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Malan and Curran steer England to T20 series win over Australia

Dawid Malan underscored his value with an innings of 82 balls from 49 to help English cricket secure a T20 series win over Australian cricket on a chilly evening in Canberra.

Malan was shuffled down to seventh batting order in Sunday’s series opener in Perth but returned to his usual position on the first drop at the Manuka Oval, perhaps with a point to prove.

He did so after anchoring England’s recovery from 54-four to 178-seven before Sam Curran collected three-to-25 as the tourists clinched an eight-run win to take a 2-0 lead with a to-play.

That second T20 was finely balanced, with Australia needing 34 from their last three overs and Tim David 40 from 21 deliveries, but he went two balls later after being rolled around his legs by Curran.

Boundaries were clipped by Curran and Reece Topley in the 18th and 19th overs as the equation dropped to 22 on the final six balls, the former ensuring there would be no dramatic ending.

Australia were back in full force after resting a number of star names at Optus Stadium but they suffered defeat by the same margin as at the weekend and could rue an under-field performance as Malan and Moeen Ali contributed 44 balls from 27 both gave life.

Malan and Moeen served 92 balls from 52 after England’s top order stumbled, with Ben Stokes dismissed for a second consecutive single-digit score, despite punctuating his all-around tradition with the key wicket from Mitch Marsh after previously A sensational performance had been achieved by setting up the boundary rope.

England’s openers went 132 in 11.2 overs in Perth, but here Pat Cummins pulled a false shot from Jos Buttler, who had run for 17 before ending toe-fly in the air, while Adam Zampa capitalized on a whirling chance.

The perception that Malan was starting slowly might have led to his demotion last time out as England sought fast runs, but back in his normal habitat he expertly laced his third ball through the roof.

Malan’s fifth delivery was dispatched high over deep square leg for six, although Alex Hales and Harry Brook were killed loosely running into Marcus Stoinis, both sides being castled by Stokes after missing a big throw on a knee by Zampa, the one through a pulled a little faster.

Moeen received a reprieve on one when Glenn Maxwell missed a chest-high chance and the all-rounder capitalized. After taking just seven balls from his first nine, he freed his arms from Cummins and Stoinis for four and then promoted the latter to the stands for a meaty six.

Malan easily broke through the field but showed his reach with a commanding six from Zampa en route to a 31-ball fifty.

Both England batters took sixes from Mitchell Starc after he was given a let-off – with Moeen’s sliced ​​drive bursting through the fingertips of David Warner, who went to a concussion test after an awkward landing, while David Malan went to 54 the rope parried. maybe overlooked by the floodlights.

Zampa hit a hard return catch in front of Moeen, whose luck ran out later in the over when David atone for his earlier drop.

Malan had his fourth six after thrashing Starc but went around Stoinis at depth in the final before Chris Jordan helped end England’s innings with a swing with a last-ball six.

Warner could bat but only made four of 11 deliveries before distorting Topley, three balls after Aaron Finch, who opened back after a medium-order stint, drove David Willey in the middle.

While Marsh quickly calmed down, Curran knocked out the unfavorable Maxwell and the dangerous Stoinis, with the leg side sweep holding on both times.

This came either side of a fantastic boundary saved by Stokes, who put Marsh in the bag but, sensing he was about to go over the rope, threw the ball back into outfield before doing so.

Stokes, who previously opened bowling for the first time in his T20 career, returned for the 15th and hit his first ball when Marsh whipped to a deep square leg to win 45 balls from 29 balls.

Rusty on his return from a broken finger, Jordan suffered punishment from David to firmly believe Australia with three overs to go.

Curran then caught David and held things up before Topley did the same. While Cummins scored a full six from the first ball of the last over, Curran kept his nerve on the death.

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