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Australia's David Warner plays a stroke in their 2024 ICC T20 World Cup group B match against England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
Australia's David Warner plays a stroke in their 2024 ICC T20 World Cup group B match against England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS

David Warner and Travis Head led Australia to a comfortable 36-run victory over England in a clash of champions at the Twenty20 World Cup in Barbados on Saturday.

Australia were the first side to reach the 200 mark in this tournament, smashing their way to a total of 201/7 at Bridgetown’s Kensington Oval to leave defending champions England facing a daunting run chase.

Warner blasted 39 from 16 balls, including four sixes and two fours, and Head contributed 34 off 18 as Australia advanced to 74/2 at the end of the power play.

Moeen Ali bowled Warner to make the breakthrough at 70/1 after five overs and Jofra Archer dismissed Head, also bowled, as England fought back with two quick wickets.

England reached 54/0 in the power play and Ali hit three sixes in the 14th over. He departed in the 16th for 25 from 15 balls, however, after lofting a catch to Warner on the boundary to leave England in serious trouble on 128/5.

Captain Jos Buttler had earlier hit a top-scoring 42 from 28 balls but England finished well short on 165/6.

Australia, the ODI World Cup and world Test champions, are second in Group B after two games with England fourth. 

Reuters

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