England vs Australia, 26th Match, Super 12 Group 1
England won by 8 wkts
Australia areÂ known for bullying sides around the world. Be it with bat, ball, fielding, athletic ability/agility. Not today, and could never be if they don't get out of the tried-and-tested formula of roping too many multi-format players for T20 tournaments. And not to forget that they don't play often as a group in this format. They have been hit so badly tonight, so much so that one of its T20 legends, Shane Watson, couldn't help but envy the brand of cricket England displayed. This isn't just a loss but a proper thrashing on perhaps Australia's short-sightedness for the format. As for England, its approach and attitude continues to amaze and the only team that they lost to (including warm-up games) in this tournament is India, who have everything to play against New Zealand tomorrow night. Same place, same time. But before that we got Afghanistan taking on Namibia in Abu Dhabi. Do remember to tune in for both games. Until next time, this is Raju Peethala wishing goodbye on behalf of my mates Ramakrishnan MS, Abhinand Raghavendran, Kumar Abhishek Das and Siva . See you soon!!
Eoin Morgan | England skipper: Obviously we got off to a good start in the first 2 games of the tournament and challenge first is always adapting to the conditions away from home and we did that really in the first 2 games and then again today, the big test against a really strong Australian side. We sort of held up pretty well right from the beginning, holding our nerve and creating opportunities with the ball and then continuing to be relentless with the lengths we want to bowl. We are in good form with the bat. Jason last game and Jos today. We treat everybody with same amount of respect. We go to Sharjah from here and again another challenge there and we are really finding ahead to it.
Aaron Finch | Australia skipper: After losing few wickets in the powerplay, we had to hang in there and get to a total we thought will be defendable. They bowled well and put us on the back foot early. You had to bowl them out with that kind of total, but Jos Buttler played a hell of an innings and put the pressure on us and it's just one of those nights where we got off to a poor start and it kept compounding unfortunately. We've got a couple of days to recharge now, give the guys some much-needed rest and take on Bangladesh next.
Chris Jordan, Man of the Match: It was a great bowling effort from the boys. Woakesy set up the tone. We try to keep it as simple as possible. We try and asses the pitch quickly. We tried to hold our lengths and bowl it straight and luckily it worked today. You just try to stick to your strengths and then still add a little bit to your skills. You are never comfortable in international cricket. Everyday you want to improve as there are so many players who want to get into the team.
14th win for the chasing team in last 15 T20 matches in Dubai
Wins with most balls to spare for ENG in T20Is:
70 vs WI Dubai 2021 (Target: 56)
57 vs WI Basseterre 2021 (72)
50 vs Aus Dubai 2021 (126)
20:54 local: If you're tracking this from Australia, don't be frightened. England's opponent, as you read it right, is Australia. A lopsided affair will be an understatement. Mismatch? When you score nearly 60 percent of the target in the powerplay chasing, only a miracle can stop you from losing. England just plays it one way in this format: attack and go for the kill come hell or high water. And they have given us a specatcular demonstration of that in all departments tonight. After a splendid show with the ball, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler approached the target as if they had an early flight to catch. Though the previous departed soon after the powerplay, Buttler carried on and added the finishing touches alongside his best mate Bairstow to seal the game with 8.2 overs to spare. If you're an England fan, your weekend just got more brighter. The presentations imminent, stick around...
11.4 Agar to Bairstow, 1 run, driven away to deep point and England win 3 on the trot to set one foot into the semi-finals. Australia have been absolutely bashed, bruised and buried by resounding authority from its arch-rivals. Win by 8 wickets.
11.3 Agar to Buttler, 1 run, to short third man, looks to scoop and decides to dab it away at the last moment. A low full toss result from Agar and it has been placed to the left of Finch at short third
11.2 Agar to Bairstow, 1 run, sinks to one knee and sweeps the full delivery to the right of deep square
11.1 Agar to Bairstow, byes, 4 , they are never content are this England side. Not in T20 cricket. Bairstow throws the kitchen sink outside off and it just skids away past the outside edge beating the diving effort of Finch to his right
Ravi : Buttler and those wrists. Treat to watch
ENG: 119-2 after 11 overs
10.6 Zampa to Bairstow, 1 run, looks to slog and drags the full delivery wide of deep mid-wicket
10.5 Zampa to Bairstow, no run, ahead and taps the quicker delivery into the off-side
10.4 Zampa to Bairstow, 6 , a wink to Bairstow's previous opening partner. That's how casual it is. They are marmalizing the Aussies.... Down on one knee, picks the fullish delivery from middle and leg and the next thing Zampa sees is the ball landing deep in the mid-wicket stands...
10.3 Zampa to Bairstow, 6 , ah Jonny Bairstow! What bottom hand power. Gee, the England skipper is befuddled seeing the power that YJB generated despite sitting on the back foot. Just stayed still and golfswung Zampa into the long-on orbit...
10.2 Zampa to Buttler, 1 run, uses his feet and whips the full delivery off his pads wide of long-on
10.1 Zampa to Buttler, 6 , Jos Buttler is in no mood to sit back. He is hammering them all corners. Jumps out of his crease, gets closer to the pitch of the delivery and thrashes Zampa deep into the long-on stands
ENG: 99-2 after 10 overs
9.6 Agar to Buttler, 1 run, opens the bat face and pushes the flatter delivery wide of backward point
9.5 Agar to Bairstow, 1 run, worked away off the pads into the mid-wicket pocket
9.4 Agar to Bairstow, no run, a neat stride ahead and driven to Maxi at cover