England tour of Australia, 1st T20I: Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 12, 2011
England won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)
Played at Adelaide Oval
12 January 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Woo ... pwitty fireworks! How lovely. Even prettier sunset, while we're on the aesthetics. But much more importantly, we're about to get the chase underway. Ian Bell will open, as England field their (x-2y/z)th opening combination in Twenty20 history. But they are world champs, so I guess they can do as they please ...

Two slips for the lightning Shaun Tait, here we go!

Hello everyone, that was a pretty tidy effort from England's bowlers, all things considered. It could have got messy after those three sixes off Swann, but they kept the score in check. A win here, and England will ensure they remain unbeaten in all forms of the game for 16 series and counting. Which is quite some achievement ...

This is ten more runs than England required in the World Twenty20 final in Barbados back in May ...


Tait to Bell, no run, dropped! What drama! Short, and Bell was back into the crease, hurried on the pull, and O'Keeffe at square leg dropped a sitter!


Tait to Bell, no run, back into the crease and punched tidily into the off side


Tait to Bell, FOUR, short, wide, and flogged, high and not-very-handsome over deep cover. Effective


Tait to Bell, FOUR, too short, and this time Bell has the measure of Tait's slippery pace, a powerful pull with a roll of the wrists. That fizzes through midwicket


Tait to Bell, FOUR, fetch that! Too straight, Bell goes up onto his toes, threads the gap at cover, and doesn't bother to run


Tait to Bell, no run, a mistimed punch, back to the bowler. Well, it is officially all happening

End of over 1 (12 runs) England 12/0 (146 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 12.00, RRR: 7.68)

    • IR Bell 12 (6b 3x4)
    • SM Davies 0 (0b)
    • SW Tait 1-0-12-0

From one ex-Test exocet to another. Here's Brett Lee.


Lee to Davies, FOUR, that is a gorgeous strike. Davies has been in mothballs for two months, but he's clearly been middling them in the nets. A touch of width, and caressed through the covers


Lee to Davies, OUT, ah ... maybe he is a bit rusty after all. A similar delivery, but this one is lifted into the hands of short cover. Lee starts his lawnmower, and Australia have their breakthrough!

SM Davies c White b Lee 4 (4m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Belly gives KP a big pep-talk as he arrives at the middle. The last time he was here, he scored a double-century ... he'll struggle to match that today


Lee to Pietersen, no run, outside off, open face, worked into the gully


Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, airily driven, through the gap at cover, but at a catchable height. KP is up and running


Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, inside-out swipe, trickles into the gap at midwicket


Lee to Pietersen, no run, short, might have been a slower ball. Helped round the corner to short fine leg

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 22/1 (136 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 7.55)

    • KP Pietersen 6 (4b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 12 (6b 3x4)
    • B Lee 1-0-10-1
    • SW Tait 1-0-12-0

Tait to Bell, no run, Dropped! Bell survives again, a sliced drive to Warner in the gully, who makes good ground low to his left, but can't cling on...


Tait to Bell, no run, that was an emphatic follow-up from Bell, out of his crease to blaze through the covers. But he hit the field


Tait to Bell, 3 runs, lovely use of the feet, as Bell flicks an on-drive down the ground. Just rescued inside the rope by a flick of the hand


Tait to Pietersen, 1 run, right up to the toes, flicked up and over midwicket, one bounce to the man on the fence


Tait to Bell, 1 wide, down the leg-side. Arguably the least eventful delivery of the innings so far. It's been breathless!


Tait to Bell, SIX, what a shot! Nice catch in the crowd too... short and wide, and violently uppercut, clean over the third man rope!


