Australia’s second win puts the champions at risk of exit


They are the current champions in T20 World Cup. But this time England faced a big test in the group stage. Jos Buttler’s team lost points to Scotland as the first match was abandoned due to rain. This time they are in danger of losing to Australia.

Today (Sunday) Australia defeated arch rivals by 36 runs. With their second straight win, they have climbed to the top of Group ‘B’.

On the other hand, England is number four among the five teams with only 1 point in two matches. Even if they win the last two matches, they will have 5 points. Scotland on the other hand will get 5 points even if they win one of their last two matches. England is very behind in run rate.

Namibia has collected 2 points from two matches with one win. They also have a chance to get 5 or more points. All in all, England is under pressure.

Chasing the big target of 202 runs, the English scored 54 runs without a wicket in 6 overs of the power play, but then the English could not score runs with the ball. As a result, their innings stopped at 165 runs for 6 wickets.

Two openers Phil Salt scored 37 off 23 balls and Jos Buttler scored 42 off 28 balls. The subsequent batters did not do much good. Moeen Ali scored 25 off 15 balls and Harry Brook scored 20 runs off 16 balls.

Australian captain Pat Cummins took two wickets for 23 runs and Adam Zampa for 28 runs.

Earlier, Australia made a big capital of 201 runs for 7 wickets by blowing England’s bowling. This is the first double century collection in the current tournament.

David Warner and Travis Head gave Australia a flying start after losing the toss to bat in Bridgetown, Barbados. They conceded 70 runs in 5 overs. In the fifth over, Warner was bowled for 39 with 2 fours and 4 sixes in 16 balls by Moeen Ali.

Head was bowled by Jofra Archer in the next over. Head hit 2 boundaries and 3 sixes in an innings of 34 runs off 18 balls. Australia scored 74 runs for 2 wickets in the power play of 6 overs.

Then the pair of Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. They added 65 runs off 49 balls for the third wicket. The pair broke when Livingstone’s delivery fell into the leg-forward stumping trap. The Australian captain hit 2 fours and sixes in the innings of 35 runs from 25 balls.

Within two runs, Maxwell also returned to the dressing room. Caught at deep midwicket while picking up Adil Rashid, the all-rounder scored a total of 28 runs off 25 balls. Tim David returned with 11 off 8 balls.

In the end, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade brought Australia to the 200 home mark. Stoinis was out for 2 for 17 with four sixes for 30 with two balls to spare. Wade remained unbeaten on 16 runs off 9 balls.

England’s Chris Jordan got 2 wickets but spent 44 runs. Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone took one wicket each.

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