England vs Australia, 3rd T20I at Southampton Live Score: England Look to Strike Early

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00:09 (IST)

England follow that with five singles and finish at 145-6 in their 20 overs. That is a low total for a T20 match but the pitch being somewhat hard to bat on means it may just be enough for the hosts. Australia will definitely fancy their chances though. 

00:04 (IST)

Starc pulls things back nicely with a good 19th over, giving away only 5 runs. Richardson then begins the last over with a slower ball that Chris Jordan smacks but can only find Steve Smith at long-on.

23:56 (IST)

FOUR, FOUR, FOUR! Richardson is left frustrated as Denly gets not one, not two but three boundaries behind the wicket – one an inside edge that goes past Wade’s left and two more that pierce the gap between the ‘keeper and short third man. Valuable runs for England, this. 

23:52 (IST)

OUT! Starc gets rid of Ali but owes that wicket as much to Smith’s excellent one-hand catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary. It took a check with the third umpire but they have their man. 

23:41 (IST)

SIX, FOUR! Moeen Ali loves playing spinners and he gives Zampa the charge and hits it clean down the ground. Joe Denly then ends the over with a four towards deep extra cover.

23:35 (IST)

OUT! Agar gets the dangerous Bairstow. A short one catches Bairstow by surprise and he top edges one. Agar had to run to catch it himself and took a very good catch. 

23:33 (IST)

SIX AND FIFTY FOR BAIRSTOW! He gives Zampa the charge and hammers the ball over the boundary. Pretty good innings from him, given he started out quite slowly. England need him to last the innings. 

23:30 (IST)

FOUR! Moeen Ali manages to ramp one to the boundary off Hazlewood. But it was a quiet over otherwise with just two singles besides that and Australia will be reasonably happy at that.

23:23 (IST)

SIX! WHAT A HIT! Bairstow whips out the slog sweep against Zampa and he absolutely clobbers it over cow corner. Zampa hits back with a wicket though as Billings reverse sweeps one that takes the edge and Finch takes a fine catch at first slip! 

23:21 (IST)

SIX! Bairstow charges down the ground to Agar and slams the ball over long-on for a maximum! England are 69-2 with half their overs played. They’re in a decent position, all things considered. 

23:13 (IST)

OUT! Dream start for Zampa! He tosses one up to Malan who goes for the heave-ho but he doesn’t get as much distance on it and Marcus Stoinis runs in and takes a good diving catch. 

23:11 (IST)

FOUR, FOUR! Malan takes on Ashton Agar in his first over itself. Starts the over with a sweep slog towards deep square leg that is well fielded but earns two runs. He then follows that with a reverse sweep that goes for four. Bairstow then cuts hard at one that flies past short third man and towards the boundary. 

23:02 (IST)

The pitch isn’t the easiest to bat on and the lack of pace is making things unpredictable for bowlers too. Hazlewood, who was having a good over till that point, oversteps and the resultant free hit goes for a boundary when Bairstow inside edges one past short fine leg. He then follows it up with a pull towards backward square leg that runs away to the ropes! 

22:51 (IST)

FOUR! Malan gets another boundary, getting hold of a bouncer from Hazlewood and dispatching it towards fine leg. England are getting a bit of momemtum in their innings now.

22:47 (IST)

Bairstow thought he had the game’s first boundary but some good fielding from Kane Richardson prevented that. Dawid Malan made no mistakes when presented with a freebie though, flicking one off the pads towards fine leg. He almost threw his wicket away though at an attempted pull off a short ball but it falls short of Steve Smith at wide mid-on. 

22:40 (IST)

OUT! Hazlewood strikes in his first over itself. He pitches one up just outside off and Banton swings hard but only gets an edge through to Matthew Wade who collects a regulation catch. What a start for Australia! 

22:30 (IST)

Jonny Bairstow and Tom Banton are out in the middle for England, Mitchell Starc has the new ball in hand for Australia. We are now underway at Southampton! 

22:08 (IST)

England XI: Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali (c), Joe Denly, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

22:07 (IST)

News from the middle is that Aaron Finch has won the toss and elected to bowl first. Moeen Ali will be leading England today as Eoin Morgan has been left out after his finger injury in the previous game. 

21:43 (IST)

The series has already been sealed but England would like a clean sweep whereas for the Australians, the final T20I is about salvaging some pride. Hello and welcome to live coverage of the match. 





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