Dec 17, 2013
A fighting 99-run fifth-wicket partnership between Ben Stokes (72 not out) and Ian Bell (60) delayed Australia’s march to regaining the Ashes. The Aussies are just five wickets away from a sealing the match and the series on Day Five of the third Test.
England, who were set a target of 504 provided stiff resistance and hung around at the crease but failed to sustain for long as the Australian pacers were once again on target. After the dismissal of Kevin Pietersen’s wicket it looked like England will crumble on Day Four, but Bell and Stokes played brilliant cricket to keep the game alive. The duo were not hesitant to go for their shots despite the uneven nature of the wicket due to large cracks on the pitch.
Australia 385 (David Warner 60, Steve Smith 111, Brad Haddin 55; Stuart Broad 3 for 100, James Anderson 2 for 60) and 369 for 6 decl. (David Warner 112, Shane Watson 103) lead England 251 (Alastair Cook 72, Michael Carberry 43; Ryan Harris 3 for 48, Peter Siddle 3 for 46) and 251 for 5 (Ian Bell 60, Ben STtokes 72*; Shane Watson 1 for 31) by 253 runs.
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