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Moeen Ali picks five wickets as England complete 3-1 series win

Joe Root and teammates celebrate winning the test series
Joe Root and teammates celebrate winning the test series

England 362 & 243 (Moeen 75no) beat
South Africa 226 & 202 (Amla 83) by 177 runs
Fourth Test, Old Trafford, day four

Moeen Ali picked a five wicket haul as England managed to dismiss South Africa for 202 runs in the final innings on day four and completed a 177 run victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, thereby winning the series 3-1.

England had a lead of 360 runs at the start of the day. However, they could add only 19 runs to the overnight score with Morne Morkel (4-41) picking the final two wickets of Stuart Broad (5) and James Anderson (2) to bowl out England for 243 runs, leaving Moeen (75 not out) unbeaten at the other end.

Broad (1-24) provided the initial breakthrough for England, when he had Dean Elgar (5) caught behind and few overs later Heino Kuhn (11) edged a Anderson (3-16) delivery to the slips.

In the final delivery before lunch, England successfully used a review to overturn a caught behind decision that sent Temba Bavuma (12) back into the pavilion. South Africa were positioned 40 for three at that stage.

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The only respite for South Africa came in the second session when Hashim Amla (83) and Faf du Plessis (61) were going. The pair added 123 runs for the fourth wicket with Amla bringing a confident half-century with two boundaries in the 34th over.

Both Amla and du Plessis scored the off boundaries as the visitors crossed the 150-run mark. However, things went haywire for the Proteas when Moeen (5-69) picked his first wicket after trapping Amla LBW. Once again, England made full use of the review to get the decision in their favour.

Even though, du Plessis also crossed the 50-run mark, Moeen dented South Africa's hopes further with back to back wickets of Quinton de Kock (1) and Theunis de Bruyn (0) as they went into tea with a score of 182 for six.

Only Keshav Maharaj (21) showed some resistance down the order but Moeen picked the final two wickets off successive deliveries in the 63rd over as they could manage only 202 runs in the final innings.

Moeen was named the player of the match as well as the series for his consistent performance throughout the series.

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