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England vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 2 - As it happened...

 Zee Media Bureau


Australia: 1st Innings

Over 73.3 || Score 164/9

With the wicket of Peter Siddle, the second day of fourth test ended on a good note for the visiting team. After getting all out on 255 on Day 2, the English bowlers, bowl their heart out to give the hosts, the taste of their own medicine. Apart from opener Chris Rogers (62) and Brad Haddin (43 not out) no other Australian batsmen managed to cross the mark of 20 runs and result of that Australia are still 91 runs behind in the first innings and they have just one wicket left. Both the seamers – Anderson and Broad – bowled beautifully throughout and shared three-wickets each between them. Though in the morning Mitchell Johnson once again bowled a wonderful spell to pack up the last four England wickets within 29 runs, to finish with yet another five-for.

PM Siddle c Bresnan b Broad 0 (7m 5b)

Over 72 || Score 168/8

In last twelve overs Australia have lost two more wickets in the form of M Johnson and R Harris. Johnson who had played a few crucial knocks in the past for his team failed to contribute this time around as he got out off Bresnan after scoring just two runs. Harris also got out cheaply and failed to do a decent partnership with Haddin for the eighth wicket, as he fell off Broad, when Root took a sharp catch at short leg. Haddin is playing on 42 and he would look to play some big shots from here on to reduce the first innings lead, as they are still 93 runs behind.

RJ Harris c Root b Broad 6 (27b)

MG Johnson c Anderson b Bresnan 2 (30b)


Over 60 || Score 134/6

Rogers Out. He was playing patiently but one loose shot and he lost his wicket. Rogers wanted to loft Bresnan down the ground but failed to execute it well, as Pietersen took a running catch at mid -off. Rogers got out after scoring 61-run knock. His gutsy knock finally came to an end. Double blow for the hosts. Bailey got out for a 19-ball duck. Anderson gave him some width outside off and he tried to hit it too hard and in doing so only managed a thin edge of his bat and Bairstow took a simple catch behind the wickets. Australia is under immense pressure now. Visitors are dominating the proceedings at the moment.

GJ Bailey c Bairstow b Anderson 0 (19b)

CJL Rogers c Pietersen b Bresnan 61 (171b)


Over 52|| Score 112/4

In the 41st over, Rogers placed the ball towards mid-off for a single off Panesar to complete his fifty. It was a gutsy knock by the southpaw especially after the blow on the head off Broad early on in the innings. After coming back from Tea, Rogers smashed the first ball bowled by Anderson for four and with that the hosts crossed the mark of 100 runs. Smith and Rogers were playing the deliveries according to the merit and were scoring runs on loose deliveries. It was a right strategy by the duo, who still have a lot to prove as far as their Test careers are concerned. And England got yet another breakthrough. Steve Smith departs. Broad who was bowling wicket-to-wicket, finally got the reward. A wide ball over off-stump by Broad, Smith tried to free his arms got the outside edge and Bell took a sharp catch at slips. Australia is under immense pressure now as they are reeling at 112 for four.

SPD Smith c Bell b Broad 19 (77b )


Over 39|| Score 94/3

David Warner and Chris Rogers walked into the middle to open the Australian innings, whereas James Anderson and Stuart Broad started the bowling proceedings for the visitors. But in the seventh over Anderson gave his team the first breakthrough in the form of Warner. Short ball to Warner and he went for a half-pull, but didn't connect it well and gave a catch to wicketkeeper, after scoring just nine runs. Watson came into bat after the fall of first Australian wicket but after scoring 15 runs, he tried to drive Stokes through the cover region but only managed to get a thin outside edge, Bairstow took a simple catch behind the wickets. Skipper Clarke joined Rogers in the middle after the fall of two early wickets. In the 26th over of the innings, Anderson's ball nipped back in to Clarke who left the delivery for the wicket-keeper and crashed into his off stump. A big blow to Australia. Within 62 runs the hosts lost their three wickets. Opener Rogers is playing cautiously along with Steven Smith at the moment. Australia is still trailing by 161 runs in the 1st innings. They need a big partnership here to put the visitors under pressure once again.

MJ Clarke b Anderson 10 (34b)

SR Watson c Bairstow b Stokes 10 (15b)

DA Warner c Bairstow b Anderson 9 (14b)


England, 1st Innings

Over 100|| Score 255

In the morning Mitchell Johnson once again bowled his heart out. He bowled the second over of the day, and was right on the money form the word go. On the very first delivery he bowled a bouncer to sent T Bresnan back to the pavilion. After a gap of three deliveries Johnson castled the stumps of KP. He got out after adding mere four runs to his overnight total of 69. Johnson didn't stop there. After a gap of couple of overs, Johnson made Broad his next victim. With the help of a perfect Yorker, Johnson trapped him in front of the wicket. And then N Lyon bowled Panesar to summed up England's first innings. The visitors only managed to add 29 runs in their overnight score of 226 to take their total to 255.

MS Panesar b Lyon 2 (25m 16b)

SCJ Broad lbw b Johnson 11 (22m 16b)

KP Pietersen b Johnson 71 (252m 161b)

TT Bresnan c Bailey b Johnson 1 (27m 14b)


Kevin Pietersen`s knock on day 1 of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia got the visitors to a respectable score after another good show from Australian pace attack. Pietersen was unbeaten on 67, and his innings would be very crucial from England`s perspective considering they have just four wickets left. Most of the English batsmen got good starts but they couldn`t turn them into big scores. Mitchell Johnson was looking dangerous in the last one hour on day one, and Australia would expect their in-form speedster to bowl out England in the first session on day 2.

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