Ashes Test : With the dramatic draw in Canberra, Australia now has a foot in possession of the Ashes after England came so close to completing the greatest chase in women’s Test history.
After being given a target of 257 runs in 48 overs, England went on the offensive late Sunday afternoon, eventually reaching a score of 9-245.
All throughout their chase, the visitors maintained the needed run rate at six an over, eventually reducing it to 45 runs from the last 10 overs with seven wickets in hand.
England lost by 26 runs, bringing Australia very close to reclaiming the Ashes, thanks in large part to the crucial wicket of Nat Sciver (58 from 62).
Australia wavered between defending the game by leaving fielders on the boundary and pushing for the victory, leaving tailenders Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone to bat out the last 13 balls.
To prevent Australia from reclaiming the Ashes for a fourth consecutive series, England must win all three of the remaining ODIs despite their best efforts.
Even though the previous record fourth-innings chase was 198, the Canberra Test will be recognized as one of the finest in men’s or women’s cricket this century because both teams pushed for the victory.
After needing 5.35 an over to start the chase, Tammy Beaumont scored 36 off of 42 at the top and Heather Knight scored 48 off of 54 balls at No. 3.
Knight’s lbw to Darcie Brown ended the visitors’ aspirations, as the England skipper had just scored 168 not out in the first innings, capping off a fantastic Test.
After first being called out lbw, Sophia Dunkley seemed to follow suit with the following delivery, but the call was reversed after being reviewed.
Then, she gave England new hope by scoring 30 runs off of 15 balls, including two sixes off of Annabel Sutherland in an over that cost 16 runs.
Sciver reached 50 off of 48 balls but was out to midwicket while attempting to lift Sutherland (3-69).
Also dismissed by Sutherland was Amy Jones, and with her mouth still bandaged, Beth Mooney made a spectacular catch on the boundary to capture Dunkley’s wicket on 45 off Alana King.
When Anya Shrubsole was dismissed in the third to last over, it was up to Cross and Ecclestone to survive the last over from rookie King and keep their team in the series.
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