IT’S STUMPS ON DAY 2! England 9/0 as they lead Australia by 78 runs. England have safely survived the tricky 4 overs! The crowd lets out a big cheer as the players start to head back to the pavilion. That brings an end to an enthralling day of Test cricket. It started with Australia picking the remaining wickets early in the morning but then immediately were under the pump after losing their openers cheaply. What followed next was the old script! Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith formed a partnership to steady the ship but then the former departed and the latter kept on losing partners. Smudge was eventually dismissed late in the evening session on 80, apparently his lowest score in this Ashes, and after a quickfire knock by Nathan Lyon, the Australian innings got folded.

WICKET: Jofra Archer to Peter Siddle. out, OUT! A blinder from Rory Burns at gully to close out the Australian innings. Number 6 for Archer, his second 6-fer in the series. Fuller length ball around off this time from Archer. Siddle throws hit bat at the ball but it takes the outside and flies wide of Rory Burns who dives to his right to gobble it. AUSTRALIA ALL OUT FOR 225.

WICKET: Jofra Archer to Nathan Lyon. out, OUT! TIMBER! 5-fer for Archer and the fun for Lyon has ended! Archer steams in to start his new over, Lyon must be expecting the short ball but Archer surprises him with a knuckle-ball yorker. It loops on him, coming in. Lyon misses the ball altogether as he looks to swing it away. The good looking partnership of 37 runs has ended and the visitors are 9 down now.

WICKET: Chris Woakes gets the big fish. Steve Smith departs for 80. Australia eight down for 187. LBW! Finally the defense of Smith is breached and Woakes is the man to do it. A very fine innings from Smith comes to an end and without him, the visitors score would have looked a paltry one. Good length ball just outside off, it comes inside with the angle. Smith shuffles across in his usual manner trying to flick the ball towards the leg side but unusually, he misses his flick this time and is hit on the pads.

WICKET: Sam Curran to Pat Cummins. out, OUT! LBW! Two in two for Curran. That looked plumb. And the third umpire agrees as well. Curran pitches this one fuller on middle and leg. The ball swings back in and beats the defensive bat of Cummins to hit him on the pads. Huge appeal follows and umpire agrees. Cummins, however goes for the review after consulting Smith at the other end. Will that help? Let’s see. Nothing on the Ultra Edge. Here comes the Ball Tracker. Well, it is hitting the timber and Cummins will have to walk back. Australia in a massive trouble as the number 7 is back to the pavilion. They trail by 128 runs. Our ever alert fellow commentator pings me – ‘In the first innings, Cummins got Curran LBW but overstepped. Sam has not returned the favour!’ Sharp memory.

WICKET: Sam Curran to Tim Paine. out, OUT! Caught behind! Curran has his man. Wicket number two from him and Paine can’t do much in this innings as he walks back to the pavilion. Pitches this slightly fuller and makes Paine go for the drive. He set him up nicely by taking two ball into him and then one away. This one is a scrambled seam delivery. Paine goes to push it down the ground with a straight bat but the away movement means the ball takes the outside edge and goes straight to Bairstow. Smith is running out of the partners here.

WICKET: Australia lose their fifth wicket for 160 and it’s Jofra Archer with the breakthrough – his 4th wicket of the innings. Slightly short from Archer and Marsh swivells across to pull it straight to Jack Leach at fine-leg.

Tea break: Well, Steve Smith doing just Steve Smith things. He powers on as Australia take tea at 147/4, behind England by another 147 runs.

Yet another FIFTY for Steve Smith: Oh well, is it even surprising anymore? Smith brings up another half-century – his 10th in a row against England. The marathon started during the last Ashes – late 2018 and it’s continuing even now. He also goes past 700 runs in the series and now has the most runs against England on their home soil in a Test series surpassing Graeme Smith’s tally of 714 runs. Also, he will end the series with an average of over 100. Is he the the best batsman in the world at the moment?

Over 29.2: Third wicket for Jofra Archer! Marnus Labuschagne is out LBW! This one is a similar delivery to the previous one, good length ball just outside off, nipping back in. This time Labuschagne misses his flick altogether and is hit flush on the pads. The English players all go up together for the appeal and umpire Erasmus agrees. Labuschagne walks upto his partner Steven Smith, has a long chat with him but eventually decides against taking the review. The threatening 69-run stand is broken.

It’s lunch on Day two! Australia are 55/2 with Steve Smith batting on 14 and Marnus Labuschagne unbeaten on 32. It’s turning out to be the same old script! Australia suffering early blows and then a partnership involving Smith trying to bail them out. Labuschagne has once again shown his mettle with the bat as he continues to impress everyone with his temperament and skill. There was a moment very early in his innings when he got a spike on his attempted pull shot and was caught behind but there was only a muted appeal from England. An early reprieve and this South Africa-born lad is trying to make full use of it.

Over 5.5: OUT! Jofra on fire! Australia have lost both their openers as Marcus Harris departs for three. Two outside edges fell short of the fielder but not the third one. Stokes is superb in holding on to this one, very close to the ground.

Over 1.5: WICKET! David Warner’s poor run of form continues. Jofra Archer gives England their first breakthrough. Good length ball outside off, Warner is run-hungry as he throws his bat at it again but misses. Root goes for the review after thinking for a while. The Ultra Edge is taking ages to arrive. However, it does and there’s a tickle as the ball gets closer to the bat. Warner has to walk back. He does but not to Broad though. He walks off with a loud boos from the crowd. His poor run in the series continues. Exactly the kind of start the hosts would’ve wanted.

England innings:

Over 87.1: ALL OUT! Mitchell Marsh completes a five-wicket haul, dismissing Jack Leach, as Australia bowl out England for 294. This is a good length ball on middle, Leach looks to block but is a little too slow in getting the bat down. He blocks onto the ground but the ball takes the bottom edge and bounces back on the stumps. 

Over 86.1: WICKET! Pat Cummins disturbs the timber! Jos Buttler departs for 70. England nine down. Cummins strikes and Buttler is out of here but not before playing a very handy innings of 70 runs. Buttler wants to heave this fuller ball outside off over the long on fence but the ball takes an inside edge onto the pads and then goes to hit the off stump. He has taken England’s score closer to 300 runs. End of a valuable 68-run stand too. How many can the new batter Stuart Broad add along with Jack Leach?

After riveting play on Day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test on Thursday at the Oval in London, England will resume play on the overnight score of 271/8 on day two on Friday.

While Australia will be keen to wrap up the England innings, Jos Buttler will hold the key for the hosts as they look to put up 300-plus total on the board.

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After Mitchell Marsh, who was picked in the Australian playing XI ahead of Travis Head, ran through England’s middle-order on the opening day, it was Buttler’s counterattacking unbeaten 64 which helped England make a fightback.

Australia, who managed not to lose Ashes English soil since 2001 with a win in the fourth Test, will be eager to win the final Test and win the series, England, meanwhile, will want to salvage some pride by winning the final Test to draw the five-match series.

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Below are the details of how you can watch & follow it live

What: England vs Australia, 5th Test, Day 2

When: September 13 (Friday)

Where: Kennington Oval, London

Time: 3:30 am IST

On TV: Sony Sports

Live streaming: SonyLIV

Playing XIs

England: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad

Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (wk/captain), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Toss: Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.