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  • 11:58 PM IST

    A thrilling last day at Lord’s but the Test ends in a draw. Leach, Archer and Stokes did their bit but Australia managed to retain 1-0 lead in the series. The second Test ends in a draw. We go 1-0 into Leeds.

  • 11:57 PM IST
    Umpire Aleem Dar takes the bails off. Australia have 4 wickets left, 3 balls left in the day and the time has tipped past 7.24 pm local time, which was the last permissible limit till when play could have gone on. Root walks over solemnly and shakes hands with Cummins.
  • 11:32 PM IST
    WOW! Stunner from Joe Denly. Australia six down. Tim Paine departs. Third wicket for Archer. Is that a bird? Is that a plane? Is that Superman? No! It is Joe Denly. Take a bow. Plenty of drama left in this game. England 4 wickets away from levelling the series now. A short ball, outside off, Paine looks to pull but Joe Denly throws himself to his left, sticks out his hand and voila! It sticks! The entire English team is mobbing Denly who has probably made one of the biggest contributions of the match. That is a tough catch at this time of the night. Or evening, shall we say. Paine walks back shaking his head. 42 balls left. 4 wickets needed for England. 1-1 is coming…
  • 11:17 PM IST

    FIVE DOWN! Well, well, well. This is not over yet. Matthew Wade departs for 1. Third wicket for Leach. England are sensing a win now as Wade is outta here. Good length ball on middle, Wade comes forward to block this but the ball rises a tad bit to hit the gloves of Wade and lob towards the short leg fielder. Buttler is there and he is not going to drop that one. Leach doing a brilliant job here for them.

  • 11:09 PM IST

    WICKET! Replays show Root has taken it cleanly. Leach gets his second wicket. Labuschagne departs for 59.

  • 11:04 PM IST

    FIFTY! Labuschagne brings up his half-century. A fine knock. He is playing as a like-for-like substitute for Smith and is playing a gutsy knock just like Smith. Full on off from Leach, Marnus pushes it towards mid off to take a run and get to his second half century. Good innings this from him. Australia 123/3.

  • 9:34 PM IST

    OUT! Three down. Jack Leach strikes in the first over of the final session. Cameron Bancroft is out LBW.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    IT’S TEA! Australia 46/2 after 13 overs. Jofra Archer has dismissed David Warner and Usman Khawaja. We have a riveting final session ahead. This Test is alive and kicking! 35 overs left and 8 wickets needed. Any doubts whether England can win this or not? Lot to do with the fiery Archer. Scary Archer. Pumped up Archer. We are going to have a frenetic final session for sure.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    It was just a brief respite for Australia, it seems. Change of ends for Archer.

  • 9:02 PM IST

    Bowling change. Chris Woakes replaces Jofra Archer into the attack.

  • 8:40 PM IST
    TWO DOWN! Archer scalps his second wicket as Usman Khawaja departs. Bowls this one on a length on the leg pole, the ball pitches and just drifts away from the southpaw. Khawaja looks to defend it but gets the faintest of outside edges on it. It carries to skipper behind the stumps.
  • 8:26 PM IST

    WICKET! Jofra Archer strikes. Australia lose David Warner early in chase. Archer pitches this one on middle and off on a length, the ball pitches and moves away from Warner

  • 8:04 PM IST

    So England declare with 50 overs remaining in the day. Remove another 2 overs for the changeover of the innings. Which means Australia have been given a target of 267 in 48 overs. Next to impossible. But can England pick up 10 wickets inside 48 overs? Very much a possibility. A long but exciting passage of play awaits us.

  • 8:03 PM IST

    DECLARATION! England declare their innings at 258/5, shortly after Ben Stokes’ hundred. set Australia a 267-run target.

  • 7:59 PM IST

    HUNDRED! Talk about sense of timing! Ben Stokes brings up his seventh Test ton as England lead moves past 250. England were in a spot of bother when the day started but Stokes’ ton has denied Australia a chance to pull off a win.

  • 7:05 PM IST

    WICKET! Pat Cummins breaks Buttler-Stokes partnership. Buttler departs for 31. Buttler’s patient innings comes to end. The short ball does the trick here and Cummins has ended this building stand. Cummins bangs it in short around the body. Buttler goes for the pull but gets a top edge on it. It goes high and straight to deep backward square leg. Hazlewood there hardly moves an inch and takes a simple catch. Soft dismissal for Buttler, he would be gutted to get out in such a fashion especially after taking his time out in the middle.

  • 6:08 PM IST

    IT’S LUNCH! England have done well, courtesy Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. The hosts have not lost a wicket in the first session on Day five and lead Australia by 165.

  • 5:56 PM IST

    FIFTY! Ben Stokes brings up his half-century. A much-needed innings from England’s perspective. His 19th in Test cricket. He has continued his good form and once again when England were in trouble, Stokes raises his hands up and delivers. Short around off, Stokes cuts it to get to his milestone. He raises his bat and soaks in all the applause.

  • 5:23 PM IST

    Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes still in the middle. England 118/4, lead Australia by 126 runs.

  • 4:43 PM IST

    88 overs left in the day still

  • 4:43 PM IST

    Play gets underway. Cummins completes his over and it’s a maiden. Score 96/4

  • 4:28 PM IST

    More good news: The match will start at 4:40 pm (IST)

  • 3:59 PM IST

    So the covers are coming off now. Rain has stopped! Inspection soon…Stick with us for all the latest updates

  • 3:36 PM IST

    Well, not a good update to start the day with. It’s raining at Lord’s and the entire square has been put under the covers. It’ll be a delayed start, provided rain stops

Highlights: England vs Australia, The Ashes 2019, 2nd Test, Day 5: Australia overcome late scare to retain 1-0 lead

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 5 of the 2nd Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s on Saturday

England vs Australia, Day 4 recap

Australia‘s Steve Smith returned to make 92 after a sickening blow to the neck before England captain Joe Root fell for the first golden duck of his Test career as Pat Cummins took two wickets in two balls on a dramatic fourth day of the second Ashes 2019 clash at Lord’s on Saturday.

Peter Siddle too chipped in with too vital wickets of Joe Denly and Rory Burns to finish with figures of 2/19 in his 8 overs.

England were 96/4 in their second innings – a lead of 104 runs – when rain forced an early close on Saturday.

But with more than 98 overs scheduled for the last day, Australia know early wickets on Sunday could leave them with time enough to press for a victory that would put them 2-0 up in a five-match series.