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As it happened: Australia vs England, 1st T20


Cricketnext Staff
Jan 29, 2014 at 06:08pm IST

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Australia captain George Bailey won the toss and opted to bat against England in the first Twenty20 in Hobart.

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After a closely fought ODI series, Australia and England shift their focus to the shortest format of the game.

As it happened: Australia vs England, 1st T20

A file photo of Australia captain George Bailey. (Getty Images)

Playing XI:

England: Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler(w), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad(c), Jade Dernbach, Danny Briggs

Australia: Aaron Finch, Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey(c), Chris Lynn, Daniel Christian, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, James Muirhead

Commentary (England 1st Innings)

Cameron White, for his powerful hitting at the top of the order earned him the Man of the Match. That will be all from us then! Do join us for the second T20I at the MCG, Melbourne on Friday, 31st of January, 2014. Till next time, it's cheers and goodbye.

Australia chipped at the wickets as Coulter-Nile bagged a four-fer. He was well backed up by some brilliant fielding as the Aussies held on to their catches, unlike England. They go 1-0 up with two games to go. England have once again got off to a losing start, something of a habit for them on this tour.

Some massive hitting in a very high scoring game but Australia once again, have emerged victorious. England showed great spirit to attempt such a massive chase with Bopara almost taking them through but in the end, it was just way too much. The batting never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Bopara showed tremendous heart to keep England in the hunt but the task at hand was a bit too much for him

19.6 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, Full on middle, Bopara works it down the leg side for only a single and that is all over. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 13 RUNS. 200/9

19.5 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, SIX! Too little too late! Bopara again targets the leg side and finds the fence over square leg now. Brutal hitting, bit late in the day though. 199/9

19.4 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, SIX! Stunning shot! Fullish on middle, Bopara uses his powerful wrists to whip the ball over the fence at mid-wicket. 193/9

19.3 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, Fullish on leg, lofted down to deep mid-wicket but no run taken. 187/9

3rd T20I fifty for Bopara.

19.2 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, SIX! Tonk! Full toss on off, Bopara deposits it over the stands over covers. 187/9

19.1 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 181/9

19.1 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, FIVE WIDES! Oh dear! Angled down leg side, beats everyone and goes into the fine leg fence. 33 NEEDED OFF 6. 181/9

Danny Briggs is the last man in.

18.6 D Christian to R Bopara, OUT! There's the ninth wicket! Bopara flicks this to short fine leg and calls Dernbach for a run, Dernbach responds but is caught short of the crease with a powerful throw from Finch to Wade who whips the bails off and effects the run out. 176/9

18.5 D Christian to R Bopara, FOUR! Back to back boundaries! Short and slower again, Bopara pulls it this time into the square leg fence. 176/8

18.4 D Christian to R Bopara, FOUR! Lovely timing! Drives this imperiously through the covers. 172/8

18.3 D Christian to J Dernbach, Superb attempt! A shortish slower ball on off, Dernbach cracks it over covers where Lynn dives forward like Superman to take that catch but the ball just lands in front of him. A single taken 168/8

18.2 D Christian to J Dernbach, FOUR! Drilled! Makes room and drills it back down the ground for a boundary. 167/8

18.1 D Christian to R Bopara, Tad short on middle, pulled down to deep mid-wicket for a single. 163/8

17.6 N Coulter-Nile to J Dernbach, Full on off, Dernbach drives it straight to covers. 162/8

17.5 N Coulter-Nile to J Dernbach, Goes for a wild heave across the line but misses. 162/8

Jade Dernbach comes out to bat.

17.4 N Coulter-Nile to S Broad, OUT! Strange dismissal! Coulter-Nile attempts a yorker on leg, Broad backs away a touch and looks to dab it on the off side, misses it completely and the ball just kisses the leg stump to knock the bails out of the groove. 162/8

17.3 N Coulter-Nile to S Broad, SIX! Biggest six of the night? Short on middle, Broad swivels back and just nails it over mid-wicket into the construction area. Gosh! That was a big hit. New ball needed for sure. 162/7

17.2 N Coulter-Nile to S Broad, Bowls a bouncer over middle that surprises Broad. 156/7

17.1 N Coulter-Nile to R Bopara, Full outside off, Bopara looks to get under the ball but manages to squeeze it down to long on for one. 156/7

Nathan Coulter-Nile back on.

16.6 J Muirhead to R Bopara, Driven towards the mid-on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 155/7

16.5 J Muirhead to S Broad, Touch short on middle, pulled down to deep mid-wicket for a single. 154/7

16.4 J Muirhead to S Broad, SIX! How is that to get off the mark! Just sits down and helps himslef to a biggie over square leg with that slog sweep. 153/7

STUART BROAD, the captain walks out to bat.

