England thumps 177-run victory returning South Africa with a Series defeat

 . Last updated on August 8, 2017, 2:21 PM
England thumps 177-run victory returning South Africa with a Series defeat
Moeen Ali took 25 wickets and scored 252 runs in the Test series.

England has definitely pushed itself to new heights in Test format. With the thumping victory against South Africa in the recently concluded series, the team claimed its dominance. England’s campaign ended on a strong note with a series victory of 3-1. After the tournament was locked at 2-1, the third match emerged as a victory of the home team by 177 runs. It was the strong stance of Moeen Ali knocking down five wickets at Old Trafford. The series ended on Monday, August 7. The success in this campaign is an accolade for Joe Root. It is his first Series Win as the Test captain of England. It is the first series win for England at home against South Africa since 1998.

South Africa started its second inning of the final Test with a target of 380. It was a hectic start as the team lost the two opening wickets in just 18 runs. Dean Elgar was caught at the delivery from Stuart Board. Heino Kuhn edged James Anderson, Temba Bavuma was dismissed by Toby Roland-Jones.

The final inning had the partnership between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. The players aggregated 123 runs steering the inning from 43 for 3. Amla scored 83 and Plessis took 61 in the inning. The chase was at 163 for 3, when Ali attacked Amla returning the batsman to the pavilion. His wicket started the slog. South Africa plummeted from 163 for 3 to 173 for 6. The visitors could reach only to 202, being attacked by England bowlers.

They meet the wobble shortly after the tea with Ali knocking down two wickets in consecutive deliveries. In the final fixture, he took five wickets for 69 runs. The bowler became the Player of the Match for the winning stance. He was also conferred Player of the Series award. Moeen Ali was one of the prime match winners of the series with his 25-wicket haul and 252 runs in the single campaign. In an earlier inning, the player remained unbeaten with a score of 75 off 66 balls.


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