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England, 1st innings:
Over 116 || Score 247/4
Stumps: A scratchy innings from Kevin Pietersen finally came to an end when just after reaching his half-century, he edged a delivery from Starc that went straight to Watson. Chris Woakes on his Test debut has added unbeaten 30 runs for the fifth wicket with Bell, England’s in-form batsman. The hosts would want Bell to score another big knock as they still trail by 245 runs with six wickets in hand.
Ian Bell 29* (110b) Chris Woakes 15* (49b)
KP Pietersen c Watson b Starc 50 (133b)
Over 100 || Score 217/3
Kevin Pietersen has dragged himself to a half-century, that came off 130 balls while Ian Bell too is looking rock solid at the crease. England have added 17 runs in the last ten overs and they now trail by 217 runs with seven wickets in hand.
Kevin Pietersen 50* (130b) Ian Bell 15* (66b)
Over 90 || Score 200/3
Mitchell Starc finally got the breakthrough for his side when the right-hander was looking to play across the line and was hit on the pads. Trott immediately reviewed the decision but it was pitched in line and he had to walk back to the pavilion. The in-form Ian Bell comes to the crease and England now trail by 292 runs with seven wickets in hand.
IJL Trott lbw b Starc 40 (134b)
Over 80 || Score 176/2
Pietersen and Trott are playing too slow at the moment but at the same time, runs won’t be easy to come on this pitch. Surprisingly, KP who is known to score runs at pace isn’t playing too many shots. Trott like always, needs his time to score runs. 27 runs added in the last ten overs. England now trail by 316 runs with seven wickets in hand.
Jonathan Trott 40* (133b) Kevin Pietersen 28* (77b)
Over 70 || Score 149/2
While Nathan Lyon is troubling the two batsmen at the moment, England haven’t managed to get the third breakthrough as both Pietersen and Trott are batting through a tough period where the ball is assisting the spinners. The duo has added 32 runs for the third wicket so far. England now trail by 343 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Jonathan Trott 29* (98b) Kevin Pietersen 16* (52b)
Over 55 || Score 119/2
Nathan Lyon finally ended Root’s resistance when the right-hander attempted a sweep shot which went straight to Shane Watson at short fine leg. Root and Trott added exactly 50 runs for the second wicket. Kevin Pietersen is the new man in.
JE Root c Watson b Lyon 68 (184b)
Over 44 || Score 97/1
At lunch, England were in a good position after Joe Root reached his half-century. Jonathan Trott is there to give him some good company and a big one is due from him. England now trail by 394 runs with nine wickets in hand.
Joe Root 52* (149b) Jonathan Trott 9* (29b)
Over 33 || Score 73/1
The first breakthrough for Australia. The English skipper is back in the pavilion. Cook went for an expensive drive but only managed to get the outside edge and Haddin took a simple catch behind the wickets. It’s the third time in the Ashes when Cook has given his wicket to Harris. The other opener Root is still at the crease and looking solid at 39. After the fall of Cook’s wicket, Trott has come to join Root.
AN Cook c Haddin b Harris 25 (88b)
Over 25 || Score 56/0
In the 24th over the English team crosses the mark of 50. In the next over Michael Clarke has done first bowling change, when he introduced another seamer bowler Mitchell Starc.
Over 21 || Score 43/0
Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris have started the proceedings for Australia. Cook flicked Harris for a single to score the first run of the day. In the same over Root picked up the first boundary of the day on the on side. In the 21st over Cook collected his first boundary of the day by driving Harris towards the cover region.
The first hour of the third day would be crucial for both the teams. Where on one end Australia will try to give the home team some early blows, England openers will try to give their team a solid partnership up the order.
Steven Smith`s maiden Test hundred ensured Australia maintained their grip on the Ashes finale at The Oval on Thursday.
Smith`s 138 not out powered Australia to an imposing first innings total of 492 for nine declared on the second day as they sought a consolation win after England had already taken the series at 3-0 up.
When bad light ended play for the day, England were 32 without loss, a deficit of 460 runs. England captain Alastair Cook was 17 not out and Joe Root 13 not out.
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