Cricket is a game of uncertainty. We usually hear this statement in every match commentary. The all-rounder has proved it correct by playing a magical inning in the third Test of the Ashes against Australia at Headingley which helped England to win the game.
England captain won the toss and decided to bowl first. England bowler opened with a good start and picked early 2 wickets in 9 overs. David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne both the batsmen played wise innings and built 111 runs partnership which was broken by Jofra Archer.
Apart from Warner and Labuschagne, none of the players could able to score 15+ runs. Jofra Archer shone up with the ball and picked 6 wickets on the very first day of the 3rd test. Stuart Broad heap up 2 wickets, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes also picked 1 wicket each.
On the second day, England batsmen started the innings and lost the early wicket. Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins, and James Pattinson broke the spine of England batting line up and piled up the wickets.
After the launch, in 27.5 overs Australian bowlers had folded up England’s innings at just 67 runs insignificant scores. Josh Hazelwood picked 5 wickets, Pat Cummins 3 wickets, and James Pattinson 2 wickets.
After the 1st innings of both the teams, the Australian team was leading by 112 runs. On the 2nd Day, Australia began their second innings. In the very second over David Warner lost his wicket to Broad on a duck. On 2nd day Stumps, Australian had already lost their 6 wickets with the score of 171 runs.
On the 3rd Day before the launch break, Australian was all-out at 246 runs where Marnus Labuschagne played a fantastic inning and scored 80 runs. Apart from Labuschagne, Matthew Wade, Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson played good innings.
England needed to chase a target of 359 runs to come-back and win the game. But as per the test Cricket history, only 10 teams are there who successfully chased 350+ target.
Before Stumps of 3rd Day, English batsmen managed to score 156 runs on the board, whilst they lost wicket of their 3 batsmen. Joe Root, and Joe Denly both scored half-centuries at the end of the third day.
On the 4th Day, England needed 203 runs to win and had 7 wickets in hand. They had a wonderful chance of winning the game. But with the new ball, Lyon picked wicket of Joe Root who was batting at 77 runs with the reliability.
Johnny Barstow next came to bat and controlled the innings with the support of Stocks. Bairstow built a partnership of 85 runs and lost his wicket to Hazelwood on the score of 36 runs.
After losing Bairstow’s wickets England was 114 runs away from the victory and 5 wickets on hand. But suddenly match results converted into Australia’s favour and England lost four wickets of Jose Butler, Chris Vox, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad on 1, 1, 15 and 0 runs respectively.
After the loss of 4 wickets, Australia was almost certain to victory. As the England team needed 73 runs and only 1 wicket left on hand. England team was almost lost their hope to win.
But Ben Stokes transformed the match scenario. He started hitting every bowler line-by-line. Even Aussies Captain Tim Paine tried different kind of bowlers as well as field placement but no strategy worked because it was Stokes Day. He scored first 3 runs out of 73 balls and hit a fifty off 150 balls when the last wicket was remained, he switched his gear up and smashed 74 runs with 7 sixes in 45 balls.
This Was the day of uncertainty. Ben Stokes, hit the seventh century of his Test career, who scored 135 off 219 balls including of 11 fours and 8 sixes.
After the third Test, Both the teams levelled the series with 1-1. The fourth Test will be played at Manchester on September 4.