Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Moeen Helps England To Turn The Screw In Six Wicket Win

Moeen Helps England To Turn The Screw In Six Wicket Win

Moeen Ali bowled one of his tightest spells in ODI cricket for England to help them triumph by six wickets in the third match of the current series with Pakistan in Sharjah.

The Worcestershire all-rounder came into the attack with Pakistan well placed at 76-1 off 16 overs.

But Moeen played a key role in helping England to seize the initiative as he bowled 10 overs for only 30 runs and claimed the wicket of Sarfraz Ahmed.

He bowled his overs in one spell and by the time he had completed his 10 overs Pakistan had subsided to 144-5 from 35 overs.

Moeen went for 21 runs in his first four overs and was swept for two fours by Ahmed – the only boundaries he conceded.

But his last six overs cost a meagre nine runs and he was rewarded with the wicket of Ahmed for a run a ball 26.

He came down the wicket and only succeeded in lofting the ball on the leg side and being caught in the deep by substitute fielder Chris Jordan.

Moeen was also the bowler when Mohammad Rizwan was run out for a single.

He played a defensive push to Jason Roy at mid-wicket and set off for an unlikely single but he was sent back and was well out of his ground when Jos Buttler removed the bails.

Moeen then held onto a skier at mid on by Anwar Ali (7) off Reece Topley with the total 156-7.

Pakistan were eventually dismissed for 208 in 49.5 overs.

Moeen was not required to bat as an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 117 between former Worcestershire Academy player James Taylor and Jos Buttler saw them home with nine overs to spare.