The Day 2 of the 2nd Test Match of the Ashes which is underway at Adelaide Oval ended a bit early due to the thunderstorms where England finished the day’s play with 17-2 with Joe Root and Dawid Malan at the crease. They resumed the game on Day 3 but the hosts piled up pressure from the beginning. Australia bowled England out for 236 to take a huge first innings lead of 237. Nathan Lyon conceded 58 runs scalping 3 wickets while Cameron Green tallied the figures of 2/24.
Australia tallies huge lead as pressure piles up on England
Australia had removed the dangerous duo of Joe Root and Dawid Malan in quick succession as they tried to rebuild the innings. However, that sparked a collapse and put England in the danger zone. Root and Malan had survived the opening session of the day unscathed, building what was shaping up as an ominous 128-run stand to give the visitors hope as they chased Australia’s 473 for nine declared.
But disaster struck when they returned from the break with both players soon back in the dressing room. The England skipper Root was wiped off for 62 and Malan for 80. While Ollie Pope was scalped for a mere five and Jos Buttler was dismissed for a duck.
There were also casualties in a sizzling session spearheaded by Mitchell Starc, who has 3-36. By tea, England were 197 for six, still 276 behind Australia with Ben Stokes unbeaten on 12 and Chris Woakes not out 23.
England were bundled out for 236 runs as Aussies took a huge first innings lead of 237 in the process. The Australians finished the Day 3, with 45 with nine wickets in hand. The hosts lost opener David Warner but they are striving for a steady start to the innings as they have a mammoth lead of 282 runs.
The visitors’ now have a battle to save the day-night second Ashes Test in Adelaide as Australia are eyeing to go 2-0 in the prestigious outing.