England fought back to contain the Aussies after big hitting Shane Watson smashed a brilliant half century which threatened to take the game away from the t20 World Cup winners at the Adelaide Oval.
Watson was in fine form with the bat once again registering his 4th t20 international half century but having recorded another excellent 50 he was unable to turn it into a big total when he was bowled by Michael Yardy in the 9th over.
Despite the fireworks from Watson early on, England fought back with Yardy, the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets as the hosts were restricted to a total of just 157-4 despite reaching 76-0 after just 8 overs.
Having won the toss the Aussies batted first and took advantage of the great conditions as Watson and David Warner built the foundations of an opening stand which would eventfully reach 83 runs.
After a quite start Warner and Watson targeted England new boy Chris Woakes in the third over, dispatching him for 3 boundaries to get their partnership under way much to the delight of capacity crowd.
Despite not picking up any wickets England would have been happy with the way they had bowled as they restricted the Aussies to a total of just 41 runs during the power play overs.
With the power play overs finish England turned to Graeme Swann, just has they had done during the t20 World Cup in the West Indies, but the spinner proved to be ineffective as Watson smashed 3 massive sixes of the bowler in the 8th over.
Watson’s innings quickly ended though just as he had looked in control at the crease when he was bowled by Yardy an over later to leave the Aussies 83-1 after 8.4 overs.
Warner (30) quickly followed when he was caught by Ajmal Shahzad out on the boundary two overs later as England fought their way back into the game.
With the Aussie openers back in the dugout England took control as the boundaries started to dry up with Swann, Yardy and Tim Bresnan taking the pace of the ball leaving Cameron White and David Hussey to pick up one’s and two’s.
White (6) and Hussey (28) played brief cameos before Steven Smith and Aaron Finch ended the innings with a vital 24 run partnership which boosted the Aussies score but England will be confident of chasing down a total of 158 to record a record breaking 8th straight t20 international victory.