Aussies set England target of 146 for victory
England has a run chase of 146 after Australia battled to accumulate a decent total in the Twenty20 clash at Old Trafford today.
England won the toss and elected to bowl against Australia. The Aussies made 4-145 after 20 overs. England needs 146 runs to beat Australia.
Australian batsman Cameron White scored 55 off 36 balls as Australia reached 4-145 from their 20 overs after losing the toss.
He shared a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket with captain Michael Clarke, who remained unbeaten on 27, with Adam Voges (11) the other not out batsman.
With the pitch offering little pace, England bowled well to restrict Australia's shot-making for much of the innings.
Stuart Broad, the destroyer of Australia's Ashes hopes with his devastating spell at The Oval just over a week ago, drew first blood for England.
The lanky paceman tempted Shane Watson (10) with a shorter ball as the batsman attempted to pull and sent a top edge flying high to Ravi Bopara at mid-wicket.
David Warner (33) could argue he was unlucky to be adjudged lbw to a ball from England captain Paul Collingwood which appeared on replay to have pitched just outside leg stump.
There was no doubt about David Hussey's dismissal, however.
Hussey scored 111 in Friday's one-day win over Scotland, but added no runs before charging down the pitch to a Collingwood delivery and missing the ball by some distance to be stumped by Matt Prior.
With Australia 3-70, White was let off when he hit James Anderson to Joe Denly at backward point but the fielder, whose top score of 67 was instrumental in England's three-run win over Ireland last week, dropped the catch.
White finally scored the first six of the match in the 16th over, pulling a ball from Stuart Broad into the stands to bring up Australia's 100.
White produced another six in the next over, lofting spinner Graeme Swann over the fence at long on.
He made it three from as many overs when he brought up his half century with a six off Ryan Sidebottom.
White was caught by Collingwood at extra cover off the bowling of Broad in the penultimate over. Collingwood finished with 2-20 off four overs and Broad 2-33 off his four.