Tait to Bell, no run, dabbed out to point

End of over 3 (11 runs) England 33/1 (125 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 7.35)

    • IR Bell 21 (11b 3x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 7 (5b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 2-0-23-0
    • B Lee 1-0-10-1

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, KP wants some of the action now. Out of the crease, and drilled over long-on


Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, a footless mow to a good-length delivery. Inside-edged into the crease, and off they run for a quick single


Lee to Bell, 2 leg byes, deflected through the gap in the cordon, good delivery in the circumstances, squared up a touch


Lee to Bell, FOUR, pulled hard through midwicket and that's a bad misfield on the boundary's edge. O'Keeffe again. Two touches, two errors

Steven Finn is on the boundary's edge, shaking a bucket for the Queensland Flood Relief. Good on him


Lee to Bell, no run, driven hard into the covers


Lee to Bell, 1 run, under-edged into the crease, and deflected to fine leg. Paine rushes round to field

End of over 4 (12 runs) England 45/1 (113 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 11.25, RRR: 7.06)

    • IR Bell 26 (15b 4x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 12 (7b 2x4)
    • B Lee 2-0-20-1
    • SW Tait 2-0-23-0

He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right. It's Mitch


Johnson to Bell, 1 run, outside off, carved down to third man


Johnson to Pietersen, 3 runs, how did that get there? A massive swipe from Pietersen, ends up at fine leg


Johnson to Bell, OUT, down the track, another lofted flog, and this time Smith in the covers does the business. The end of a lively innings from Bell. He's got England up and running

IR Bell c Smith b Johnson 27 (20m 17b 4x4 1x6) SR: 158.82

Here comes the skipper, 83 anxious runs in the Ashes, can he find more freedom in this format?


Johnson to Collingwood, no run, a bit of width, Collingwood pokes out to point


Johnson to Collingwood, FOUR, easy for Collingwood, short and too straight, and helped around the corner with a roll of the wrists


Johnson to Collingwood, no run, fuller length, defended back to the bowler

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 53/2 (105 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.60, RRR: 7.00)

    • PD Collingwood 4 (3b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 15 (8b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-8-1
    • B Lee 2-0-20-1

England are a third of the way there in a quarter of the overs. That's not too bad. Here's Steve O'Keefe - he's not a double 'F' apparently. My bad ...


O'Keefe to Pietersen, FOUR, clobbered, down the track and really lifted up and over long-off


O'Keefe to Pietersen, SIX, zoinks, that's hit! Down on one knee, and belted into the stands at square leg


O'Keefe to Pietersen, OUT, three-card trick! Pietersen thought he was in the zone, played one stroke too many, and David Hussey at mid-off timed his leap to perfection to intercept

KP Pietersen c Hussey b O'Keefe 25 (20m 11b 3x4 1x6) SR: 227.27

That's a crucial breakthrough... but here's a man who knows how to pace a one-day innings. It's Eoin Morgan


O'Keefe to Morgan, no run, outside off, left alone judiciously


O'Keefe to Morgan, 1 run, down the track, clipped to long-on


O'Keefe to Collingwood, no run, flicked to midwicket, an excellent recovery in that over

End of over 6 (11 runs) England 64/3 (94 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.66, RRR: 6.71)

    • PD Collingwood 4 (4b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (2b)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-11-1
    • MG Johnson 1-0-8-1

Johnson to Morgan, no run, cautious defence to a good-length delivery on off stump. Point fields


Johnson to Morgan, 1 wide, down the leg side


Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, stabbed out to midwicket, and they run a quick single


Johnson to Collingwood, 2 runs, flicked in the air, through the gap at midwicket


Johnson to Collingwood, no run, punched back down the track, a tidy over so far


Johnson to Collingwood, no run, punched into the covers


Johnson to Collingwood, no run, outside off, left alone, suddenly it's all gone very calm out there

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 68/3 (90 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.71, RRR: 6.92)

    • PD Collingwood 6 (8b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (4b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-12-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-11-1

O'Keefe to Morgan, no run, tossed onto a good length, flicked back to the bowler


O'Keefe to Morgan, 1 leg bye, an attempted paddywhack, but that flicks the pad and deflects to short third man


O'Keefe to Collingwood, no run, big stride forward and blocked


O'Keefe to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed into the gap at long-on, another single


O'Keefe to Morgan, no run, clipped firmly to midwicket


O'Keefe to Morgan, FOUR, that's the way to do it, a touch of room to swing the bat, and lofted into space at wide mid-off. A timely boundary

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 74/3 (84 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.25, RRR: 7.00)

    • EJG Morgan 6 (8b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 7 (10b 1x4)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-16-1
    • MG Johnson 2-0-12-1

