On this present day, August 25, 2019, cricket noticed among the finest individualistic performances in Check historical past by none aside from Ben Stokes. Goosebumps and shivers run down one’s backbone on remembering the heroics of Stokes who led England to their greatest successful chase at Headingley, Leeds. When the chips had been down and the chances stacked in opposition to the hosts, Stokes stood tall as he led England to a one wicket win over Australia within the third Check of the five-match collection.
It was Stokes’ yr because the Englishman was instrumental in England successful the 2019 World Cup in opposition to New Zealand, and 6 weeks later, the all-rounder dragged England from the ashes to maintain the collection alive. Ben Stokes gained the 2019 ICC Cricket of the Yr award for his valiant and heroic performances, with the Leeds Check being the outstanding efficiency from the lot.
Recalling to the toss at Headinley, England gained and opted to bowl. The match began with a cracker and given the overcast circumstances on Day 1, Australia had been surprised as they might not deal with Jofra Archer’s tempo; the Barbados bowler registered figures of 6/45.
Australia had been bowled out for 179 and easily managed to place runs on the board, courtesy of David Warner’s 61 and Marnus Labuschagne 74. Three Australian batsmen had been bowled out for a duck and 5 batsmen scored under 10 runs. England had Australia the place they wished them.
Nevertheless, returning the favour, Australia bowled out England for 67, in 27.5 overs. The hosts didn’t count on the demolition in any respect. Josh Hazlewood starred with 5/30, Pat Cummins with 3/23 and James Pattinson with 2/9.
Coming into Australia’s second innings, the guests managed to publish 246 on the board with Labuschagne as soon as once more delivering for the Australians with a strong 80. England had been set a goal of 359 runs to chase.
As soon as once more, England had been off to a poor begin, shedding openers at 15/2 in 6.Three overs. Nevertheless, anchoring the ship was captain Joe Root together with Joe Denly as they constructed a good partnership to maintain England on route. The duo stiched up a 100+ partnership earlier than Denly was eliminated for 50 by Hazlewood.
Root together with Stokes led England onwards, nonetheless the skipper didn’t keep lengthy as Nathon Lyon received the captain’s quantity, departing for 77. Bairstow (36) and Buttler (1) couldn’t contribute a lot and the onus was on Stokes to guide England ahead.
Regardless of wickets falling, Stokes stood sturdy within the chase on Day four and when it got here to the final man standing, Jack Leach, the spinner defended beautifully as Australia had been one wicket away from a win. Headingly erupted when Stokes scored the successful runs within the type of a boundary as England gained the third Check in Leeds by one wicket, with Stokes standing as a hero within the middle of the sphere. His unbeaten 136 will endlessly be the epitome as heroics in Check cricket historical past.