Ben Stokes’ astonishing 135 not out repeated his World Cup heroics and gave England one of their greatest victories to keep the Ashes series against Australia alive.
Stokes played one of the most incredible Test innings by any Englishman to level the series at 1-1.
England were 203 runs behind the target at the start of play with Joe Root and Stokes at the crease. Root added just 2 runs to his overnight score and was dismissed for 77 by Nathan Lyon after which Stokes took over the chase.
Stokes added 86 runs for the fifth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (36) which kept England’s hopes alive in the match. But England lost Bairstow and Jos Buttler (run out for 1) in three deliveries while Chris Woakes departed soon after. The hosts were reeling at 261 for 7 at that stage.
Stokes though, never gave up and waged a lone battle to keep his team in the hunt all throughout. His unbeaten 76-run partnership with Leach saw the latter score just 1 run.
Allrounder Stokes finished with 11 fours and eight sixes in one of the greatest innings by an England batter.
He launched a stunning solo assault like he did in his innings six weeks ago to the day at Lord’s.
Stokes was judged man of the match.
It means the series is level with two matches to play, with the fourth Test at Old Trafford beginning on 4 September.
Source : Various