An amazing performance by Moeen Ali has not only made England to win the test against South Africa but also the series by 3-1. England played first and scored 362 in the first innings. They bundled out South Africa in the first innings for just 226, thanks to some brilliant bowling by James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali who took 4, 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
Having secured an advantage of 136 runs in the first innings, England played its second innings and managed to score jut 243 runs. They would not even crossed 200 mark, if only Moeen Ali had not scored a brave 75 not out in just 66 deliveries sending 9 deliveries to boundary and 3 for sixers. The other top scorer was the captain – Joe Root who scored 49.
With the asking target of 380, South Africa began its second innings. They had a initial shock when Elgar was dismissed for 5. The score was just 10 by then. When the score reached 18, Kuhn was also out for 11. The next wicket too fell not after a while. It was Bavuma who was out for 12 when the score card read 40. However a partnership between Amla and du Plessis seemed to have gone in favour of South Africa which got separated when the scores reached 163.
The team did not recover after that since Moeen Ali took over the complete control over the struggling South Africans by claiming the tail enders with an impressive 4 wickets by giving away just 1 run. His tally at the end of the match read at 5 wickets for 69 runs with James Anderson securing 3 scalps. For his brilliant effort which saw South Africa all out for 202, Ali was awarded the Man of the Match.