England finally bow down to Aussie might
Australia ended England's record eight-match winning streak on Friday with a four-run victory in the second Twenty20 international decided on the final ball again.cricket Updated: Jan 14, 2011 23:34 IST
Australia ended England's record eight-match winning streak on Friday with a four-run victory in the second Twenty20 international decided on the final ball again.
Paceman Chris Woakes, who scored the winning runs in the first match, gave the tourists hope of another victory when he smashed a six off Brett Lee over long-on.
England needed seven runs off the final two balls, but Woakes and Tim Bresnan could add only a single each to leave England on 143 for six in reply to Australia's 147 for seven.
Man-of-the match Aaron Finch took a catch and smashed an unbeaten 53 from 33 balls for Australia for his maiden half-century. Finch's innings helped Australia recover after spinners Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy took three wickets in three overs to leave the hosts reeling at 80-5. England appeared set to romp to their target when Ian Bell smashed 11 off the first over and England reached 60 without loss. He was bowled for 39 by Mitchell Johnson. Johnson also removed Kevin Pietersen three balls later, when he smashed the ball straight to cover where Cameron White pouched him. Johnson finished with 3-29.