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Moeen Ali takes hattrick, England thrash South Africa in The Oval’s 100th Test

Moeen Ali became the 13th England bowler to take a hattrick in Tests as England thrashed South Africa by 239 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series

cricket Updated: Jul 31, 2017 20:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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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 created history as he sealed England’s win over South Africa at The Oval by taking a hattrick to help Joe Root’side achieve a 239-run win at The Oval and take a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

Moeen, who had taken the wicket of Chris Morris, started his 15th over and he struck on the fifth ball when Dean Elgar, who had defied England by notching up his eighth century, drove a flighted delivery outside off to first slip where Ben Stokes took the catch. He followed up with a wicket immediately the next ball as Kagiso Rabada edged a full and flat ball again to Stokes at slip.

The hat-trick was achieved in dramatic circumstances. Moeen pushed a quicker delivery on middle and leg stump and Morne Morkel played down the wrong line. The batsman was hit on the front pad and England appealed but the umpire Joel Wilson did not give it out. England reviewed and replays showed that the ball was hitting leg stump and the decision was overturned to give Moeen Ali the hat-trick.

This was the first hattrick ever achieved at The Oval, the venue that was hosting it’s 100th Test match. Moeen became the 13th England bowler to take a hat-trick in Tests. Stuart Broad holds the distinction of taking a hat-trick twice in Tests.

Moeen became the first England spinner since 1939 to have taken a hat-trick. Tom Goddard achieved this feat in 1938 in the Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg. The 30-year-old is only the third England spinner to have taken a hattrick in Tests, the others being Willie Bates and Johnny Briggs. This is only the sixth instance of an England bowler taking a hattrick on English soil, with Jack Hearne having taken the first hattrick at Leeds in 1899 against Australia.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 19:16 IST