100th Test: Moeen Ali Bags Hat-Trick Against South Africa To Script History At The Oval

100th Test: Moeen Ali Bags Hat-Trick Against South Africa To Script History At The Oval

Following the moment of brilliance from Moeen Ali with the ball, the off-spinner handed a massive 239-run win on Monday afternoon to hosts England on the fifth day of the third Test against Faf du Plessis-led South Africa, as he claimed a sensational hat-trick to bundle out visitors on 252.

  • Moeen Ali claims first Test hat-trick on July 31, 2017
  • First spinner to clinch hat-trick after 79 years for England
  • First hat-trick at The Kennignton Oval in London
  • Test debut at Lord’s in 2014 against Sri Lanka
  • Hundredth Test as a venue, as The Oval became home to maiden Hat-trick

With this hat-trick, the Birmingham-born bowler has become the first England spinner after 1938-39 to achieve the milestone.

As the 30-year-old Ali register the feat after 79 years, it was the first-ever hat-trick The Kia Oval has witnessed in its 100 five-day games which is considered as a significant from the promising battling all-rounder, who has played an essential part during the ongoing series.

100th Test: Moeen Ali Bags Hat-Trick Against South Africa To Script History At The Oval 1
England team members celebrate The Kia Oval’s 100th Test as a venue after routing visiting South Africa by 239 runs while riding on the hat-trick of off-spinner Moeen Ali. Photo Credit.

The off-spinner Ali claimed Dean Elgar, who had showed great resilience with the bat and was caught at slip after scoring fine 136 off 228 deliveries by Ben Stokes with bucket like hands.

The Welkom-born left-handed opening batsman Elgar posed as a great threat for the hosts bowlers in their own backyard, before missed out a trick on his own while playing a lose shot during post-lunch session.

As the drama unfolded, Kagiso Rabada was another man to go on Ali’s final delivery of 16th over; by the end of over South Africa were already 252 in 77 overs.

Interestingly, Rabada returned to pavilion after being dismissed in the similar fashion while poking at the cherry, as Stokes did the job in the slip cordon.

(Read Here: Ben Stokes Reminds Stuart Broad of Andrew Flintoff).

The lanky Morne Morkel was the last man to go on the very first ball of Ali’s 17th over and at the first instance the vociferous appeal was turned down by the umpire Joel Wilson from Windies, before the bowler and skipper Joe Root opted for a review which clearly indicted the cherry was hitting the leg stump and the on-field umpire was asked to overturn his decision by third umpire Kumar Dharmasena from Sri Lanka.

Ali, who bagged four wickets after conceding 45 runs in his 16.1 overs, was delighted to achieve the rare feat while donning the England’s white jersey.

However, showing some character of late, Keshav Maharaj remained unbeaten on 24 off 26 balls, as he crunched five boundaries, before hosts celebrated the Oval’s hundredth Test as a venue.

Ali has featured in 40 Tests for England in which he has claimed 116 wickets at an average of 37.95 which is relatively on the higher side.

The bowler has picked three five-wicket hauls and five four-wicket hauls followed by a ten-wicket haul.

The fourth and final Investec Test is scheduled at Old Trafford in Manchester between August 4 and 8.

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