Eng beat AUS. (Source: Twitter)

Jos Buttler’s quick half-century (71 off 32) and Chris Jordan’s sensational bowling (3/17) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday helped England win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, 2021. In the Super-12 match of Australia, won by eight wickets. It was England’s third consecutive win and they are at the top of the Group 1 points table of the tournament.

England bowlers – Chris Jordan (3/17), Chris Woakes (2/23) and Tymal Mills (2/45) picked up wickets to bundle Australia for 125 in 20 overs.

Chasing a small target, Jason Roy (20) and Jos Buttler (71) gave England a quick start. Buttler and Roy both hit boundaries and took England to 66/0 after the powerplay.

Australia eventually broke the partnership through Adam Zampa, who trapped Roy in front of the stumps. However, the wicket did not slow Butler’s knock as he hit two more boundaries off Starc and completed his half-century with a massive six.

Agar then dismissed David Malan (8) with an arm ball before Jonny Bairstow (16) and Buttler dismissed Zampa for three sixes in the next over to bring the required run into single digits. Bairstow scored the winning run for England as they got home with 50 balls to spare.

Earlier, batting first, Australia had a poor start as the England pacers made good use of the light cover of grass on the surface.

Chris Woakes gave England their first breakthrough in the second over of the innings, as propelled by the outside edge of David Warner (1), who was back in form in the previous game against Sri Lanka. Chris Jordan took a sensational catch on his first ball as Woakes at mid-on and took a sensational catch as he leaned back to dismiss Steve Smith (1).

Chris Woakes gave England their first breakthrough in the second over of the innings, as propelled by the outside edge of David Warner (1), who was back in form in the previous game against Sri Lanka. Chris Jordan took a sensational catch on his first ball as Woakes at mid-on and took a sensational catch as he leaned back to dismiss Steve Smith (1).

Right-arm pacer Woakes continued his fine run, trapping the dangerous Glenn Maxwell leg before the wicket. Jordan and Woakes both took care of the scoring, as Australia ended the powerplay with only 21-3. Rashid was brought back into the attack after the fielding ban was lifted and he made an immediate impact, dismissing Marcus Stoinis (0) with a googly to trap him in front of the stumps.

Matthew Wade (18) and Aaron Finch then checked the fall of wickets and tried to revive Australia’s innings, reducing the team to 41/4 at the half-leg. However, England spinners Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone continued to suffocate the Australian batsmen.

Considering the slow scoring rate, one batsman had to change gears and it was Matthew Wade, who gave his wicket during the process. Australia’s innings never gained momentum and they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.

Finch saw his teammates get stuck at the other end and even the captain could not accelerate. In the end cameos from Ashton Agar (20), Pat Cummins (12), and Mitchell Starc (13) helped the Aussies post a respectable total of 125-10 in 20 overs.

Brief scores: Australia 125-10 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 44; Chris Jordan 3/17, Chris Woakes 2/23) lost to England 126-2 in 11.4 overs (Jos Buttler 71, Jason Roy 22, Ashton Agar 1 /15)

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