England atoned for their heavy defeat in the first T20 against Australia on Thursday with a commanding victory in the second game, meaning the series finishes in a 1-1 draw.
Put in to bat first by Australia, England laid siege with the willow, Alex Hales top-scoring with a 94 blasted from just 61 balls.
Their total of 195-5 in Durham was actually fewer than they had managed in the first T20, but still a demanding target—and they took wickets at regular intervals to keep Australia out of range of the score.
The two sides now play an ODI warm-up—England in Ireland and Australia in Scotland—before a five-match ODI series begins on September 6.
Here's the innings-by-innings breakdown.
Hales and Michael Lumb laid the foundations of an enormous England total by putting on 111 for the first wicket in 11.2 overs.
The pair had quickly established that there was no danger in the wicket, and hit through the line—and for the most part along the ground—as Australia shuffled their bowlers without success.
Lumb (43) departed, but Luke Wright (30 from 20 balls) played the support role to Hales, as did Eoin Morgan (20 from 11).
But Hales, bidding to become the first England batsman to compile a T20 century, missed out when he slogged James Faulkner out to long on and was caught.
Having made 99 against the West Indies last year, it was another near-miss for Hales.
His innings, though, had left Australia with plenty to do, even if Fawad Ahmed boosted his figures with a couple of cheap wickets at the end.
Australia's pursuit of 196 began shakily with the early dismissal of the hero of the previous match, Aaron Finch.
Having hit so cleanly in the first T20, Finch slogged one into the air early, and was caught off the bowling of Stuart Broad for five.
Shane Watson followed via an ugly mix-up and run out with David Warner, and though there were contributions throughout the innings, none had the substance and duration to get Australia close.
Warner (53) top-scored, but there were also quick-fire knocks from George Bailey (23 from 13) and Glenn Maxwell (27 from 15).
Nathan Coulter-Nile, in his first game of the tour and batting at 10, hit two sixes in his first three balls to give Australia one final slither of hope.
Here is the scorecard, as given by the BBC:
England Innings 195 for 5 (20.0 overs)
|Lumb||c Wade||b Ahmed||43||47||27||6||1|
|Hales||c Warner||b Faulkner||94||80||61||11||2|
|Wright||c Johnson||b Faulkner||30||20||18||3||1|
|Morgan||c Coulter-Nile||b Ahmed||20||12||11||0||2|
|Extras||1nb 0w 0b 5lb||6|
|Total||for 5||195||(20.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
Australia Innings 168 for 9 (20.0 overs)
|Warner||c Hales||b Dernbach||53||54||42||5||3|
|Aaron Finch||c Wright||b Broad||5||4||5||1||0|
|Watson||run out (Morgan)||7||6||6||1||0|
|S Marsh||b Root||13||29||14||0||1|
|Maxwell||c Lumb||b Dernbach||27||19||16||2||1|
|Faulkner||c Morgan||b Dernbach||5||9||5||1||0|
|Coulter-Nile||c Briggs||b Finn||13||5||6||0||2|
|Extras||1nb 7w 0b 4lb||12|
|Total||for 9||168||(20.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
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