Adam Zampa: The Australian spinner ended up becoming the most expensive Australian bowler at the Ageas Bowl today.
During the first T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of England in Southampton, England batsman Dawid Malan continued his golden run in the format on the back of his seventh half-century at the highest level.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the fifth over, Malan got off the mark with a boundary against Australia seamer Kane Richardson. With wickets falling at regular intervals from the other end, Malan took the onus upon himself to steer the hosts to a respectable total.
While Malan hitting Australian speedster Mitchell Starc for an elegant and effortless six was arguably the shot of the match, the southpaw further hit two more delightful shots Australia spinner Adam Zampa in the 18th over.
Looking to make the most out of Australia captain Aaron Finch’s unusual decision of calling Zampa in to bowl the 18th over, Malan hit a couple of sixes to accumulate 22 runs from the over.
It was on the penultimate delivery of the over that Malan aimed to make some room outside the off-stump. With Zampa bowling a googly, Malan confidently hit the leg-spinner for the second six of the over. With Zampa also bowling five wides in the over, it played a vital role in England scored 162/7 in 20 overs.
Before getting out in the next over, Malan scored 66 (43) with the help of five fours and three sixes to receive applauds for a fantastic knock. With bowling figures of 3-0-13-2, Richardson was the pick of the Australian bowlers. Zampa, on the other hand, was the most expensive of them all by conceding 47 runs in four overs.
Adam Zampa gets hit for glorious six by Dawid Malan
We set Australia 163..
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 4, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Highest BASRA in Men’s T20Is
200.73 DAWID MALAN
196.02 Hazratullah Zazai
195.02 Glenn Maxwell
194.12 Aaron Finch
191.75 KL Rahul
189.04 Virat Kohli
Min: 500 runs, Full Member Teams
BASRA = Batting Avg + Strike Rate
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 4, 2020
Dawid Malan’s fine T20I form continues
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) September 4, 2020
Australia need 163 to beat England in the first of three T20 internationals. Jos Buttler (44) got the hosts off to a great start but it needed another fifty from Dawid Malan to rescue them after Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson and Glenn Maxwell picked up two wickets apiece #ENGvAUS
— George Sessions (@GeorgeSessions) September 4, 2020
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) September 4, 2020
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