Australia captain Pat Cummins guided his team to an incredible two-wicket victory in Eng vs Aus in the opening Ashes Test on Tuesday at Edgbaston, providing an exciting conclusion to the fascinating five-day match.
The visitors started the day’s rain-delayed play on 107 for 3, needing 281 runs to win, but their prospects seemed gloomy as they dropped to 227-8.
But despite the increasing pressure, Cummins and Nathan Lyon launched a determined counterattack. They played with incredible resolve and calm under pressure, leading their side to triumph with Cummins still undefeated after 44 runs.
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Cummins scored the game-winning goal in a moment of intense tension, propelling his team to victory and giving them a key 1-0 series lead.
Usman Khawaja, the unflappable Australia’s opening batsman, had kept his team on track for victory after a rain-delayed start with a tenacious performance to nudge the visitors towards the target. At the tea break, they were at 183-5 and needed 98 more runs, but a game marked by sudden changes in momentum shifted England’s way when Khawaja was dismissed for 65 by Captain Ben Stokes of England.
England was on the verge of winning when Joe Root had a chance to dismiss Alex Carey via a caught and bowled. As England delayed taking the new ball, Cummins ignited the comeback with big sixes off Root’s off-spin and was the most composed spectator as he sealed victory.
It made up for Australia’s heartbreaking loss to England on the same pitch in 2005 when they fell three short of chasing down 282, becoming the second-highest successful win chase at Edgbaston.
Eng vs Aus is a big win for Australia as the team got to know that their current form and lineup is in order. They are getting results which will also help them in deciding a team for the ICC Cricket World Cup which is due later this year.
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