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Moeen sends South Africa spinning to 1st Test defeat – England beat S. Africa by 211 runs

LONDON, July 9, (AFP): Moeen Ali took six wickets as England beat South Africa by 211 runs to win the first Test at Lord’s with more than a day to spare on Sunday.

The Proteas, set 331 to win, collapsed to 119 all out inside 37 overs.

The result meant Joe Root, who made 190 in the hosts’ first innings 458, enjoyed a resounding victory in his first Test as England captain, with his side now 1-0 up in this four-match series.

Off-spinner Ali, the man-of-the-match, finished with Test-best figures of six for 53 in 15 overs — including a burst of five for 20 in 25 balls — on a pitch offering sharp turn.

No South Africa batsman made more in the innings than Temba Bavuma’s 21.

The day started well for South Africa as England, who resumed on 119 for one in their second innings, lost seven wickets before lunch in a dramatic collapse.

But in the midst of the clatter of wickets, Vernon Philander dropped a routine catch at long-off when Jonny Bairstow, mistiming a drive off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, was on seven.

Bairstow punished the Proteas by making 51 before he was last man out in a total of 233, stumped by opposing wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock off Maharaj. The scale of South Africa’s task could be seen from the fact that only once, when the West Indies posted 344 for one against England in 1984, had a side made more than 300 in the fourth innings to win a Lord’s Test.

Bairstow, the son of late former England wicket-keeper David Bairstow, has often been criticised for the quality of his glovework.

But he held a brilliant one-handed catch, diving low down the legside, to give England their first wicket Sunday when Test debutant Heino Kuhn (one) glanced James Anderson.

South Africa’s 12 for one became 12 for two when stand-in skipper Dean Elgar (two) drilled a return catch to Ali.

JP Duminy then hammered a pull off Wood and Ali held a good catch at midwicket to leave South Africa 25 for three on the stroke of tea.

If the Proteas were to now pull off an improbable win they needed a major innings from Hashim Amla.

But the star batsman fell for his interval score of 11 when, beaten on the outside edged by an excellent delivery from left-arm spinner Liam Dawson he was lbw. There was a brief pause before Ali transformed South Africa’s 61 for four into 82 for eight.

De Kock (18) and Bavuma were both bowled aiming across the line, with Theunis de Bruyn, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada also falling to Worcestershire’s Ali.

Maharaj’s exit gave Ali a 10th wicket of a match where he had earlier completed the all-rounder’s Test double of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets and made 87 in England’s first innings.

Dawson ended the match when Morne Morkel holed out to South Africa-born Keaton Jennings in the deep.

Former England captain Alastair Cook was 59 not out overnight and Gary Ballance unbeaten on 34.

The pair found runs hard to come by against a South Africa attack now back to full strength with Philander returning having been unable to bowl Saturday having been hit on the hand while batting.

When Rabada had Ben Stokes plumb lbw he jokingly put a finger to his lips — a reference to his ban from Friday’s second Test at Trent Bridge for swearing at the all-rounder after dismissing him in England’s first innings.

But it was England who had the last laugh on a remarkable day at Lord’s that saw 19 wickets fall in total.

England vs South Africa Scoreboard

LONDON, July 9, (AFP): Completed scoreboard on the fourth day of the first Test between England and South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday:

ENGLAND 1st Innings 458 (J Root 190, M Ali 87, S Broad 57 no, B Stokes 56; M Morkel 4-115, V Philander 3-67, K Rabada 3-123)

SOUTH AFRICA 1st Innings 361 (T Bavuma 59, D Elgar 54, V Philander 52, Q de Kock 51; M Ali 4-59)

ENGLAND 2nd Innings (overnight 119-1)

  1. Cook c Bavuma b Morkel………………………………………….. 69
  2. Jennings c de Kock b Morkel………………………………………. 33
  3. Ballance c de Kock b Morkel………………………………………. 34
  4. Root b Maharaj……………………………………………………… 5
  5. Bairstow st de Kock b Maharaj……………………………………… 51
  6. Stokes lbw b Rabada……………………………………………….. 1
  7. Ali b Maharaj………………………………………………………. 7
  8. Dawson b Rabada…………………………………………………… 0
  9. Broad c de Bruyn b Maharaj…………………………………………. 0
  10. Wood b Rabada…………………………………………………… 28
  11. Anderson not out……………………………………………………. 0

Extras (lb4, nb1)………………………………………………………. 5

Total (all out, 87.1 overs, 359 mins)………………………………….. 233

Fall of wickets: 1-80 (Jennings), 2-139 (Cook), 3-142 (Ballance), 4-146 (Root), 5-149 (Stokes), 6-180 (Ali), 7-181 (Dawson), 8-182 (Broad), 9-227 (Wood), 10-233 (Bairstow)

Bowling: Morkel 21-6-64-3; Rabada 20-5-50-3 (1nb); Maharaj 32.1-8-85-4; Duminy 9-2-21-0; Philander 5-1-9-0

SOUTH AFRICA 2nd Innings (target: 331)

  1. Kuhn c Bairstow b Anderson………………………………………… 9
  2. Elgar c and b Ali……………………………………………………. 2
  3. Amla lbw b Dawson……………………………………………….. 11
  4. JP Duminy c Ali b Wood………………………………………………. 2
  5. de Kock b Ali……………………………………………………… 18
  6. Bavuma b Ali……………………………………………………… 21
  7. de Bruyn c Stokes b Ali……………………………………………… 1
  8. Philander not out………………………………………………….. 19
  9. Maharaj b Ali……………………………………………………… 10
  10. Rabada c Bairstow b Ali…………………………………………….. 4
  11. Morkel c Jennings b Dawson………………………………………. 14

Extras (b7, lb1)………………………………………………………… 8

Total (all out, 36.4 overs, 151 mins)………………………………….. 119

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Kuhn), 2-12 (Elgar), 3-25 (Duminy), 4-28 (Amla), 5-64 (De Kock), 6-67 (Bavuma), 7-72 (De Bruyn), 8-82 (Maharaj), 9-94 (Rabada), 10-119 (Morkel)

Bowling: Anderson 6-2-16-1; Broad 3-1-5-0; Ali 15-4-53-6; Wood 1-0-3-1; Dawson 11.4-4-34-2

Result: England won by 211 runs

Man-of-the-match: Moeen Ali (ENG)

Series: England lead four-match series 1-0

Toss: England

Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), S Ravi (IND)

TV umpire: Simon Fry (AUS)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

Remaining Fixtures

Jul 14-18: 2nd Test, Trent Bridge

Jul 27-31: 3rd Test, The Oval

Aug 04-08: 4th Test, Old Trafford

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