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England Mitchelled in the 1st innings – 2nd Test vs. Australia

Zia Rana December 7, 2013

Australia 9-570 declared and 3-132 (David Warner 83*, Steven Smith 23*, James Anderson 2-19) leads England 172 (Ian Bell 72*, Michael Carberry 60, Mitchell Johnson 7-40) by 530 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Mitchell Johnson crippled the English bowling line up with his fiery bowling spell in the first innings as Australia anticipates a successive win in the series.

The Kangaroos hammered 570 runs and declared their first innings after losing nine wickets followed by 3-132 in the second whereas England was bowled out for 172 in their first.

The third day of the 2nd Ashes Test came to an end on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Adelaide Oval.

Earlier, the visitors went into bat at 1-35 in 21 overs, Michael Carberry and Joe Root were in the center for 20 and 9 runs. They crept to 57 when the latter was gone for 15 and Kevin Pietersen lost his wicket for just four runs. Ian Bell joined in next with Carberry who completed his maiden Test fifty and tried to pick up the run rate with a couple of boundaries. The partnership was dismantled at 111 when Carberry became the next victim for 60.

Mitchell Johnson - Star of the day with seven wickets

Mitchell Johnson – Star of the day with seven wickets

Mitchell Johnson started his devastating spell and crushed the middle and lower order batting of the English side. Ian Bell was the only one who survived for 72 whereas none of the incoming batsmen was able to enter the double figures. The innings of the entire touring side was rolled back for 172 mere runs in 68.2 overs.

Mitchell Johnson was the star of the day with seven scalps whereas Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Shane Watson shared one wicket each.

Michael Clarke preferred to bat instead of forcing the follow on at the visitors. James Anderson flew away with two quick wickets in one over as the score board displayed just four runs. The captain got together with David Warner and stopped invasion of the rival bowlers with determination. The score was enhanced to 65 when Monty Panesar uprooted the stumps of Clarke for 22 and he was replaced by Steven Smith. Warner dispatched his 9th Test half century with a four and his partner survived a review at seven. The Aussies reached 132 without any further loss at stumps whereas Warner and Smith were at the crease for 83 and 23 runs respectively.

Australia has taken an overall lead of 530 with seven wickets remaining and England is heading towards another possible defeat.

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