England tour of Australia, 2nd T20I: Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 14, 2011
Australia won by 4 runs
14 January 2011 - night match (20-over match)

7.30pm Right, the teams are on the field, and we are ready to rumble. I am Andrew Miller, and Sahil Dutta will be your eyes and ears for the second half of the match. Chris Woakes, the hero at Adelaide, has the new ball once again ... David Warner is on strike, with two slips for company ...

7.25pm A few minutes to go until the start, so here's a link to pass the time. Go and follow our video updates from all corners of the game at our YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, this just in from our man at the ground, Gnasher McGlashan, always the first with the news. "A new world record for a chicken dance has just been set at the MCG..." Good grief. But, with Google at his fingertips, Gnasher tells us that all is not as it seems with such dances. The previous record came under fire from an animal rights group! You really could not make it up ...

7.15pm As everyone is well aware, it has been dramatically wet in Australia in recent days, and while Victoria has not suffered to the same extent as Queensland, there has been plenty rain around. The outfield is visibly soft and damp, and it will doubtless be a slow outfield. Cue lots of hitting in the air this evening, though you'd expect nothing less in this format...

It is, of course, the second England-Australia Twenty20 of the day, and in a handy omen for Collingwood's men, the women did their bit for the country earlier in the day, sealing their second consecutive victory, this time by five wickets.

Toss Cameron White has won the toss and chosen for Australia to bat. "The wicket looks pretty good, it might be on the slow side," he says. "Hopefully we can post a good score."

"We generally like to bowl first so we're not too unhappy," says Paul Collingwood, who confirms an unchanged side. Both teams, in fact, are unchanged.

Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Aaron Finch, 4 David Hussey, 5 Cameron White (capt), 6 Steven Smith, 7 Tim Paine (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Steve O'Keefe, 10 Brett Lee, 11 Shaun Tait.

England 1 Ian Bell, 2 Steven Davies (wk), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Ajmal Shahzad.

7pm Good morning/evening, wherever you are, and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the second Twenty20 international between England and Australia at Melbourne. Wednesday's series-opener was an absolute classic of its genre, with England sneaking to a one-wicket win from the final ball of the match, thanks to an ice-cool debut from the 21-year-old Warwickshire allrounder, Chris Woakes. England are now unbeaten in eight matches, a record.


Woakes to Warner, no run, Full and flat, a low full-toss outside off. Clubbed back to the bowler


Woakes to Warner, no run, a touch of width outside off, and a good connection from Warner, but good cover at extra cover.

One of those slips vanished after the first ball!


Woakes to Warner, no run, belted across the line, another fine connection, and an even better tumbling stop at mid-on


Woakes to Warner, 1 run, slower ball, patted into a gap at short cover, and Warner is away


Woakes to Watson, 1 run, well struck, into the gap at cover, and they jog through for another single


Woakes to Warner, no run, a swing and a miss, good line and length from Woakes, and that's a very tidy first over

Lots of good connection from Australia's batsmen, but already the impression is that the pitch and outfield are slow, and the aerial route will be the only route. Shahzad has the new ball

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • DA Warner 1 (5b)
    • SR Watson 1 (1b)
    • CR Woakes 1-0-2-0

Shahzad to Watson, no run, a flowing drive, into the covers, but straight at the field. England have got their options covered so far


Shahzad to Watson, no run, good delivery, just threatened to ghost away at the last minute, and Watson leaves his bat hanging limply as the ball skids by


Shahzad to Watson, 1 run, blocked out to point with a full stride. Another single as Collingwood rushes in


Shahzad to Warner, 2 runs, a steepling chance! Way, way up into the air, and if this was the Telstra Dome, or whatever it's now called, that would have hit the roof. Right underneath the ball with that shot, but Bresnan at mid-on never looked like getting close as the ball swirled over his head


Shahzad to Warner, 2 runs, on the hips, tucked away fine


Shahzad to Warner, FOUR, on the pads, and that's Australia's first boundary. Shahzad speared the ball wide, but Warner was alert to it and made good contact. The outfield can't deny him either

End of over 2 (9 runs) Australia 11/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • DA Warner 9 (8b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2 (4b)
    • A Shahzad 1-0-9-0
    • CR Woakes 1-0-2-0

Woakes to Watson, SIX, effortless, flowing strike. Full and straight, and Watson puts his full body weight through that lofted drive. Straight as you like, over the rope


Woakes to Watson, 1 run, open face, steered down to third man


Woakes to Warner, 2 runs, boshed out to deep midwicket, but the sweeper is in place

I wonder if Matt is a Victorian... "If there's one thing I hate about cricket, its when a guy gets called up and then doesn't play (in this case Pattinson). The selectors must have had a reason to call him up, so why not give him a go? Both Tait and Lee were expensive the other night, Patto should have replaced one of them."


