By Shrikant Shankar
Dec 9, 2013
Australia capped off a dominant performance by winning the second Ashes 2013-14 Test against England by 218 runs at the Adelaide Oval. Australia bowled out England for 312 in their second innings early on Day Five to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Mitchell Johnson was named as the Man of the Match, especially for his stellar display with the ball in the first innings as he took seven wickets.
The day began with England at 247 for six, but the start was delayed due to some rain. But once play resumed victory came quickly. Peter Siddle opened the proceedings for Australia on Monday. He dug one in short and Stuart Broad pulled it for a six. There were two men in the deep, but he hit it well over them.
Siddle banged the next one shorter and Broad (29) pulled again. This time it went straight to Nathan Lyon at deep square-leg. His enterprising innings came to an end. Johnson came in from the other end and Matt Prior drove one off the back-foot for a four. Johnson bowled a short one and Prior pulled to get a four through mid-wicket.
In Johnson’s next over, he bowled another short one and Prior pulled again and got another four. Siddle then bowled one short to Prior and he pulled delightfully for another a four. That was his half-century as well. The scoring did not stop as Johnson slid one on the off side and Prior slashed hard and it evaded the third-man fielder and went for a four.
Prior then played a fantastic on-drive to a straight delivery from Siddle and got another four. Ryan Harris came into the attack. He bowled a back of a length delivery and Graeme Swann (6) edged it to Michael Clarke at second slip.
Harris bowled one outside off-stump and Prior guided it for a four past third-man. Siddle bowled another short delivery and Prior pulled, but this time it went straight to Harris at deep backward square-leg. Harris took a very good catch diving ahead.
James Anderson hit a few fours to the delight of the England fans. But victory was not to be delayed as Monty Panesar (0) hit one from Harris straight to Chris Rogers at short extra-cover. Siddle finished with four wickets in the innings and Harris got three wickets.
Australia won the second Test by 218 runs. They took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Australia 570 for 9 decl. (Chris Rogers 72, Michael Clarke 148, Brad Haddin 118; Stuart Broad 3 for 98) and 132 for 3 decl. (David Warner 83*; James Anderson 2 for 19) beat England 172 (Michael Carberry 60, Ian Bell 72*; Mitchell Johnson 7 for 40) and 312 (Joe Root 87, Kevin Pietersen 53, Matt Prior 69; Peter Siddle 4 for 57, Ryan Harris 3 for 54) by 218 runs.
Man of the Match: Mitchell Johnson
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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