Australia defeated England by 7 wickets and completed their third successive win in the T20I tri-series to book their place in the final.
Australia, who won the toss and decided to bowl first against England at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, began their bowling with a great start as they sent back Alex Hales with in the second over of the match. Following that dismissal, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals and no big partnership formed between any batsmen in their team. Australian bowlers made it really tough for England to score runs.
England’s stand-in skipper Jos Buttler scored struggling 49-ball 46 and remained the highest scorer for the side.
In reply, Australia yet again off to a poor start as David Willey once again managed to take David Warner’s wicket in the first over itself. But after that Chris Lynn came out to bat and changed the face of the match with his 19-ball 31.
Following the dismissal of Lynn off Jordan, Glenn Maxwell came out to bat who was unbeaten in the series yet and once again justified his current form as he banged 39 runs in just 26 balls but then got out against Jordan.
At the end, opener D Arcy Short remained not out at the crease with Aaron Finch and both guided their team to a comfortable 7-wicket victory against England. Kane Richardson grabbed the Man of the Match award at post match conference for picking up three big wickets.
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