2nd Ashes Test, Day 4: England vs Australia–As it happened...
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Australia 2nd innings
Over 90.3|| Score 235
England wins by 347 runs and lead the series 2-0. Last time when England was 2-0 up in an Ashes series was way back in 1986-87.
Swann gets Pattinson LBW in the final over of the day.
Australia needs to win the remaining three matches to win the series.
Over 84|| Score 230/9
The scheduled overs are complete for the day. But England is going to take the extra half hour (or eight overs, whichever is early) to try and finish this Test at Lord’s on Day 4 itself.
The last wicket partnership is going strong at 38 runs. Can England finish-off the match tonight? They are clearly not in a mood to come back tomorrow.
Pattinson 33* Harris 13*
Over 77|| Score 192/9
England on the verge of victory.
Anderson finds some reverse swing to bowl out Siddle. Bryan Harris comes at number 11.
England needs 1 wicket to win. Six overs left.
Over 76|| Score 192/8
A long dull phase after some exciting overs.
Swann looking for a breakthrough to end this partnership. Seven more overs for the day left. England will look to end the match today itself.
Australia need 391 more runs to win.
Over 62|| Score 162/8
Haddin misjudges a good delivery from Swann. Australia eight down now. Haddin goes at 13. James Pattinson is the new batsman at the crease.
England needs 2 wickets to win.
Over 55|| Score 154/7
Australia is 446 runs behind England. Ashton Agar joins Haddin at the crease. Can he recreate the Trent Bridge magic?
But no! Yet another controversial dismissal. Ashton Agar is out. Agar can’t believe it.
Peter Siddle at the crease now.
England, a step closer to victory.
Over 51|| Score 136/6
Prior takes a good catch behind the stumps and Smith is gone. England, high on confidence can look forward to their second win.
Tea: The fall of wickets in quick succession have proven lethal for Australians. England is in complete control of the match and need four more wickets for a victory.
Over 50|| Score 135/5
Root makes the breakthrough yet again. Usmain Khawaja goes. Australia is in deep trouble. Brad Haggin is the new batsman.
Root forces Khawaja to edge the ball to Anderson, who takes a simple catch at gully.
England is a step closer to a 2-0 lead.
Over 48|| Score 135/4
Just when the partnership was going steady, the Aussie captain is out. Michael Clarke departs. Joe Root takes his first wicket. The delivery goes right in the hands of Alastair Cook. A big blow for Australia. Steve Smith is the new batsman.
Root is on a roll.
Over 45|| Score 122/3
Khawaja and Clarke have proved to their teammates that if you apply yourself, there are still runs to be made on this pitch.
Swann is off the field at the moment, so there is a bowling change as Root comes into the attack. Khawaja gets his fifty. A good knock by the number three.
Clarke, on 42, is nearing his own half-century. A good and much-needed partnership for the Aussies.
Khawaja 50* Clarke 43*
Over 39 || Score 104/3
After their top order faltered, the Aussies are settling now. Captain Clarke is building up the confidence of his team.
No major breakthrough for England. End of 37th over brings up 100 runs for Australia.
Time for a drinks break.
Khawaja 40* Clarke 35*
Over 35 || Score 95/3
Clarke and Khawaja bring up the 50-run partnership for Australia.
First bowling change of the session comes in the 34th over. Anderson is brought in by Cook and he will look for his second wicket.
Over 30 || Score 85/3
Stuart Broad will resume the attack for England. With conditions ideal for batting, and Australia’s best player Michael Clarke at the crease, England’s victory might have to wait. Khawaja has been positive since lunch and the duo look composed.
Khawaja 36* Clarke 20*
Australia is chasing a huge target of 583 runs.
Over 22 || Score 48/3
The situation is just getting worse for Australia. Australia’s top order has yet again failed. Phil Huges is gone . Australia loses its third wicket. Great bowling from Swann. Clarke is the new batsman. The session still belongs to England. England’s surely going to enjoy their lunch. It’s a long hard battle for Australia. England needs 7 wickets to finish the Lord’s Test match on day 4.
England leads by 535. Khawaja 8*, Clarke 11*
AUSTRALIA Over 15 || Score 24/1
Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes are in the middle for Australia after the visitors lost both their opening batsmen early in the chase. Chris Rogers was the second wicket to fall after being cleaned up by Graeme Swann. Rogers scored 6 (29b).
AUSTRALIA Over 7 || Score 24/1
Australia have been dealt an early blow as they have lost the wicket of opening batsman Shane Watson who was trapped in front by James Anderson. Usman Khawaja is the new batsman in the middle. Aussies are chasing 583 runs to win the Lord’s Test and level the series. Watson scored 20 (23b, 4X3).
England 2nd innings
Over 114 || Score 349/6
Joe Root’s fine innings finally comes to an end but he missed a golden opportunity to score a double ton. Root scored 180 runs, falling short of his double ton by 20 runs. With the fall of Root’s wicket, England declared their second innings. Australia need 583 to win. They need to bat basically two days to save the match. Now it’s time for Australia to fight back, as it’s their last chance save the match.
Over 110 || Score 333/5
Australia look demoralised. It was a tough day for them. Root got a standing ovation from his teammates. Off the 109th over, Root hit two massive sixes. The Day 3 day belonged to Root. He is unbeaten at 178 and one of the reasons for England’s huge lead.
Australians will need a stellar performance to take the match. It’s a tough task ahead for the Aussies. England might bat for a while, and we might even see Root reach his double century before declaration. ====================================================================================