Twitter Reactions: Jos Buttler's heroic powers England to unassailable series lead

Twitter Reactions: Jos Buttler’s heroic powers England to unassailable series lead

Buttler scored 77 off 54 with eight fours and two sixes.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The match started off with Australia winning the toss and opting to bat first this time around. Both sides went in with an unchanged eleven. England got off to an amazing start and did not look back from there. It all began with Jofra Archer dismissing David Warner in the very first over. In an unexpected move, the visitors sent Alex Carey in at No.3.

The move failed as the wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed for just two runs. Australia’s score stood at 30/3 as they lost Steven Smith on the last ball of the fifth over. Finch and Marcus Stoinis were involved in a 49 run partnership going across seven overs. The former was dismissed by Chris Jordan after scoring 40 runs while the latter scored 35 runs.

It was now time for the lower order in Glenn Maxwell and Aston Agar to prove their worth. While they did not fail miserably, they surely failed to live up to the expectations. As a result, Australia ended with a score of 157/7 at the end of their 20 overs. Pat Cummins played a useful cameo of 13 runs in five balls to help his side put up a respectable total.

England perform strongly with both bat and ball

With the ball, Chris Jordan got two wickets, while Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, and Adil Rashid got one wicket each. It was now down to their batsman to chase down the target of 158 runs and win both the match and the series. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler came out to open the inning for the hosts. The former was dismissed in a very bizarre fashion as he got hit wicket on a delivery bowled by Mitchell Starc.

In recent times, Dawid Malan has probably become England’s most dependable T20 batsman. He did not fail to deliver this time either. His partnership with Buttler paved way for a comfortable victory for his side. He was finally dismissed after playing a fluent 42 run inning. Tom Banton and Eoin Morgan lost their wickets in quick succession to provide Australia with a small ray of hope.

However, Buttler showed his aggressive gameplay and finished the match in a hurry. England successfully chased down the target in just 18.5 overs and won by six wickets. He ended with an unbeaten 77 in just 54 deliveries and was given the man of the match award for this brilliant knock. For Australia, Aston Agar took two wickets while, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa got a wicket each.

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