England vs. Australia: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Recap and More from 1st T20

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England vs. Australia: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Recap and More from 1st T20
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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. 

 

Australia innings

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.

 

England innings

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)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
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
Watson   b Dernbach 37 29 16 4 2
Maxwell   b Dernbach 1 9 3 0 0
Bailey lbw b Finn 1 2 2 0 0
Wade not out   15 7 7 2 1
Faulkner not out   5 2 3 0 0
Extras 0nb 2w 0b 2lb 4  
Total for 6 248 (20.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Finn 4.0 0 45 1
Broad 4.0 0 47 1
Dernbach 4.0 0 34 3
Briggs 4.0 0 51 1
Bopara 1.0 0 15 0
Root 1.0 0 27 0
Wright 2.0 0 27 0
Fall of Wicket  
11 Warner
125 S Marsh
226 Aaron Finch
227 Watson
228 Bailey
242 Maxwell
 

England Innings 209 for 6 (20.0 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Lumb lbw b Johnson 22 13 11 3 1
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
Root not out   90 76 49 13 1
Bopara c Warner b Watson 45 37 29 4 1
Buttler   b Faulkner 27 25 17 1 2
Broad not out   4   2 1 0
Extras 2nb 6w 1b 0lb 9  
Total for 6 209 (20.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Johnson 4.0 1 41 2
Hazlewood 4.0 0 43 2
Ahmed 4.0 0 43 0
Watson 4.0 0 42 1
Faulkner 4.0 0 39 1
Fall of Wicket  
33 Lumb
33 Hales
37 Wright
42 Morgan
137 Bopara
203 Buttler
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