Moeen’s five in Eng­land’s big Test win

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Shi­hab came sec­ond in heat one on Fri­day af­ter a fourth-place in the first timed qual­i­fier among the 15 com­peti­tors. A third-place fol­lowed in heat two to end Fri­day's ses­sion.

The next day, Shi­hab topped the timed qual­i­fier but slipped to third in heat three be­fore drop­ping to seventh in the next heat.

With dad Ahmed also serv­ing as his kart-mechanic, Shi­hab got few changes done to his en­gine and re­sults fol­lowed soon af­ter, as he moved up to sec­ond in the in­ter­me­di­ate clas­si­fi­ca­tion ahead of fi­nal day's ac­tion.

In the pre-fi­nal, Shi­hab fin­ished fourth but bounced back with a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the fi­nal race of OKJ class, clock­ing the sec­ond-best lap time of 57.83 sec­onds in the 17-lap race.

Shi­hab fin­ished 0.16 sec­onds be­hind Porter, who re­turned with a time of 16m:34.51s. Manch­ester, UK - Moeen Ali fin­ished a bril­liant cam­paign with a five-wicket haul as Eng­land beat South Africa by 177 runs in the fourth Test at Old Traf­ford on Mon­day to seal a 3-1 se­ries win.

Vic­tory, achieved with more than a day to spare, also saw Joe Root tri­umphant in his first Test se­ries as Eng­land cap­tain.

South Africa, set a huge 380 for vic­tory, was bowled out for 202 shortly af­ter tea on the fourth day when Moeen took two wick­ets in two balls to re­move Morne Morkel and Duanne Olivier.

That gave the off-spin­ner a re­turn of five for 69 in 19.5 overs and 25 wick­ets in to­tal in a se­ries where he also scored 252 runs.

This re­sult meant Eng­land had won its first home Test se­ries against South Africa since 1998.

It was also just South Africa's sec­ond de­feat in 20 away Test se­ries, its other over­seas cam­paign re­verse in that se­quence com­ing against In­dia in 2015-16.

South Africa, 43 for three at lunch, saw Hashim Amla (83) and cap­tain Faf du Plessis (61) put on 123 for the fourth wicket af­ter James An­der­son, bowl­ing from the newly-named James An­der­son End, and Stu­art Broad had made early in­roads.

Moeen then took three wick­ets for five runs in 11 balls - in­clud­ing the prize scalp of Amla - as the Proteas col­lapsed from 163 for three to 173 for six.

Ear­lier, Moeen, both the man-of-the-match and the hosts man-of-the-se­ries, made 75 not out off just 66 balls in Eng­land's sec­ond in­nings 243, hav­ing been dropped on 15.

Moeen Ali

Shi­hab al Habsi with the run­ner-up tro­phy in UK on Sun­day

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