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England beat Australia for eight wickets with 50 balls to spare at T20 World Cup

Jos Buttler was at his belligerent prime when England took a big step into the T20 World Cup semi-finals by making a true declaration of intent with an eight-wicket beating of old Australia rivals.

Both teams came to this Super 12 competition having started their group campaigns with two wins, but England claimed a hat-trick and now have one foot in the knockout stages after Buttler’s supreme 71, not just 32 balls.

The batter’s opening display followed another outstanding team effort on the ball and on the field, with Chris Jordan in top form at 3-for-17 while an unusually subdued Australia stuttered at 125 all-in.

Chris Woakes set the tone by catching the menacing pairing of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, in the middle making an impressive catch to fire Steve Smith, while Australia staggered to 15 of three, which seemed decisive from the start.

England batter Jos Buttler jumps over Australian Steve Smith during Saturday's game

England batter Jos Buttler jumps over Australian Steve Smith during Saturday’s game

Aaron Finch kept Australia’s innings along with 44 of 49 balls before they ended with a flourish, as Tymal Mills turned out expensive with two of 45, but it turned out to be a mere footnote on a difficult night in Dubai.

If there is a psychological advantage to be gained from this result before this winter’s Ashes, as some have suggested, then England has taken it away, with Buttler in formidable five-four-plus-six.

Buttler, and Jonny Bairstow, unbeaten 16 to 11, brought England to the line with a whopping 50 balls to spare on a night when Eoin Morgan called right on the all-important pitch, choosing to field first.

Chris Woakes set the tone by catching the menacing partner of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell

Chris Woakes set the tone by catching the menacing partner of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell

Chris Woakes set the tone by catching the menacing partner of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell

With the chasing team winning 16 of the 19 contests in the UAE during this competition prior to this clash, it turned out to be a simple decision for Morgan, whose unchanged team knelt alongside Australia.

England’s use of Moeen Ali had initially been a resounding success at 7-1-35-4 so far, but surprisingly it was not used in Australia’s innings, with Adil Rashid preferred with Woakes making inroads into the other extreme.

Warner had finished 65 in the win over Sri Lanka after a streak of low scores, but only made a single before shuffling down the court off Woakes, who angled through the southpaw and tickled the Outer edge.

Woakes took an impressive one-handed over-the-shoulder grip to fire Steve Smith

Woakes took an impressive one-handed over-the-shoulder grip to fire Steve Smith

Woakes took an impressive one-handed over-the-shoulder grip to fire Steve Smith

Steve Smith looked uncomfortable during his brief five-ball sojourn, which ended when he shook an edge of Jordan’s tip midway through the on, where a retreating Woakes took a one-handed blindness before taking Maxwell out on his next when the dangerous Australian hitter played around a fuller ball and got caught up front.

Finch had watched the carnage unfold from the other end and tried to rebuild alongside Matthew Wade and then Ashton Agar. But there was a notable lack of momentum from Australia, and England’s fifth pitcher, Liam Livingstone, surpassed four unlimited overs for 15, adding to Wade’s wicket, which crashed at length for 18.

Overs 17 and 18 produced a combined 35 runs as Agar cleared the limit rope twice to Woakes before going deep for Mills, who conceded six in a row to Pat Cummins. Australia’s momentum was halted when Finch pinned Jordan on the penultimate lap before Cummins was cleared by an upcoming 89 mph ball.

Australia racked up 50 runs from the final four overs, also losing their last five wickets, but while Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins are a cackling pacing trio, Jason Roy and Buttler were unfazed as they ran to 66 with no loss after the game of can.

Chris Jordan pocketed three wickets as an unusually subdued Australia stuttered to 125

Chris Jordan pocketed three wickets as an unusually subdued Australia stuttered to 125

Chris Jordan pocketed three wickets as an unusually subdued Australia stuttered to 125

Cummins was carried away by Roy before Buttler, having hit Agar on a long pitch in the previous over, criticized Starc, the left arm was punished for throwing too full while the England wicketkeeper’s heavy hitter hit. back to back. six, the second effort recorded at 95 meters.

Roy went 22-of-20 after missing a reverse sweep and getting hit on the platform as Dawid Malan pushed Agar up to goalie Wade, but Buttler was proving unstoppable.

He came up fifty-of-25 with a powerful leg cutter Adam Zampa, who watched helplessly as Bairstow hit him for two sixes in three-ball space.

Bairstow hit deep on offside as he and Buttler raced through a single in the twelfth envelope that saw England on the line as they emulated the result of the 2019 World Cup semi-final between the teams.

Captain Aaron Finch hit a 44 of 49 balls to help Australia reach 125 in 20 overs

Captain Aaron Finch hit a 44 of 49 balls to help Australia reach 125 in 20 overs

Captain Aaron Finch hit a 44 of 49 balls to help Australia reach 125 in 20 overs

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