16.3 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, OUT! Cleaned up! Tossed up on leg with a lot of revolutions on it, the ball spins and beats the slog of Bresnan to disturb the stumps. 147/7

16.2 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, Flighted on middle, drilled back to long on for a couple. 147/6

16.1 J Muirhead to R Bopara, Low full toss on middle, bunted down to mid-wicket for a single. 145/6

15.6 M Henriques to R Bopara, Full and wide outside off, Bopara drives this to deep covers for a single. 70 NEEDED FROM 24. 144/6

15.5 M Henriques to Tim Bresnan, Fullish on off, squirted down to long off for a single. 143/6

15.4 M Henriques to R Bopara, Driven through mid-off by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 142/6

15.3 M Henriques to R Bopara, SIX! Bopara on the rampage! Fullish on off, Bopara hits it cleanly over mid-wicket for another biggie. 141/6

15.2 M Henriques to R Bopara, SIX! Dismissed! Full toss on leg, Bopara uses his bottom hand to good effect and just bunts it over wide long on for a massive hit. 135/6

15.1 M Henriques to Tim Bresnan, Drilled down to long off for one. 129/6

Henriques back on.

14.6 J Muirhead to R Bopara, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 128/6

14.5 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, The ball has been square driven by the batsman. They pick up a single. 126/6

14.4 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, NOT OUT! Flighted outside off, it is the wrong 'un, Bresnan has a big heave across the line, has to stretch a long way to reach the ball but he fails to make contact. Wade collects the ball and whips the bails and asks for a stumping, the umpire goes upstairs but the replays show that he never left the crease. 125/6

14.3 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, Tossed up in the block-hole, Bresnan squeezes it back to the bowler. 125/6

14.2 J Muirhead to R Bopara, Short on off, cut straight to point. 125/6

14.1 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, The batsman has driven it through mid-off. One run added to the total. 124/6

13.6 J Hazlewood to Tim Bresnan, Full and in the block-hole, Bresnan digs it out. 123/6

13.5 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, Driven through mid-off by the batsman. They pick up a single. 122/6

13.4 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, SIX! Another monster! Fullish on middle, Bopara swings through the line and plunders this over square leg this time. 121/6

13.3 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 115/6

13.2 J Hazlewood to R Bopara, SIX! Whacked! Full on middle, Bopara stays still and smashes it over mid-wicket for a maximum. 115/6

13.1 J Hazlewood to Tim Bresnan, Mistimes his pull down to deep mid-wicket for a single. 109/6

Hazlewood back on.

12.6 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, Driven through mid-on by the batsman. One run added to the total. 106 NEEDED FROM 42 BALLS. 108/6

12.6 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, WIDE! Flighted down leg, Bresnan misses his sweep but the umpire wides it. 107/6

12.5 J Muirhead to R Bopara, Rocks back and cuts it to deep covers for one. 106/6

12.4 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, Fired in the block-hole, Bresnan digs it out on the leg side for a single. 105/6

12.3 J Muirhead to R Bopara, Worked off the pads, easy single taken. 104/6

12.2 J Muirhead to Tim Bresnan, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 103/6

12.1 J Muirhead to R Bopara, The batsman plays the pull-shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 102/6

11.6 N Coulter-Nile to Tim Bresnan, Stays inside the crease and cuts it straight to point. 101/6

11.5 N Coulter-Nile to R Bopara, Driven towards the mid-off region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 101/6

Tim Bresnan walks out to the middle.

11.4 N Coulter-Nile to Joe Root, OUT! England collapsing now! Root, in a bid to clear the fence holes out to long off. Finch takes a simple catch and that should be curtains now for England. 100/6

11.3 N Coulter-Nile to Joe Root, Backs away a touch and slices it down to deep cover. The throw comes in at the keeper's where a direct hit allows them to come back for the second. 100/5

11.2 N Coulter-Nile to Joe Root, Stays back and punches it back to the bowler. 98/5

Ravi Bopara is the new man in.

11.1 N Coulter-Nile to Jos Buttler, OUT! This could well be all but over for England! Fullish outside off, Buttler looks to clear the fence over covers but mistimes it just a little bit, the ball reaches at a good height to James Muirhead at sweeper covers who takes it easily. 98/5

Nathan Coulter-Nile back on.

10.6 D Christian to Joe Root, FOUR! Clean hit! Full on leg, nicely swiped over mid-wicket for a boundary. ENGLAND NEED 116 IN 54 BALLS. 98/4

10.5 D Christian to Jos Buttler, Driven towards the mid-off region. They pick up a single. 94/4

10.4 D Christian to Joe Root, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. One run added to the total. 93/4

10.3 D Christian to Joe Root, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 92/4

10.2 D Christian to Jos Buttler, Driven through mid-on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 92/4

10.1 D Christian to Jos Buttler, The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads. 91/4

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