Very few in England would have missed the just-concluded third Ashes Test in Leeds. Ben Stokes taking the Australian bowlers to the cleaners to propel England to a historic win will be remembered for eternity. England’s man of the moment wrote his name into Ashes folklore by scoring an unbeaten on 135 as England recorded their highest successful chase in one of the most remarkable finishes seen in Test cricket.
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Stokes scored all but one run in a last-wicket stand of 76 with Jack Leach (1 not out). Stokes hit the winning runs through the covers to spark wild celebrations among the crowd at Leeds. Australia had the chance to seal the game when England needed just two. However, Nathan Lyon fumbled the ball when presented with a golden opportunity to run out Leach. On the very next ball, Stokes would have been lbw had Australia not wasted their final review in the previous over.
But the script was perhaps written in the stars and Stokes really deserved to end up on the winning side because of his efforts. It looked all over for England when they were reduced to 286 for 9 while chasing 359. But before Australia could take the final wicket and seal the Ashes, Stokes decided to torment them. He hit four boundaries and seven sixes to seal the most unlikeliest of victories for his team. The Ashes is now alive and England have the chance to retain the urn.
Meanwhile, England women team’s stars Nat Sciver and Sarah Taylor were among the few unlucky ones who could not watch the game. Both the stars were batting for Surrey when Stokes was tearing Australia apart. But as soon as Stokes hit the winning runs, the news went to them and they did celebrate it even though they were in the middle of the ground.
As soon as they received the news of the victory, both Sciver and Taylor started celebrating it in the middle of the pitch.
Here is the clip of that celebration from Sciver and Taylor:
Nat Sciver and Sarah Taylor finding out that the men’s team had won at Headingley while batting together in the #KSL.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) August 26, 2019