England leads Test series by 2-1 winning Third match at Oval

 . Last updated on August 1, 2017, 12:36 PM
England leads Test series by 2-1 winning Third match at Oval
Moeen Ali’s hat-trick was crucial for the massive victory of England.


England toppled South Africa in the third Test of the Investec Series. Now the four-match series is on the host’s side on lead by 2-1. The team clinched a 239-run victory in the match. South Africa’s batting order faced a serious lapse in both the innings while England excelled in both batting as well as bowling. The final test will be the series decider. The Test scheduled at Manchester will determine England’s series victory or a draw in the tournament. If South Africa wins, the series will be levelled at 2-2.

South Africa started the final day with the score of 117 for 4. The overnight batsmen of South Africa were Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma were dismissed in the final day ending the long partnership stretch. Elgar scored 136 partnering with Bavuma for 108 runs. The stretch after the batsmen was not long for England as their attack grew stronger.

England’s victory in the Third test was after the final day attack of Moeen Ali. The bowler marked the first hat-trick in Test at the Oval. Also, there is another feat to the achievement. It is the first in the last 79 years for a spinner in Team England. The breakthrough of the day came up when Ali removed Elgar and Kagiso Rabada in the 12th over of the afternoon session. Until the dismissal Elgar pulled up his score to the century mark. Apart from the player, no other in the batting line-up could deliver a resistance. This came out as the reason of the defeat.

Ali’s strike of two wickets did not end. In the first delivery of the next over, he trapped Morne Morkel slogging the chase. Bavuma was up as the last man standing with the score of 32, hauling the figures to 252. The last nail in the coffin was from Toby-Roland Jones. The player marked his debut Test achieving the figure of 8 for 129.

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