England have clinched the T2OI series with a game to go as they beat Australia by 8 runs in the 2nd T2OI at Canberra. The victory margin is similar to the 1st T2OI victory for the visitors as they went past the full-strength Aussie team.
Australia elected to bowl first after winning the toss and bowled brilliantly early in the inning. England on the other hand had a horrible start as they were struggling at 54-4 before Moeen Ali joined Dawid Malan in the middle.
Both put up a game-changing partnership of 92 runs for the 5th wicket and took the team total close to 150 run mark. Moeen missed out on a half-century as he was dismissed for 44 runs by Adam Zampa in the 17th over.
Malan on the other hand went on to score the 14th half-century of his T2OI career before getting dismissed for 82 runs in the last over of the inning. England after a poor start managed to post a total of 178/7 in their 20 overs.
Marcus Stoinis was brilliant with the ball as he took 3 wickets and Zampa also got 2 wickets with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc getting a single wicket each. Chasing the target, Australia too had a bad start as they lost two wickets inside the powerplay as Finch and Warner departed cheaply.
Glenn Maxwell continued his poor run with the bat and was dismissed for 8 runs as the hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mitchell Marsh at the other end was looking good and was playing impressively but was running out of partners.
Marcus Stoinis made a handy contribution of 22 runs before falling prey to Sam Curran. Marsh missed out on a half-century as he was dismissed by 45 runs followed by a fiery 40-run inning from Tim David.
England bowlers kept things tight as the Aussies fell 8 runs short for 2nd game in a row. Curran was the standout performer for England as he took 3 wickets for just 25 runs in his quota of four overs.
Ben Stokes, David Willey, and Reece Topley provide great support as all of them took a single wicket each. Dawid Malan for his exceptional innings was adjudged as player of the match.
The visitors with this remarkable win have taken a 2-0 victorious lead in the 3-match series. The 3rd and last match of the series will be played in Canberra on Friday where Australia will look for a consolation win and England will try to clean-sweep the series.