Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - England too good for Australia in Dubai. After the bowlers limited Australia to 125, Jos Buttler was as at his brutal best during 32-ball 71*
After the bowlers limited Australia to 125, Jos Buttler was as at his brutal best during 32-ball 71*
In a nutshell
For all the chatter around this marquee clash, it turned out to be a one-sided affair with England annihilating Australia to make a strong statement in Dubai on Saturday (October 30). After the bowlers were stellar in keeping Australia to just 125, Jos Buttler was as at his brutal best smashing a 32-ball 71* to take England to a commanding eight-wicket win. They chased down the required runs in 11.4 overs to keep their unbeaten run in the tournament intact and have one foot in the semifinal.
South Africa, with their win earlier today, move up to fourth spot, while Australia slip down to three despite being level on four points each.
Brief scores: Australia 125 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 44; Chris Woakes 2-23, Chris Jordan 3-17, Tymal Mills 2-45) lost to England 126/2 in 11.4 overs (Jos Buttler 71*) by 8 wickets.
A tale of contrasting powerplays
While Australia ended with the worst powerplay of the tournament – 21/3 – England's openers teed off to 66/0 in the same phase. In a small chase, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy came out all guns blazing and as good as batted Australia out of the game. With the margin for error so little for Australia's bowlers given their low total, Buttler took them on from the onset blazing away to 39 off 19.
England just kept going…
The punishment didn't stop for Australia's bowlers even though they managed to pick up Jason Roy and Dawid Malan. Buttler was unstoppable as he scored the fastest half-century of the tournament off 25 balls, scoring all around the field, with most of his runs coming in the V. Eventually, Buttler and Jonny Bairstow needed just 15 balls to add the required 29 runs to finish their carnage.
How were Australia reduced to 21/4?
Australia's match-winner trio of David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell were sent back in the first six due to some poor shot selection. England's pacers were right on the money on a wicket had the most grass seen in Dubai so far and it helped them with some movement. Woakes, with his excellent lines and lengths, was too good for Australia's top order. As was Chris Jordan who bowled into the pitch and both were relentless, executing their set plans of bowling straight to perfection. There were no freebies for Australia, no fuller balls to hit and they asked questions every ball. Jordan finished with 3-17, while Woakes had 2-23.
How did they reach 125 then?
The poor start compounded with Marcus Stoinis falling for a duck just after the powerplay leaving much for the rest of the order to do. It was particularly tough given that Australia had left out Mitch Marsh in favour of Ashton Agar. The spinners too were rewarded in the middle overs, exposing every chink in Australia's armour as the batsmen showed little intent to counterattack. Meanwhile, Finch held his end and kept knocking away to keep the scoreboard ticking. He shared a 30-run stand with Matthew Wade and then a useful 47-run one with Agar. Some late hits from Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc gave Australia something to fight with. But with how England started, even anything close to 150 wouldn't have been enough.
What's next for both teams?
Australia have a few days to recover from this beating before they take on Bangladesh in Dubai in a day game on November 4. England, meanwhile, have only a day before facing off against Sri Lanka.