Ben Stokes unbelievable Knock keeps England’s Ashes hopes alive

Written By Aravind Peesapati | Updated: August 26, 2019 12:29 IST
Ben Stokes unbelievable Knock keeps England’s Ashes hopes alive

England chased down the target of 359 with one wicket remaining against Australia in Leeds Test to register their highest successful chase in Ashes history and level the five-match series 1-1. England was helped by Ben Stokes, who smashed 135*(219) in second innings. England's previous highest successful run chase in Ashes had come in 1928-1929 when they chased down 332.

England was put into chase by Australia and they have to chase 358 runs which they haven’t done in their cricketing history. With two days remaining, openers, Roy and Burns fell cheaply after scoring 7 and 8 respectively. Joe Root and Denly steadied the ship with brilliant half centuries before Denly bites the dust on the last session of Day 4. Then stokes came staying at the crease like a monk, even root fell early on the final day.
Aussies smelled the victory at that time until stokes produced a staggering knock. Even Woakes and Broad went without troubling the scorers, Benny kept fighting from the other end. Archer swung his bat too much after scoring three boundaries. With Leach alone remaining with Stokes, England needed 72 more for the last wicket and Aussies are just one wicket away.
Then came Benjamin Stokes blazing at the bowlers hitting all over the park. He scored 8 sixes for his 135 runs. In the last two overs, Harris dropped Stokes and Lyon missed an easy run-out opportunity and Aussies wasted their review the previous over before Stokes was plumbed in front by Lyon. After 10 balls, with 1 run ended to win, Stokes scripted history with a smashing drive to the covers.