Ashes 2017/18: England, Australia Evenly Poised Ahead of Crunch Day in Adelaide
The second Ashes Test is evenly poised after the fourth day’s play, as England finished the day at 176/4 leaving them 178 runs behind the target.
England has been set a target of 354 in the fourth innings in the second game courtesy a brilliant display of fast bowling by the visiting bowlers in the second innings, as they dismissed the hosts for a mere 138 runs.
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England was bowled out for just 227 in their first innings which gave the Australians a lead of 215 runs. James Anderson picked up five wickets in the second innings along with Chris Woakes who picked up four wickets for the tourists.
Craig Overton was the other wicket-taker for England, who picked up the wicket of Josh Hazelwood.
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For Australia, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc were the top scorers, as they both scored 20 and fell prey to the same bowler, James Anderson. Australia began day four with their score at 53/4 with Peter Handscomb and the nightwatchman Nathan Lyon at the crease.
Anderson and Woakes soon caused havoc in the first session and wrapped up the Australian innings before the tea break.
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England then got off to a solid start in the second innings while chasing a huge target of 354. Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman shared a 53-runs opening partnership.
Cook fell prey to Nathan Lyon for just 16 runs. Star of England’s first innings in the first Test then came to the crease and got a start before he edged one to Handscomb of Starc’s bowling. Joe Root and Dawid Malan were then involved in a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Malan lost his wicket to a beauty from Pat Cummins ten minutes before stumps on 29.
Chris Woakes was then sent in as a night watchman to see the remaining two overs of the day.
England’s captain, Joe Root looked set from the very first ball and is currently unbeaten on 67. England’s chances of winning the match majorly depend on Root. Australia used their two reviews in the gap of three deliveries and lost both of them. England requires 178 runs on day five to level the series 1-1.