England sense they are ahead of the rate, but have lost one more wicket than would be ideal. A bit of consolidation going on. And an interruption there for a low-flying seagull on a length


Johnson to Collingwood, no run, defended back to the bowler


Johnson to Collingwood, no run, dabbed down into the crease


Johnson to Collingwood, FOUR, nice shot from Colly, too full from Johnson, and he put the full face of the blade behind a bottom-handed clump over long-on


Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, poked out to point


Johnson to Morgan, no run, outside off


Johnson to Morgan, no run, short and wide, and might have been called had Morgan not made contact with a wafty cut

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 79/3 (79 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.77, RRR: 7.18)

    • EJG Morgan 6 (10b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 12 (14b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-17-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-16-1

79 on the board, 79 needed. Here's Watto


Watson to Collingwood, no run, huge appeal, but that was ambitious. Collingwood was way down, and struck outside off. A run-out attempt might have been closer though!


Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, pumped to long-on


Watson to Morgan, 1 run, very straight, and Morgan jabs an uneasy cut through backward point


Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, a touch of width, driven calmly to deep cover. Singles will suffice for the moment, it seems


Watson to Morgan, 2 runs, another drive, beats the infield and collected in the deep. Sharp running brings two


Watson to Morgan, 1 run, watchful defence on off stump

Halfway through the overs, and England are on course. Another couple of wickets will make life tricky though. And with that in mind, here's Lee

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 85/3 (73 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 7.30)

    • EJG Morgan 10 (13b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 14 (17b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-6-0
    • MG Johnson 3-0-17-1

Lee to Morgan, no run, cramped cut straight to point


Lee to Morgan, no run, full and straight, and jabbed to point


Lee to Morgan, no run, slow bouncer, Morgan can't make contact


Lee to Morgan, SIX, That. Is. Huge. Short, and Morgan swings into a vicious pull, clears the square leg boundary and bounces off the hospitality railings!


Lee to Morgan, FOUR, fuller this time, and Morgan is waiting. A lofted drive, one bounce over long-off!


Lee to Morgan, no run, low full toss, biffed back down the track, and hits the non-striker's stumps right at the base! Collingwood was lucky there were no Lee fingertips on that

End of over 11 (10 runs) England 95/3 (63 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.63, RRR: 7.00)

    • EJG Morgan 20 (19b 2x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 14 (17b 2x4)
    • B Lee 3-0-30-1
    • SR Watson 1-0-6-0

David Hussey comes on for a twirl


Hussey to Collingwood, 1 run, tweaking from off to leg, helped round the corner


Hussey to Morgan, 1 run, round the wicket, big angles involved there. Morgan steps back and guides a punch into the gap at cover


Hussey to Collingwood, 1 run, on the pads from over the wicket to the right-hander. Clipped square


Hussey to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan tries to work with the angle, but nearly gets a leading edge. Canny bowling


Hussey to Collingwood, OUT, reverse-sweep, and that's due reward for a fine over. A big top-edge from Collingwood, and Paine walks round to gather

PD Collingwood c †Paine b Hussey 16 (29m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Another less-than-fluent innings from Collingwood, but Wright's extra humpty could be useful in this situation


Hussey to Wright, no run, aggressive intent. A firm drive, straight to cover

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 99/4 (59 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.25, RRR: 7.37)

    • LJ Wright 0 (1b)
    • EJG Morgan 22 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-4-1
    • B Lee 3-0-30-1

Here's Tait


Tait to Morgan, no run, good ball, pitches on middle-and-leg and Morgan is beaten outside off


Tait to Morgan, FOUR, you can't bowl there, short and pulled behind square


Tait to Morgan, 1 run, clipped to mid-on


Tait to Wright, OUT, that was exceptionally plumb! For a moment it looked as though Wright had got a tickle of bat on a leg-glance, but nope, it was pad all the way

LJ Wright lbw b Tait 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00



Tait to Bresnan, FOUR, an ambitious dive on the long-on boundary from Johnson, a long delay but the third umpire decrees he was touching the rope


Tait to Bresnan, 1 run, drilled into the covers, Bresnan keeps the strike

End of over 13 (10 runs) England 109/5 (49 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.38, RRR: 7.00)

