Ashes 2023: Australia beat England by 43 runs in the second test, taking a 2-0 lead

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London: Australia defeated England by 43 runs in the second Test match of the Ashes series 2023. The England team, which came into the limelight for their baseball game in the Test, gave a tough fight to Australia in the match but all their hopes were shattered as soon as captain Ben Stokes was dismissed. In the fourth innings of the match, Australia set a target of 371 runs for victory in front of England but the hosts were reduced to runs before the tea break. Ben Duckett and captain Ben Stokes led the innings by 115 runs for England on the final day of the second Test. extended. Duckett and Stokes started the day brilliantly, but in the meantime Australia’s Josh Hazlewood got Duckett out and got his team back. After this Ben Stokes handled the innings. Meanwhile, Johnny Bairstow, who came out to bat after the duck, was unfortunately run out.

Although Stokes continued to thrash the Australian bowlers from one end. Single-handedly kept England in the match but he was also dismissed after scoring 155 runs. As soon as he was dismissed, all the hopes of the host team were dashed and the entire team was all out before the target.

Australia got the lead in the first innings

In this match against England, Australia’s team batting first scored a huge score of 416 runs with the help of Steve Smith’s century. In response to this score, England scored 325 runs in their first innings. In this way, Australia got a strong lead of 91 runs on the basis of first innings.

In the first innings for England too, Ben Duckett played a brilliant innings of 98 runs and he missed his century by just two runs. Apart from this, Harry Brook’s innings of 50 and Jack Crowley’s 48 runs came with the bat.

At the same time, in the second innings, the Australian team scored a score of 279 runs with the help of Usman Khawaja’s strong century innings. In this way, due to the lead of 91 runs in the first innings, the Kangaroo team had set a strong target of 371 runs in front of the hosts England.

Stokes stormy century in the fourth innings

England captain Ben Stokes had completed his century before the lunch break on the fifth day of the game. At the time of lunch break, England had scored 243 runs for six wickets. Stokes’ stormy batting continued even after the lunch break and he took the team’s score beyond 300 runs. However, he got out after scoring 155 runs.

Earlier, Australia had dismissed Ben Duckett (83) and Jonny Bairstow (10) in the opening session of the day. Bairstow was controversially run out after which the home crowd in the stadium accused the Australian players of foul play. Even as the players of the team were going towards the pavilion for the lunch break, the spectators were still chanting ‘Dhokhebaaz, Dhokebaaz’.

An Australian player was also verbally abused by a spectator in the ‘long room’ on the way to the dressing room. Bairstow let the bouncer ball of Cameron Green go into the hands of the wicketkeeper. He then went out of the crease before the ball was ‘dead’ and went to his partner standing at the other end, meanwhile wicketkeeper Alex Carey hit the ball on the stumps.

Bairstow was taken aback by this and the on-field umpire pointed to the third umpire. The third umpire called him out after watching the replays. Bairstow walked towards the pavilion shaking his head in disappointment. Stokes expressed his anger against this decision in front of the on-field umpires.

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