Jose Butler continued his brilliant run with an unbeaten 77-run knock as England beat Australia by six wickets in the second T20 International cricket match here on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Australia recovered from the opening set to score a challenging score of 157 for seven. Butler’s innings of 54 balls with eight fours and two sixes and an 87-run partnership with David Malan (42 off 32 balls, seven fours) helped England to 158 for four in 18.5 overs.
Australia, who won the toss and came out to bat first, scored 30 runs for three overs for five overs which was 89 for five in 13 overs with the dismissal of captain Aaron Finch (40 off 33 balls) and Marcus Stoinis (35 off 26 balls). done. Australia were able to add 68 runs in the final seven overs with the innings of Glenn Maxwell (26 off 18 balls) and Aston Agar (23 off 20 balls).
England also lost the wicket of Johnny Bairstow (nine) who returned to the pavilion after being hitwicket. After this, Butler and Malan handled the responsibility well. Both these scores crossed the 100 runs but after that the Australian spinners tightened the screws. Eager (two for 27) made Malan and Tom Banton (two) while Adam Jampa (one for 42) made the match exciting by dismissing captain Eoin Morgan (seven). Finch’s decision to hand Jampa the 19th over proved to be wrong when the England batsmen were under a lot of pressure. This leg spinner gave away 18 runs within five balls. Moin Ali (13 not out off six balls) hit a six and a four, while Butler hit a winning six.
Earlier, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood (both one for 25 runs in four overs) bowled economically for England while Chris Jordan (two for 40) was the most successful bowler. Pat Cummins (13 not out off five balls) spoiled the bowling analysis of Joffra Archer (one for 31) in the final over of the innings. Australia lost the explosive David Warner’s wicket on Archer’s third ball, who also challenged the umpire’s decision, but the replay showed that the ball had gone to kiss his gloves. Alexei Carrie (two), sent in the upper order, caught wicketkeeper Jose Butler in Mark Wood’s next over.
Veteran Steve Smith (10) was sent to the pavilion by Eoin Morgan with his fielding. Finch and Stoinis then added 49 runs for the fourth wicket, but both of them were again on the back foot after being dismissed within 10 runs. Finch hit four fours and two sixes while Stoinis also hit two fours and as many sixes. Maxwell and Egger played some attractive shots. Maxwell also hit a six on long on Tom Currain before being caught behind the wicket off Jordan. Archer conceded 18 runs in his last over which included a four and a six from Cummins. The third and final T20 will be played on September 8 at the same ground.