Moeen Ali captured a superb hat-trick to bowl hosts England to a 239-run win over South Africa in what was a historic 100th Test match at The Oval in London.
Batting first after winning the toss, England posted a healthy total of 353 thanks to Alastair Cook’s 88 and Ben Stokes’ smashing knock of 112. For South Africa, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada took three wickets each.
In their first innings, South Africa were blown away for just 175 with debutant pacer Toby Roland-James taking 5 for 54 while veteran swing bowler James Anderson chipped in with three wickets.
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Giving no chances for South Africa to come back in the match, England consolidated on their sizable first innings lead of 128 by posting a decent total of 313 for 8 in the second essay before declaring its innings. That left South Africa a daunting target of 442.
South Africa slipped at 52 for 4 before getting bowled out for 252. Opener Dean Elgar stood tall among the ruins with his knock of 136. While Moeen Ali took four wickets, Toby Roland-Jones added three more wickets.
All-rounder Ben Stokes got the Man of the Match award which helped England take an unassailable lead of 2-1 in the 4-match Test series.