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England level T20 series with 27 run win

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England took advantage of Australia's generous decision to send them in on winning the toss and posted a comfortable 27 run victory in the second T20 match of the series at Chester-le-Street to end the series level pegging.

Batting first, England posted an imperious 195-5 on the back of an opening stand worth 111 between Alex Hales (94) and Michael Lumb (43). Hales virtually batted through the innings, and smashed 11 boundaries and 2 sixes before he fell on the final ball of the 19th over to James Faulkner.

The rest of the England top order threw their bats around him with Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan chipping in with useful knocks of 30 and 20 respectively. 31 year old rookie leg spinner Fawad Ahmed, playing in just his second match for the Aussies, was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-25 from his 4 overs, while James Faulkner picked up the other two wickets to fall.

Australia's reply looked doomed from the start as Aaron Finch (5) and Shane Watson (6) fell in quick succession. David Warner pitched in with a crucial 53, but took 42 balls to get his runs, and Australia were always behind the asking rate as a result. There were brief cameos from George Bailey (23) and Glenn Maxwell (27) but it was not enough to see Australia over the line with Jade Dernbach finally repaying the faith that the selectors have shown in him with a stellar showing with the ball, taking 3-23 operating in a new first change role. Danny Briggs also chipped in with two wickets.

The teams will now turn their attention to the one-day arena with Australia kicking things off with a one-off game with Scotland on Tuesday, 3rd September before renewing hostilities with England on Friday at Leeds.

Mini Scorecard:

England 195/5 (20 overs, 9.75rpo)

A Hales 94 (61) F Ahmed 3-25

M Lumb 43 (27) J Faulkner 2-37

Australia 168/9 (20 overs, 8.4rpo)

D Warner 53 (42) J Dernbach 3-23

G Maxwell 27 (16) D Briggs 2-25