England Twenty20 run ended by Australia

England's record Twenty20 winning streak was ended at eight games after Australia secured a series-levelling four-run win in Melbourne.

Paul Collingwood's side were unable to chase down Australia's 147 for seven to suffer their first defeat in the shortest format of the game since their World Twenty20 success last May.



Spin duo Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy had restricted Australia after a quick start, claiming two for 19 apiece, to give England belief that they could seal another series win to follow their Ashes success.



But on the same ground where the little urn was retained three weeks ago, Tim Bresnan was unable to hit the final ball from Brett Lee for a six that would have won the game.



Aaron Finch, playing just his second game on his home ground at the MCG, was Australia's top scorer with an unbeaten 53 from 33 balls.



Both sides elected to name unchanged teams from the first match in Adelaide two days ago, when Chris Woakes sealed England's thrilling one-wicket win from the final ball.



Ian Bell immediately set England's chase in motion with a pair of back-foot drives to the cover rope in the first over from Shaun Tait.



Bell dominated the opening stand with Steven Davies, hitting all four boundaries that helped them reach 50 from 38 balls.



The Warwickshire right-hander was first to fall though when he chopped onto his stumps attempting a heave off Mitchell Johnson for 39 from 30 balls.



Johnson struck again three balls later when Kevin Pietersen thrashed a wide half-volley that Cameron White did well to hold at short cover.



Shane Watson claimed career-best figures of four for 15 in Adelaide and when he struck twice in quick succession to remove Paul Collingwood (six) and Davies (29), both caught by David Warner at mid-off, England had lost four for 28.



Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright settled the chase with a stand of 23 before Wright was also caught down the ground off Tait.



That left the tourists needing 36 from the last three overs and with the rate getting out of hand Australia claimed the key wicket of Morgan.



The left-hander looked to swipe Johnson (three for 29) over mid-wicket but could only find the waiting hands of Finch to depart for 14.



With 18 needed from Lee's last over, Woakes smashed a six to give England hope, but Bresnan could not deliver a similar blow when it was needed off the final ball.



Earlier, Australia made a brisk start after Warner was allowed an early reprieve when Bresnan failed to get hands on a skied chance.



A flurry of early boundaries followed as the hosts took 31 balls to reach 50 for the loss of Watson.



He had effortlessly lifted the ball over the ropes on two occasions, highlighted by a perfectly-timed flick over mid-wicket, before falling for 17 in the deep attempting to replicate the stroke off Woakes.



Warner was more brutish in his strokeplay, heaving Ajmal Shahzad to the leg-side ropes, while Tim Paine sweetly struck his second ball for a straight six off Woakes.



The introduction of Swann and Yardy, however, arrested the early onslaught as they took wickets to tie down the rate.



Swann removed Paine, for a 12-ball 21, to a top-edged sweep that Collingwood held at the second attempt.



Yardy then had Warner (30) caught in the deep with just his second delivery before Swann turned a ball sharply to have White lbw without scoring.



When David Hussey recklessly pulled Yardy to Woakes at deep mid-wicket, Australia were suddenly five for 80 and went without a boundary for six overs until Finch swept Swann to fine leg.



With Yardy and Swann having bowled out their overs, Finch and Steve Smith kick-started Australia's innings again with a half-century stand from 39 balls.



Finch dominated it, with a couple of muscular sixes before Smith (13) was caught by Collingwood off Shahzad.



Finch remained and reached his first half-century from the penultimate ball as Australia posted 147 for seven.



PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
glastonbury
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Shock of the news: Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’
filmReview: Gyllenhaal, in one of his finest performances, is funny, engaging and sinister all at once
Arts and Entertainment
Shelley Duvall stars in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
filmCritic Kaleem Aftab picks his favourites for Halloween
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Kit Harington has been given a huge pay rise to extend his contract as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
tv
Life and Style
Taste the difference: Nell Frizzell tucks into a fry-up in Jesse's cafe in east London
food + drinkHow a bike accident left one woman living in a distorted world in which spices smell of old socks and muesli tastes like pork fat
Sport
Luke Shaw’s performance in the derby will be key to how his Manchester United side get on
footballBeating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Life and Style
Google's doodle celebrating Halloween 2014
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Don’t send in the clowns: masks and make-up conceal true facial expressions, thwarting our instinct to read people’s minds through their faces, as seen in ‘It’
filmThis Halloween, we ask what makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?
News
peopleFarage challenges 'liberally biased' comedians to 'call him a narcissist'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes