England defeated Australia by eight runs to take a 2-0 lead in their three-match Twenty20 series. Sam Curran and Dawid Malan shone in particular.
When England was down to 54-4 in Canberra, Malan scored 82 runs from 49 balls to lead the comeback.
He received competent assistance from Moeen Ali (44), who helped England reach 178-7 from their 20 overs by adding 92 runs for the fifth wicket.
When the game was on the line in the 18th over, Curran was the standout bowler, taking 3-25, including the crucial dismissal of Tim David for 40 in that over.
The Surrey all-rounder also made a brilliant catch to dismiss Mitchell Marsh, who seemed to be well on his way to scoring 45 off just 29 balls. However, England’s stronger fielding made the difference, limiting Australia to 170-6.
On Friday, the third and final game of the three-game series will be played in Canberra.