Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Moeen Produces Career Best Figures For England In Lord’s Triumph

Moeen Ali produced career best figures for England as they defeated South Africa by 211 runs in the opening Investec Test at Lord's with a day to spare.

The Worcestershire all-rounder finished with 6-53 from 15 overs as the Proteas were bowled out for 119 in just 36.4 overs.

It surpassed his 6-67 against India at the Ageas Bowl three years ago.

Moeen ended with overall match figures of 35-11-112-10 – his first 10 wicket haul at this level of the game.

It added to his 87 with the bat to rescue England from 190-5 in their first innings in which they finally totalled 458.

Unsurprisingly, the 30-year-old was voted the man of the match.

Moeen came into the attack after just seven overs – and was soon wreaking havoc.

He accounted for stand-in captain Dean Elgar (2) for the second time in the game, holding onto a sharp return catch.

Quinton de Kock (18) was bowled off a bottom edge and then Moeen hit the top of Temba Bavuma's off stump after he had made 21.

The wickets continued to tumble as Theunis de Bruyn (1) played back and was caught by Ben Stokes at slip.

Keshav Maharaj (10) played on and Moeen's day of triumph was completed as Kagiso Rabada (4) went for a cut and was caught behind.