Epic Encounter – Twenty20 international, Australia vs. England
England won sensational game at Adelaide Oval. Spectators witnessed sinusoidal game that ended on the last ball of the match. England were chasing 158 runs to win and they won by one wicket. Ian Bell started England innings in a flashy style. He played some
delightful shots for his 27 runs off 17 balls. He smashed Shaun Tait and Brett Lee, in his short innings he hit four boundaries and a strong cut shot for a six. His partner Steve Davies got out cheaply, as he scored four runs off just two balls he faced. Aussie
Captain White took a neat catch off the bowling of Brett Lee. Bell was removed as Johnson came into the attack. Bell tried another lofted shot but this time Steven Smith was in perfect position to catch. It was lively and uncharacteristic innings from an English
Kevin Pietersen continued his gained form from the test series and played perfect cameo for his team. Spinner Steve O’Keefe claimed the prize wicket of Pietersen after he scored 25 runs off just 11 balls. He hit three boundaries and a huge six before he
was caught neatly by David Hussey at mid-off. The captain Pual Collingwood managed a big top-edge while reverse sweeping part timer David Hussey. Tim Paine was quick to react and catch. Collingwood faced 20 balls for his 16 runs and was dismissed when the
score was 99 for four in 11.5 overs.
Quickest bowler of the modern era, Shaun Tait took only two balls to dismiss Luke Wright for nought. He was judged plumb leg before the wicket as wickets started to tumble of England. Eoin Morgan played sensible innings of 43 runs and stabilized the English
innings. He played some great cricketing shots and that included a monstrous six. David Hussey caught his catch after the all rounder Shane Watson was introduced to ball. Wickets started to fell at regular interval as Watson bowled brilliant spell of four
overs to grab three wickets.
When the last over started, England had two wickets in hand and they required four runs to win. Drama started when Swann got out on the first ball of the over by Shane Watson. New man in Shahzad barely survived but the hero was on the other end. The pair
crossed and importantly for England Woakes came on the strike. With one ball remaining the scores were tied, and the debutant hit the last ball off his pads to secure a win for his team. A dream debut for the young man, and might be thinking international
cricket is not that difficult.