Ali’s six appeal too strong for India

Moeen inspires Eng to their first Test win in a year

Southampton

Moeen Ali spun England to victory as they ended a run of 10 Tests without a win by claiming six for 67 in 20.4 overs, including a spell of four for 17 in 22 balls.

Ali made the most of the wearing pitch by hitting the right spots. Left-hander Ravindra Jadeja (15) was bowled trying to hit against the turn and, four balls later, Bhuvneshwar Kumar fell for a duck after an inside edge ballooned off his pad to Anderson in the gully. And it was not long before 152 for eight became 178 all out, Ali bowling tailenders Mohammed Shami (nought) and Pankaj Singh (nine).

That gave Ali, primarily a batsman, 15 wickets in the series at an impressive average of 26.46, with only Anderson (16 wickets) a more successful bowler in the opening three Test. Ali’s haul saw the focus return to the 27-year-old Worcestershire all-rounder’s cricket after he had caused controversy earlier in this match by wearing ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ wristbands.

England, without a Test win for nearly a year since beating Australia by 74 runs in Durham to clinch the 2013 Ashes on home soil, dominated this match. They made 569 for seven declared featuring Ian Bell’s 167 and Gary Ballance’s Test-best 156 before dismissing India for 330, with Anderson marking his 32nd birthday on Wednesday with five for 53.

—AFP

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