Result
3rd T20I (N), Southampton, Sep 8 2020, Australia tour of England
145/6
(19.3/20 ov, target 146)
146/5
Australia won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
AUS Innings
Full commentary

9.45pm: From rapt to wrapped, that's the T20Is done with in England's summer of Covid. Three more ODIs to come, of course, starting on Friday. But for now, from myself, Al and our scorer Chandan, it's cheerio. Thanks as always for your comments. Bye!

9.35pm: Time for the presentations, starting with Man of the Match Mitchell Marsh: "Rapt, six months is a long time without playing cricket, nice to get opportunity and contribute today. Practice set us up well, outplayed in the first two but nice to finish off the series. [Comeback?] Like it to be a bit easier, but it was crunch time, got a bit of luck, just tried to capitalise. Grown up on the WACA, I do like pace on. We've got a great squad, we're all working well together, just focused on coming in and doing my job for the team."

Australia captain Aaron Finch: "We know where we messed up in first game, we know where we could improve. We played good cricket but couldn't finish it off, but tonight Mitch and Ashton got us over the line. Always areas to improve, middle overs against spin, knocking it around with the field back. Thought we played some good cricket throughout, nice when you keep it close when not at your best but disappointed to lose series. Looking for combinations and structuring the team, just about guys taking opportunities and doing well. Been a great learning curve after a long lay-off. [ODIs?] Great rivalry, looking forward to getting back into it, area s we can improve and look to change around, Luxury of being 2-3 years out from WC, time to plan it out, get to where you want to be. T20 we're a bit more settled."

England captain Moeen Ali: "Very proud moment when Morgy told me, it was an amazing experience. Sadly we didn't win but showed good fight. Thought it was a slow start, wicket wasn't easy and we played a lot of dot balls in the middle, which is a bit unlike us. Would have been nice to have 15 more runs. Poor in the field, take those chances and we would have won. Generally we weren't great in the field and didn't back up the bowlers. [Buttler Man of Series] World class player, great leader in the side. He's changed our way of playing, brings so much to the team, his experience in the changing room is amazing."

9.25pm: Mitchell Marsh finishes the job, which is not necessarily a phrase you expected to hear coming into the series. Australia did well to recover from that spell when Adil Rashid claimed three wickets in 11 balls, at 100 for 5 you could easily see them throwing away another winning position. It was a borderline farcical finish, but Australia got it done eventually, aided and abetted by England in the field - Marsh, remember, could have been caught twice in his first seven balls. It's always going to be tough defending 145 in T20, but even more so if you aren't completely on it

Here's Matt Roller with the view from the ground: Quite fitting for that to end with a throw that went wide - blaming fielding for a loss is the oldest trick in the book to mask poor performances elsewhere but England were really shoddy tonight

19.3
1
Jordan to Marsh, 1 run
full on the stumps, 88mph and Marsh digs it out to mid-off, tip and run and the throw is wayward with Marsh short! But that will do, Australia win by five wickets - and they'll take the No. 1 ranking home with them

"Super over, anyone?" gurgles Joynul

19.2
Jordan to Marsh, no run
flung full outside off, 88mph/141kph and Marsh mistimes this into the ground to cover... another dot!
19.1
Jordan to Marsh, no run
pitched up on the stumps and dinked to midwicket

Okaaay, so no Archer to finish. Jordan continues, one run needed

end of over 198 runs
AUS: 145/5CRR: 7.63 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 1 run from 6b
Mitchell Marsh38 (33)
Ashton Agar16 (13)
Tom Curran4-0-23-1
Chris Jordan2-0-18-0
18.6
1
Curran to Marsh, 1 run
fullish in the channel and Marsh steers one more carefully to mid-off, who's on his heels... scores are level but it will go down to the final over

"England should have stuck with spin." Another over from Moeen could have been interesting, Rich

18.5
Curran to Marsh, no run
pitched full, cutter on middle and leg and Marsh sends it straight to midwicket
18.4
1
Curran to Agar, 1 run
slower-ball bouncer, Agar waits for it and paddles around the corner to fine leg
18.3
4
Curran to Agar, FOUR runs
full outside off, 84mph and drilled down the ground for four! Beats the dive of Archer at mid-off... and that might mean he doesn't have to bowl again, Australia almost home and hosed now
18.2
1
Curran to Marsh, 1 run
full length, pace off in the channel, steered calmly through the covers by Marsh

"ESPN Predictor is at 96%. You mean there's still a 4% chance Australia won't collapse?" snickers Bob Bell

18.1
1
Curran to Agar, 1 run
back-of-the-hand slowie, Agar pulls in the air through midwicket, just one to the man in the deep

Curran to deliver the penultimate over, Archer held back

end of over 186 runs
AUS: 137/5CRR: 7.61 • RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 runs from 12b
Mitchell Marsh36 (30)
Ashton Agar10 (10)
Chris Jordan2-0-18-0
Tom Curran3-0-15-1
17.6
2
Jordan to Marsh, 2 runs
slower again, Marsh pulls into the ground towards midwicket, ricochets through and they'll get two again! Wood stuck out an arm and only succeeded in deflecting it into space
17.5
1
Jordan to Agar, 1 run
nudged off his hip, mid-on swoops, tight at the non-striker's end as Malan turns and fires in a throw... misses!
17.4
1
Jordan to Marsh, 1 run
full and straight, 88mph/141kph but hie's equal to this, punched down the ground to long-on
17.3
Jordan to Marsh, no run
pitched up, 84mph/135kph in the corridor and Marsh plinks this to cover, won't get one

Here's Isaac Marshall: "Win predictors always seem to go too far in the direction of the favourites. Remember when England needing around 100 from 10 at four down was 2% against Pakistan? No way do they only win that 2/100. Triple that probably." ESPN Predictor is at 96% in Australia's favour, for what it's worth

17.2
1
Jordan to Agar, 1 run
full and wide and swatted through cover point to the boundary rider
17.1
1
Jordan to Marsh, 1 run
length in the channel, slower ball and Marsh miscues it into the turf towards point, scampers one

Chris Jordan replaces Wood. Archer still has one up his sleeve...

end of over 175 runs
AUS: 131/5CRR: 7.7 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 15 runs from 18b
Ashton Agar8 (8)
Mitchell Marsh32 (26)
Tom Curran3-0-15-1
Mark Wood4-0-38-1
16.6
Curran to Agar, no run
fullish from round the wicket, driven straight to midwicket - just five from the over, but Australia are edging closer
16.5
Curran to Agar, no run
fired down the leg side, flicks the pad, I think, on its way through... England appeal for a catch, but get a dot

"England blew it, then Australia blew it, now England have blown it again," gurgles Big Bill. "So much huffing and puffing!"

16.4
1
Curran to Marsh, 1 run
pace off in the channel outside off, Marsh taps it down into the covers for one more
16.3
2
Curran to Marsh, 2 runs
dug in short, just 71mph and Marsh has to check his pull, swung away behind square for a couple more
16.2
1
Curran to Agar, 1 run
round the wicket, pace off and Agar works it around the corner for one