4th Ashes Test, Day 3: England vs Australia – As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau
England 2nd innings
Over 74 || Score 234/5
Stumps: Ian Bell slammed yet another century, his third of Ashes 2013 which has given a lot of substance to this England innings. While the pitch became a graveyard for the rest of the batsmen, Bell proved his mettle once again with a formidable knock. England now lead by 202 runs with five wickets in hand which makes it their day.
And for Ian Bell fans, we have some impressive figures.
Bell’s score in the 1st Test – 25, 109
Bell’s score in the 2nd Test – 109, 74
Bell’s score in the 3rd Test – 60, 4*
Bell’s score in the 4th Test – 105*
So he has so far scored 486 runs in the series and is still going strong!
Ian Bell 105* (189b) Tim Bresnan 4* (21b)
Over 60 || Score 190/4
And the play was almost stopped due to bad light! Both the umpires had a short conversation between themselves as to whether the play should be resumed or not. Meanwhile England are now in a good position as Bell and Bairstow are in the process of stitching another partnership. Bairstow initially showed some aggression as he smashed Nathan Lyon down the ground for two consecutive boundaries. Ian Bell is looking all set for another big knock here, what a tournament he has had. England now lead by 158 runs with 6 wickets in hand. Bell and Bairstow have now added 35 runs for the fifth wicket.
Ian Bell 79* (153b) Jonny Bairstow 18* (38b)
Over 50 || Score 157/4
The fourth wicket partnership had begun to hurt the Aussies and Pietersen was lucky to have survived as he charged down the wicket off Lyon and the ball beat Haddin who missed an easy stumping chance. But Lyon had the last laugh when KP once again shimmied down the wicket and got a top edge that went straight to Chris Rogers at short cover. Before being dismissed, Pietersen added 106 runs for the fourth wicket with Bell. Johnny Bairstow is the new man at the crease. England now lead by 125 runs with six wickets in hand. Ian Bell is looking rock solid at the crease.
KP Pietersen c Rogers b Lyon 44 (84b)
Over 36 || Score 123/3
After the fall of Trott’s wicket, KP and Ian Bell are playing sensible cricket. They have completed 50 runs partnership and are looking solid at the moment. Both have scored 37 runs each before Tea. KP is more aggressive in his approach so far, as he scored his 37 in mere 56 balls with the help of five boundaries. On the other hand, Bell took 75 balls to reach 37 and has scored just two boundaries. It’s time for Clarke to do some bowling changes and break this partnership.
Over 24 || Score 87/3
Just after lunch, England lost two early wickets. First one to walk back towards the pavilion was the English skipper Cook. He tried to play a length delivery by Harris towards the cover region, but only managed to get a thick outside edge off his bat and Haddin took a simple catch behind the wickets. After a few overs, Trott tried to send a short ball by Harris towards the on-side boundary but the ball touched his gloves and flew behind the wickets where Haddin took a wonderful catch. At the moment Pietersen and Bell are in the middle and both have scored two boundaries each.
IJL Trott c †Haddin b Harris 23 (29b)
AN Cook c †Haddin b Harris 22 (37b)
Over 9 || Score 24/1
Australia got the first breakthrough in the form of Root. In the seventh over Harris bowled a beauty, which landed on a perfect line and length and clipped off the off stump of Root. What a delivery it was. On the other hand skipper Cook has scored a few boundaries and is looking good. Troot came to the crease after the fall of first wicket to join the skipper in the middle. He started off with a boundary to Harris over the leg side. Lunch. By the time of lunch Cook is playing on 17 and Trott is on 5.
JE Root b Harris 2 (19b)
Over 89.3 || Score 270
After the fall of Rogers wicket Australia lost their other two wickets quickly. Both the wickets were taken by Anderson. First he sent Siddle towards the pavilion and then Lyon, who only managed to score four runs. But then Harris added some quick runs -- 28 runs in 33 balls - - with the help of four boundaries, before giving his wicket to Broad. Australia has managed to take the lead of 32 runs.
RJ Harris lbw b Broad 28 (33b)
NM Lyon lbw b Anderson 4 (7b)
PM Siddle c Cook b Anderson 5 (21b)
Over 80 || Score 236/7
In the very second over of the day Cook handed over the ball to Swann and the spinner didn’t disappoint his skipper. Haddin Out.. In the fifth ball of the second over Swann trapped Haddin in front of the wicket and umpire raised his finger. Haddin didn’t convince with umpire’s decision and went for the DRS. As the ball was clearly hitting middle and off, DRS went against Haddin. Siddle came in to bat after the dismissal of wicketkeeper batsman Hidden. Rogers Out. Rogers fine innings finally came to an end. Swann is at its best again. Rogers tried to play a defensive shot but the ball kissed his gloves then pad and Prior took a wonderful catch. Though the field umpire rejected the appeal, DRS forced the field umpire to change his decision. With the wicket of Rogers, Swann has completed his 50 wickets against the archrivals.
CJL Rogers c †Prior b Swann 110 (250b)
BJ Haddin lbw b Swann 13 (22b)
Chris Rogers`s maiden Test century took Australia to within sight of a first-innings lead when bad light forced an early close to Saturday`s second day of the fourth Ashes Test. Australia were 222 for five at stumps, 16 runs behind England`s first innings 238, with 35-year-old left-handed opener Rogers 101 not out and Brad Haddin unbeaten on 12 at Chester-le-Street.
Australia had been in trouble at 76 for four shortly after lunch, thanks mainly to paceman Stuart Broad, who took four wickets for 48 runs in 20 overs.
But a fifth-wicket stand of 129 between Rogers, dropped on 49, and all-rounder Shane Watson, reprieved on five before making 68, kept England, who at 2-0 up with two to play and had already retained the Ashes, at bay.
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