England beat Australia in 2nd T20I: Key stats
England recorded another close win over Australia, this time in the 2nd T20I at the Manuka Oval, Canberra. The visitors won by eight runs, having successfully defended 178. Sam Curran took three wickets to script England's win. Earlier, top-order batter Dawid Malan slammed 82 off 49 balls. England now lead the three-match series 2-0. Here are the key stats.
How did the match pan out?
England had a patchy start after Australia elected to field. Pat Cummins got rid of opener Jos Buttler, while Marcus Stoinis removed Alex Hales. Top-order batter top-scored (82), finishing with 7 fours and 4 sixes. Moeen Ali chipped in with a quickfire 44 (27). England eventually managed 178/7. Although Mitchell Marsh and Tim David fired for Australia, the hosts were restricted to 170/6.
Malan races to 1,600 T20I runs
Malan continues his phenomenal run in 2022. The left-handed batter finished with a strike rate of 167.35. Malan raced to 1,600 runs in T20I cricket this year. He now has 1,669 runs from 49 innings at an average of 39.73. The tally includes a solitary century and 14 half-centuries. He has a strike rate of 138.96 in the format.
Second-most 50+ scores for England (T20Is)
Malan now has the second-most 50+ scores in T20I cricket for England (15). He overtook former England captain Eoin Morgan on the list, who slammed 14 of them in his career. Malan is only behind Jos Buttler in this regard (17).
Other records broken by Malan
Malan's 82 against Australia is the fourth-highest score by an England batter against Australia in T20I cricket. Alex Hales tops the list, having scored 94 against the Aussies in 2013 at Chester-le-Street. Malan surpassed Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez in terms of overall T20 runs. Malan now has 7,816 runs from 285 T20s. Besides, Hafeez owns 7,811 runs in the format.
First-ever T20I series win Down Under
England have won their first-ever T20I series against Australia Down Under. Australia routed the Three Lions 3-0 at home in 2014. The 2011 series in Australia ended in a draw. Australia won the one-off T20I in 2007. Meanwhile, England have claimed their fourth-consecutive T20I series win over Australia. They won in 2015, 2018, 2020, and now 2022.