ALL WRAPPED UP
England take 2-1 Test series lead over South Africa
MOEEN Ali’s hat-trick saw England complete a 239-run win over South Africa in the Third Test at The Oval yesterday
Victory put England 2-1 up in this four-match series with just the Fourth Test at Old Trafford starting Friday to come.
Off-spinner Ali ended the match when, after having Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada caught at first slip by Ben Stokes with the last two balls of his 16th over, had Morne Morkel lbw with the next.
Resuming on 117 for four after being set a huge target of 492 for victory, South Africa were dismissed for 252 on the final day of what was the 100th Test at The Oval.
Opening batsman Elgar, who made a gritty 136, got good support from Temba Bavuma (32) in a stand of 108 after South Africa had collapsed to 52 for four on Sunday.
But Toby Roland-Jones’s dream England debut continued when the Middlesex paceman struck twice in two balls before lunch yesterday to dismiss Bavuma and Vernon Philander.
And when Chris Morris fell to the last ball before lunch, edging Ali to slip, South Africa were 205 for seven.
This was a memorable match for all-rounder Stokes, who made 112 in the hosts’ first innings 353 and then took two wickets in two balls late on Sunday.
Roland-Jones returned figures of five for 57 in South Africa’s meagre first innings 175, while fellow debutant Tom Westley made 59 in England’s second innings 313 for eight declared.
Brief scores: England 353 (B Stokes 112, A Cook 88; M Morkel 3-70, K Rabada 3-85) and 313-8 dec (J Bairstow 63, T Westley 59, J Root 50; K Maharaj 3-50) v South Africa 175 (T Bavuma 52; T Roland-Jones 5-57, J Anderson 3-25) and 252 (D Elgar 136; M Ali 4-45, T Roland-Jones 3-72).
Result: England won by 239
Series: England lead fourmatch series 2-1. AFP
England’s Moeen Ali (centre) celebrates victory with teammates in the Third Test against South Africa yesterday.