England V. South Africa Fourth Test: England Win To Seal Series 3-1

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Match Highlights:

  • England won by 177 runs
  • Moeen Ali was the MOTM
  • They win the series 3-1

England 362 & 243 (69.1 overs): Moeen 75*, Morkel 4-41
South Africa 226 & 202 (62.5 overs): Amla 83, Moeen 5-69
England won by 177 runs; win series 3-1


Magical Moeen Ali shone with both bat and bowl to lead England to victory by 177 runs in the fourth and final test match of the series at Old Trafford. Moeen scored 75 in the second innings to help England set a target of 380 for South Africa. Chasing to save the series, South Africa were once again stumped by Moeen who ended up picking 5/69 to bowl the Proteas out for 203.

England started Day 4 with two wickets in hand and added 30 runs to their overnight total to reach 243.Stepping out to bat, the pressure on the South African batsmen was huge as they looked to overcome all odds and save the series. It was however not to be so as they once again collapsed, a problem that has plagued them throughout the series. At a point, the South Africans looked in the chase as Hashim Amla (83) and Faf du Plessis (61) held the mantle at either end and had safely anchored the South African innings. It was not before long though that Moeen Ali for the umpteenth time in the series grabbed the match by its scuff by dismissing Amla. Moeen was unplayable by the South African side and it was only a matter of time before they surrendered, getting all out for a paltry 203 and handed the match and with it the series to England.


England dominated the test throughout to seal the series 3-1 and will be looking to carry the momentum forward into the ODI series.


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