After suffering a 2-run defeat against England in the first T20, Australia would be mighty disappointed with the boys. They bowled exceptionally well against a powerful England batting line up and restricted them to 162.
Warned and Finch gave a perfect start to the chase, adding 98 runs for the opening wicket. However, once again the middle order failed to perform as they lost 4 wickets for just 24 runs in the middle period.
Aaron Finch and David Warner set up the chase with crucial contributions. Steve Smith too played a nice cameo,however, what followed was a collapse. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar and Alex Carey combined to score 6 runs as Australia came short of 2 runs in the end.
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 strike and keep finding the boundary in those middle overs.”
Australia will square up against England for the second T20 international on 6th September 2020. English currently lead the 3-match series 1-0.