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ENG vs AUS 1st T20 highlights: England wins by 2 runs in last ball thriller

Australia was cruising at 124-2 in 15th over but lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to chase down a 163-run target despite Warner's fifty

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A late fightback from the bowlers helped England beat Australia by two runs in the first T20 International of the three-match series at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Chasing 163, Australia at one stage needed just 39 runs from the last six overs with nine wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the series on Friday. However, they ended up on 160/6 and lost the game which was in their grasp for the majority of duration.

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Earlier, Australia restricted England to 162/7, despite Jos Buttler's early fireworks and Dawid Malan's well-composed 66. For the visitors, it was Kane Richardson and who provided control as they returned with figures of 2/13 and 2/14 respectively from three overs apiece.

Eng vs Aus 1st T20 key highlights

  • Australia collapse chasing 163 for victory
  • Aus was 124-1 in 15th over, end on 160-6
  • Curran defends 15 from final over
  • Rashid (2-29), Archer (2-33), Wood (1-31)
  • Warner (58), Finch (46) smash 98 for 1st wicket
  • England 162-7 - Malan (66), Buttler (44)
  • Richardson (2-13), Maxwell (2-14)

Left-arm spinner Aston Agar, who was taken for 16 by Buttler in his first over, also bounced back and returned with figures of 2/32 in his four overs.

Other than Buttler and Malan, only Chris Jordan got to double figures, hitting 14* from 8 balls in a late cameo.

Australia had a great start to their chase and looked on track to register a comprehensive victory, thanks to and David Warner's early dominance, with the pair adding 98 runs in 11 overs before the Australia captain lost his wicket after scoring 46 runs.

Steve Smith, who came in next, looked fluent as he scored 18 from 11 balls, but had him caught sweeping and he then dismissed Maxwell four balls later as England fought back.

Warner (58) and Alex Carey also went back to the pavilion in quick succession as Australia lost four wickets for nine runs, with the visitors still needing 30 from 21 balls.

Australia needed 15 from the final over but Tom Curran kept his cool and didn't allow Marcus Stoinis to take his team across the line.

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Playing 11 of both the teams:

England playing 11: Jonny Bairstow, (w), Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood,

Australia playing 11: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson,

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