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Zampa, Cummins deliver dominant win for Australia

 Adam Zampa picked up the key wickets of the England openers

Adam Zampa picked up the key wickets of the England openers © Getty

A collective show from Australia, both with bat and ball, helped them secure a comfortable victory against England in Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday (June 8). Despite not a single half-century score in Australia's innings, quick-fire 30s from the openers and useful knocks from the batters down the order helped them post a formidable 201/7. England started well in the chase but couldn't maintain the intensity after Adam Zampa removed the openers as they were restricted to 165/6. Pat Cummins, who replaced Nathan Ellis for this game, also made an impact with figures of 2-23.

The difference: Middle overs

After a powerful start, Australia capitalised on it through the Marsh-Maxwell association that helped their progress well in the middle overs. In contrast, England weren't able to build a partnership during this phase, with Zampa and Co. providing timely strikes, and had too much ground to cover in the back end of their innings, leaving them winless after two matches.

AUSTRALIA

Powerplay: A blazing start from Warner and Head

Phase score - 74/2 [RR: 12.33, 4s/6s: 4/7]

With two left-handers at the crease, England chose to open with Moeen Ali's offspin, and he conceded only three runs in the first over, keeping Travis Head in check. However, the introduction of Will Jacks from the other end proved costly. Head smashed two consecutive sixes over midwicket, while David Warner swept him fine for a maximum, resulting in Jacks conceding 22 runs. Jofra Archer bowled the third over efficiently, not allowing any boundaries, but Mark Wood's following over was expensive. Warner hammered three sixes and a four to the leg side, adding 22 runs and pushing Australia past 50. In the next over, Head targeted Moeen, hitting a four and a six off successive deliveries, and Warner also struck a boundary before being bowled by one that stayed low. Archer then responded to being hit for a four by Head by dismissing the opener with a well-executed slower ball.

Middle overs: Marsh-Maxwell stand powers Australia

Phase score - 75/2 [RR: 8.33, 4s/6s: 5/3]

The scoring rate dipped slightly, but Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell ensured the boundaries kept flowing, particularly targeting Adil Rashid, who conceded 20 runs in his first two overs. Having brought up the quickest fifty and the highest powerplay score in this World Cup, Australia also reached the fastest 100, getting there in 9.3 overs. Archer was doing a tidy job, keeping Australia in check with his change of pace, but Marsh managed a six over midwicket when he offered some pace. Chris Jordan started economically with a five-run over, but Maxwell hit him for a six and a four in his next over, and Marsh also added a boundary in an 18-run over. The partnership between Marsh and Maxwell reached 65 runs before the former was stumped off Liam Livingstone in the 14th over. Maxwell fell shortly after, pulling Rashid straight to deep midwicket. In the same over, Marcus Stoinis got going with a one-handed sweep shot for a six.

Death overs: Handy contributions help Australia past 200

Phase score - 52/3 [RR: 10.40, 4s/6s: 5/2]

Stonis got his second six by slamming Livingstone straight down the ground and Tim David hit his first maximum by going over extra cover off Jordan. David as also put down by the bowler in the same over but Jordan eventually got him, caught at extra cover. Matthew Wade got off the mark with a four off Jordan and then hit a four off Rashid, as did Stoinis, as the legspinner finished with 1 for 41. Wade struck a four off Archer in the 19th over and also got a caught-behind decision reversed. Stonis hit a four off Jordan in the final over as Australia became the first team to cross 200 in the tournament. Jordan then got his 100th T20I wicket by having Stoinis caught in the deep off a pull. Cummins was run out and Wade got only a single off the last ball as Jordan conceded only eight runs.

ENGLAND

Powerplay: England openers start well

Phase score - 54/0 [RR: 9.00, 4s/6s: 8/1]

Despite being hit for a four by Phil Salt, Mitchell Starc gave away only six runs in the opening over. Jos Buttler got his first runs by coming down the track and slashing a Hazlewood delivery past point for a four and struck another four through the midwicket region. Salt struck a 106-metre six off Starc over midwicket for the first maximum of England's innings and Buttler ended the over with his third boundary. Salt executed two powerful cut shots off Hazlewood for boundaries in the fourth over. Cummins gave away only eight in his opening over after being cut for a four by Salt. Buttler's four over cover off Stoinis helped England past 50 but the bowler kept it tight otherwise, conceding only six.

Middle overs: Australia pull things back with regular wickets

Phase score - 72/4 [RR: 8.00, 4s/6s: 2/6]

Salt would have been out in Starc's third over but Head, who held on to the ball at deep point, stepped on the ropes. Buttler hit a six in the same over, going over midwicket, and put away a low full toss for a four. Adam Zampa ended the 73-run opening stand by having Salt bowled with a quick delivery. Will Jacks struck a four off Cummins before Buttler hammered Zampa for a six over long off. The legspinner, however, hit back with the wicket of the England skipper whose attempted reverse sweep resulted in a catch to backward point. A fine diving catch by Mitchell Starc gave Stoinis the wicket of Jacks. A couple of economical overs from Maxwell and Zampa added more pressure on England. Moeen Ali injected some momentum with three sixes to the leg side off Maxwell in the 14th over. But Jonny Bairstow, who was struggling to get going, fell in the next over mishitting a Hazlewood delivery to deep midwicket, and the bowler gave away only 2.

Death overs: Disciplined Australia complete second win

Phase score - 39/2 [RR: 7.80, 4s/6s: 2/1]

Needing 76 off the last five overs, with a required rate of 15.2, England had no other option apart from attack and in the process lost Moeen, who sliced Cummins to deep cover where Warner took a good catch. Hazlewood followed it up with a six-run over, leaving England needing 66 off the last three overs. Livingstone struck a six off Zampa but England had just too much to do in the last two overs. Cummins accounted for Livingstone to finish with 2 for 23 and Stoinis, despite being hit for two fours by Harry Brook in the last over, completed a good bowling performance from Australia as England ended way short of the target.

Brief scores: Australia 201/7 in 20 overs (David Warner 39, Mitchell Marsh 35; Chris Jordan 2-44) beat England 165/6 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 42, Philip Salt 37; Pat Cummins 2-23, Adam Zampa 2-28) by 36 runs.

What next for the teams?

Australia, the table-toppers of Group B, will head to Antigua where they will face Namibia on June 11. England have a four-day break before their game against Oman in Antigua on June 13.

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