England lost their record of eight Twenty20 match wins on the trot because Chris Woakes could not win it off the last ball this time as England needed six in the second England Australia Twenty20 match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia relied on Aaron Finch to bail them out after they failed to capitalize on David Warner’s promising start for thirty runs. Finch scored his first international Twenty20 half century and in doing so, gave Australia something to defend at 147 for seven.
Even Tim Paine’s briefly promising attack failed to work for Australia as they lost wickets with such consistency that at one point, they were reduced to five down for eighty.
In contrast, England appeared to got off to a tremendous start with Ian Bell looking explosive in his opener’s role. His thirty-nine runs came with such impact that it was considered that Australia had most certainly handed it on a platter to England as they raced along to sixty in seven overs before Australia got their first breakthrough, Mitchell Johnson’s first of three.
Thereafter, England struggled to string together an innings to note as Shane Watson got into the wicket taking act once more to leave England needing twenty-nine runs from two overs and thereafter eighteen from the final over.
Chris Woakes, the hero of the first England Australia ODI, did manage to hit a six off Brett Lee but could not find another to get England the win that would have brought their tally to nine wins in a row while Cameron White could only bask in the dazzle with his first official win as the Australian Twenty20 captain.