard at around 145 clicks, bowling it over middle and angling it in, David Warner backs away and looks to go over the off side but miscues it badly between the two cover fielders. Warner picks up another brace.
2.5
1
Jofra Archer to David Warner, WIDE! Brings out the quick bumper and tries to angle it in at the body but spills it down the leg side for a wide.
2.4
2
Jofra Archer to David Warner, A bit fuller and angled into the legs, David Warner hangs back again and just tucks it away past square leg for a couple of runs.
2.3
Jofra Archer to David Warner, This is bowled at over 148 clicks and on a hard length around off stump, David Warner stays back and dabs it down towards point.
2.2
1
Jofra Archer to Travis Head, Oh, David Warner might have been gone had that hit the stumps. Fast and on a immaculate length, angled in at the top of middle. Travis Head blocks it tentatively besides the crease and sets off for the single. Archer gets to it and throws the ball at the keeper's end but misses as Warner dives in to make his crease.
2.1
1
Jofra Archer to David Warner, Begins from around the stumps and clocks in at 141.2 KPH, angling it into the legs. David Warner gets caught on the crease and gets a leading edge wide of Chris Jordan at mid on and picks up a single.
Jofra Archer replaces Moeen Ali now.
2
over
2 | 22 Runs | HH: 25/0
1.6
Will Jacks to Travis Head, This is fired in flatter and around off stump, Travis Head hits it straight to covers. 22 off the second over and Australia are off to a flier.
1.5
1
Will Jacks to David Warner, Floated up on a length around off and getting some extra bounce, David Warner gets the reverse-sweep off the top edge and towards short fine leg for a single.
1.4
6
Will Jacks to David Warner, SIX! Oh, that is a poor ball and David Warner will be very happy to get that on the first ball. Too full and angled into the pads, Warner gets low and picks it up and swats it over deep backward square leg for another maximum. 21 already off the over.
1.3
3
Will Jacks to Travis Head, Edged away this time and that's great fielding from Mark Wood. Shorter and angled well into the batter, Travis Head backs away a long way, trying to open up the off side but gets an outside edge down to third man and picks up three runs.
Excellent piece of work from Mark Wood in the deep. The TV Umpire confirms that he has cut the ball before the ropes. Saves a certain boundary and saves one for his team.
1.2
6
Will Jacks to Travis Head, SIX! Two in two and Travis Head putting Will Jacks under pressure right away. Flighted again and around off stump, not that full, Head gets under it well and slogs it away well over deep square leg for another biggie.
1.1
6
Will Jacks to Travis Head, SIX! Positive strokeplay from Travis Head. Tossed up on a fuller length and around off, Head goes down on one knee and fetches the slog-sweep, hitting it flat over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
Spin from both ends. Will Jacks to bowl the second over.
1
over
1 | 3 Runs | HH: 3/0
0.6
1
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, Just the single to end and only 3 runs come off the first over. Shorter in length on middle and leg, worked away wide of mid on for an easy single.
0.5
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, Goes back to bowling it really full and around off, Travis Head squeezes it out towards point for another ot ball.
0.4
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, Oh, that one gripped and bounced! Just drags the length back a bit and bowls it around off and middle, this one turns and bounces, leaving Travis Head bamboozled and goes past the outside edge.
0.3
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, Keeps it full but straightens the line and bowls it a bit more quicker, Travis Head blocks this one back to the bowler.
0.2
2
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, Nice and full again but a bit more room outside off, Travis Head drives it square through cover-point and picks up a couple of runs to get going.
0.1
Moeen Ali to Travis Head, Nice start from Moeen Ali! Strides in from around the stumps and tosses it up well, getting it to dip around off stump, Travis Head leans right on and blocks it towards mid off.
All done with the pre-match formalities and now it's action time at Bridgetown. The two umpires are already out to the middle. England's players spread out to the field after a last-minute huddle talk. Out walk the two Australian openers, David Warner and Travis Head. The latter takes the guard and will have to face spin first up as Moeen Ali will begin the proceedings with the new ball for England. And, here we go…
Before the action gets underway at the Kensington Oval, Barbados, the match officials, and the two set of players stride out with pride for their respective national anthems. It will be England's national anthem followed by the Australian anthem.
PITCH REPORT – Naseer Hussain is pitchside. He starts by saying that there is a nice breeze blowing and the short boundary is with the wind. Matthew Hayden joins him and says that it is a fresh pitch for this game but quite similar to the others and there are cracks on it. They also mention that the average score on thsi ground is 143 but given the nature of players on show you can add a few runs to it but not quite a 180-plus track.
Australia's captain, Mitchell Marsh says they would have bowled first as well but will now look to post a good total. On holding three ICC major trophies at one time, he adds that everyone that comes here, comes to win the tournament and England are a class team. Mentions that they have a great side with experienced players and it is a chance for them to better their record against England in T20 World Cups. Ends by informing that Pat Cummins comes in to replace Nathan Ellis.
Jos Buttler, the skipper of England, wins the toss and elects to bowl first. Says he's a little bit unsure about how the track will play so it's better to have a target. Adds playing against Australia is really exciting especially at Barbados and also tells they have beaten the Aussies in the recent past. Informs they are going with the same team. Tells they have a great bunch of guys in the set up. Ends up by saying there are a couple of key areas where they can improve and it's all about playing good cricket.
England (Unchanged XI) – Phil Salt, Jos Buttler (C/WK), Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Australia (Playing XI) – David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (C), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (WK), Pat Cummins (In for Nathan Ellis), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.