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.
England captain Eoin Morgan is enthused about taking part in global cricket's first Twenty20 tri-series but doubts there is room in the calendar for it to become a regular feature.
His innings was studded with 10 fours and four very big maximums as the home side sealed the victory with nine balls to spare and five wickets in hand. It was deja-vu in the following six ball stint as another aggressive approach resulted in a further 15 runs off spinner Rashid as Australia threatened to run away with their chase. Jos Buttler punched a Stoinis slower ball to mid off, Billings presented Agar with another front edge caught and bowled when he returned to the attack, and Malan's innings was ended when he failed to clear deep square leg.
Maxwell also survived a controversial moment, where a Jason Roy claimed catch that would have dismissed the batsman on 59 was overturned by the third umpire. The Victorian stood up amid a stuttering Australian innings, which started disastrously at 4 for 2.
Fresh from his stint with the Hobart Hurricanes, D'Arcy Short was right at home at Blundstone, belting a quick-fire 30 off 20 balls, with two fours and two enormous sixes.
29 runs in five overs had squeezed the pressure on England and Malan top-edged Maxwell to Tye shortly after reaching 50.
In-form Short (30 from 20 balls) looked set for a breakout knock at the worldwide level but hammered a return catch to Rashid, whose wily turn was getting England back into the contest.
Maxwell needed a six to bring up his 100 before he tipped Australia past England's 9-155 and he obliged by launching Chris Jordan onto the hill to the roar of 9958 fans.
The successful chase bookended another stellar Australian bowling effort after Warner won the toss and elected to bowl on a flat Bellerive Oval pitch oozing with runs in the only worldwide fixture this summer in Tasmania, Australia's island state.
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 later caught by Andrew Tye off Maxwell, who also afforded Alex Carey a first stumping in what was his second T20I as wicket-keeper, with Willey the victim.
Malan, who smashed 78 from 60 balls on debut against South Africa in Cardiff last June, top scored with 50 off 36 deliveries, as the visitors slumped from 94/2 towards halfway to post a modest 155/9 in their 20 overs. 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. Coming in to face England, Australia will hope to display the allround performance and take a precious win over England.