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Buttler, Malan sink Aussies as England win Twenty20 International series

Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan put on a spending batting masterclass as England trumped Australia by six wickets in the second Twenty20 International to win the three-match series 2-0.

Australia made 157-7 in 20 overs after they electing to bat first at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Buttler and Malan did the rest leading England to 158-4 with seven balls to spare.

England were watchful but not before Jonny Bairstow (nine) tapped his leg stump with the bat while pulling a Mitchell Stac short ball. Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler led the English charge with a match-winning 87-run partnership laying the foundation for England victory.

Malan, who has been in a prime form and came into the match striking 66 in the first Twenty20 International, scored 42 off 32 and fell to Ashton Agar. England still needed 52 from 40 deliveries but next ball Buttler completed his half century with boundary off Agar and got another hit to the fence.

Buttler completed his half century from 38 deliveries. Australia clawed their way back after dismissing Tom Banton (two) and Eoin Morgan (seven) and Agar conceded just four runs in the 18th leaving England 18 to win from last two deliveries.

But new man Moeen Ali struck spinner Adam Zampa for a six and a four in the penultimate over before Buttler deservedly hit the winning six in the fifth delivery. Buttler remained unbeaten on 77 from 54 balls with eight fours and two sixes.

 

Marcus Stoinis of Australia plays a shot against England during their second Twenty20 International match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Sunday. PHOTO: ICC

The Aussies had a horrendous start when Jofra Archer had David Warner caught behind of Jos Butller in the third ball of the innings. Alex Carey (two) was next to go in similar fashion off Mark Wood before Steven Smith’s run out reduced them to 30-3 in five overs.

Skipper Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis consolidated the innings with some blazing strokes. The duo added 49 runs before Chris Jordan ended the partnership bowling the Australian captain. Finch made 40 off 33 hitting four boundaries and two sixes.

Stoinis fell one over later to Adil Rashid making 35 from 26 with his innings including two sixes and as many boundaries. Glenn Maxwell (26), Ashton Agar (23) and Patt Cumins (13) ensured the visitors cross 150 on a pitch that looked tough to bat on.

Jordan took two wickets but was the most expensive bleeding 40 runs.

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