Australia will hope they carry their momentum against England after an emphatic win over Ireland © Getty Images
Australia will hope they carry their momentum against England after an emphatic win over Ireland © Getty Images

Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the one-off T20 International (T20I) between England and Australia at Cardiff. This is Pramod Ananth and I will be bringing you all the updates of the match. England will go into this match full of confidence having regained the Ashes in resounding fashion. Australia will however not be pushovers. They beat a stubborn Ireland team and have some sort of momentum going into this match. The new era under new skipper Steven Smith has begun well and he will hope that it continues in this game as well. England and Australia play five One-Day International (ODI) series after this match.

Live Cricket Score Australia 177/8 | Overs 20 | England win by 5 runs | Moeen Ali is named Man of the Match for his 46-ball 71* and first-ball wicket of Glenn Maxwell | David Warner 4 (6) Shane Watson 8 (5) Steven Smith 90 (53) Glenn Maxwell 44 (32) Mitchell Marsh 13 (13) Marcus Stoinis 10* (8) Matthew Wade 2 (2) Nathan Coulter-Nile 0 (1) Pat Cummins 0 (0) Mitchell Starc 0* (0) David Willey 4-0-34-2 Steven Finn 4-0-39-1 Reece Topley 4-0-35-1 Adil Rashid 3-0-32-0 Ben Stokes 4-0-29-1 Moeen Ali 1-0-3-1 READ THE MATCH REPORT HERE

Live Cricket Score Australia 177/8 | Overs 20 | England win by 5 runs | BATSMEN: Marcus Stoinis 10 (8), Mitchell Starc 0 (0): Wade smashes to cover and sets off, they run one but attempt a suicidal second, and Wade is run out at the bowler’s end! An excellent slower delivery from Stokes, Stoinis hits and misses. Another slower delivery, but this one hops harmlessly outside leg, WIDE. Stoinis drives to long-off, single. Coulter-Nile tries to hit the first ball he faces out of the park, but the outside edge flies high and comes down in the waiting hands of Rashid at third-man. A wild slog by Stoinis to long-on, and ____ is run out at the bowler’s end! Stoinis manages another two at deep mid-wicket, but it will not be sufficient! OUT! Matthew Wade run out 2(2)! Pat Cummins run out 0(0)!

Live Cricket Score Australia 171/5 | Overs 19 | Target 183 | BATSMEN: Marcus Stoinis 6 (4), Matthew Wade 1 (1): Smith hits to cowshot corner, they run one. Willey comes round the wicket, Stonis tucks it to deep fine-leg, another run, Australia need boundaries. Willey deceives Smith with the slower delivery, Smith goes for the big one, but can only hole out to deep mid-wicket! They have crossed, and Stoinis neatly bisects the fielders on the square-leg fence or FOUR, and follows with a single. Wade takes a run to long-off. OUT! Steven Smith c Sam Billings b David Willey 90 (53)!

Live Cricket Score Australia 163/4 | Overs 18 | Target 183 | BATSMEN: Steven Smith 89 (51), Marcus Stoinis 1 (1): Marsh cracks Topley’s first ball through wide mid-off, Moeen misfields on the fence, FOUR! Marsh gets a single to long-on. Smith heaves violently, but it will be just a single to wide long-on. A deceptive slower delivery, Marsh goes for the wild slog and misses, Topley hits timber for his first international wicket. Stonis pushes to mid-off and gets a single. OUT! Mitchell Marsh b Reece Topley 13 (13)!

Live Cricket Score Australia 155/3 | Overs 17 | Target 183 | BATSMEN: Steven Smith 87 (49), Mitchell Marsh 8 (10): Marsh gets a single to fine-leg. Smith scoops the second ball to the fine-leg fence, FOUR! The next ball is timed brilliantly over extra-cover for SIX, Willey is losing the plot here. An ugly attempted slog off the next delivery, but Smith does not make contact. A single off the next ball, to deep extra-cover. Marsh keeps strike with a single to long-on.

Live Cricket Score Australia 142/3 | Overs 16 | Target 183 | BATSMEN: Steven Smith 76 (45), Mitchell Marsh 6 (8): Topley is back. Smith hits the first ball back to him, but smashes the next past deep extra-cover for two. The next ball pierces point, and Smith is back for two more. The fourth, a single to deep extra-cover, gives the strike back to Marsh, who flicks the fifth ball to deep mid-wicket for two more and pulls the sixth for one.

Live Cricket Score Australia 134/3 | Overs 15 | Target 183| BATSMEN: Steven Smith 71 (41), Mitchell Marsh 3 (6): Australia were going well, until Moeen Ali struck off his very first delivery, dismissing Maxwell for 44. England have managed to cut down the scoring but will have to dismiss Smith soon. Mitchell Marsh is the new batsman for Australia. OUT! Glenn Maxwell c Stokes b Moeen 44 (32)

Live Cricket Score Australia 110/2 | Overs 12 | Target 183| BATSMEN: Steven Smith 51 (31), Glenn Maxwell 43 (30): Steven Smith brings up his maiden T20I fifty and is being supported well by Maxwell at the other end, who is nearing a half-century himself. This partnership is taking the game away from England at the moment.

