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Moeen Ali bowls England to victory on final day

Moeen Ali bowls England to victory on final day
Moeen Ali bowls England to victory on final day
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England 303 & 326 (Bairstow 79) beat
South Africa 214 & 174 (Elgar 40) by 241 runs
First Test, Durban, day five
Scorecard 

Moeen Ali picked up three wickets on the final day to dismiss South Africa for 174 in the final innings and secure a massive 241-run victory for England in the first Test in Durban.

It took England only 24 overs on the final day to pick the remaining six wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

South Africa resumed the day at 136 for four, needing 280 more runs to win. It was a dream start for England as Ali (3-47) struck in the very first over to trap AB de Villiers (37) lbw.

De Villiers opted for a review but the replays indicated that the ball would have crashed on to the stumps denting a big blow to the Proteas.

Temba Bavuma (0) failed to trouble the scorers as he was deceived by Ali's quicker delivery and was stumped by Jonny Bairstow.

Steven Finn (4-42) joined the demotion act as he castled Dale Steyn (2) with a delivery that moved fractionally away from the right-hander.

Kyle Abbott (2) was Ali's third victim after he was adjudged lbw. The hosts were restricted to 143 for eight within the first 30 minutes of play.

After a brief resistance of negotiating 51 deliveries for the ninth wicket between JP Duminy (26 not out) and Dane Piedt (0), Chris Woakes (1-25) had the latter caught at short leg.

Morne Morkel (8) was the final man to be dismissed with Stuart Broad (1-29) trapping him lbw. Morkel went for a review which was more of a formality and the decision stayed with the on-field umpire leaving Duminy stranded at the other end.

South Africa were eventually dismissed for 174 in 71 overs. With the 241-run victory, England now have taken a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

Ali was named the man of the match for his seven-wicket haul in the game.

In their last 16 Tests against South Africa in Durban since 1923, England have won six games and have lost just one in 1928.

With Dale Steyn a doubtful starter for the second Test in Cape Town, England will be looking to exert more pressure on the number-one ranked Test team when they meet again on 2nd January.

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