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Moeen Ali Bowls England To Victory

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Moeen Ali (left) returned six for 67 as England wrapped up a huge win
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England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
Third Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Moeen Ali's maiden five-wicket haul bowled England to a 266-run win over India on the final day of the third Test at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

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India began the day at 112 for four, bidding to save the game after being set an unlikely target of 445 to win, but quickly subsided to be all out for 178.

Only Ajinkya Rahane, unbeaten on 52, showed the sort of patience required as Ali added the scalps of Ravindra Jadeja (15), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0), Mohammad Shami (0) and Pankaj Singh (9) to those of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli to return figures of six for 67.

James Anderson - just as he did on the morning of day four - did the early damage by having both Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni caught behind for six runs apiece.

England have now levelled the five-match series at 1-1 ahead of the fourth Test at Old Trafford and tasted victory in a Test match for the first time in 11 matches.

England's barren run is over

10 Tests, 3 draws, 7 defeats


The Oval, 21st-25th August: drew with Australia

The Gabba, 21st-25th November: lost to Australia by 381 runs

Adelaide, 5th-9th December: lost to Australia by 218 runs

The WACA, 13th-17th December: lost to Australia by 150 runs

M.C.G, 26th-29th December: lost to Australia by eight wickets


S.C.G, 3rd-5th January: lost to Australia by 281 runs

Lord's, 12th-16th June: drew with Sri Lanka

Headingley, 20th-24th June: lost to Sri Lanka by 100 runs

Trent Bridge, 9th-13th July: drew with India

Lord's, 17th-21st July: lost to India by 95 runs

The last time they won a Test was against Australia in Chester-le-Street last August.

It did not take long for them to make inroads once play got underway and India had not added a run when Sharma edged Anderson to Buttler outside off-stump.

Less than four overs later, Dhoni followed with the same combination doing the trick for the home side, Anderson delivering a swinging delivery and Buttler gobbling up the edge as Dhoni tried to defend.

Rahane, who faced 112 balls and looked secure in the middle, then added 32 with Jadeja for the seventh wicket before a double-wicket maiden from Ali hurried England towards their win.

Jadeja paid a high price for trying to drive against the spin, inside-edging onto his stumps before Kumar inside-edged onto his pad to be caught by Anderson behind the wicket.

Mohammad Shami tried to play some big shots but faled to connect and was bowled by a quicker delivery that took out his leg-stump.

Rahane then reached his half-century and Pankaj Singh struck a couple of boundaries as they delayed the inevitable before Ali bowled Pankaj with one that went straight on.

While Ali finished with six for 67, man of the match Anderson returned two for 24 to go with his first-innings haul of five for 53 and Joe Root took one for five.

For England, this was the perfect riposte to a 95-run defeat at Lord's that put India 1-0 up in a series that began with a tame high-scoring draw at Trent Bridge.

With six days to go until the third Test begins at Old Trafford, England will enjoy their break more than India, who were beaten in every single session of this match.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London

India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London

England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham

India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds

England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs