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Finch and White flattened England with their half-centuries
Australia’s opening pair of Aaron Finch and Cameron White both hammered half-centuries to beat England by 13 runs in the first Twenty20 International at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Finch and White was well supported by pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who ripped through England’s batting line-up with four wickets.
George Bailey would not have regretted his decision to bat first as Finch and White dispatched England’s bowling attack all over the ground during their entertaining 106-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Finch was caught by Alex Hales at long-on off the bowling of England skipper Stuart Broad.
Finch’s fantastic knock of 52 came off 31 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.
White ended up making 75 off 43 deliveries, which included six boundaries and four sixes, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Luke Wright.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell smashed a quickfire 20 before he was caught by Tm Bresnan at point off the bowling of Ravi Bopara.
Bailey failed to have much of an impact with the bat as he made 14 runs before he was also caught by Bresnan at point, but only off the bowling of Jade Dernbach.
Australia went on to score 213 at the end of their 20 overs thanks to debutant Chris Lynn’s superb knock of 33 off 19 balls, which included one boundary and three sixes.
Broad, Dernbach, Bopara and Wright all picked up one wicket apiece.
Chasing a tough target of 214 to win, England got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Michael Lumb was caught by Lynn at mid-off off the bowling of Coulter-Nile for nine runs.
Wright also made nine runs before he was clean bowled by Moises Henriques.
Henriques struck again just three balls later when Hales was given out lbw for 22.
Eoin Morgan only managed to make four runs before he was cleaned up by Maxwell.
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler managed to amass 20 runs before he was caught by debutant James Muirhead at deep cover off the bowling of Coulter-Nile.
Joe Root smashed 32 runs off 24 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Finch at long-off to become Coulter-Nile’s third victim of the match.
Bresnan failed to give England a major boost as he only scored 11 runs before being clean bowled by Muirhead.
Broad only made 13 runs before he had his stumps shattered by Coulter-Nile.
Dernbach mustered five runs before he was run out by Finch.
Bopara was the stand out performer for England as he finished unbeaten on 65 off just 27 balls, which included two boundaries and an incredible seven sixes.
Despite his valiant effort, England still lost the match by 13 runs.
Coulter-Nile was the pick of the Australian bowlers with four wickets, while Henriques snapped up two and Maxwell and Muirhead chipped in with one wicket apiece.
White was named Man of the Match for his outstanding innings.