Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow held England’s bid for an extraordinary return win in the third Test against Australia vs England Ashes Live Streaming at Headingley on Sunday.
Ashes 2019 Live Streaming goes on While Australia Need couple Wickets to take lead 2-0. At lunch on the fourth day, England, with only 67 in their first innings, had 238-4, needing 121 more runs to reach a 359 winning goal that would see them level the five-match Ashes series by 1-1.
Stokes was not out of 32 and Bairstow 34 was not out, with his uninterrupted association so far worth 79runs.
If Australia wins this match, they will hold the ashes at 2-0 with two to play.
But on another sun-drenched day in Leeds, his four-man attack managed only one wicket between them on an increasingly docile field during Sunday’s first session, with fast-bowling players unable to break through with the new ball.
England’s hopes of achieving a victory that rivaled their celebrated Headingley ashes hits in 1981, when they won after the follow-up, and in 2001 when Mark Butcher’s 173 failed to see them pursue a target of 315, suffered a setback on Early Sunday when England captain Joe Root was out for 77 after adding only two runs to his night score.
Root, shortly before the new ball became available, lowered the pitch to the third installment of spinner Nathan Lyon’s day and tried to work it on his leg.
But the ball veering off his back leg, passed over Australian captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, with David Warner taking an excellent dive catch on the first slip.
The end of Root’s 205-ball innings left England 159-4 in the 78th.
England resumed in 156-3, with Root as Bairstow playing in his Yorkshire homeland, 75 was not after sharing a 126-in-53 overs partnership with Joe Denly (50) on Saturday.
Left-handed batsmen Stokes, determined to keep his wicket intact, was unbeaten in two, facing 50 balls.
The scale of the task faced by Root’s men was evident by the fact that only three sides have managed more than 300 to win in the fourth inning of a Test at Headingley – Australia (404-3 in 1948), England (315-4 against Australia, 2001) and the Occident Indies 322-5 two years ago. England still had to add to his night score when Stokes lost a tug of a Josh Hazlewood gorilla who crashed into his helmet, wearing the stem protector, which he was using for the first time, protecting his neck flying down his back.
However, the all-terrain, which made a century undefeated in the second Test at Lord’s, was authorized to continue.
Eventually, Root scored England’s first winning streak on Sunday’s 26th ball of the day, then was fired soon after.
Australia took the new ball, but it wasn’t long before Bairstow drove Josh Hazlewood for a four textbook through the covers.
Stokes carved Pat Cummins over the cordon for another boundary greeted with great applause from a crowd of people before James Pattinson, unable to control the swing, threw a ball that stretched for five wide after bursting into Warner’s hands.
There was another big roar of the crowd when Stokes hooked Cummins for a high six, with England scoring 60 runs in eight overs with the new ball, a surprising turn of events given a pitiful first inning that saw them post their total ash lowest in 71 years.
Lyon returned before lunch in an attempt to break the grandstand but, although he beat Stokes on the outer edge, Bairstow swept him by four.