Mighty English continued their dominance in T20 as they beat Australia by six wickets in the second T20. With this win, the home side has clinched the three matches t20 series, with the last match remaining as a mere formality. This is England 6th T20 series win in the last two years. They haven't lost a T20 series post-2018.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia received the first shock when their in-form batsman David Warner was sent back to the pavilion by Jofre Archer in the very first over. England got another quick breakthrough in the form of Alex Cary. Australia were struggling as they lost two wickets on just three runs. Captain Aaron Finch along with experienced Steve Smith tried to build a partnership, but the dangerous-looking partnership was broken when Smith got run out by Eoin Morgan. Aussies lower-middle batsman Stoinis (35 runs in 26 balls), Maxwell (26 runs in 18 balls) and Agar (23 runs in 20 balls) took the responsibility and took the team to a respectable total of 157.
While chasing Aussies got the early breakthrough, as Bairstow was sent back by Mitchell Starc in the 3rd over. But, after that Butler's 86 runs partnership with Malang shattered Australia hope of a comeback. However, visitors hope was revived in the last moments of the match. After Ashton Agar got Malang out, they got two wickets in quick succession. And it looked it England would collapse just like Australia did in the first T20, but it proved too late for the Aussies. Moan Ali 13 runs in six balls and Butler six on the final delivery of the 19th over seals the victory for the home side.
The six months break has affected the performance of Australia as they look rusty and clumsy against England. With the victory today, England have won the three-match tri-series.
The last and the final T20 will be played on 8th September at The Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton.