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Moeen Ali takes hattrick, England thrash South Africa by 239 runs

Moeen Ali took a memorable hattrick as England thrashed South Africa at The Oval by 239 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

cricket Updated: Jul 31, 2017 19:41 IST
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Moeen Ali became the first bowler to take a hattrick at The Oval as England thrashed South Africa by 239 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.(AFP)

Moeen Ali’s hattrick saw England complete a 239-run win over South Africa in the third Test at The Oval on Monday

Victory put England 2-1 up in this four-match series with just the fourth Test at Old Trafford starting Friday to come.

Off-spinner Ali ended the match when, after having Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada caught at first slip by Ben Stokes with the last two balls of his 16th over, had Morne Morkel lbw with the next.

Resuming on 117 for four after being set a huge target of 492 for victory, South Africa were dismissed for 252 on the final day of what was the 100th Test at The Oval.

Opening batsman Elgar, who made a gritty 136, got good support from Temba Bavuma (32) in a stand of 108 after South Africa had collapsed to 52 for four on Sunday.

But Toby Roland-Jones’s dream England debut continued when the Middlesex paceman struck twice in two balls before lunch on Monday to dismiss Bavuma and Vernon Philander.

And when Chris Morris fell to the last ball before lunch, edging Ali to slip, South Africa were 205 for seven.

This was a memorable match for all-rounder Stokes, who made 112 in the hosts’ first innings 353 and then took two wickets in two balls late on Sunday.

Roland-Jones returned figures of five for 57 in South Africa’s meagre first innings 175, while fellow debutant Tom Westley made 59 in England’s second innings 313 for eight declared.

Brief scores

England 353 (B Stokes 112, A Cook 88; M Morkel 3-70, K Rabada 3-85) and 313-8 dec (J Bairstow 63, T Westley 59, J Root 50; K Maharaj 3-50) v South Africa 175 (T Bavuma 52; T Roland-Jones 5-57, J Anderson 3-25) and 252 (D Elgar 136; M Ali 4-45, T Roland-Jones 3-72)

Result: England won by 239 runs

Series: England lead four-match series 2-1

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 19:40 IST