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Australia overpower England to maintain winning streak in tri-series

Kane Richardson picked three wickets for Australia
Kane Richardson picked three wickets for Australia

Australia 138-3 (Maxwell 39) beat
England 137-7 (Buttler 46) by seven wickets
3rd Twenty20 International, Tri-Series, Melbourne

A dominant all-round performance from Australia saw them trounce England by seven wickets in the third game of the Twenty20 International Tri-Series in Melbourne.

This is Australia's third consecutive win in the tournament which has guaranteed them a spot in the final while England will be hoping to make amends when they face New Zealand in the next two games.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first. England were dealt an early blow when Alex Hales (3) was caught at mid on to give Billy Stanlake (2-28) a wicket while Richardson (3-33) had Jason Roy (8) caught behind in the next over.

James Vince (21) struck back to back boundaries in the third over but an indecision in running saw Dawid Malan (10) run out by David Warner. England ended the powerplay with a score of 42 for three.

Jos Buttler (46) and Sam Billings (29) consolidated the innings but the late flourish England desperately wanted did not come as they could manage just 137 for seven in the 20 overs. Richardson and Stanlake were the pick of the Australian bowlers with five wickets to their name.

In the chase, David Willey (1-30) had David Warner (2) caught behind early but D Arcy Short (36) along with a 19-ball blitz from Chris Lynn (31) laid a solid foundation. Lynn fell in the final over of the powerplay as Australia reached 52 for two in the powerplay.

Nevertheless, Glenn Maxwell (39) added another further 65 run stand with Short while Aaron Finch (20 not out) further humiliated England hitting two apiece of sixes and boundaries in the five deliveries he faced to complete the chase in the 15th over.

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