While Joe Root blitzed with his bat in the first Investec Test between England and South Africa, Moeen Ali bombarded the visitors with his bowling. Root scored 190 in the first inning bolstering England’s score to 458. In the inning Ali also came up as the second highest scorer knocking 87 runs as a lower middle order batsman. Ben Stokes and Stuart Board added half centuries.
In reply, South Africa scored 361 batting 105 overs. The team started batting by the afternoon session of the second day. The inning had four half centuries and a score of 48. Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, Vernon Philander and Quinton de Kock had fifties. In the inning, Moeen Ali took four wickets. James Anderson, Board and Liam Dawson toppled two wickets each.
England started its second inning by the afternoon session of Day 3. The team added 233 to their previous score. Alastair Cook knocked a half century along with Johnny Bairstow. Root was unable to knock good runs but his captaincy played out well winning the campaign against South Africa. England was on strike until the fourth day. The team was on crease to play the morning session. South Africa took the pitch by the end of the morning session chasing a large target. However, the team could not pull the inning into the fifth day. It was the attack from England bowlers, especially Moeen Ali, that toppled the team again.
In the fourth day, 19 wickets were down in the match. In the second inning, South Africa added 119 to their previous score of 361. The team could play only 36.4 overs before exhausting its lineup. The top score came up as 21 off Temba Bavuma while Moeen Ali had 6 wickets in the inning, giving 53 runs. Ali knocked 10 wickets in the match as his career best bowling figure in Test. It was his first 10 wicket haul.
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