Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Moeen And England Keep Alive Hopes Of Reaching Tri-Series Final

Moeen And England Keep Alive Hopes Of Reaching Tri-Series Final

Moeen Ali helped England keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Tri-Series final as they gained a convincing nine wicket victory over India with more than 22 overs to spare in Brisbane today.

The Worcestershire all-rounder had one of his quieter games as England bounced back from the setback against Australia in their opening match on Friday.

India elected to bat after winning the toss and were bowled out for 153 in 39.3 overs with Steven Finn their chief destroyer with 5-33 from eight overs.

Moeen came into the attack as England's fifth bowler and struck with his second delivery when Suresh Raina stepped out of his crease and was stumped after the ball turned past the outside edge.

India were then 65-4 in the 18th over and never threatened to make a challenging total.

Moeen bowled nine overs overs on the trot, did not concede a four and just the one six from Stuart Binny – straight back over his head.

He finished with figures of 1-31 – and economy rate of 3.44 runs per over.

Moeen made only eight off 12 balls with the bat before he was dismissed by Binny.

The 27-year-old ended up clipping a slower delivery off the toe end of the bat to Virat Kohli at mid off.

But a century stand between Ian Bell and James Taylor, who both scored fifties, powered England to victory and the bonus point and they are now second in the table behind Australia.

England will next be in action against the host nation in Hobart on Friday.