    • TT Bresnan 5 (2b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 27 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 3-0-33-1
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-4-1

Hussey to Bresnan, no run, well flighted, driven to short cover, and intercepted


Hussey to Bresnan, 1 run, driven out to deep extra cover


Hussey to Morgan, FOUR, another brilliant shot made to look effortless from Morgan, an inside-out drive over wide mid-off


Hussey to Morgan, FOUR, too short, and pulled hard and flat through midwicket


Hussey to Morgan, 1 run, a jabbed single, and all of a sudden the rate is all but a run a ball


Hussey to Bresnan, no run, crashed into the covers, but well fielded

End of over 14 (10 runs) England 119/5 (39 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 6.50)

    • TT Bresnan 6 (5b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 36 (27b 5x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-14-1
    • SW Tait 3-0-33-1

Mitch is back for his final over. He's been tidy so far


Johnson to Morgan, no run, on the toes, can't get the flick away


Johnson to Morgan, 2 runs, outside off, steered down to third man


Johnson to Morgan, 2 runs, too straight, swinging to leg, and flicked hard towards the square leg boundary, where two men tidy up between them


Johnson to Morgan, 2 runs, on the pads again, very full


Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, too much width, too much even for Morgan to time his cut. Deep cover collects


Johnson to Bresnan, 3 runs, lovely strike from Bresnan, on the toes and clipped firmly towards the midwicket boundary. A leaky over from Johnson and England are right on top now

End of over 15 (10 runs) England 129/5 (29 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.60, RRR: 5.80)

    • TT Bresnan 9 (6b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 43 (32b 5x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-27-1
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-14-1

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, driven firmly to mid-off, and another instant single

Has Nick Frost spotted something the rest of us haven't? "Is anyone checking Tait for no-balls here? The one Morgan hit for four was way over, but missed - looks like the Luke Wright wicket was very close too."


Watson to Morgan, OUT, well, well, that's a timely breakthrough! The rate is already a run a ball, but England's finisher falls to a tame drive to short cover ...

EJG Morgan c Hussey b Watson 43 (40m 33b 5x4 1x6) SR: 130.30


Watson to Yardy, OUT, blimey! Two in two! A surprise bouncer to Yardy, he tried not to play it but his bat grazed the ball periscope style as he swayed out of line!

MH Yardy c †Paine b Watson 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Watto's on a hat-trick. "Wouldn't kill Watson to shave for the occasion.." grumbles Tom


Watson to Woakes, no run, good delivery, angled in from outside off. Defended from deep in the crease


Watson to Woakes, 1 run, driven out to point, and that is Woakes' first international run


Watson to Bresnan, no run, sturdy defence on off stump, and suddenly Adelaide is abuzz.

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 131/7 (27 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.18, RRR: 6.75)

    • TT Bresnan 10 (8b 1x4)
    • CR Woakes 1 (2b)
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-2
    • MG Johnson 4-0-27-1

Tait to Woakes, no run, good delivery, angled in from wide on the crease. Woakes can only defend


Tait to Woakes, SIX, well, that will help! Banged in short, and Woakes is onto it in a flash, pulled high and handsome into the midwicket stands!


Tait to Woakes, 1 run, back on a full length, deflected down to third man


Tait to Bresnan, 1 leg bye, attempted swish, ends up dead in the crease, but Woakes makes a sharp call. Another single stolen


Tait to Woakes, no run, poked out to point, Smith steadied himself for a shy at the non-striker's end, but missed. That was gone for all money!


Tait to Woakes, no run, outside off, an air-shot, and the rate is back over a run a ball. Just ...

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 139/7 (19 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.17, RRR: 6.33)

    • CR Woakes 8 (7b 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 10 (9b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 4-0-40-1
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-2

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, smacked to mid-on, another single to the cause


Watson to Woakes, 1 run, slower ball, dabbed to third man


Watson to Bresnan, OUT, outside off, swished over the covers, but there's not enough bat on that, and Bresnan falls! Now this will test the mettle of England's tail

TT Bresnan c Lee b Watson 11 (21m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Watson to Woakes, 1 run, poked down to third man


Watson to Swann, 1 run, jabbed to third man, another sprightly single. Though another direct hit would have been out ...


