England spinner Moeen Ali claimed six wickets to lead his side to a dominating 266-run victory over India Thursday to even the Test series at one apiece with two matches remaining. After drawing Match No. 1, India won the second by 95 runs.
Ali was an absolute demon on the pitch, taking six for 67. It was the first five-wicket haul of his test career, and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
India was all out in their second innings for just 178.
Ali’s performance was magnified even further mostly due to England’s poor track record as of late with Test matches. The six wickets secured the side’s first test win since they beat Australia at Durham in August 2013.
“It was a bit of a scramble for the souvenir stumps at the end as it was some people’s first win and I want them to remember that,” England captain Alastair Cook said. “But the senior players stood up as well, the team was fantastic from one to 11.
“Moeen Ali’s bowling has come on leaps and bounds this summer, he’s fronted up to the responsibility, worked really hard and responded well. Getting six wickets to win the game, you couldn’t ask for more.”
Ali’s precision on Thursday was legendary, taking care of Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami in just 12 balls. The sixth and final victim in his run was Pankaj Singh to finish with 6 for 67.
The fourth test is scheduled to begin at Old Trafford, Manchester on August 7.