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England vs Australia 2nd Ashes Test Day 4 Highlights: England lead by 104 runs

England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) 2nd Ashes Test Highlights: Australia are leading the series 1-0.

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Updated: August 17, 2019 11:37:59 pm
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England vs Australia 2nd Test, Day 4 Highlights: England have ended Day 4 with a lead of 104 runs and six wickets in hand in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will resume batting for the hosts on the morning of Day 5. Australia were dismissed with a deficit of 8 runs earlier in the day, with the highlight of that innings being a duel for the ages between Steve Smith (92) and Jofra Archer. Smith led the Aussie resistance, had to retire hurt after being struck by a bouncer frpm Archer, only to return with two boundaries in one over.

England seemed to be on the verge of crisis a few times in the evening session on Day 4, but Stokes and Buttler, sometimes batting against their attacking instincts, saw through the innings till rain forced a premature end to the day’s proceedings.

Match EndedAustralia tour of England, 2019 - 2nd Test


258 (77.1) u0026 258/5 dec (71.0)


250 (94.3) u0026 154/6 (47.3)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 2nd Test )
England drew with Australia

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England vs Australia 2nd Ashes Test, Day 4 Highlights:

23:29 (IST)17 Aug 2019

Stumps! Umpires signal a slightly premature end of play as rain starts lashing Lord's. Stokes and Buttler survive till the end of Day 4. England lead by 104 runs with 6 wickets left. All three results still possible on Day 5.

23:18 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Lead of 100

Lead of 100 comes up for England. Stokes and Buttler weathering the storm admirably but Lyon is getting vicous turn and what's more Cummins is getting some movement in the air.

23:10 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Update on Smith

Update: Steve Smith has gone for the scans and it revealed no fracture on his left arm and he is declared fit to bat. Since the injury was an external one, he can bat at his normal position.

23:03 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Last half hour

Cummins is back in the attack as we are set for a last 30 minutes of classic Test cricket. Stokes and Buttler up against it as they fight to stave off crisis. England are leading by 86 runs at the moment but 2 wickets today could leave Australia chasing a target less than 150 with one whole day to play.

22:46 (IST)17 Aug 2019
4th wicket

Siddle gets another! Another Aussie bowler gets two wickets n quick succession. Burns's struggling stay at the crease comes to and end for 29. Could England find themselves in crisis again? They are 74/4, leading by 83 runs, with presumably another 10 overs or so to be played today. Stokes and Buttler are out there. Imperative for England that they see out the day. This match is approaching a thrilling finish.

22:35 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Denly is out

The third wicket comes. And it is Denly's resistance which comes to an end. Again, a caught and bowled dismissal by Siddle. Stokes strides out to join Burns. ENG 65/3

22:27 (IST)17 Aug 2019
England recover

There has been little let-up in the pressure the Aussies are exerting but Denly and Burns have ensured that no further damage is incoming. The score had been 9/2 when these two had come together. Back then, it had looked like we were very close to a batting collapse. But no, these two have put on a 50 run stand now and have averted the clear and present danger for the home team.

22:02 (IST)17 Aug 2019
England under the cosh

Three slips and a gully in place as Australia go their change bowlers. Siddle and Lyon bowling in tandem now. 22 runs and 2 wickets in the last 10 overs. Cummins and Hazlewood gave no inches to the England batsmen in their spell. Siddle finds an edge off Denly's bat but Warner drops it. England are still under the cosh. Can they survive the rest of today?

21:44 (IST)17 Aug 2019
England tentative

Denly and Burns are going about their job very carefully here. Cummins's double blow and the resistance offered by Smith and the Aussie lower order has thrown England off balance. They are very close to giving he game up here. Another cheap wicket or two will leave Australia with a real chance of going 2-0 up at Lord's.

21:25 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Cummins on hat-trick

Root is out for a golden duck! That is incidentally his first golden duck in Test cricket. Caught behind. Pat Cummins gets 2 wickets in 2 balls as England begin the 2nd innings in shambolic fashion. The Australians are ecstatic. They sense a real opening here. Joe Denly comes out at No.4 and averts the hat-trick. ENG lead by 17 runs

21:21 (IST)17 Aug 2019

Australi strike! Roy is gone for 2. Caught and bowled dismissal by Cummins. The short ball getting Roy in trouble that time. ENG 9/1

Update: Steve Smith is not fielding for Australia in the second innings because he is having an X-ray on his left arm. Was in a lot of pain after being hit on the forearm by Archer during his knock of 92. 

21:09 (IST)17 Aug 2019
England begin

Jason Roy and Rory Burns begin England's second innings. Hazlewood and Cummins start from either end for Australia. Will be interesting to see the approach from either team. Do they go for the win or do they go for the more conservative approach? There's a long way to go in this year's Ashes yet. The first boundary of the econd innings comes off Burns's bat. Slashed past backward point for four. England lead by 15 runs.

20:53 (IST)17 Aug 2019
All three results possible

Around 125 overs left in the match. England will begin the second innings with a narrow lead of 8 runs. The chance of a win for either side is a very realistic option. The conditions have favoured bowlers markedly in a few passages of play in this match. If conditions stay the same, and we get the full 125 overs, all three results are possible.

20:47 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Enf of innings

Australia are all out for 250. Cummins the last man to go. Cramped for room, he lets a catch go through to Bairstow. England to resume after Tea with a lead of 8 runs. The duel between Smith and Archer was the highlight of that session.

20:32 (IST)17 Aug 2019

Lyon falls. Lbw. Jack Leach gets his first wicket. Australia are 9 down with a trail of 12 runs. 3 wickets have come in the last 10 overs. England are finally getting their feet in the door. Cummins has played quite an important knock today. He is still there, leading this resistance from the Australian lower order. AUS 246/9

Hazlewood the new man in. Can Australia take their 10th wicket stand through to the tea interval? We're not far away now.

20:10 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Smith is out

Steve Smith is out for 92! An outstanding innings comes to an end. Woakes gets him. Has been punished by Smith since he has come back on, but it is Woakes who has the last laugh. Gets him out lbw with an inswinger. Australia trail by 24 runs.

20:05 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Smith moves into his 90s

Smith moves into his 90s with another four of Woakes. There seemed to have been anothr four off his bat previously in the over as well but he indicated to the umpire that it had gone off his pads. If this knock needed any more reasons to be an unforgettable knock from the Australian Wall.

19:54 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Smith is back!

Steve Smith is back after being retired hurt. Siddle is caught off Woakes's bowling and England's nemesis returns to the crease. And punishes England straightaway. Two fours in the over by Smith. The score had been stuck for a long while. Those two shots might throw the shackles off.

Cricket Australia statement: Steve was hit on the neck below the left ear. He was assessed lying on the pitch at the instructions of team doctor Richard Saw.

19:45 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Smith off as a precaution

Smith did not want to walk off but physios insisted that he be looked at for concussion or other damage. That bouncer from Archer, bowled at 92.4 mph, smashed into Smith's neck-jaw area. Siddle and Cummins are weathering the storm now. AUS 218/6 after 84 overs. They now trail by 40 runs.

19:37 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Smith is retired hurt

Steve Smith has walked off the field after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer. Physios of both teams run onto the field. Players gather round in concern. We will need to wait on updates on Smith's injury but he is to play no more part for now. The Lord's crowd gives Smith a standing ovation as he walks off. He ha walked off with an unbeaten 80. Siddle walks out to join Cummins. Australia still trail by 40 runs.


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

Australia: Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

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