England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 5th day July 31, 2014

Moeen six-for ends England's win drought

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England 569 for 7 dec (Bell 167, Ballance 156, Cook 95, Buttler 85) and 205 for 4 dec (Cook 70*, Root 56*) beat India 330 (Rahane 54, Dhoni 50, Anderson 5-53) and 178 (Rahane 52*, Moeen 6-67, Anderson 2-24) by 266 runs
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England ended a winless run of ten Tests, which began in August last year, in style on the fifth morning in Southampton, completing a performance so clinical that they did not allow India even a dominant hour in four days and one session. It was almost the perfect Test, because not only did England's out-of-form batsmen - the under-pressure captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell - make big runs but they also plugged the one hole in their bowling attack, with offspinner Moeen Ali completing a six-wicket haul to level the series 1-1.

The home side began the day needing six wickets, and India did not offer a semblance of a fight. James Anderson, who faces a possible suspension at his Level 3 hearing on Friday, was immaculate once again, breaking India's back before leaving the spotlight for Moeen to spin through the tail. Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on a half-century - his second of the Test - but he ran out of partners ten minutes before lunch.

On the fourth morning, Anderson had mopped up India's last two wickets with bouncers. Today he got rid of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni inside the first half hour with his stock outswinger. Both batsmen wafted loosely on the front foot and edged to Jos Buttler, who finished his debut Test with six catches, a score of 85 off 83 balls, and numerous athletic diving saves. There was debate over Rohit's decision - Snicko indicated an edge, Hot Spot did not - but no doubt over Dhoni. Anderson's first spell read 6-2-11-2 and he claimed his second Man-of-the-Match award of the series.

Moeen had hurt India on the fourth evening, dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in quick succession, and wasted no time in adding to his tally. Ravindra Jadeja, who had a poor Test with the ball, completed a poor one with the bat too by almost yorking himself and inside-edging a full ball on to his stumps. Four balls later Moeen had Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who in previous innings had exhibited better defence than several top-order India batsmen, caught at gully with an offbreak that bounced sharply, hit the inside edge and lobbed off the pad.

Mohammed Shami and Pankaj Singh, India's No. 10 and 11, gave Moeen view of their stumps and lost them in quick time to deliveries that did not turn as much as the batsmen expected. With match figures of 8 for 129, Moeen had shaken off the perception of him being a part-time spinner.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on August 4, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Old Trafford will be a draw with rain expected in Manchester on every day of the test match. Will all boil down to the decider in London Kennington Oval. India should pick Gambhir for Dhawan and Ashwin for Jadeja in Old Trafford to give them both some valuable practice before the decider. Old Trafford will not suit Ashwin but he needs match practice for the all important decider. Also with Ishant ruled out, Bhuvi in doubt and Shami in poor form, India might be looking at a complete change of bowling line up at Old Trafford with Ishwar Pandey, Varun Aaron, Ashwin coming in and Pankaj retaining his spot after an unlucky but impressive debew.

  • dummy4fb on August 4, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Dhoni needs to understand that by being stubborn and making Dhawan open and hoping that he will 'come good', he is not only doing a disservice to the batting team but also destroying Dhawan's confidence. He simply doesnt have the technique to open in England. You have to be a good strategist to win test matches. Its better to open with Rahane and Vijay. Follow up with Pujara. Make sure that they reach a good 200-3. Then Kohli, Sharma, and Dhawan can come in and dictate terms. This is what they are good at... dictating terms. Not coming in and feeling for balls outside the offstump, praying for Indian conditions. After this Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, and seamers can come to clean house. Also, spinners need to be sent in pairs. The English batsmen's concentration needs to be 'tested' by bowling spinners in tandem. There is no point in copying English strategy in bowling. Their batsmen are adept at playing swing/seam/pace, leaving balls, and biding their time. Comfort zone.

  • android_user on August 3, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Toss is so much.important in tests..whoever bats first has advantage. Both England nd INDIA selections of players are poor nd captain too

  • GNANZCUPID. on August 3, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    I am going to have a FIELD DAY on the 19th of August 2014 as England will be triumphant 3-1. England only needs Moeen Ali to get the 40 wickets required which are way too easy.

  • dummy4fb on August 3, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    India might very well win the next one as England has a funny habit of losing, soon after winning a match. The Batsmen (English or Indian) will decide the outcome. Whoever clicks will set the match on fire. A Kohli ton is long overdue. If he finally delivers then India could win. What if Moeen decides to score a ton and Anderson continues to bag wickets? What if Ashwin rips through everything in sight? Anything can happen. These two teams are mediocre at best. Not in the same league as SA or the Aussies. But these two are very evenly matched and so the outcome remains uncertain.

  • android_user on August 3, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    moeen ali's perfomance lay down india

  • AltafPatel on August 2, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Looking for a day when Moeen bowls Amla..., Beard vs Beard !

  • mzm149 on August 2, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    @Arun Bose: Since you are making predictions. Let me make one as well. England will score more runs in 1st or 2nd innings (whichever they play) than the number of comments on this article :) (444 at the moment).

  • android_user on August 2, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @R_U_"REALLY"_NICK- You're right man, I just checked again on my app and now It's showing different forecast..First two days maybe drenched in rainfall but other three days are fine.. Man, England's weather is really unpredictable and frustrating as well.. :) How you guys cope with such unpredictable weather? Hats off to you guys.. :)

  • android_user on August 2, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    @R_U_"REALLY"_NICK- Maybe, But I posted what I saw in my android accuweather app.. Even if it happens it will eventually end in a draw and the decider would be played at The Oval where India will beat England and win this series by 2-1.. No luck, No Raingod would come to England's aid..

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