The second match of the England vs Australia Ashes series 2023 concluded at the historic Lord’s on Sunday (July 2). In this match, England captain Ben Stokes pulled the team out of trouble by batting aggressively. Interestingly, Stokes first scored a half-century, a century and then a half-century. He is being admired from all quarters for his captaincy.
It happened that England needed 257 runs to win on the fifth day of the second Test in England vs Australia. In the first over of the fifth day, i.e. in the 32nd over of the innings, Ben Stokes started with 29 runs off 70 balls. They shared a partnership of 132 runs for the fifth wicket. After Ben Duckett was dismissed on 83, Stokes continued to bat. He first faced 142 balls to complete his century. He scored this century in the 56th over of the innings.
Stokes’ half century
Stokes then batted his baseball cricket style and scored 2 runs off the second ball of Cameron Green’s 69th over to complete his half century. Stokes played 197 balls to complete his fifty this time. He completed this half century by hitting 9 fours and 9 sixes. Stokes scored 155 off 214 balls in the second innings. England came close to victory thanks to Stokes’ sizzling innings.
Briefly about the match
In this match, England team won the toss and decided to bowl. Australia scored 416 runs for the loss of 10 wickets while batting first. Chasing this challenge, England knelt down on 325 runs in the first innings. Thus Australia got a lead of 91 runs. Australia then scored 279 runs in the second innings. So England had a challenge of 370 runs for victory. England scored 114 runs for the loss of 4 wickets on the fourth day. Also, England needed 257 runs to win on the fifth day. By 72.1 overs, England had crossed the milestone of 301 runs by losing 7 wickets on the strength of Stokes’ half-century. England still need 70 runs to win. Now it will be important to see whether England wins or not. (ashes 2023 ben stokes hit 151 runs in 197 balls against australia 2nd test)
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