Watson to Woakes, no run, slower ball, hops over the top of a loose cut. A fine over, and Australia are right back in the mix ... and more!

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 143/8 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 7.50)

    • CR Woakes 10 (10b 1x6)
    • GP Swann 1 (1b)
    • SR Watson 3-0-12-3
    • SW Tait 4-0-40-1

Lee to finish his spell ...


Lee to Swann, 1 run, thigh-high full-toss, but Swann is surprised by that and can't get it away


Lee to Woakes, 1 run, driven hard into the covers, but that's just a single as the cover fielder tidies up


Lee to Swann, 1 run, another drive, elegant stroke, but the field is well set for Swann's off-side repertoire. Another single


Lee to Woakes, FOUR, that's vital. A loose delivery, another full toss, and this time Woakes was onto it, cut hard through point


Lee to Woakes, 1 run, cut hard, straight down into the crease. So nearly chopped on, but it's another single as Lee attempts a two-footed tackle on the in-rushing Swann!


Lee to Swann, 3 runs, clever work from Swann. All the field on the off-side, so he paddles an off-side delivery out towards deep square leg. It's England's to lose now ...

End of over 19 (11 runs) England 154/8 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.10, RRR: 4.00)

    • GP Swann 6 (4b)
    • CR Woakes 16 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 4-0-41-1
    • SR Watson 3-0-12-3

Watson to Swann, OUT, that's the way to lose it! Swann went for glory, with a hoist through the leg-side, but he's bowled middle stump!

GP Swann b Watson 6 (9m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Shahzad needs to get off the strike, first and foremost, and let the debutant Woakes sort things out


Watson to Shahzad, no run, excellent delivery, a cutter, and Shahzad looks for the single but it's not there


Watson to Shahzad, no run, full and straight, driven back to the bowler

He's been on the bench all through the Ashes, now ... is this his moment?


Watson to Shahzad, 1 leg bye, he's off the strike, first job done. A cutter again, deflects off the thigh pad out to gully

The tension is palpable, as White juggles his field


Watson to Woakes, 2 runs, cracking stroke! Firmly carved out to deep point, they rush back for two, and the scores are tied

England's bench thought they'd won there!

Paine is up to the stumps, everyone is on the one


Watson to Woakes, 1 run, up to the pads, swished up and over midwicket, that's the winning run, and welcome to international cricket, Chris Woakes. He looks the part, on that showing

Anyhow, that's your lot for tonight. From Andrew Miller and Sahil Dutta, and Gnasher in Adelaide, it's goodnight, and see you on Friday. In the meantime, why not go and follow South Africa and India in Durban.

Woakes is sounding very calm and collected after his matchwinning effort - "never in doubt" he says. Collingwood says it was Andy Flower's call to push him up the order after "looking good in the nets". Which goes to show, that phrase isn't always an empty platitude.

Of Watson's assault on Swann, "that was pure hitting" says Collingwood. But the team did well to haul it back in.

Cameron White, on his first day of captaincy, says: "We weren't far away, but one or two things weren't 100%". Watson, meanwhile, is getting used to looking crestfallen after England games. "It was nice to contribute the way I did, but it doesn't matter how you perform if you don't get the team over the line."

As an Ipswich boy, Watson admits the Queensland floods have been at the front of his mind all week. The Adelaide crowd raised A$24,899 tonight, which will help.

The jubilation in England's dug-out was unbridled. They really really do care about winning everything at the moment. All that talk about the Ashes not being the be-all-and-end-all, it's actually possible to believe it.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Adelaide's Bradman Stand press box, Gnasher is having kittens as he writes, rewrites and rewrites again a match report that was looking so routine for 15 overs. It will appear here

Wow. That was epic. That is England's eighth successive Twenty20 victory, which is a new record for the format, and they are also unbeaten in all formats for 16 series and counting, regardless of what happens in the second match on Friday.

Spare a thought for poor Watto - 59 from 31 balls and 4 for 15, and he still couldn't finish on the right side. It's not been his season, clearly.

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 158/9

    • CR Woakes 19 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • A Shahzad 0 (3b)
    • SR Watson 4-0-15-4
    • B Lee 4-0-41-1





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