Flaming Woakes leads England to last-ball win
Chris Woakes struck the winning runs off the last ball to lift England to a dramatic one-wicket victory over Australia in a Twenty20 international on Wednesday.cricket Updated: Jan 13, 2011 00:28 IST
Chris Woakes struck the winning runs off the last ball to lift England to a dramatic one-wicket victory over Australia in a Twenty20 international on Wednesday.
With the scores level at 157 runs each, Woakes smacked the ball over mid-wicket to extend the world champions' winning run in the shortest form for the game to a record eight matches.
"Eight wins in this form of the game is very special," England captain Paul Collingwood told reporters.
"It was a great game of cricket, it had everything. I thought we probably should have seen it through a little bit easier, but Twenty20 cricket can get a little bit like that towards the end."
Australia's Shane Watson took four for 15, including two wickets in two balls, and made 59 of 31 balls with the bat, including three successive sixes and 26 in total off Graeme Swann's first over.
It was all in a losing cause for the test opener, however, as England's tail overhauled a modest target in front of 32,000 fans at the Adelaide Oval desperate for a measure of revenge after Australia's Ashes drubbing.
"It was very disappointing not to get over the line," said Watson. "It doesn't matter how I played as an individual, the important thing was the win for the team and unfortunately we got close, it wasn't good enough."