Australia needed two runs to win their T20I at Bellerive Oval against England, and a exhausted Glenn Maxwell wanted Alex Carey to finish things off - but the wicketkeeper would have none of it with the Big Show within reach of a century.
After captain David Warner won the toss and elected to field, the Aussies dismissed risky opener Jason Roy in just the second over before a few solid partnerships consolidated the innings for England.
103 runs off 58 balls with ten fours and four sixes capped off a remarkable evening after picking up 3-10 with the ball. On what turned out to be the final ball, the 29-year-old smashed a six over deep mid-wicket to reach his ton and finish the match in style. After a third-wicket stand of 78, Short succumbed to the pressure of three successive dot deliveries as he stroked a drive straight back into the hands of Rashid.
He was on 97 with Australia needing just one run to win in the penultimate over before smashing a six over deep square leg off Mark Wood, sparking wild celebrations.
"It looked out but I fully accept the decision was overturned, ultimately the third umpire is always right". Five overs later controversy erupted after a Jason Roy catch was ruled not out by the third umpire.
Willey dismissed both Warner and Chris Lynn as the hosts were left struggling on 4-2 after just six balls. David Willey then immediately followed Malan back to the pavilion as a rash charge down the wicket resulted in him being stumped off Maxwell by Alex Carey.
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These early incisions gave England a chance, but Short and Maxwell were not unduly concerned by the required run rate and so were able to play with relative comfort in their distinctive styles.
Explosive all-rounder Maxwell took three wickets before blasted a quickfire, devastating century in Hobart.
England were without four players when they tuned up for the series with a demolition job on the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra, but are looking healthier after a couple of days in Tasmania.
Malan was caught on the rope by Andrew Tye for Maxwell's second, and David Willey (3) danced down the track next ball to give Alex Carey his first global stumping.
While David Malan, England's unsung hero at the 2017 Ashes, notched up a 36-ball fifty, Alex Hales and captain Eoin Morgan contributed 22 runs apiece. The newly minted speed sensation, who starred with 3-15 at the SCG, thudded back to earth and conceded 27 runs in his opening two overs.
A slower Hobart surface did not provide Stanlake the assistance he had enjoyed in Sydney, and his speed and length provided welcome pace on the ball for Hales and Dawid Malan after Roy had misjudged an early slower ball from Richardson and popped a catch to cover.