Australia edge past England in final T20I and keep hold of World No.1 ranking

Australia edged past England with three balls to spare to claim a consolation victory in the final T20I.

Chasing 146 to win, Australia looked in control with 60 needed from 60 balls with eight wickets in hand. The visitors then lost three wickets for 14 runs before Mitch Marsh got them over the line.

Australia gain consolation win

The five-wicket victory for Australia was not enough to win the series as England secured a 2-1 series win.

Without Captain Eoin Morgan due to an injury and Jos Buttler for family reasons, England lost the toss. Australia inserted the hosts with Moeen Ali captaining the side England lost Tom Banton(2)  in the second over.

Leg Spinner Adam Zampa picked up Dawid Malan(21) in the deep of his first delivery. Sam Billings(4) fell reverse sweeping to Zampa to leave England 76-3 in the 11th over.

After slow start Bairstow top scores

After a circumspect start from Jonny Bairstow the Yorkshireman started opening up and hit 55 before top edging Ashton Agar.

It was down to Ali with 23 and an unbeaten 29 from Joe Denly to push England to 145-6.

Aussies get of to a flyer

In reply Matthew Wade took 16 off Jofra Archer’s opening over to get Australai of to a flyer. Wade went for a quick 14 with Australia sending Marcus Stoinis in at number three. The visitors were going well in the powerplay having scored 64-1.

England turn to Rashid for inspiration

England turned to leg spinner Adil Rashid into the attack in the seventh over. The leggie had Aaron Finch dropped on 27 by Bairstow as Australia prospered.

It was down to Tom Curran to get the breakthrough with his first ball when Stoinis(26) was caught at deep square leg. Glenn Maxwell’s disappointing series ended when he went for six to leave Australia needing 60 off 60 balls.

Rashid grabbed his second wicket in the over when he bowled Finch(39) through the gate. Marsh became one of three drops from England when Malan spilled a chance at slip.

When Steve Smith(3) was caught and bowled by Rashid to give him figures of 3-21, England were right in the contest.

Marsh eases Australia over the line

Mark Wood and Archer were brought back into the attack, with Marsh taking 14 off a Wood over.

With the requirement down to nine, Agar eased the pressure of Australia after driving Tom Curran straight down the ground. Six were required off the final over. Two dot balls followed before Marsh(39*) picked up a single to see Australia home to victory.

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