By the tea break of second day, Australia players hauled its chase to 73. The team faced a strong attack from England bowlers. The visitors removed three key wickets to dismantle the top order. Bancroft’s wicket fell on the fourth over, Khawaja returned next after six overs. However, it was Warner’s wicket that jolted the order in the twentieth over. While Cameron Bancroft and Khawaja were down at 5 and 11, Warner could add only 26.
The breakthrough is all credited to Stuart Broad. The bowler sent Bancroft as Jonny Bairstow gathered the delivery. The next strike was from spinner Moeen Ali, who took down Usman Khawaja. Ali took down the player at his third ball. Jake Ball marked a grand success dismantling David Warner. The batsman unleashed his strikes on Moeen Ali, while scoring 26 with a good momentum. He wanted to pull the delivery off Ball when David Malan caught it at short midwicket.
In the earlier inning, England forged a strong score to challenge Australia. The score of 302 could be tough to Australia if the middle order does not play resilient. The responsibility is heavy for Smith, but he was steady. The captain gathered a momentum in the chase, even if England bowlers were aggressive enough. England played 117 overs for the score, despite a run down in the lower order. The team scored 246 runs for 4 wickets, but wobbled to 302 all out. Nathan Lyon was crucial for Australia, while Mitchell Starc was a string second-attack.
England played until the second session of the next day. In the first day, the team scored 196 for 4 with David Malan and Moeen Ali as overnight batsmen. The second day got Australia bowlers, specially bowlers an advantage to attack. At a point England lost three wickets for four runs in a space of 18 deliveries. Both Malan and Ali were down in consecutive overs, followed by Chris Woakes after two overs.
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