Rain plays spoilsport as 2nd Ashes T20I abandoned; Australia lead England 3-1

Shajin Mohanan S
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Rain plays spoilsport as 2nd Ashes T20I abandoned; Australia lead England 3-1

Rain had the last laugh in 2nd T20I between Australia and England © Getty Images

Looking at the gloomy weather in Adelaide, it was always going to be a race against time and eventually the rain won, leaving the players and the viewers wishing for more. Australia and England shared one point each with the second T20I match in the Ashes being abandoned at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Saturday (January 22). The multi-format series now stands at 3-1 in the home side’s favour.

With the persistent rain, the match was delayed and it eventually got off to a start after a wait of almost one hour. The match was reduced to 14-overs-per-side and Australia opted to bowl keeping the conditions in mind. England gave Charlie Dean her maiden T20I cap, while Australia brought in Darcie Brown in place of injured Tayla Vlaeminck.

Although Danielle Wyatt hit the second ball of the match bowled by Ashleigh Gardner 0ver cover for four, England openers were cautious with Tammy Beaumont, in particular, taking her time. In the third over, Beaumont whipped last match star Tahlia McGrath through mid-wicket for a boundary.

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Just as Wyatt sliced Megan Schutt for another four  through point, the rain started getting heavier and England were on 24 for no loss at the end of the power play. Only one more delivery was possible in the match before the umpires decided the umpires decided the rain was too heavy for the play to continue.

The players never got back on the field as the match was abandoned with rain showing no sign of stopping. Having won the first game thanks to the heroics of McGrath- the allrounder scored an unbeaten 91 after taking three of the four England wickets to fall, Australia now lead England by two points as both team were award one point each for the second fixture. The two teams will clash again in the final T20I match of the series on Sunday at the same venue.

Brief Scores: England 24/0 in 4.1 overs (Danielle Wyatt 14*) v Australia - Match abandoned due to rain.