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Moeen picks hat-trick as England take 2-1 lead against South Africa

England's Moeen Ali celebrates after the match
England's Moeen Ali celebrates after the match

England 353 & 313-8 dec (Bairstow 63) beat
South Africa 175 & 252 (Elgar 136) by 239 runs
Third Test, The Oval, day five

Toby Roland-Jones picked a eight wicket haul on debut while Moeen Ali snared four wickets in the second innings that included a hat-trick as England successfully overcame stern resistance from Dean Elgar to win the third Test at The Oval by 239 runs and thereby claiming a 2-1 lead in the series.

South Africa started the final day with a score of 113 for four, needing an improbable 492 to win. Elgar (136) continued to score the odd boundaries and his 100-run stand with Temba Bavuma (32) came in the 48th over of the innings.

Just as South Africa were looking to rebuild, Roland-Jones (3-72) struck twice in successive deliveries as he trapped both Bavuma and Vernon Philander (0) LBW.

Elgar continued his lone fight and reached his century with a boundary in the 52nd over and with brief support from Chris Morris (24) the pair added 45 runs for the seventh wicket. Moeen (4-45) got his first wicket in the final delivery of the first session when Morris was caught in the slips and the Proteas ended the session at 205 for seven.

Elgar and Keshav Maharaj (24) counter-attacked the England bowlers post lunch but Moeen struck twice in two deliveries in the 76th over to dismiss the former and Kagiso Rabada (0) and when he was on a hat-trick, the off-spinner trapped Morne Morkel (0) LBW in the first delivery of his next over. The original decision was not out but England opted for a review to overturn the decision.

South Africa were bowled out for 252 runs in the final innings as the 239 run win provided England with a 2-1 lead in the four match series. Ben Stokes was named the player of the match for his all-round contribution.

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