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England win by 27 runs

England vs Australia

Second Twenty20 International: England ease home in Durham

Alex Hales: Fell six runs short of becoming England's first T20I centurion

England tied the two-match NatWest Twenty20 International series with a 27-run victory over Australia at Durham.

Alex Hales hit 94 as the hosts put behind them a 39-run defeat in the first head-to-head at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday with an uncomplicated triumph.

Hales, bowled on 99 against West Indies last summer, once again fell just one lusty blow short of becoming England's first century-maker in the shortest format of the game.

His 61-ball innings, which included 11 fours and two sixes, nonetheless set the platform for a score that never looked in reach for the tourists after Aaron Finch - chief destroyer in Southampton - fell in the second over to Stuart Broad.

The England captain had lost the toss but Hales and fellow opener Michael Lumb got off to a flying start as they combined for an England record opening stand of 111.

Australia turned to debutant Fawad Ahmed (3-25) in the eighth over and while that slowed the rate only slightly, Hales milked the leg-spinner for a couple to bring up his sixth Twenty20 half-century from 34 balls.

The century opening stand arrived in a Mitchell Johnson over that cost 16, before Ahmed grabbed his first international wicket.

After Lumb top-edged a sweep high into the air, which wicketkeeper Matt Wade held, Ahmed celebrated with a kiss to the heavens.

Athletic

England, who named an unchanged team, kept operating at around 10 an over though as Glenn Maxwell's second over went for 18 - new man Luke Wright following a six with a pair of fours.

Wright contributed 30 from 17 balls before Johnson athletically caught him above his head at mid off as the stage looked set for Hales to bring up three figures.

But the Nottinghamshire opener picked out David Warner on the long-off rope to leave himself just shy of a deserved century.

Ahmed then surprisingly bowled the final over but fooled Jos Buttler first ball, before Eoin Morgan slapped him to a fielder in the deep to give the Pakistan-born leg-spinner impressive figures.

Opener David Warner struck 53 from 42 balls, but when he fell with the score on 111 in the 13th over, the Aussies were already falling behind the run rate.

The fall of wickets continued to undermine the chase and although Maxwell took 19 from a Ravi Bopara over he then dispatched the returning Jade Dernbach (3-23) to Lumb at deep mid-wicket for 27.

James Faulkner fell to a stunning catch from Morgan the very next ball to all-but seal victory, Nathan Coulter-Nile slapping Steven Finn for back-to-back sixes in the penultimate over before the Middlesex seamer gained revenge with the batsman top-edging to Danny Briggs (2-25) at fine leg, the tourists closing on 168-9.

Match Details

Date
31st Aug 2013
Toss
Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Emirates Durham ICG
Umpires
R J Bailey, M A Gough
TV Umpire
R T Robinson
Match Referee
R S Mahanama
Reserve Umpire
M J Saggers

australia BATTING CARD

Batsman R
D.A. Warner c Hales b Dernbach 53
A.J. Finch c Wright b Broad 5
S.R. Watson run out (Morgan) 7
S.E. Marsh b Root 13
G.J. Bailey lbw Briggs 23
G.J. Maxwell c Lumb b Dernbach 27
M.S. Wade b Briggs 4
J.P. Faulkner c Morgan b Dernbach 5
M.G. Johnson Not out 3
N.M. Coulter-Nile c Briggs b Finn 13
F. Ahmed Not out 3
Extras 1nb, 7w, 4lb 12
Total 20.0 Overs 168 - 9
Full Batting Card

england BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
S.T. Finn 4 0 30 1
S.C.J. Broad 3 0 27 1
J.W. Dernbach 4 0 23 3
D.R. Briggs 3 0 25 2
J.E. Root 3 0 25 1
R.S. Bopara 3 0 34 0
Full Bowling Card