Star studded Australia for a dramatic mid order collapse in their chase of a moderate target of 163 set by England lost the thrilling contest by 2 runs. Australia must win and square the series today.
A win by England will wrap the series for them. Both teams will definitely critically assess the areas of strength and weakness of their respective teams and will definitely address in finalizing the playing XI today. Both team bowled and fielded exceedingly well. But apart from two players (Buttler and Malan for England, Warner and Flinch for Australia) none could bat to their potential. Both teams would definitely review their batting options. Bowling of both teams looked ok. Whatever be the case the second T20 of the evenly matched teams promises producing yet another mouth watering contest.
The wicket of Ageas bowl in the first match appeared a bit sluggish. England had raw pace of Wood and Archer. Australia had Starc and Cummins to rattle opponent batsman with pace. But will wicket stopping a bit did not assist fast bowlers that much. Australia may seriously consider whether accurate Hazzlewood would be better option than Starc. England may also think of replacing Wood with Tom Curran. It won’t be a bad ploy to take away the pace if the wicket happens to be similar low slow easy paced. Spinners of both team bowled exceedingly well. Glen Maxwell and Aston Agar for Australia and Adil Rashid for England looked impressive. Adam Zampa for Australia and Moeen Ali for England are expected to perform today.
England may stick to the same batting unit giving Bairstow another opportunity to redeem. Australia may look like giving Marnus Labuschagne an opportunity to bolster the top order. Australian batting did nothing after Warner and Flinch blasting 98 in the first 11 overs. Chasing a moderate target they were little to hurry. In a T20 match once well-set batsmen fail to continue it is often very difficult for new batsmen to get going right from the start. Australian batting looked rusty. Australia hardly makes the same mistake twice.
Kangaroos are expected to regroup and bounce back strongly today. English Lions will not also make it at all easy for them. Toss will be a very important factor. Team winning may opt to bowl and chase whatever target is offered.
England: Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Banton / Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood / Tom Curran
Australia: Aaron Finch (Capt.), David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell/ Marnus Labushange , Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc/ Jos Hazzlewood , Kane Richardson
BDST: 1221 HRS, SEP 06, 2020