This is the start of the last month of the year and thanks to Ashes we have a thriller on the cards. It will be 5th day of the 2nd test of the Ashes when Australia and England will fight for the win. Match is rightly poised; however, looking on the scorecard one can say that Australian team is slightly ahead. Joe Root is leading his team well and he leading by an example.
England needs 178 runs while they have 6 wickets in hand with skipper Joe Root on crease with 67*. Chris Woakes is giving him company with a score of 5*. Australia started the day with score of 53-4 with Handscomb and Lyon on crease. Australians were soon bundled out for 138. James Anderson was the leading wicket taker for England as he took 5 wickets for 43 runs. Chris Woakes took 4 wickets for 36 runs. Australia gave England a target of 354 runs.
For England Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman started the inning. Both of them played with cautious and they were soon 50 without any loss. Just after the 50 runs partnership Alistair Cook was out after scoring 16 runs. As Mark Stoneman too left for the pavilion after scoring 36 runs, England were soon at 54-2. Two new batsmen were at crease as Joe Root joined James Vince in rebuilding the inning. James Vince was out for 15 runs when the scoreboard showed 91. David Malan then joined the skipper and both took the score to 169 runs. David Malan was out for 29 runs towards the end of the day’s play. Mitchess Stark took two wickets while Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon shared the remaining two wickets.
When the play for day 5 starts, Joe Root will be the biggest worry for Australian camp. If they are able to get him out early, it will be a big advantage; however, English camp will like their skipper to remain out there and win the match for them.
Ashes never disappoint in churning out quality contests and we are sure 5th day of the 2nd test match will prove that. Keep coming back for quality Sports content and share your thoughts in the Comments section.