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England clinched another win and the series – 4th Investec Test vs. Australia

Zia Rana August 12, 2013

England 238 and 330 (Ian Bell 113, Tim Bresnan 45, Ryan Harris 7-117) beat Australia 270 and 224 (David Warner 71, Chris Rogers 49, Stuart Broad 6-50) by 74 runs.

Stuart Broad delivered a lethal fast bowling spell vs.  Australia on the fourth day of the 4th Test as the visitors surrendered in another game against England.

Stuart Broad (England) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding bowling performance. He grabbed 11 wickets in the game and destroyed the batting line up of the kangaroos.

The first innings of England was folded back for 238 runs and they scored 330 in the second. Australia replied by managing 270 runs in the first followed by 224 in the second innings.

The fourth Investec Test concluded on Monady, August 12, 2013, at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.

Earlier, the hosts got in with a solid position at 5-234 after 74 overs whereas Ian Bell was batting at 105 and Tim Bresnan with four runs. Bell hit the first four of the day in the third over but the latter was slow and got 12 runs on 45 balls. Bresnan survived and lbw shout which was referred for a review by the rival captain, Michael Clarke. Ryan Harris struck twice in the 83rd over by removing Bell and the newcomer Matt Prior. Ian bell smashed 113 off 254 balls with 11 fours whereas Prior was unable to open his account.

Stuart Broad - Match winning bowling

Stuart Broad – Match winning bowling

Stuart Broad came in next and hit 5 fours along with Bresnan in the coming overs. Broad was caught by Steven Smith off Harris for 13 and Bresnan hit three consecutive fours in the 86th over. The next batsman, Graeme Swann, opted to attack and got a few boundaries in the process. Tim Bresnan was the 9th batsman who went back to the pavilion after scoring 45 off 90 with 6 fours. Swann remained unbeaten for 30 as the entire English side was bowled out for 330 in 95.1 0vers.

Ryan Harris was the star performer with seven wickets whereas Nathan Lyon took three.

The Kangaroos were handed over a target of 299 to win the match by the Englishmen with plenty of time left in the game.  Chris Rogers along with David Warner opened the innings in a perfect manner by scoring 35 runs in 10 overs with 2 fours each. They added another 5 boundaries in the coming overs and Warner hit the first six of the innings in the 16th one. The duo continued their assault and kept on dispatching the ball out of the fence at regular intervals. The first hundred runs partnership for the tourists was completed in the 27th over and David Warner attained his 8th Test fifty two overs later.

They took the score to 109 before Chris Rogers was gone for 49 and was replaced by Usman Khawaja. Warner continued with his attacking mode whereas the latter provided him a nice support at his end. The association was extended to 147 when Usman Khawaja was declared leg before wicket off Graeme Swann for 21. Michael Clarke walked in next, he got off with a boundary and accumulated 11 runs in the 43rd over with a couple of fours. David Warner was caught behind smartly by Matt Prior off Tim Bresnan as the total touched 168 at his personal contribution of 71 off 113 deliveries with 1 six and 10 fours.

Clarke became the next victim after adding just six runs to the score for 21 as the game was taken over by the home bowlers. The Aussies were reeling at 7-181 as their middle and lower order collapsed against the deadly bowling of England. Stuart Broad continued with his sparkling bowling spell and the entire Australian side was sent back to the dressing room for 224 in 68.3 overs.

Stuart Broad was the supreme bowler with six wickets whereas Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann shared two wickets each.

England triumphed in the fourth Investec Test with a margin of 74 runs and leads the five math series 3-0.

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