At Hobart on Wednesday Australia chased 156 to beat England and record their second successive win in the Tri-Series competition
England started brightly first powerplay, recording their second highest Powerplay score since the 2016 WT20. but faded badly. Only Malan with 50 made a sizeable contribution. Five wickets fell to spin for 25 runs in 5 overs as Australia applied the brakes effectively with pace off the ball. This match saw the spinners find 2.4° of turn, on average. Since 2007, only two T20I matches in Australia had seen a higher amount of turn
England added just 33 runs in the last six overs. There have only been three T20Is when they’ve posted a lower tally at that phase when batting first. This was their lowest since 2011.
England started well and Australia lost two wickets in the first over before Short and Maxwell took the initiative away from England. Eventually Maxwell made light of a pitch on which most of the other batsmen struggled, making a great hundred off only 58 balls to win the match for Australia. Only Willey, taking 3-28, caused any problems for the Australian batting line up.
It is important to recognize though that in such a high variance format this was a single outstanding performance that swung the balance between two teams with a variety of match-winners. At Melbourne on Saturday on what should be a good batting pitch it could be very different
Australia unsurprisingly are 8/11 favourites but England are backable as 11/10 underdogs with Skybet