England stretched their lead to 157 to its loss of 2 wickets together with the dismissal of Joe Root to Nathan Lyon dampening an powerful opening session.??
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Much like the late September sunshine that drenched The Oval, England sizzled early on using the bat, Joe Denly in playing very through to 37 not out.
Denly struck five boundaries and a half at the session, the first of that arrived off Pat Cummins’ third ball of the day – a fantastic, right drive past mid-range – while he plundered 10 off two chunks from Lyon’s opening over, starting a straight six to the stands.
It was a part of a transparent, competitive gameplan from England against the offspinner, not wanting Lyon to settle to a spell onto a pitch that’s beginning to break up but, although 20 runs arrived from his first three overs, Rory Burns departed for 20 in the final of these when looking to play with one attacking shot too much.
Burns went after a short, wide one but succeeded only in bottom-edging his tried cut through the wicketkeeper, whilst Root (21) edged Lyon to slip second ball since he had been brought back into the attack just prior to the break.
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