Malan played a 36-ball 50 run knock © Getty Images
Malan played a 36-ball 50 run knock © Getty Images

While rest of England collapsed in front of Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar, Dawid Malan played a stand-out knock of 50 runs to push his team’s score to 155 for 9 in the third T20I against Australia in the Trans-Tasman tri-series 2018. At Hobart on Wednesday, England kept losing wickets in regular intervals but Malan took up the responsibility and saved his side from a low score. Malan was the only England batsman to have scored a fifty in the innings, with the second-highest scorer being 22.

Billy Stanlake opened bowling to England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales. Kane Richardson drew first blood, in the second over of the match. Roy, who looked aggressive from the very beginning, went for a big hit but ended up giving a catch to cover. Hales and Malan then built a brief partnership. Soon after England crossed fifty, they lost their second wicket, as Agar pulled off an impressive caught and bowled effort.

Malan’s next batting partner was skipper Eoin Morgan but even this partnership did not last long. Morgan played a 14-ball 22-run knock and was removed by Maxwell.

Meanwhile, Malan got to the second T20I fifty of his career as wickets kept falling at the other end. He hit 5 fours and a couple of sixes en route. He too was dismissed by Maxwell, in an attempt for a slog-sweep that ended in a catch to deep square leg.

After Malan’s departure, there was hardly any mentionable contribution from the England batsmen apart from a finishing six from Chris Jordan. For Australia, Maxwell remained the best bowler with 3 for 10. In the 20 over span, skipper David Warner used as many as seven bowlers.

Brief scores:

England 155 for 9 (Alex Hales 22, Dawid Malan 50, Eoin Morgan 22; Ashton Agar 2 for 15, Glenn Maxwell 3 for 10) against Australia.