Live Cricket Score Australia 73/2 | Overs 9 | Target 183| BATSMEN: Steven Smith 28 (19), Glenn Maxwell 30 (24): Australia piling on the runs and the partnership between Smith and Maxwell has surpassed 50. They look well set and look to pile on more misery on the England bowlers, who were on top at the beginning of the innings.

Live Cricket Score Australia 45/2 | Overs 6| Target 183| BATSMEN: Steven Smith 18 (10), Glenn Maxwell 14 (15): Australia have managed to consolidate well with Smith and Maxwell at the crease. They will need this partnership to flourish if they are to have any chance of winning this match. England on the other hand will be looking to pick up a couple of quick wickets to stop the run flow.

Live Cricket Score Australia 22/2 | Overs 3| Target 183| BATSMEN: Steven Smith 1 (1), Glenn Maxwell 9 (6): Australia, like England have lost a couple of wickets in the form of David Warner and Shane Watson off the bowling of David Willey and Steven respectively. Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell will now have to do what Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan did for England. England on top at this stage.  OUT! David Warner c Finn b Willey 4 (6), Shane Watson b Finn 8 (5)

Live Cricket Score England 182/5 | Overs 20 | BATSMEN: Moeen Ali 72 (66), Ben Stokes 1 (1): England have managed to put up a daunting total against Australia, thanks to the half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali. They were superb for England after the early stutter, but England might have gone close to 200 had they found more gaps and attacked more after the dismissal of Morgan. Stay tuned for Australia’s chase!

OUT! Sam Billings run  out 2 (7)

Live Cricket Score England 156/4 | Overs 17 | BATSMEN: Moeen Ali 64 (39), Jos Buttler 1 (3): Morgan is OUT! Coulter-Nile has got the big wicket of Morgan who was looking for another big hit. It’s been a shambolic performance with the ball by the Australians but they have managed to break this dangerous stand.

OUT! Eoin Morgan c Shane Watson b Nathan Coulter-Nile 74 (39)

Live Cricket Score England 136/2 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Moeen Ali 58 (33), Eoin Morgan 68 (34): Moeen has completed his half-century and Morgan as well. Both the batsmen have started to take the attack to the opposition. Runs are coming very easily with the Australian bowlers bowling atrocious lines and lengths to the Englishmen Irishman Morgan and Moeen.

Live Cricket Score England 84/2 | Overs 12 | BATSMEN: Moeen Ali 39 (28), Eoin Morgan 28 (21): England are now consolidating extremely well and will now look to post a huge score. Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali will hope that at least one of them bats till the end to ensure their side gets to a huge score. Australia desperately need a wicket here.

Live Cricket Score England 56/2 | Overs 9 | BATSMEN: Moeen Ali 26 (18), Eoin Morgan 13 (13):England have managed to recover well after the early losses of wickets. They have managed to score freely and Australia bowlers are facing the heat now. England will now look to carry on this momentum.

Live Cricket Score England 27/2 | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: Moeen Ali 5 (7), Eoin Morgan 5 (7): Australia now have the upper hand now as they have struck twice in an over, courtesy of Pat Cummins. Alex Hales was the first to go and he was joined in the pavilion by Jason Roy a couple of deliveries later. England need to stitch a partnership now. Moeen Ali and skipper Eoin Morgan have to do the rebuilding job here.

Live Cricket Score England 17/0 | Overs 3| BATSMEN: Jason Roy 11 (14), Alex Hales 3 (4): England start on a cautious note. They are not able to put Starc and Coulter-Nile away. They have bowled extremely well and Australia will hope that it results in a wicket or two in the upcoming overs.


England: Eoin Morgan (c), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali,  Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Steven Finn, Reece Topley

Australia: Steven Smith (c),David Warner, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Mathew Wade (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins

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After the intensity and chaos in the Ashes 2015 weeks, England and Australia have been given to clash against each other in a more ephemeral, flowing form of the game to ease off the feelings a bit and create new memories. The Twenty20 International (T20I) in Cardiff will have different stars that had faded away in the memories showing their slogging or death bowling capabilities. A T20I, of course, is not just about these facets, but it entails completely different skills’ sets. As in Australia in 2010-11, when the limited-overs’ domination by Australia helped to ease the pain of the Test thrashing, a Twenty20 capitulation by the home side in Cardiff on Sunday will ease Australia’s dramatic Ashes memories. Live Scorecard: England vs Australia, one-off T20I at Cardiff

However, it will not be easy to unsettle England, with their new approach of playing an attacking brand of cricket. The One-Day International (ODI) and T20I series win against New Zealand displayed a hungrier and less out of sorts than they were in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The ‘New England’ was embraced by the fans, and warm words were written about it. There was also a new attitude of scrappiness, seen in the ability to rework their positions from losing ones. England vs Australia 2015, one-off T20I Preview: After attrition, it is time for muscle


England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes

Australia: Steven Smith (c), Ashton Agar, George Bailey, Cameron Boyce, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Shane Watson.

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