Australia’s bowlers were also expensive but crucially took wickets, too. A word of praise should be directed to debutant leg-spinner James Muirhead, who was both economical and promising in his four over spell.
Despite the difficulties facing the bowlers, England may feel that it could have restricted Australia to less than 212. Jade Dernbach conceded 25 runs off his two death overs, while the penultimate over, bowled by Tim Bresnan, was hit for 14.
England’s strategy was maybe thrown off-kilter when Broad was forced to bring himself back into the attack earlier than he’d perhaps planned—in just the 10th over, with Finch and White still at the crease. If it had been Broad—who finished with 1-25 from his four overs—bowling at the death, things could have been different. Things could also have been different had Joe Root, fielding at slip, caught White when Broad found the edge in his first spell. The margins in T20 are finer than in any other format, and there were more than a few instances today that England will look back and wonder "What if?".