Woakes to Warner, 1 run, punched into the covers off the back foot


Woakes to Watson, 1 run, a sliced slap, down towards third man, but it drops just short of Luke Wright ...


Woakes to Warner, FOUR, opens the stance, and that's a quality punched drive, up and over mid-on, and rocketing to the fence before the sweeper can intercept. A fine over for Australia

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End of over 3 (15 runs) Australia 26/0 (RR: 8.66)

    • DA Warner 16 (11b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 10 (7b 1x6)
    • CR Woakes 2-0-17-0
    • A Shahzad 1-0-9-0

Shahzad to Watson, SIX, what a strike! On the toes, a lofted flick and that travels way over the head of deep midwicket. 89 metres, apparently, and bouncing off the boundary boards


Shahzad to Watson, 1 run, fuller length, and Watson is drawn forward to push into the covers


Shahzad to Warner, no run, driven again, into the covers


Shahzad to Warner, no run, slower ball, well disguised, and Warner's attempted swipe is mistimed out to short cover


Shahzad to Warner, FOUR, bouncer, pretty well directed to be honest, but Warner was equal to it, helping round the corner and one bounce over the rope at fine leg


Shahzad to Warner, no run, right up in the blockhole, and punched to mid-off to finish

"We already have beach balls in the crowd..." reports Gnasher. "Call the fun police..." Killjoy

End of over 4 (11 runs) Australia 37/0 (RR: 9.25)

    • DA Warner 20 (15b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 17 (9b 2x6)
    • A Shahzad 2-0-20-0
    • CR Woakes 2-0-17-0

Woakes to Watson, OUT, crucial breakthrough. Full length again from Woakes, a flick across the line from Watson, but Morgan at deep square leg is in place to take the catch

SR Watson c Morgan b Woakes 17 (18m 10b 0x4 2x6) SR: 170.00

Good nerve from Woakes, who has been trusted to continue his spell despite an expensive second over. Here comes Tim Paine, who can tonk it


Woakes to Warner, 1 wide, down the leg-side


Woakes to Warner, 1 run, squared up a fraction by a shorter ball. Defended out to the leg side


Woakes to Paine, no run, good line and length, defended on off stump by the new batsman


Woakes to Paine, SIX, mowed across the line. Not middled at all, but the bottom of the bat has enough meat to clear the long-on rope


Woakes to Paine, 2 runs, slower ball again, dragged through midwicket


Woakes to Paine, 2 runs, low full-toss, picks the gap at midwicket, and another more-than-decent over in the end for Australia

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End of over 5 (12 runs) Australia 49/1 (RR: 9.80)

    • TD Paine 10 (4b 1x6)
    • DA Warner 21 (16b 3x4)
    • CR Woakes 3-0-29-1
    • A Shahzad 2-0-20-0

Bresnan to Warner, 1 run, short and pulled calmly through midwicket


Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, chopped out to point, and a bit of a scamper to make the non-striker's end


Bresnan to Warner, 1 run, clipped out to midwicket


Bresnan to Paine, FOUR, too short, and launched over point with an aggressive uppercut


Bresnan to Paine, no run, slower ball, a violent swing and a miss. The ball trickles past the leg stump, but Paine had made room so no wide


Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, excellent delivery, right into the blockhole, and punched into the covers

Right, time for spin, here's Swann. His first three deliveries at Adelaide went for 18, his first 22 overs in the MCG Test went for 23 ...

End of over 6 (8 runs) Australia 57/1 (RR: 9.50)

    • TD Paine 16 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 23 (18b 3x4)
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-8-0
    • CR Woakes 3-0-29-1

Swann to Paine, no run, reverse sweep to start, but no connection


Swann to Paine, FOUR, uses the feet well, and lofted handsomely over wide mid-on. The ball hits the rope as it lands


Swann to Paine, 1 run, a touch early on that stroke, and chipped in the air through midwicket. But safe


Swann to Warner, 1 run, round the wicket, and pushed off the back foot through extra cover


Swann to Paine, OUT, a swipe across the line, a massive steepler, Collingwood calls for it at short midwicket, steadies himself, fumbles the initial take, but clutches onto the rebound!

