England beat Australia in the second T20 by 6 wickets and sealed the series 2-0 on Sunday, thanks to a sensational match-winning knock from Jos Buttler. The English wicket-keeper batsman hit eight fours and two sixes en-route to his 77 off 54 balls.
Jos Buttler engineered a fine run chase with another swashbuckling knock at The Rose Bowl Stadium. Buttler didn’t give any chance to Australia to create pressure during the run chase.
In pursuit of a modest 157-run total, England lost an early wicket in the form of Jonny Bairstow. However, the Aussies couldn’t do any further damage till the 14th over of the second innings. In-form players, Jos Buttler and David Malan stitched a brilliant 87-run partnership for the second wicket to set-up a comfortable run chase for the side.
David Malan continued his great run with the bat as he scored a valuable 42 off 32 balls.
There were little hiccups during the run-chase when Banton and Morgan went cheaply for 2 and 7 respectively during the middle period. However, Jos Buttler made sure he stayed till the end and guided his team home comfortably.
Australia notched 157/7 in the first innings
Earlier, Australia made a poor start in the first innings as they lost 3 for just 30 after 5 overs. Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis then resurrected the innings and stitched a crucial 49-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
However, just when Australia looked to get back into the game, both Stoinis and Finch got out in the space of 10 runs. Finch scored 40 runs off 33 balls, while Stoinis played a handy 26-ball 35.
Glen Maxwell too chipped in with 18-ball 26 as Australia ended up scoring 157 in 20 overs.
Australia and England will play the third and final T20 match of the series on Tuesday at The Rose Bowl Stadium.