England defeated Australia by two runs in the first match of the three-match T20 series. At one time it seemed that the Kangaroo team would win this match easily but in a very exciting match the team lost by just two runs and thus the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the series.
David Malan, who scored a brilliant 66 runs for England, received the ‘Man of the Match’ award. England defended the lowest score in the T20 series at home for the second time. Earlier, England defended 153 runs against India in the 2009 T20 match played at Lord’s. Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first.
England, batting first, scored 162 runs, losing 7 wickets in 20 overs. Australia started off chasing a target of 163 runs. Aaron Finch scored 46, David Warner 58 and Marcus Stoinis scored 28, but the team failed to achieve the target. Chasing the target, the Australian team could score 160 runs for 6 wickets.
At the same time, for England, Jos Buttler scored 44 and David Malan scored 66 runs. Apart from these two, no England batsman could run. Ashton Egger, Glenn Maxwell and Kane Richards took two wickets each for Australia. Pat Cummins got one wicket. At the same time, Joffra Archer and Adil Rashid took two wickets each from England. Mark Wood hits a wicket.