Ashes 2017/18, Australia vs England 2nd Test: Mitchell Starc Claims Five-Wicket Haul as Hosts Win by 120 Runs, Take 2-0 Lead
New Delhi: Intense battle was expected on day five of the second Ashes Test as England needed 178 runs with six wickets in hand. However, England failed to live up to the expectations and were bowled out in just 22.2 overs in the first session. Thus, losing the match by 120 runs. With this win, hosts Australia gained 2-0 lead in the series.
Resuming on an overnight score of 176 for four England were looking up to their captain Joe Root to help them chase the record total. Root was accompanied by Chris Woakes, who was sent as nightwatchman on day four.
However, Australia found the success as early as in the first over of the day with Josh Hazlewood removing Woakes (5). The right-hander was caught-behind. He opted for a review but Snicko picked an edge and thus he was given the marching orders.
Hazlewood then further dented England when he removed Joe Root (67) in his next over. The England captain failed to add anything to his overnight total.
The visitors lost their seventh wicket in shape of Moeen Ali (2). The left-hander, who opted for an unsuccessful review, was trapped in front of the wickets by Nathan Lyon to leave England at 188 for seven.
With just three wickets in hand and Jonny Bairstow’s known inability to bat with tail meant that Australia were in sight of yet another win. The home side didn’t have to wait long as Mitchell Starc wrecked havoc with the new ball.
Starc removed Craig Overton (7), Stuart Broad (8) and Bairstow (36) in quick succession to wrap it up for Australia and complete his five-wicket haul.