Having restricting England to 162 in the first innings and then putting on a solid 98-run opening partnership in the second, Australia would be nothing but disappointed to know the result. Needing 15 runs off the final over, Australia lost the game in the end by 2 runs.
Watching the first 10 overs of Australia’s innings, nobody thought that they would go onto lose the game. Openers David Warner (58) and Aaron Finch (46) played solid knocks at the top. It was then followed by a decent cameo from Steve Smith. Australia raced past 120-run mark in just 14 overs as 38 runs were needed in 34 balls.
However, what followed was a collapse. Australia lost 4 wickets for just 24 runs as their middle-order woes continue to haunt them.
We probably struggled to find the boundary in that 12- to 18-over mark: David Warner
Post the match, David Warner expressed his disappointment over the defeat. Warner said that Australia’s inability to find boundaries in the middle period cost them the game.
“We knew England would keep coming hard,” Finch said, “and we probably struggled to find the boundary in that 12- to 18-over mark. That’s something to work on and that’s not the first time it’s happened, so as long as the boys keep learning and improve at it, lesson learned.“
“I think we just have to try to be a little bit smarter and work out how we’re going to hit our boundaries,” David Warner said of the failed chase. “We have to try to keep rotating the strike and keep finding the boundary in those middle overs.”
England and Australia will play the second T20 international on 6th September 2020 on Sunday. England are currently leading the series 1-0.