England finally scrambled before Australia in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval. Australia scored 442 and 138 in two innings. England scored 227 and 233 in its innings losing the match by 120 runs. The match featured an unbeaten century off Australia batman Shaun Marsh, apart from a five wicket haul off England bowler James Anderson. In the series, the home team is now 2 matches ahead leaving 3 more matches to decide the tournament. Several players knocked half centuries from both the sides.
Until the final day of the match, England’s prospect was strong with an adequate momentum in the chase. In fact, it was Australia’s first inning score of 442 when the game went away of England’s hand. After the first inning, England still lagged by massive scores. Still, wobbling Australia at 138 put the visitors at a positive side. By the end of fourth day, England scaled up its score to 178 required to win. The team still had six wickets and the fifth day to play. It was strong position, what-so-ever, but Australia’s bowler repeated the pink ball magic.
The fifth day began with the wobble in the batting line-up. It was Josh Hazlewood who removed Joe Root and Chris Woakes within the first three overs of the day. Australia’s breakthrough into the inning was abrupt. Until Joe Root was on crease, runs trickled. The next stretch witnessed a total collapse when the rest of the team could add only 57 runs, losing all the remaining six wickets. After Root was done away, Nathan Lyon trapped Moeen Ali. Craig Overton followed along with Stuart Broad.
Australia, so far, won all the three matches it played with the pink Kookaburra in Adelaide Oval. The next Ashes venue is at Perth’s WACA Stadium. This is another venue where England has poor records against the home team. The venues in the tournament seem to impact the tournament results. England just losing another match will let it leave the Ashes Cup in Australia.
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