Player of the Match
Player of the Match
259dThe Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Finch sets up four-run win for Australia

One swallow doesn't make a summer, but one Finch made Australia's day at the MCG, where the hosts ended England's eight-match winning streak in Twenty20 games

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Finch
AJ Finch
53(33) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 6 16 3 7 6 3 11
IR Bell
IR Bell
39(30) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 8 7 7 5 2 10

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
MG Johnson
O4
M0
R29
W3
Eco7.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Watson
SR Watson
O4
M0
R17
W2
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
20 | 13 Runs | ENG: 143/6 (5 runs required, RR: 7.15)

  • Tim Bresnan15 (12b)
  • Chris Woakes11 (6b)
  • Brett Lee4-0-29-0
  • Shaun Tait4-0-39-1

Australia win by 4 runs and draw series 1-1 Plenty of smiles from the Aussies, this win has been a long time coming but they've been the better of the sides today. Aaron Finch is named man of the match - it was his testosterone-felled half-century that revived the Australian innings. Not quite the finish of Adelaide but still a closely-contested game that showed Australia still have plenty to offer in the shorter formats.

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Collingwood reckons England were in a good position after the first six overs but got stuck with too many dot balls. "Not quite good enough," is his verdict. Sounds about right. Brydon has summarised all in his bulletin, so be sure to feast on that.

That's all from us but you white-ball fiends needn't fear, we have seven, yes seven, one-day internationals ahead of us starting Sunday. Join us then.

19.6
1
Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, Australia have broke their duck! That's the game! England's run of eight straight Twenty20 wins comes to an end as Bresnan's hoik only trickles away for one.

Six to win it!

19.5
1
Lee to Woakes, 1 run, back of a length and Woakes can't time his pull shot. They needed two but couldn't come back for a second
19.4
6
Lee to Woakes, SIX runs, how about that! Can Woakes be a hero again!? Madness. England have barely timed a ball all innings but Woakes got deep into his crease and smashed this miles over long-on into the stands
19.3
1
Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, just a single this time. The crowd roar, Australia nearly home now! Lee is full and fast and finds an inside edge
19.2
2
Lee to Bresnan, 2 runs, slower ball, touch shorter too, and Bresnan can't find the boundary. Shoving it to leg
19.1
2
Lee to Bresnan, 2 runs, good start from Lee, low full toss that Bresnan slugs to long-off. Two more but boundaries needed

So, 18 to win it. Lee to bowl it. Australia so close to breaking their run of five defeats.

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st60IR BellSM Davies
2nd2KP PietersenSM Davies
3rd12PD CollingwoodSM Davies
4th14SM DaviesEJG Morgan
5th23LJ WrightEJG Morgan
6th2TT BresnanEJG Morgan
7th30TT BresnanCR Woakes