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England wins tight T20 opener



England has laid down its claims for the T20 World Cup, beating Australia by 8 runs in a high scoring clash at Perth Stadium on Sunday.


Helped by a blazing 132 run opening partnership inside 12 overs from Jos Buttler (68) and player of the match Alex Hales (84), England posted a strong score of 6/208 before terrific death bowling from Sam Curran (2/35) and Mark Wood (3/34) saw Australia fall just short despite a half century for David Warner.


England got off to a rollicking start after being sent in, Jos Buttler striking four boundaries in the opening over bowled by Cameron Green to set the tone for the batting innings.


Buttler and Hales combined for 20 fours and seven sixes between them, capitalising on an under strength Australian bowling attack that was without Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa who were all rested.


A late four and six from Chris Woakes pushed the score over 200 after Australia did well to pull things back for a 6 over period in the latter stages of England's innings, Nathan Ellis the pick of the bowlers with 3/20 from four overs.


A score of 6/208 was a strong one for England, Green an early casualty in Australia's chase as he fell for one to Reece Topley's first ball.


David Warner took on the pace of Mark Wood with success, combining with Mitchell Marsh (36) for a 71-run stand for the second wicket to keep the Aussies up with the run rate.


Marsh fell when he was bowled by an Adil Rashid googly, Aaron Finch only able to make 12 as he was run out just moments after becoming Australia's first batter to make 3,000 T20 International runs.


Marcus Stoinis marked his return to the Australian side with a quickfire 35 from only 15 balls, adding 53 from just four overs with Warner as Australia edged ahead.


Warner made his second consecutive half century but was running out of partners, Stoinis falling for 35 before Tim David marked his first appearance in his home state with a duck, the pace of Mark Wood prizing out two key scalps.


Matthew Wade was perhaps fortunate not to join them in the pavilion when he top edged a Wood short ball into his helmet, the ball popping up in the air and Wade appearing to block Wood's attempts to get to the ball to complete a caught and bowled in his follow through.


Warner's excellent knock of 73 from 44 balls ended when he slashed Wood's final ball of his spell to Hales at deep backward point, the game beyond Australia's reach once Wade fell for 21 in the final over delivered by Sam Curran.


The young all-rounder held his nerve, conceding only eight from the final over as Australia finished on 9/200 to go down by eight runs.


The second of three T20 Internationals will be played on Wednesday at Manuka Oval in Canberra.


IMAGE: BBC.


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