England vs. Australia: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Recap and More from 1st T20
Australia won their first match of the series against England in resounding fashion, thanks to a record-breaking innings from Aaron Finch.
Finch smashed 156 from 63 balls, smashing 14 maximums—both new T20 international highs—as Australia posted 248-6 from their 20 overs.
In response, England made a bright start, but wickets tumbled early and there was no hope for them of clawing their way back into the game.
Here's the story of the match and the scorecard.
Stuart Broad was left to rue his decision to bowl first, as an Aaron Finch-led Australia ripped England to shreds.
Each bowler in turn was given the treatment as Finch swatted the ball away time and again to the ropes.
The 50 came up in 26 balls, the 100 in 21 and his 150 in just 13. As a display of hitting, it was peerless in the international arena (for more on that knock, click here).
Meanwhile, his teammates played happily around him—Shaun Marsh added 28 in 21 balls, Shane Watson managed a fine 37 from 16, which on another day might have been a talking point.
Jade Dernbach pegged it back, as remarkable as it might sound for a score of 248-6, but his dismissal of Finch was one of three as he married control and guile to emerge with figures of 4-0-34-3.
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The bowling was not especially poor, nor the outfield especially small—it was simply a masterclass of vicious, relentless hitting on a benign pitch.
But the score had never been successfully chased in T20 cricket before, and the match looked over before England had begun their reply.
When Mitchell Johnson's first over cost 20 runs, the excitement just crept back into the game that England would perhaps be capable of doing something special.
But for the hosts to have any chance of victory, they would have needed a near-perfect innings, and instead they suffered a mini-collapse, losing three wickets in four balls.
Johnson removed Michael Lumb for an 11-ball 22, before Josh Hazlewood accounted for Alex Hales (caught by the wicketkeeper) and Luke Wright via a faint edge.
Joe Root emerged, wearing a bouncer that sneaked through the grill of his helmet early on, shook it off and carried on in partnership with Ravi Bopara (45) and Jos Buttler (27).
He might have deserved to reach his century, and in the process become the first England player to reach the landmark, but ran out of balls with 90 from 49 deliveries to his name. By then England had mustered 209-6.
A score above 200 would win almost any T20 fixture—but this was no ordinary encounter, and it condemned England to a 39-run defeat.
Here is the scorecard, courtesy of the BBC:
Australia Innings 248 for 6 (20.0 overs)
|Warner||c Buttler||b Broad||1||5||5||0||0|
|Aaron Finch||b Dernbach||156||69||63||11||14|
|S Marsh||c Lumb||b Briggs||28||35||21||2||1|
|Extras||0nb 2w 0b 2lb||4|
|Total||for 6||248||(20.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
England Innings 209 for 6 (20.0 overs)
|Hales||c Wade||b Hazlewood||8||16||9||1||0|
|Wright||c Wade||b Hazlewood||4||2||1||0|
|Morgan||c Maxwell||b Johnson||0||11||3||0||0|
|Bopara||c Warner||b Watson||45||37||29||4||1|
|Extras||2nb 6w 1b 0lb||9|
|Total||for 6||209||(20.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
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