Jos Buttler: The English wicket-keeper batsman scored a match-winning half-century to ensure a series victory for his team.
During the second T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of England in Southampton, England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler registered his ninth T20I half-century to seal a 158-run chase as England have gained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Opening the batting with Jonny Bairstow (9), Buttler shared a match-winning 87-run partnership for the second wicket with Dawid Malan (42).
Buttler, who ended up scoring a career-best 77* (54) with the help of eight fours and two sixes, scored the second six on the last delivery of the match. Needing six runs to win off eight balls, Buttler stepped out to Australia spinner Adam Zampa to hit a mountainous six.
In 11 T20Is as an opening batsman, Buttler has now scored 459 runs at an average of 51 and a strike rate of 157.73 including five half-centuries.
With bowling figures of 4-0-27-2, Australia all-rounder Ashton Agar was the pick of their bowlers. Other than Agar, Mitchell Starc and Zampa picked a wicket apiece.
After Australia captain Aaron Finch had won the toss and chose to bat, Australia scored a mediocre 157/7 in 20 overs. Having scored 40 (33) with the help of four fours and two sixes, Finch was the highest run-scorer for his team. With bowling figures of 4-0-40-2, England’s Chris Jordan was their best bowler.
Jos Buttler hits mountainous six off Adam Zampa to seal chase
That’s how you win a game 💪
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 6, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 6, 2020
A masterclass from @josbuttler !! The tempo of his innings and most importantly, seeing his team home, a batsman doing his job with intelligence and skill!! Brilliant…🏏🏴 #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/nrTnmNnuBQ
— Neil Fairbrother (@Harv366) September 6, 2020
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) September 6, 2020
England have a shot at going top of the men’s T20i rankings … looks like they’ll swap places with Australia if they can now sweep the series 3-0
— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) September 6, 2020
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