England beat Australia by 27 runs in the second Twenty20 International on Saturday to square the two-match series at 1-1. Alex Hales starred with the bat, scoring 94 off 61 balls and Jade Dernbach produced the goods with the ball taking three wickets. But how did the others fare? Shrikant Shankar analyses the performances of every player and rates their contribution in the match.
England (According to batting order)
Michael Lumb — 7.5/10
Michael Lumb was at his belligerent best against Australia in the second Twenty20 International at Chester-le-Street. The left-hander struck a 27-ball 43 which included six fours and one six. He gave England a quick start and that laid the foundation for their big score of 195 for five.
Alex Hales — 9/10
Alex Hales showed is class once again as a T20 specialist on Saturday. He started off slowly and edged a few shots early on that could have brought about his wicket. But once he got settled in, he took the Australian bowling attack to the cleaners. Hales scored a 61-ball 94 which included 11 fours and two sixes. Most of his boundaries and sixes came on the leg-side. While going for a six to bring up his century, he was caught by David Warner at long-on off James Faulkner’s bowling. This was the second time Hales was unable to get to the century-mark in T20Is. He scored 99 against West Indies in 2012.
Luke Wright — 7/10
The foundation was set by the England opening batsmen and that helped the likes of Luke Wright and Co to play freely. Wright was able to come in and strike the ball right from the beginning. He scored a quick-fire 18-ball 30. He struck three fours and one six.
Eoin Morgan — 7/10
Eoin Morgan also benefitted due to the work done by the batsmen above him. Morgan smashed two sixes to propel the England score late in the innings. He scored 20 off 11 balls. Then during Australia’s innings, Morgan took a splendid catch running backwards to dismiss Faulkner. Earlier he affected a brilliant run out of Shane Watson.
Jos Buttler — 3/10
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler did not do much with the bat as he was out for a first-ball duck. He was sent ahead in the batting order, but got bowled by Fawad Ahmed.
Ravi Bopara — 3/10
Ravi Bopara faced only two balls and was unbeaten on one as England’s innings came to an end. He was also bowled three overs, but conceded 34 runs and went wicket-less.
Joe Root — 5/10
England’s star from the previous match, Joe Root, also faced only one delivery while batting. His major contribution however came with the ball as he bowled Shaun Marsh.
Stuart Broad — 6/10
England captain Stuart Broad did not bat, but bowled a good opening spell. He picked up the wicket of Aaron Finch early on to dent Australia’s chances. He made the right bowling changes on a flat track.
Steven Finn — 7/10
Steven Finn looked a far improved bowler from the first match as he troubled the high-octane Australian top-order. He used the short ball very well and was finally rewarded with the wicket of Nathan Coulter-Nile late in the innings.
Danny Briggs — 7/10
The left-arm spinner did not complete his full quota of overs but looked impressive as he picked two wickets. Danny Briggs bowled well in the previous match, but got a pasting in the last over, which spoiled his match figures. This time he looked far more assured as he stifled the Australian middle-order.
Jade Dernbach — 9/10
By far the best bowler of the series. On a highly batsman-friendly track at The Rose Bowl, Jade Dernbach picked up three wickets with some incisive bowling. He was the same in Durham. He again picked up three wickets and helped England to win the match with ease. His bouncer to Faulkner was the ball of the match. The ball rose sharply after hitting the deck and got took the top edge of the bat as the batsman tried to pull. Morgan took the catch of the match.
David Warner looked the most comfortable of all the Australian batsmen in the middle. He scored a 42-ball 53 that included five fours and three sixes. Warner tried to score according to the required run-rate and also to be the sheet anchor after the loss of some early wickets. He was dismissed by Dernbach. A few rating points were removed as he needlessly ran out Shane Watson early in the innings.
Aaron Finch — 3/10
The world-record holder for the highest individual score in T20Is could only manage five off five balls. It was almost inevitable that Saturday would not live up to the hype created on Thursday. Aaron Finch did not look to hit the ball to boundary or over it right from the beginning as he did in the previous match.
Shane Watson — 3/10
Not much could have been done by Watson to avoid his run out. Warner did not go for the run when it was clearly on. Watson was out for seven off six balls. Before that with the ball, Watson was ineffective and gave away 24 runs in two overs.
Shaun Marsh — 3/10
The fact that Marsh got out to Root was enough to drop his ratings. He slogged across the line to an absolutely straight delivery from the off-spinner and missed. The left-hander scored 13 off 14 balls.
George Bailey — 6/10
Australia captain George Bailey came in at a highly difficult situation, but batted positively and gave some hope for the most ardent of Australian fans. Bailey scored a 13-ball 23 with one four and one six. During England’s innings, he could not affect the scoring with the bowling changes as he did in the previous match.
Glenn Maxwell — 6/10
Glenn Maxwell scored a quick 16-ball 27 to get Australia’s score as close as possible to England’s total. He struck two fours and one six. With the ball, Maxwell gave away 25 runs in two overs, which cost him a few rating points.
Matthew Wade — 4/10
Matthew Wade was ineffective with the bat as he was bowled by Briggs for four. His wicket all but sealed Australia’s fate for the match.
James Faulkner — 7/10
Faulkner bowled well during England’s innings as he took two wickets. He picked up the wickets of Hales and Wright. He couldn’t do much with the bat as he received an extra-ordinary bouncer from Dernbach.
Mitchell Johnson — 4/10
Although Mitchell Johnson was not as erratic with the ball, he could not take any wickets. He bowled a controlled line and kept the scoring down at one end when England’s openers were going hammer and tongs.
Nathan Coulter-Nile — 6/10
Coulter-Nile was very expensive with the ball as he conceded 47 runs in four overs. But he looked a far better bet with the bat as he struck a six-ball 13 including two sixes.
Fawad Ahmed — 8/10
If Ahmed was nervous with the ball in the first match, it was the completely opposite in the second match. He bowled better in his last over in Southampton and brought that form to Durham. He bowled with more variations in his speed and flight and spun the ball a little bit on a flat track. He picked up his first three wickets in international cricket to cap off a great day for him — well at least personally.
(Shrikant Shankarpreviously worked with Mobile ESPN, where he did audio commentary for many matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20. He has also written many articles involving other sports for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)