September 17, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 Warm Up, Colombo
England 172/6 (20 overs) beat Australia 163/6 (20 overs) by 9 runs
England beat the old enemy Australia this morning in Colombo by 9 runs in preparation for the start of the Twenty20 World Cup.
Batting first in humid conditions, England reached a very competitive score of 172/6 from their 20 overs. Alex Hales top scored for England with 52 from 38 balls. Luke Wright also contributed with 35 and Eoin Morgan played a cameo innings scoring 30 from just 16 balls. His innings included 4 fours and 1 six as he upped the scoring rate at the back end of the innings.
Apart from 1 over from Glen Maxwell which cost 3 runs, all of Australia’s bowlers conceded 8 runs or more per over.
In reply Steven Finn dismissed David Warner for a duck, but a second wicket partnership of 74 between Shane Watson and Mike Hussey had put Australia in a good position to win the game. Graeme Swann had Watson bowled for 37, and when Hussey was trapped lbw for 71 England took control.
Australia eventually finished their innings 9 runs short of their target as their mid-lower order struggled to find the ropes. Swann was the pick of the England bowlers as he took 1-21 from his 4 overs.
England play their final warm up match on Wednesday against Pakistan before their tournament starts for real on Friday when they face Afghanistan.
The tournament’s first game is tomorrow when the host country Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe.
The Scoop 17/09/12