Thursday, July 31, 2014

England’s 266-run win over India helps the host level the series 1-1

Part time spinner Moeen Ali played a vital role in England’s 266-run win over India on Thursday. It helped the host team level the series 1-1 with two matches left at hand. With this victory, England ended their run of 10 matches without victory since August last year when they defeated Australia at Durham.
Moeen Ali, who took two wickets in the first innings, also claimed six wickets for 67 in the second innings that helped his team to snatch the victory. It was the first five-wicket haul of his Test career. He did just 20.4 overs.
The visitors were bowled out for 178 in reply to England’s chasing target of 444 runs in the second innings. Indian batsmen were helpless against England’s tight bowling. However, Ajinkya Rahane played a passionate innings of 121-ball 52 and scored his second half-century of the match. He remained not out till the end but all his effort went vain for his team’s big margin defeat.
James Anderson made the first damage early in the morning taking the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He was given man-of-the-match award for his superb bowling in both innings. Another wicket was taken by Joe Root.

The fourth Test match will be played on August 7 at Old Trafford.