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Sunday, 25 August 2019

Ben Stokes Incredible Inning Against Australia In 3rd Ashes Test at Headingley | 2019

Ben Stokes was the hero yet again as his incredible unbeaten century saw England to a thrilling one-wicket win in the third Ashes Test at Headingley on Sunday.

England — all out for a woeful sixty seven in their 1st innings — were 286/9, still needing seventy three more runs to reach a victory target of 359 when bespectacled No 11 Jack Leach walked out to bat to join Stokes at the crease.

Leach, however, held firm with WC final winning batting star Ben Stokes’s astonishing One hundred and thirty five (135) not out seeing England complete their highest successful 4th innings chase as they squared the 5 match series at 1-1.

“There’s nothing like being out there in the end and getting your team over the line. I didn’t get nervous till we needed single figures, I didn’t know what to do then,” admitted Ben Stokes.

Australian Team, who would have retained the Ashes had they won, missed a clear chance to run Leach out when Nathan Lyon failed to gather a throw and then paid dearly for squandering a review.

All-rounder English Crickter Ben Stokes eventually flayed fast bowler Pat Cummins for 4 to seal a famous victory arguably even more improbable than England’s celebrated 1981 Ashes Test success at Headingley when they won after following-on.
This was only the 4th time a team had made more than three hundred (300) to win in the 4th innings of a Test at Headingley.

“It was a very special feeling. Today Ben Stokes inning was unbelievable. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And the crowd was insane,” admitted Leach.
Timothy David Paine said: “It’s hard to take, So losing that from that position but you tip your hat sometimes.

“Stokes played an unbelievable innings and in the end he was too good for us.”
As Leach looked on, all-rounder Ben Stokes went into one-day mode by driving off-spinner Lyon for 2 straight sixes (6s) and then produced a stunning reverse against him that sailed high over deep point.Ben Stokes extravagant scooped 6 off Cummins reduced the target to fourty.

Despite Australia captain having scattered all his fielders to the boundary, Ben Stokes pulled Josh Hazlewood for 4 to complete a remarkable One hundred and ninty nine (199) ball-century — his 2nd in a row after his one hundred and fifteen (115) not out in the drawn 2nd Test at Lord’s — featuring 8 fours and 5 sixes.Ben Stokes then hoisted the next 2 balls for six.He rode his luck when a sliced 2 off Cummins was dropped by a diving Marcus Harris at 3rd man.

Ben Stokes, however, commandingly pulled and drove Cummins’s next 2 balls for for 4 to leave England just 9 runs shy of victory.Run-out chanceBut a single left Leach on strike with two balls left in the over.The 1st of those sailed over Leach’s head and the next saw Australia Team waste a review for a ball that pitched outside leg stump.England now needed 8 — or 2 boundaries.

The 3rd ball of the over saw Ben Stokes drive Lyon for a six that just cleared Marnus Labuschagne at long-on and England needed 2 to win.
A colossal mix-up between Stokes and Leach should have seen the No 11 run out but Lyon fumbled the return.
Lyon then had an lbw appeal against Stokes turned down by umpire Joel Wilson only for replays to suggest it would have been out.But Australia had used up all their reviews.

England still needed 2 to win but Leach, who made a career-best ninty two as nightwatchman in a recent Test win over Ireland, was on strike to Cummins.

Leach though managed a single that tied the scores as he got off the mark after 59 min. at the crease.And Ben Stokes then cut Cummins for a boundary to seal an astounding triumph.

The left-handed batsman faced Two hundred and ninty (219) balls in total, with eleven fours and 8 sixes in a superbly paced 5-and-a-half hour inninngs.
It seemed England’s chances had evaporated when they lost 3 wickets for just sixteen runs after lunch to be reeling at 261/7.

England had yet to add to their overnight score of 156/3 when Ben Stokes missed a pull off a Hazlewood bouncer that smashed into his helmet, with the stem guard protecting his neck flying off at the back.

But he was cleared to bat on and when captain Joe Root was out for 77 after adding just two to his overnight score Stokes, ably assisted by Jonny Bairstow (36) counter-attacked, with England scoring 60 runs in eight overs after Australia took the new ball.

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