Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Moeen Hits Excellent Half Century Before Suffering More Run-Out Woe

Moeen Ali suffered the ill fortune to be run out for the THIRD successive innings with England but not until he had scored an impressive half century in helping to revive his country's fortunes.

The Worcestershire all-rounder had been dismissed in the same manner against Bangladesh in the World Cup and then last week in the Second Test against the West Indies in Grenada for a fourth ball duck.

And the same fate befell Moeen on the opening day of the Third Test in Bridgetown.

England skipper Alastair Cook turned a delivery from spinner Marlon Samuels straight to backward point and a risky single saw Moeen fall well short of his ground at the striker's end.

He had made 58 and dominated a fifth wicket stand of 98 in 39 overs with Cook after coming to the wicket with England in trouble on 91-4.

Moeen batted with authority and got off the mark with a cover drive for four via a delivery tossed up by spinner VeeraSammy Permaul.

He came down the wicket to loft the same bowler over mid on for another boundary.

Moeen on 10 survived an umpires review after Marlon Samuels had appealed for lbw with replays showing the ball pitching outside the line and only going onto clip the top of off stump.

The 27-year-old hit Shannon Gabriel on the up through the covers for four and in the same over pulled him to the boundary.

Moeen brought up his 50 in the grand manner with a slog sweep for six off Samuels. It came off 109 balls and also contained eight fours.

Cook was eventually dismissed to the last ball of the day for 105 as England closed day one on 240-7 from 89.2 overs.