Ashes, 2nd Test, Day 4…..

3rd ashes test continued at Adelaide on the 4th day. Unexpectedly sky was clear and play got underway at the normal time. Kevin Petersen and Ian Bell started right from where they had left yesterday infect they decided to take charge and enhance scoring rate.

In the 4th over, Aussie got their first break through of  the day and a consolation wicket for Doherty who got rid of Petersen. Petersen scored his career best 227 at an astonishing rate of 73.70.

Matt Prior joined Bell and continued the assault. England batted for 9 overs and scored 67 runs while losing 1 wicket before Strauss decided to declare.

In response to the deficit of  375 runs Australia started well. Openers shared a partnership of 84 runs before Swann removed Katich for his well made 43.  Then came the man of moment, Aussie captain who scored duck in the first innings of  his 150th test.

Swann really disturbed him before removing him for only 9 runs, and Australia suddenly was pushed on the back foot.  Watson was then joined by Clarke who scored just 2 in the 1st innings.

Meanwhile, Watson scored his half century, 15th of his career and  2nd of the match. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to convert it into big one again falling to Finn and Australia were struggling at 134-3 still 241 runs behind.

Then came the “Mr. Cricket” Mike Hussey to rescue Kangaroos. Both he and Clarke played quite nicely, although Swann created some problems specially for Clarke.

They shared a stand of 104 runs. The man of day Petersen shocked Clarke by turning a ball quite much in the last over of the day and put Australia again in real sort of trouble.

Australia will continue their innings on the final day of  the test, still  137 runs behind and having only 6 wicket in hand.

Player Of The Day: Clarke played extremely well for his 80 runs and made sure that England don’t demolish Australia quickly.

Flop Of The Day: Australian Captain, Ricky Ponting again failed and scored only 9 runs in his 150th test.

Moment Of The Day: Clarke was given out caught at slip when he was on 67 but technology ‘UDRS‘ saved him and proved its importance in today’s cricket.

Visitors will surely be hoping that rain may not play its part tomorrow because they still have a job to do.

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