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Ashes, 3rd Test: Ton-up Ben Stokes leads England to nail-biting 1 wicket win over Australia

Stokes scored the winning four on Sunday in the afternoon session on Day 4 as England finished on 362-9 in the second innings in their chase of 359.

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Leeds (England) Updated on: August 25, 2019 23:32 IST
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Ashes, 3rd Test: Ton-up Ben Stokes leads England to nail-biting 1 wicket win over Australia

Cricket World Cup hero Ben Stokes scored a stunning 135 not out as England kept their Ashes hopes alive with a one-wicket win over Australia in the third Test at Headingley.

Stokes scored the winning four Sunday in the afternoon session on Day 4 as England finished on 362-9 in its second innings in their chase of 359.

Stokes was dropped by Marcus Harris at third man off Pat Cummins and survived an easy runout and lbw decision close to the end. Allrounder Stokes finished with 11 fours and eight sixes in one of the greatest innings by an England batter.

The teams are now tied 1-1 in the series. Australia would have secured the famous urn with a 2-0 lead and only two Tests remaining in the five-match series.

England started the day on 156-3, still needing 203 more runs to win and stay alive in cricket's oldest regular international series. Captain Joe Root (77) was out early but Stokes and Jonny Bairstow (36) shared an 86-run stand for the fifth wicket, taking England from 159-4 to 245-5 when Josh Hazlewood (4-85) dismissed Bairstow.

England No. 11 Leach survived as Stokes' final partner, with the pair coming together on 286-9. When their 50-run partnership came up, the spinner still hadn't scored. His 1 not out came off 17 balls.

Stokes was man of the match in England's Super Over win over New Zealand in the World Cup final exactly six weeks ago.

Australia, who were missing injured star batter, Steve Smith, scored 179 and 246. England were dismissed for only 67 in their first innings, making the final victory for the hosts even more remarkable.

The fourth Test starts from September 4 at Old Trafford.

Australia won the previous Ashes series 4-0 Down Under in 2017-18.

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