England kick South Africa by 241 runs

Moeen Ali celebrates a wicket of AB De Villiers

Moeen began a day with dual wicket maidens

England took a 1-0 lead in a four-match array opposite South Africa after sealing a 241-run win in a initial Test on a final morning in Durban.

South Africa resumed on 136-4 in hunt of a apart 416 though mislaid 4 wickets for 7 runs in a initial 9 overs.

Moeen Ali private risk male AB de Villiers with a third round of a day and Steven Fin took 4-42 as a hosts were all out before lunch for 174.

The second compare of a array starts in Cape Town on Saturday.

It was usually England’s second Test feat divided from home given 2012 and their largest in terms of runs opposite South Africa given a Proteas were re-admitted to general cricket in 1991.

In contrariety it was a fourth better in a final 5 Tests for South Africa, whose position during a tip of a Test rankings is underneath augmenting hazard from India.

The South Africans have left 7 matches though a Test victory, that equals their longest run though a win given their re-admission.

In a 138-year story of Test cricket, usually 3 teams have avoided better from being 4 wickets down on a final day. And it shortly became apparent South Africa would not change that statistic when their star batsman De Villiers missed a branch off-break from Moeen that was given out lbw and inspected on review.

Match reaction

England captain Alastair Cook said: “The lads played unequivocally well. It was tough to bat though a approach Nick Compton played after being out of Test cricket for a while, he was a stone in a initial innings to give us a platform, and afterwards we bowled good in both innings.

“The bowlers churned their gait and were relentless. It’s flattering easy to captain given we know they will deliver.

“It’s a initial divided win for a prolonged time so we will suffer this though we know what a clever side South Africa are during home.”

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott told BBC Test Match Special: “I suspicion England played really well. It was an glorious performance. The representation didn’t do too much, there was zero alarming.”

Match-winning Moeen

Former England spinner Graeme Swann described a De Villiers wicket as “massive for Moeen, given he will have left to bed really shaken that people design him to win a game”.

Having done that essential breakthrough, Moeen afterwards constructed another wicket lass in his subsequent over, sketch a petite Temba Bavuma out of his double and permitting Jonny Bairstow to atone for his spurned leg-side stumping of De Villiers on day four.

Bairstow quietly churned off a bails to record England’s initial stumping for 38 Tests, given Mumbai 2012.

Moeen trapped Kyle Abbott lbw 6 overs after and finished with compare total of 7-116 to win a man-of-the compare award. He now has 61 wickets from his 21 Tests.

Stats of a day

  • England’s third largest win in terms of runs opposite South Africa
  • England have not mislaid during Kingsmead, Durban given 1928, a camber of 12 Tests
  • South Africa finish a year though a century partnership, for a initial time given 1963
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