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T20 World Cup: Australia beat England by 36 points; South Africa ease past Netherlands

Australia's Adam Zampa celebrates with captain Mitchell Marsh during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Takes the wicket of England captain Jos Buttler.

Australia’s Adam Zampa celebrates with captain Mitchell Marsh during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. The wicket of England captain Jos Buttler. Photo credit: AP

Defending champions England beat Australia with a tournament-best 201 runs in a one-sided Twenty20 World Cup match on June 8, but trailed by 36 runs.

The first big heavyweight match – a day before India vs Pakistan – failed to live up to expectations as Australia squeezed England, who batted only in the last six overs at Kensington Oval Hit three boundaries.

Forced to bat first, the Australian team started with David Warner and Travis Head in the opener and achieved a record of 70-0 in 4.5 overs, but was eventually pulled back to 201-2. 7, the highest total in the week-long Tricky Pitch Championship.

England were tasked with the third most successful chase in the history of the tournament and although they prevailed, they ended up trailing by 165-6. Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins took two cheap wickets each.

Australia top Group B with two wins from two games, while England remain winless against Oman and Namibia.

England played off-spin on the left-hand opening side of Warner and Hyde, but without success. Hyde smashed the first two deliveries of Will Jacks for six and Warner bowled him in the same over.

Pace didn’t bother the batsmen either. Warner hit three sixes and a boundary off a late over from Mark Wood.

Warner, playing what could be his last against England, was dismissed for 39 in 16 overs as he backed a low delivery off Moeen Ali. Head came on in the next over and scored 34 runs off 18 balls from Jofra Archer.

Adil Rashid was taken to the roof by captain Mitchell Marsh and Chris Jordan scored 18 runs in the innings. Liam Livingstone’s change of leg-spin was profitable as Marsh was stumped for 35 balls before Glenn Maxwell departed for 28 .

Marcus Stoinis met Rashid with a one-handed six towards the back of the crease and hit Livingstone hard on the head.

Australia reached 200 with three balls remaining, Stoinis was dismissed for 30 for 17 – Jordan’s 100th T20 wicket – and Cummins was also dismissed.

England’s middle order fails to start

England’s pursuit, although cautious, was still manageable. Phil Salt and Jos Buttler made it 54-0 after the power play before Mitchell Starc scored 19 point.

Zampa turned the momentum towards Australia. His first ball went to Salter and he made 37 off 23.

England got on track with a 92-2 lead in the tenth over but the middle order failed to fire as they were pinned down by Australian artillery.

Starc was expensive, but his brilliant diving catch at the boundary put Jacks out of position.

England needed 14 runs with 7 overs remaining and Maxwell scored 20, including 3 sixes from Ali. But Maxwell then caught Jonny Bairstow on the boundary for a 13-ball 7 and blew a kiss to the England fans who kept jeering him.

After Ali fell into the abyss on 25 of 15, Harry Brooke and Livingstone were tied by Hazlewood, Cummins and Man of the Match Zampa.

South Africa survives scare

South Africa's David Miller celebrates the winning goal against Netherlands during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, June 8, 2024 point.

South Africa’s David Miller celebrates against the Netherlands during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, June 8, 2024. Winning points. Photo credit: AP

David Miller’s earlier four-wicket win at Long Island helped South Africa escape from deep trouble against a bogey-bound Netherlands side.

Miller’s unbeaten 59 off 51 balls, including four sixes and three boundaries, helped South Africa win 12-4 in the fifth innings. This was after the Dutch team chased the score to 103-9.

Miller and Tristan Stubbs put on 33 runs to save the day at 106-6 with 7 balls remaining.

After winning the T20 title in 2022 and the One-Day International title in 2023, the Netherlands are gearing up for a hat-trick against South Africa in the World Cup.

South Africa’s marquee T20 batsman failed to win with a paltry 104 runs.

Quinton de Kock’s duck was out while fellow opener Reeza Hendricks took 3 runs. A three-ball duck off the leg side was caught behind and Heinrich Klaasen holed out for four.

Dutch medium pacer Vivian Kingma finished four rounds with 2-12.

Miller and Stubbs posted a cautious 65 off 72 balls on a challenging pitch.

Things were tense again when Stubbs was caught in the 17th inning and Marco Jansen was ejected for a golden duck in the next inning. But Miller kept his composure and the Proteas earned their second win in two Group D games.

Earlier, pacer Ottneil Baartman took 4-11 in four overs while the Netherlands were trailing 48-6 in 11.5 overs.

Sybrand Engelbrecht scored 40 of 45 goals to maintain Dutch dominance, and Logan Van Beek scored 23 goals to take the total to the top. 100 balls.

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