TD Paine c Collingwood b Swann 21 (12m 12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

Good cameo from Paine, but a timely breakthrough from Mr First Over Strike.


Swann to Warner, no run, driven firmly but straight to short cover.

End of over 7 (6 runs) Australia 63/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • DA Warner 24 (20b 3x4)
    • DJ Hussey 0 (0b)
    • GP Swann 1-0-6-1
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-8-0

Bressie Lad to continue. He likes the MCG


Bresnan to Hussey, no run, steered out to point, off the back foot


Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, on the back foot, tapped to cover, and a quick single. Collingwood's shy hits the stumps, but he's home. Smart work though


Bresnan to Warner, 3 runs, heaved square, ungainly but effective, but good work on the rope from Morgan to save a single


Bresnan to Hussey, no run, lifter, very straight, and Hussey tries to loft that over the keeper's head, but can't make contact


Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, chopped down to third man


Bresnan to Warner, 1 run, low full toss, pumped down the ground to mid-off. Good over from Bresnan

End of over 8 (6 runs) Australia 69/2 (RR: 8.62)

    • DA Warner 28 (22b 3x4)
    • DJ Hussey 2 (4b)
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-14-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-6-1

Swann to Warner, 1 run, looped up from round the wicket, defended to point


Swann to Hussey, no run, on the toes, flicked to short fine leg


Swann to Hussey, no run, worked to midwicket


Swann to Hussey, no run, sharp spin this time, as the ball gets tangled in Hussey's pads


Swann to Hussey, 1 run, weaved out to point with busy footwork.


Swann to Warner, 1 run, dabbed in the air, dangerously close to Shahzad at short third man, who fields with a juggle on the bounce

"Shahzad and Woakes really don't have the same control that Broad and Sidebottom gave England during the opening overs during the world cup. Where have all the good length cutters gone?" Fair point from Barney. Following from Kazakhstan.

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 72/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • DA Warner 30 (24b 3x4)
    • DJ Hussey 3 (8b)
    • GP Swann 2-0-9-1
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-14-0

Spin from both ends, here comes Michael Yardy


Yardy to Warner, no run, Warner was looking for a leg-side wide there, but he accidentally got his pad in the way


Yardy to Warner, OUT, tame end for Warner as he plays an unbalanced sliced loft down the ground, which Pietersen intercepts on the boundary's edge. Vital strike again from England, who are battling back now

DA Warner c Pietersen b Yardy 30 (41m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 115.38


Yardy to Hussey, no run, attempted swish back past the bowler, but Yardy pounces in his followthrough


Yardy to Hussey, no run, good flight, and White is beaten off the pitch


Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, stabbed into space at mid-on, off the back foot


Yardy to White, no run, calm work from Yardy. A good length tweaker that White can only defend with a vertical bat

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End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 73/3 (RR: 7.30)

    • CL White 0 (1b)
    • DJ Hussey 4 (11b)
    • MH Yardy 1-0-1-1
    • GP Swann 2-0-9-1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, a bit of width, but Swann is bowling to his field as a cut shot is slapped towards deep third man


Swann to White, OUT, cracking delivery, genuine spin as White, the Victorian, is nailed on the back foot. Paul Reiffel, the umpire - another Victorian - sticks up the finger!

CL White lbw b Swann 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

As another Victorian, Aaron Finch, comes out to the middle. A poor decision, as it turns out. That was sliding over the top of leg and middle


Swann to Finch, 2 runs, outside edge, poked through the gully region. That'll do


Swann to Finch, no run, turned off the toes to square leg


Swann to Finch, no run, another flick, but straight to midwicket. England are keeping things tight now


Swann to Finch, no run, more sharp spin from an off-stump line. This is Test-match bowling from Swann

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 76/4 (RR: 6.90)

    • AJ Finch 2 (4b)
    • DJ Hussey 5 (12b)
    • GP Swann 3-0-12-2
    • MH Yardy 1-0-1-1

Yardy to Hussey, no run, in the blockhole, driven back to the bowler


Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, tapped with a closed face, down to long-on


Yardy to Finch, 1 run, smacked down to deep cover


Yardy to Hussey, 2 runs, on the toes, flicked out to deep midwicket


Yardy to Hussey, OUT, short this time, but it's a rare bad ball that is too eagerly accepted by Hussey. A greedy slap to deep midwicket, where Woakes makes no mistake!

