Moeen spins England to crushing 211-run win over South Africa

first_img(REUTERS)-Joe Root began his reign as England captain with an emphatic 211-run win over South Africa in the first Test at Lord’s after a roller-coaster fourth day on Sunday.Set an improbable target of 331 after England had lost their nine remaining second-innings wickets to be dismissed for 233, the touring side never came to terms with a spiteful pitch of uneven bounce and were bowled out for 119.The win was England’s first against South Africa at Lord’s since 1960.Root simply had to rotate his bowlers, although spinner Moeen Ali took the honours with figures of 6-53, giving him 10 wickets in a man-of-the-match performance that included an invaluable first-innings knock of 87.“It was definitely the best all-round performance of my career,” Moeen said. “The pitch allowed me to attack their batsmen as much as I could.”Moeen produced turn and bounce on a wicket that seldom favours fourth-innings run chases. Only three teams have won a Test match by scoring more than 300 at the home of cricket, but the tourists must have felt they were in with a chance after dismissing England so cheaply by mid-afternoon.The size of their task, however, became clear when Heino Kuhn (9) and captain Dean Elgar (1) both fell with the score on 12 to fine catches from keeper Jonny Bairstow and Moeen off his own bowling.JP Duminy also departed cheaply and once Hashim Amla was trapped lbw by Liam Dawson, it was only a matter of time.England had their share of luck when Quinton de Kock chopped the ball on to the stumps off his foot but they thoroughly deserved the win against a side who made too many mistakes in the field.The final wicket fell when Morne Morkel heaved Dawson to Keaton Jennings on the boundary.Earlier, England’s total was boosted by combative batting by Bairstow, who was dropped off a simple chance to Vernon Philander on seven before making 51, and tailender Mark Wood.That pushed the lead past 300 as South Africa’s bowlers struggled to match their morning success when England, who resumed on 119-1, lost seven wickets.Morkel claimed three victims and Keshav Maharaj four as England failed to force the pace. Alastair Cook top-scored with 69.Root said he was delighted by his first victory in charge, which he owed much to the runs scored by England’s top three in difficult circumstances on Saturday night.“It is nice to stand here having made all the right choices,” he said with a smile. “But the whole team played a big part in this win. Moeen made it very difficult for the batsmen to take him on.”The second Test in the four-match series starts on Friday in Nottingham with South Africa captain Faf du Plessis set to return. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, however, is suspended.ENGLAND 1st innings 458 (J. Root 190, M. Ali 87, S. Broad 57no, B. Stokes 56; M. Morkel 4-115) South Africa 1st innings 361 (T. Bavuma 59, D. Elgar 54, V. Philander 52, Q. de Kock 51; M. Ali 4-59) England 2nd inningsA. Cook c Bavuma b M. Morkel 69K. Jennings c de Kock b M. Morkel 33G. Ballance c de Kock b M. Morkel 34J. Root b Maharaj 5J. Bairstow st de Kock b Maharaj 51B. Stokes lbw b Rabada 1M. Ali b Maharaj 7L. Dawson b Rabada 0S. Broad c de Bruyn b Maharaj 0M. Wood b Rabada 28J. Anderson not out 0Extras (lb-4 nb-1) 5Total (all out, 87.1 overs) 233Fall of wickets: 1-80 K. Jennings,2-139 A. Cook,3-142 G. Ballance,3-142 G. Ballance,4-146 J. Root,5-149 B. Stokes,6-180 M. Ali,7-181 L. Dawson,8-182 S. Broad,9-227 M. Wood,10-233 J. BairstowBowling: M. Morkel 21 – 6 – 64 – 3,K. Rabada 20 – 5 – 50 – 3(nb-1),K. Maharaj 32.1 – 8 – 85 – 4,J. Duminy 9 – 2 – 21 – 0,V. Philander 5 – 1 – 9 – 0.SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings (Target: 331 runs)H. Kuhn c Bairstow b Anderson 9D. Elgar c&b Ali 2H. Amla lbw b Dawson 11J. Duminy c Ali b Wood 2Q. de Kock b Ali 18T. Bavuma b Ali 21T. de Bruyn c Stokes b Ali 1V. Philander not out 19K. Maharaj b Ali 10K. Rabada c Bairstow b Ali 4M. Morkel c Jennings b Dawson 14Extras (b-7 lb-1) 8Total (all out, 36.4 overs) 119Fall of wickets: 1-12 H. Kuhn,2-12 D. Elgar,3-25 J. Duminy,4-28 H. Amla,5-64 Q. de Kock,6-67 T. Bavuma,7-72 T. de Bruyn,8-82 K. Maharaj,9-94 K. Rabada,10-119 M. MorkelBowling: J. Anderson 6 – 2 – 16 – 1, S. Broad 3 – 1 – 5 – 0,M. Ali 15 – 4 – 53 – 6, M. Wood 1 – 0 – 3 – 1L. Dawson 11.4 – 4 – 34 – 2.last_img

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