1st T20I (N), Southampton, Aug 29 2013, Australia tour of England and Scotland
(20 ov, target 249)209/6
Australia won by 39 runs
Player Of The Match
end of over 2014 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 209/6CRR: 10.45 
Joe Root90 (49)
Stuart Broad4 (2)
James Faulkner 4-0-39-1
Shane Watson 4-0-42-1

10.10pm: We've just seen more than twice as many runs in 40 overs as England scored in 98 at The Oval last Friday. What does that tell us? Probably something terrible... Anyway, Gnasher's report will chronicle tonight's circus freakshow of batting - join us again in a couple of days for the rematch. Cheerio

10pm: Right, time for the post-match rubdown. England captain, Stuart Broad: "We're really disappointed that we lost but full credit has to go to the way Australia batted, Finch especially. We tried everything but he was unstoppable, he hit 14 sixes, it was incredible. His first ball went for six. We knew it was going to be a good wicket but not quite that good. The batsmen want to pitch a tent up here and the bowlers want to get on the flight to Durham. Hopefully we get the same excitement up there, though. Joe did incredibly well in his first international T20 innings, it's what we've come to expect."

Australia captain, George Bailey: "I think the only innings I've seen like [Finch's] was Chris Gayle in the IPL. When he hits sixes he tries to hit them 40 rows back... We've found that Watto is so good at playing spin bowling, with a view to the next World T20, we can have him come in at four and take them out. We knew it was going to be a really good wicket and would be a hard ground to defend. There are always a few things to work on, though. I thought we bowled back of a length a bit more, and changed things up. We were a bit short to Root, who likes it there. Fawad Ahmed's last over was nice, his first game, big occasion but he go through it okay."

Aaron Finch, to the surprise of no one, is named Man of the Match: "It's good to come here from the Australia A side and play some good cricket. It was one of those days, not easy for the quicks, no spin, so I managed to get it away." Nice line in understatement, there, from the man who made the highest-ever score in Twenty20 internationals earlier tonight.

9.50pm: By most available metrics, Australia smashed that. It was a contest that rained sixes (until England batted), sweated fours, the highest-scoring T20 international ever - England made their second-highest score and still lost by a distance. Aaron Finch stamped his mark so hard on the game that England will still feel sore when they wake up tomorrow morning. Joe Root's jaw might also smart, after getting clocked by his third ball, but again he showed he doesn't mind wearing one - and that was his first T20I knock, too.

Faulkner to Root, 1 run

dropped, off the last ball! Root swished across the line, got a thin inside edge but Wade grassed it, they scamper one more as the ball ran behind the keeper - but it's fairly academic, as Australia win by 39 runs

Faulkner to Broad, 1 bye

Broad swings and misses, they run anyway as Wade underarms past the stumps

Faulkner to Broad, FOUR runs

no but he'll get four instead, standing up and levering the ball back over the bowler's head, mid-off is up and the ball races away

Out comes Stuart Broad - can he get Root on strike?

Faulkner to Buttler, OUT

gone, leg stump out of the ground! Good follow up from Faulkner, full and fast and Buttler is castled attempting to slog

Jos Buttler b Faulkner 27 (25m 17b 1x4 2x6) SR: 158.82
Faulkner to Buttler, SIX runs

length ball, Buttler steps away and smears the ball over wide long-off, don't think he caught that cleanly but it sailed over the rope

Faulkner to Buttler, 2 runs

pitched up, wide of the stumps and clouted on the full through midwicket for a couple

end of over 1914 runs
ENG: 195/5CRR: 10.26 RRR: 54.00
Joe Root89 (48)
Jos Buttler19 (14)
Shane Watson 4-0-42-1
James Faulkner 3-0-26-0

If he can get back on strike, Root is in with a chance of scoring England's first T20 international hundred, you know

Watson to Root, 2 runs

back away and drills a full ball through square, they come back for two

Watson to Root, FOUR runs

sliding to leg, flicks across the line, good, firm connection and the ball slips to the boundary behind deep square leg

Watson to Root, no run

tries to scoop another full ball, misses and is hit on the toe

Watson to Root, 2 runs

short, proper bouncer, Root pulls into the air, takes his hand off the bat and it loops over square

Watson wasn't happy with that wide call, saying Root had move out of the way, I think

Watson to Root, 1 wide

Root goes across, Watson drops short and slides down the leg side

Watson to Root, FOUR runs

plays the reverse ramp, catches it on the full and flicks the ball low, straight to the man on the edge of the circle - but unfortunately that man is Fawad Ahmed, who completely misjudges it and the ball escapes his grasp like a bar of soap and runs for four

Watson to Buttler, 1 run

excellent yorker from Watson, right up on Buttler's toes, he blocks it for one past the bowler

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