DJ Hussey c Woakes b Yardy 8 (18m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

The spinners are really strangling Australia now. Big trouble for their projected score


Yardy to Smith, no run, good turn on a middle-stump line. Australia haven't scored a boundary for nearly six overs

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 80/5 (RR: 6.66)

    • SPD Smith 0 (1b)
    • AJ Finch 3 (5b)
    • MH Yardy 2-0-5-2
    • GP Swann 3-0-12-2

Swann to Finch, 2 runs, waist-high full toss as Swann lets one slip with an aghast scream. But it's not costly


Swann to Finch, FOUR, and there's the elusive boundary, a well-judged sweep through backward square


Swann to Finch, 1 run, heaved into the leg-side


Swann to Smith, no run, down on the sweep, but can't make proper contact


Swann to Smith, no run, two strides down the wicket, and defended back to the bowler


Swann to Smith, no run, another sharp offspinner to complete a fine spell from Swann. Smith tries to sweep but gets in a tangle

End of over 13 (7 runs) Australia 87/5 (RR: 6.69)

    • SPD Smith 0 (4b)
    • AJ Finch 10 (8b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 4-0-19-2
    • MH Yardy 2-0-5-2

Yardy to Finch, 1 run, wide and walloped, out to deep point


Yardy to Smith, 2 runs, worked into space at deep midwicket, good running brings two as the shy comes in


Yardy to Smith, 1 run, worked off the pads to square leg. No second run there


Yardy to Finch, 1 run, outside off, pushed out to deep cover


Yardy to Smith, 2 runs, excellent running makes two from nothing as a push to mid-on finds the smallest of gaps, beyond Yardy's reach, and short of the in-rushing KP


Yardy to Smith, 1 run, Smith keeps the strike as Australia prepare for their final onslaught.

Interesting move, KP comes in to keep the pace off the ball

End of over 14 (8 runs) Australia 95/5 (RR: 6.78)

    • SPD Smith 6 (8b)
    • AJ Finch 12 (10b 1x4)
    • MH Yardy 3-0-13-2
    • GP Swann 4-0-19-2

Pietersen to Smith, 1 run, short, ballooning first delivery, but the ball takes an age to reach Smith's swipe. Which, of course, is the entire point


Pietersen to Finch, no run, driven down to the covers


Pietersen to Finch, no run, proper spin from Pietersen as Finch advances


Pietersen to Finch, FOUR, off-line from Pietersen and that is firmly swept behind square


Pietersen to Finch, 1 run, slow and wide, jabbed to third man


Pietersen to Smith, 1 run, good finish to the over, on a good length and turning slowly. Defended to point

End of over 15 (7 runs) Australia 102/5 (RR: 6.80)

    • SPD Smith 8 (10b)
    • AJ Finch 17 (14b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-7-0
    • MH Yardy 3-0-13-2

Yardy to Smith, 1 run, clipped to midwicket


Yardy to Finch, 2 runs, on the toes, flicked very fine and they come back for the second


Yardy to Finch, 1 run, leg stump line again, backward square tidies up


Yardy to Smith, 1 run, open-faced drive, out to extra cover


Yardy to Finch, 1 run, very full length, dug out of the blockhole, fielded at mid-on


Yardy to Smith, no run, heroic mow to a wide delivery, but that one eludes the bat. Yardy finishes with the second 4-0-19-2 analysis of the evening. Top drawer

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End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 108/5 (RR: 6.75)

    • SPD Smith 10 (13b)
    • AJ Finch 21 (17b 2x4)
    • MH Yardy 4-0-19-2
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-7-0

Pietersen to Finch, SIX, belted! in the slot, and clean over mid-off!


Pietersen to Finch, no run, cracking delivery! A lifter on off stump, and beats the bat


Pietersen to Finch, no run, very wide, left alone, but it's just inside the tramlines


Pietersen to Finch, no run, a mow, but no contact


Pietersen to Finch, FOUR, cracked hard, up and over the covers. Excellent shot


Pietersen to Finch, no run, dot ball to finish. Not a bad recovery from KP in that over

Steve Bissett must have taken a lot of stick this summer: "That is the worst 5 overs of Twenty20 batting I have ever seen. How have these guys lost their confidence when they didn't even play in the Ashes? My mate from the UK, Mr Carthew would be laughing his backside off."

