Twitter Reactions: Jos Buttler, bowlers hand England a thumping win against Australia
Jordan won the Player of the Match award for his figures of 3/17.
Updated - Oct 30, 2021 10:36 pm
England’s continues to march on in the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE. They have now made it a hat-trick of wins in the mega event with an extremely comfortable win over arch-rivals Australia. The formula has been simple for them – Win the toss, bowl first, pick wicket in the powerplay, restrict opposition to a low total, chase it very easily.
It exactly went like this after Eoin Morgan opted to bowl. Australia lost David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell inside the first four overs itself. England bowlers came up with a perfect plan and Chris Woakes was the man who wreaked havoc with the ball and in the field as well taking a stunning one-handed catch to send back Smith.
At 15/3, Australia were in deep trouble and things only worsened with Marcus Stoinis getting out lbw to Adil Rashid. Aaron Finch was watching the mayhem standing at the other end and had no option but to curb his aggressive instincts. A 30-run partnership with Matthew Wade followed but the southpaw lost his patience and was holed out in the deep.
Ashton Agar and Finch then managed to lift the team with some quick run-scoring. Finch was excellent as he finally got to open up his arms with Agar hanging around with him. The Aussie skipper fought a lone battle to score 44 off 49 balls while Agar also mustered a run-a-ball 20. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins then clubbed a few sixes to take Australia to 125 as they were bundled out in 20 overs.
Chris Jordan was the best bowler for England returning with 3/17 while Woakes ended with 2/23. Tymal Mills picked up a couple as well but conceded 45 runs in his four overs.
Jos Buttler blows away Australia
It was all England in the chase as they blew away Australia‘s big boys. The trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Cummins, who will probably traumatise the England batters in the Ashes with red ball in a month or so at home, were pummeled as Buttler found his hitting range on the day. It was some marauding batting display by England as Australia didn’t get even a chance to exert pressure with the ball.
Zampa struck off the second ball of his spell but England had already ran away with the game with a 66-run opening stand. Buttler had started to smack almost every ball and despite losing Dawid Malan to Ashton Agar soon after, England were never in trouble. Buttler smashed a 25-ball fifty and continued to hit sixes for fun and that too off Starc.
Bairstow came out and also hit a couple of massive maximums to make a case to bat at three in the power-packed line-up. England easily got over the line in the 12th over of the innings as Buttler remained unbeaten on 71 off just 32 balls with five fours and as many sixes.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
How good are @englandcricket 🙌🏻
— Liam Plunkett (@Liam628) October 30, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 30, 2021
So the second spot in Group 1 is going to be decided by the margin of defeat against England? South Africa may have an advantage as they play England at Sharjah in the last game when England might rest a few players and in sharjah it might be tough to score fast.
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) October 30, 2021
England are just playing at a different level at the moment. The depth in their white ball cricket is staggering.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 30, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 30, 2021
Buttler is on 62* of 28 with a strike rate of 221. Nothing out of the ordinary for him though, UAE or England,this team backs their game in all conditions.
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 30, 2021
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 30, 2021
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 30, 2021
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 30, 2021
This performance from England will send chills down the spine of every opponent. What attack! #ENGvAUS
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 30, 2021
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) October 30, 2021