England stole victory from Australia’s jaws thanks to a brilliant century from Ben Stokes (135 *). England defeated the Kangaroos by one wicket in the third Test of the Ashes series played in Leeds. With this victory, England has equalized 1–1 in the Ashes series.
To win this match, the hosts had a target of 359 runs. England had lost nine wickets for 286 runs, but it was Stokes and Jack Leach (1) who took the front and gave England an unbelievable win, scoring an unbeaten 76-run partnership from 62 balls for the 10th wicket. Stokes proved to be great in this victory of England.
England has broken their own 91-year-old record with this struggling win. England won by three wickets, chasing a target of 332 runs in Melbourne in 91 years ago i.e. 1928-29.
This was the fourth time in Headingley that a team had won by scoring over 300. Earlier Australia (3/404, 1948), England (4/315, 2001) and West Indies (5/322, 2017) did the same.
England’s first innings was reduced to just 67 runs in response to Australia’s 179 in their first innings, their lowest score in the Ashes in the last 71 years. Australia scored 246 runs in the second innings, based on which England had a target of 359 runs. Let us tell that Australia won the first match of the series by 251 runs while the second match was a draw.