England Extend Lead Over Australia In Fifth Ashes Test
Zeeshan Mehtab 1 month ago Sat 14th September 2019 | 07:00 PM
England extended their lead over Australia to 157 runs by lunch on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test on Saturday as they chase a series-levelling victory at the Oval
Joe Denly was unbeaten on 37 and Ben Stokes had yet to get off the mark as the home side seek to put themselves in a match-winning position.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon struck twice in the session, removing Rory Burns for 20 runs and captain Joe Root.
World Cup winners England are desperate to tie the series at 2-2 even though Australia have already retained the Ashes urn.
The tourists are equally hungry to wrap up their first series win in England since 2001 after edging ahead by winning last week's fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Steve Smith top-scored with 80 to take his tally for the series to 751 runs in just six innings.
Denly drove Pat Cummins through mid-off for four in the first over on Saturday as England started brightly on a pitch that looked increasingly benign.
Lyon was brought on early and took some punishment in his first over as Denly hit him for a four and a six down the ground in consecutive balls.
The opening stand of 54 was the highest of the series for either side.