Australia registered its first victory in the 2019 Ashes test cricket match after defeating England by 251 runs and thereby ensuring a 1-0 lead in the ongoing series. Chasing a victory target of 398 runs, England were down 6 wickets down for 37 runs and managed to make only a total of 146 runs during the chase.
For England, off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the chief destructor as he too 6 wickets for 49 runs, whereas Pat Cummins was also not too far behind as he claimed 4 wickets for 32 runs. Their bowling performances made sure that the Aussies tasted victory just before the tea session. This is for the first time in 14 years that Australia is taking a lead in an Ashes Series in the United Kingdom.
Australia scored 284 runs in the first innings, and thanks to Smiths 144 runs that really helped the tourists. Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers for England as he took 5 wickets after conceding 86 runs. England really took the lead in the first Innings as they scored 374 runs and the highlight of the English innings was the 133 runs from Burns. Aussies started their second innings cautiously and declared their innings at 487 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and this really made a target of 398 runs for the English team to win the first match of the Ashes cup.
During Australia's second innings, Steve Smith scored 142 runs and Wade also joined him by scoring 110 runs. Chasing a victory target of 398 runs, England was never in the game and right from the beginning they looked lost somewhere. Their chase ended with 142 runs and Woakes was the only player to give a notable performance of 37 runs.
Now all the eyes are on the second Ashes test match and England fans really expect them to turn the series around in their favor.