England v Australia, T20, Cardiff August 31, 2015

Watson's missed kick, Boyce's fruitless journey

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the T20 in Cardiff

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WATCH: Watson's unlucky dismissal

Dismissal of the day

Poor Shane Watson. After all those times when he has been out after getting his pad in the way of the ball, here he was dismissed because he couldn't get it in the way quickly enough. Playing back to a delivery from Steven Finn, Watson saw the ball trickling towards the stumps, attempted to kick it away but missed. The ball had just enough momentum to trickle back and knock off a bail. Watson surely can't have happy memories of Cardiff: after losing his place after the Ashes Test here earlier this summer - in both innings he was given out leg before despite calling for reviews - he suffered another dismissal that had a packed house crowd amused at his downfall. His mood won't have been improved by the sight of the England coaching team on their balcony in stitches of laughter.

Catch of the day

When the 14th over started, it seemed Australia were on course for victory. Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell had added 112 for the third wicket and Australia required 59 from the final 42 balls. But then Maxwell attempted to pull Moeen Ali's first delivery - a bit of a long-hop, really - for six only to see Ben Stokes, sprinting round towards mid-wicket from long-on, diving full length and clinging on to an outstanding chance.

Near miss of the day

Perhaps, had David Willey been standing on the edge of the circle, Smith might have been caught on 6 off Reece Topley's third delivery in international cricket. Attempting to drive over the top, Smith was a little fortunate to see the ball pass agonisingly out of reach out the leaping Willey - three or four yards inside the circle at mid-on - and continue on its way for four. As it was, Smith went on to score 90 - his highest T20I score by a distance.

Welcome of the day

Marcus Stoinis had only bowled five overs in his entire T20 career when he was called into the attack in the ninth over. Partly due to injury, this - his international debut - was just the 10th T20 game of Stoinis' career. Perhaps thinking that Moeen was susceptible to the short ball, he dug his second delivery in about halfway down the pitch only to see Moeen skip down the wicket and then unleash a ferocious pull that saw the ball travel - flat but hard - deep into the stand a square leg. The over cost 13 and Stoinis was withdrawn from the attack, not to be seen again.

Journey of the day

As he is not included in the Australian ODI squad, Cameron Boyce made the trip from Australia just to play in this game. He could be forgiven for wondering whether it was worth it. Called into the attack for the 14th over, the legspinner conceded 19 from his only over as Moeen thumped his second ball for six, his third for four and his fourth for another six as Boyce was punished for a lack of pace and for dropping a little short. He was not trusted with another over, meaning he is halfway through a 20,000-mile roundtrip for just six deliveries.

Landmark of the day

Eoin Morgan became the leading run-scorer for in England T20Is in some style. Skipping down the pitch to Mitchell Marsh, he drove thunderously hard and saw the ball travel back over the bowler's head, over the sightscreen and out of the ground. It was finally thrown back by a couple walking along the banks of the River Taff. The six took Morgan's run tally past Kevin Pietersen's 1,176 albeit at an average almost eight runs per innings lower and a strike-rate 10 runs slower per 100 balls. The stroke also brought up the 50 stand with Moeen.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dennis on September 2, 2015, 7:42 GMT

    @AC_INDIAN...you indians are very boring and don't know how to enjoy situations. Your team gets pissed off at small incidents and behave like crybabies. It's a hell of a shame that with more than 1.2 billion people you can compete with the rest of the world only in Cricket and you are still very much behind SA and OZ in test cricket. In fact, never won a test series in those countries. It's good that you guys are not fit for a man's game like Rugby, otherwise one would have wondered how much crying your team would have to do after each beating.

  • John on September 2, 2015, 6:30 GMT

    @ac_Indian on September 1, 2015, 16:31 GMT; Get over it. If they had got in Watson's face and laughed at him then that would have been poor. It was funny though, so why should they not laugh? I guarantee you that plenty of Australians did or will laugh at it.

  • Anshuman on September 1, 2015, 16:31 GMT

    The england staff's reaction to Watson's dismissal was distasteful to say the least.

  • Asad on September 1, 2015, 11:15 GMT

    What? Watson? How does this aged giant fit in this format of the game?

  • Graham on September 1, 2015, 0:42 GMT

    It really does make one wonder how the Selectors come to some of their conclusions . As per this unrecognisable rabble that was presumed by them to be the best Australia had to offer . Honestly , they must be embarrassed . I am , and I am 12000 miles away .

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