England v Australia: Hosts produce remarkable fightback to win first T20



First Twenty20, Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 162-7 (20 overs): Malan 66 (43) Buttler 44 (29); K Richardson 2-13, Maxwell 2-14
Australia 160-6 (20 overs): Warner 58 (47), Finch 46 (32)
England win by two runs

England pulled off a remarkable fightback to beat Australia by two runs in a thrilling first Twenty20 international at the Ageas Bowl.

Chasing 163, Australia were cruising to victory – reaching 124-1 after 14 overs following an opening stand of 98 between David Warner and Aaron Finch.

But the wicket of Steve Smith, one of two wickets to fall in Adil Rashid’s final over, sparked a collapse of 4-9 in 14 deliveries.

Ashton Agar was run out from the final ball of the penultimate over leaving the tourists needing 15 from the final six balls.

Marcus Stoinis hit a six from the second ball of Tom Curran’s over but still needed five from the final ball. Curran perfectly executed a yorker to see England take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The second match is on Sunday – live on BBC One from 13:50 BST.

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