Benjamin Andrew Stokes pulled off a heist against Australia with an unbeaten 135-run knock to lead England to a famous victory in Headingley. He shared 76 runs for the 10th wicket with Jack Leach. Stokes was the ‘man’ in the partnership as Leach’s contributed just one run while Stokes did the heavy lifting.
Before the start of the day, England had their task cut out as they needed 203 runs to win the Test. With the manner in which Joe Root and Joe Denly exulted confident on day 3, the Three Lions were confident of doing the job but barring Ben Stokes, none of the England batsmen showed the promise to finish the job.
For the second time in two months, Stokes wrested victory for England from the jaws of defeat. Twitterati was in all awe of the all-rounder and hailed him for his heroics. Here are some of the best tweets on Stokes’ innings –
IT'S BEN STOKES' WORLD AND WE'RE JUST LIVING IN IT! 🌍
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) August 25, 2019
— Wicked Foster Child (@fosterpcl) August 25, 2019
First the World Cup Final and now this century, Ben Stokes for Sports personality of the year?
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) August 25, 2019
Kohli got out early to witness Ben stokes’ madness!! #ashes
— Monica (@monicas004) August 25, 2019
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 25, 2019
Monumental Effort from @benstokes38
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 25, 2019
Over 6 weeks Ben Stokes has produced two of the most sensational endings in the history of English sport
— Tim (@timwig) August 25, 2019
If you ever want to know what being in the ZONE means watch #BenStokes NOW!
— Emmad Hameed (@Emmad81) August 25, 2019
You just fumbled the Ashes, mate
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) August 25, 2019
Leach must have the cleanest glasses in the uk #ashes
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) August 25, 2019
That was pretty special! @benstokes38 , that was ridiculous! Well done. Ashes alive and well.
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 25, 2019
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) August 25, 2019
That was special from Ben Stokes. Single handedly winning the test match. Great viewing
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 25, 2019
— ICC (@ICC) August 25, 2019
England kicked of the day four with a score of on the board. Root and Stokes were tow overnight batsmen for the hosts but the England skipper was dismissed after adding just two runs to his total.
Jonny Bairstow showed intent to finish the job with an innings of 36 off 69 but Josh Hazlewood got him caught. Confusion between the wickets between Stokes and Jos Buttler saw the latter lose his wicket.
Chris Woakes was expected to deliver but he too failed to stand up under pressure and managed just a solitary run.
Jofra Archer, after hitting three boundaries, failed to clear the fence and got caught at the boundary line off Nathan Lyon. A wicket of Stuart Broad almost marked an end to England’s’ innings.
All that Stokes needed was just Leach to survive at the other end. The all-rounder propelled England to the winning total and kept the series alive going ahead.