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Australia maintained clean sheet in the ongoing Trans-Tasman T20I series including England and New Zealand. They registered their consecutive win over England, winning the third T20I by 7 wickets at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Kane Richardson was awarded Player of the Match for his three-wicket haul.

Australia invited England to bat first, thinking the wicket would get better for batting as the match progress. The strategy worked. Australia’s collective bowling effort throttled England at 137 for 7 in 20 overs. The fast-bowling sensation Billy Stanlake drew the first blood, getting Alex Hales caught at mid-on. His opening partner Jason Roy soon joined him in the pavilion. To make matters worse, Dawid Malan ran himself out for a mere 10 runs, leaving England in trouble at 34 for 3.

England were lucky that Jos Buttler provided resistance with his 49-ball 46. They otherwise would have further looked down the barrel. Ashton Agar pulled off a stunner to restrict Buttler from reaching his fifty off the last ball of the innings.

Australia, too, did not have a good start. They lost their captain David Warner for 2. However, the in-form D’Arcy Short and the devastating Chris Lynn choked England with their aggressive approach. Glenn Maxwell then added more to England’s miseries with 26-ball 39. Australia chased down the target in 14.3 overs, and have qualified for the final of the tri-series.

Brief scores:

England 137 for 7 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 46, Sam Billings 29; Kane Richardson 3 for 33, Billy Stanlake 2 for 28) lost to Australia 138 for 3 in 14.3 overs (D’Arcy Short 36, Glenn Maxwell 39; Chris Jordan 2 for 26) by 7 wickets.

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