The Australians were distressed by the result of the victory of England by 0-5 in the five ODI series. Adding to their woes, they lost their first T20I against England. After winning the toss, the Australian skipper Aaron Finch decided to field first. His decision was proved wrong after a fiery fifty by Jos Buttler. The contributions of Jason Roy and Alex Hales made the second highest T20I score in the history of England. Let us look at the highlights of the first T20I in detail.
- Buttler repays his reward
The decision of the think-tank to send Jos Buttler as an opener proved productive. He slammed a half-century by the supporting stand of Jason Roy. He slammed his fifty within fourth over with 6 boundaries and 5 sixes. He made a mighty score of 61 runs off 30 balls. Earlier, Buttler showed his potential in the IPL as an opener for Rajasthan Royals by hitting consecutive half-centuries.
- Joe Root ahead of fiery Bairstow
All were surprised by the decision of the management to send Joe Root ahead of hitter Jonny Bairstow. England is suffering lack of fiery batsman in the limited overs format earlier. They rectified this issue by choosing the right batsmen for all positions in the line- up. Joe Root scored 35 off 24 balls after entering the crease in the 12th over. Bairstow slammed two sixes off two balls in the 19th over. Joe Root lost his wicket by running out by the penultimate ball of the innings.
- Maxwell’s arrogant batting
Glenn Maxwell had a poor IPL experience this year. But he is the top all-rounder in the ICC ratings. Among all the batsmen who scored above 1000 in T20Is, he is one of the best batsmen standing by Colin Munro with average above 30 and strike rate above 150. His arrogance with lack of caution cost him his precious wicket in the game.
- Knock of Aaron Finch
This Australian captain gave a tough fight for England even if his partners lost their wickets with poor scores. He slammed 24 runs off 19 balls by the end of 9th over. He slammed the spin attack of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali with adorable shots till 15th over. He thrashed Moeen Ali by 49 runs off 15 balls. In total, he scored 84 runs off 41 balls with 7 boundaries and 6 sixes. He cleared his way to lead the ODI team also with his mighty fight in this innings.
- Adil Rashid’s wrist-spin
He succeeded to collapse the middle order by picking three wickets. He succeeded to dismiss Aaron Finch who slammed finger spinner Moeen Ali by 49 runs. Thus, he turned to be the man who reiterated the potential of wrist-spinners in the limited-overs format. Rashid picked 3 wickets off 27 runs and bagged his most-deserving award, the man of the match.