Australia is the king at their home, they proved it again as they defeat England by 120 runs in the first ever Ashes Day Night Test Match.
Despite the poor run by skipper Steve Smith in both the innings Aussies won this match comfortably. The batting powerhouse of Australia failed as their main players couldn’t do the job for their team.
After scoring a crucial fifty in the first Ashes test match at Brisbane, Australia’s middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh helped his team yet again by scoring his first Ashes ton.
This time England won the toss and elected to bowl first on the fast Adelaide Oval wicket.
Australia made a steady start; the openers who scored unbeaten fifties in Brisbane were in the process of doing the same. But Chris Woakes’s athletic fielding gave Australia the first blow.
Cameron Bancroft was run out by Woakes for 10 runs. But Australia continued their fight. Warner and Khawaja tried to stabilize the innings.
Both were batting well, Khawaja reached his half-century and Warner got close to another fifty. But it was Woakes again who broke this partnership and gave England another chance. Woakes dismissed Warner for 47 runs.
Khawaja continued his class at the other end with Skipper Smith. They start the rebuilding process. But Jimmy Anderson struck with a mighty blow. He removes Khawaja for 57 runs.
Few over later, Craig Overton gets his maiden test wicket. He clean bowled the number 1 test batsman Steve Smith for 40 runs. Australia was in trouble because they lost their most reliable batsman very early.
Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb allow Australia to cross the 200 mark, it was looking good till then. Stuart Board struck for the first time, he removed Handscomb for 38 runs.
It was Tim Paine who played some cracking shots that allowed Australia to gain some momentum. Paine took on the England bowlers, especially Moeen Ali. He hit some lusty blows and brought his fifty in style.
Australia was in control of the proceedings, when the score was just 6 short of 300 Paine’s over-ambitious short costs him his wicket. The debutant Overton picks up his 2nd wicket in form of Paine. He scored 57 runs.
Mitchell Starc didn’t repeat his cameo that he played in Brisbane. He was out early to Board for just 6 runs.
But Pat Cummins supported Shaun Marsh well. Cummins took his time at the start of his innings. He played a good supporting role that also allowed Shaun Marsh to score a brilliant century.
They shared a 99 run partnership which allowed them to cross the 400 run mark, at one stage that was looking impossible.
This partnership was broken by the debutant Overton. He dismissed Cummins for well made 44 runs.
Then Nathan Lyon also rode his luck he scored 10 runs. But the magical innings came from Shaun Marsh. He was unbeaten on 126 runs.
It was Steve Smith who held the innings in the first test and now it was Shaun Marsh who held the Australian innings together. His 126 not out allowed Australia to post 442 for 8 declared in their 1st innings.
England bowled missed Ben Stokes again, they couldn’t pick Steve Smith in the 1st test and in the 2nd they failed to pick Shaun Marsh.
Debutant Craig Overton picked up 3 wickets, Stuart Board picked up 2 with Anderson and Woakes picked up 1 wicket each.
England’s batting in the 1st innings was bizarre. The Australians were all over them. They only used 4 bowlers but they all delivered for their team.
Alastair Cook played well after his failure in the Brisbane test. He scored 37 runs. But his partner Mark Stoneman was caught plumb in front by Starc for just 18 runs.
James Vince and Skipper Joe Root also departed early. England need runs on the board but these players disappoint by scoring 2 and 9 respectively.
Dawid Malan also couldn’t hang around as he did in Brisbane. He scored only 19 runs.
Moeen Ali was a total flop in this test match. He struggled with the ball and he didn’t score runs when his team needed it the most. He scored only 25 runs. Ali was caught and bowled by Lyon.
Debutant Craig Overton had a fantastic match. He picked up 3 wickets and he scored 41 runs. He was the only batsman who looked comfortable facing Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, and Lyon.
Stuart Board and James Anderson were picked up by Nathan Lyon for the score of 3 and 0 respectively.
Australia dented England batsmen for the low score of 227 runs. The visitors lasted only for 76.1 overs in front the Aussie pace and spin bowlers.
Nathan Lyon continued to roar, he was the pick of the Australian bowlers. He picked up 4 wickets. Starc picked up 3, Cummins picked up 2 and Hazlewood got 1 wicket to his name.
England bowlers made a good comeback in their 2nd innings. They ripped off the Australians batsmen for just 138 runs.
Warner and Smith scored in single digits. Rest got starts but they couldn’t convert it into a big score.
England’s James Anderson finally bowled a dream spell for his country. He picked up 5 wickets. Jimmy was well supported by Chris Woakes, he picked up 4 wickets and Stuart Board also picked up 1 wicket to his name.
Even though England bowled well in the 2nd innings but that wasn’t enough to win this test match. England had a mountain to climb due to their low first inning score.
Australia had set a huge target of 354 for England to win the 2nd test and go 2-0 up in the series.
England started off decently, for the first time the English openers looked positive in their intent.
- They shared their 1st fifty stand in this series. But they couldn’t go the long way.
After the Australians pacer tried their luck, Steve Smith gave the ball to Lyon. He immediately responds to his captain’s call and sends Cook back for 16 runs.
Stoneman who batted so beautifully was also caught by Khawaja off Starc’s bowling. Stoneman was out after scoring 36 runs.
England lost 2 wickets in quick succession. The Aussies were back in their business.
The hosts picked up 2 more wickets to push the visitors on the back foot at the end of day 4.
James Vince and Dawid Malan were out cheaply to Starc and Cummins. They could only score only 15 and 29 respectively.
On the last day, England needed 178 runs to win. Skipper Joe Root was still out there. He played a decent knock. Unfortunately, no one supported him.
All-rounders Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali couldn’t score runs. Woakes scored 5 and Ali continued his miserable test by scoring just 2 runs.
Joe Root was also dismissed soon after Woakes. He scored 67 runs.
Johnny Bairstow gave a little fight. But that’s wasn’t enough. Bairstow scored only 36 runs.
The lower order failed yet again. Overton and Board couldn’t hang around as the English Men were bowled out for just 233 runs in 84.2 overs only.
Australia’s bowlers were too good for England. Starc picked up 5 wickets, Hazlewood and Lyon picked up 2 wickets and Cummins picked up 1 wicket to name.
Australia won the match by 120 runs and they go 2-0 up in the 5 match test series.
Man of the Match was awarded to Shaun Marsh. It was his innings of 126 not out which allowed Australia to score big in the 1st innings.
Next Match – 3rd Test at Western Australian Cricket Association ground at Perth on Thursday 14th December 2017.