End of over 17 (10 runs) Australia 118/5 (RR: 6.94)

    • AJ Finch 31 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • SPD Smith 10 (13b)
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-17-0
    • MH Yardy 4-0-19-2

Here comes Bresnan again


Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, slower ball, there might be a few of those. Full and straight and worked to mid-on


Bresnan to Finch, 1 run, attempted yorker, tailing in from outside off, good delivery and even better fielding as Shahzad saves a certain four with a full-length dive at short third man


Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, a leg-side waft, and Bell at short midwicket pounces to save the boundary. Sharp fielding as ever


Bresnan to Finch, 1 leg bye, slower-ball bouncer, and Finch top-edges that straight into his face! Lucky he's got a lid on ... good ball

There was definitely bat on that, despite the umpire's signal


Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, another slower ball, guided straight to point


Bresnan to Finch, 1 leg bye, and another slower ball, another mow across the line, and a scrambled single as the shy comes in

End of over 18 (6 runs) Australia 124/5 (RR: 6.88)

    • AJ Finch 32 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • SPD Smith 13 (16b)
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-18-0
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-17-0

Shahzad is back in the attack again. Pace from both ends. Not sure what his slower-ball repertoire is like. We shall see, I dare say


Shahzad to Finch, FOUR, cracking strike. Anticipating pace, and turned his stance inside-out to lift the ball Dilshan-style over fine leg!


Shahzad to Finch, 3 runs, bouncer, Finch charges down the track, top-edges a pull, which plugs at deep square leg! it's all happening, but these runs are vital


Shahzad to Smith, no run, slow, slow, slow, bouncer, tennis-ball smash, straight back to the bowler. That was a genuine leg-break!

So that is what his slower ball looks like ...


Shahzad to Smith, OUT, another slower ball, a cutter this time, another smash, and short cover crouches to intercept.

SPD Smith c Collingwood b Shahzad 13 (22m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

Intelligent cricket from Shahzad, not afraid to mix it up after recognising that speed was a no-no


Shahzad to O'Keefe, 1 run, another slower ball, Collingwood tried to swoop at short cover, but the run was always on


Shahzad to Finch, SIX, another legbreak, too short, and that is belted across the line. Bresnan, the man in the deep, flails hopefully, but can't intercept! Valuable blow

End of over 19 (14 runs) Australia 138/6 (RR: 7.26)

    • AJ Finch 45 (29b 4x4 2x6)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1 (1b)
    • A Shahzad 3-0-34-1
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-18-0

Bresnan to O'Keefe, OUT, what on earth happened there? Ah, O'Keefe was bowled, that's what. An attempted Dilscoop, but he just ends up looking like a Dil, as his leg bail is removed by a length ball

SNJ O'Keefe b Bresnan 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

A bonus wicket for Bresnan, and it also means that Finch is stranded at the wrong end for an extra delivery. Johnson can bat though


Bresnan to Johnson, 1 run, in the blockhole, flicked uppishly to deep square leg


Bresnan to Finch, 2 runs, waist-high full toss, clubbed out to midwicket, and they dash back for two. Bell's shy comes in on the bounce, which loses valuable seconds


Bresnan to Finch, 2 runs, another bosh across the line, picks the gap well, as two men converge to save the boundary


Bresnan to Finch, 2 runs, slower ball again, and that is a precious maiden fifty for the 24-year-old Victorian, Aaron Finch. Bill Lawry would be doing handstands, no doubt


Bresnan to Finch, 2 runs, smacked out to deep long on. Well played Finch, he's kept Australia afloat. England will need 148 to win. Exactly what they chased at Bridgetown in May, as it happens.

So, an excellent recovery from England's bowlers, with the spinners and slower balls to the fore. A pair of excellent analyses for Yardy and Swann, 2 for 19 each, and a fine fifty from Finch. Back in a bit, when Sahil Dutta will take over the comms. Don't stray too far! Until then gloating England fans should check out the new 2010-11 Ashes DVD, available on the cheap from our very own Cricshop.

End of over 20 (9 runs) Australia 147/7

    • AJ Finch 53 (33b 4x4 2x6)
    • MG Johnson 1 (1b)
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-27-1
    • A Shahzad 3-0-34-1





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