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Moeen spins England to Test win

England all-rounder Moeen Ali takes six wickets as hosts win third Test against India to level five-match series 1-1.

Last updated: 31 Jul 2014 12:30
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Moeen Ali (2nd L) is now the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the series [REUTERS]

Spinner Moeen Ali claimed six wickets to inspire England to a crushing 266-run win over India that levelled the series at 1-1 with two matches to play.

Fifth day scorecard

England first innings 569-7d 
India first innings 330
  
England second innings 205-4d
India second innings 

M Vijay run out 12
S Dhawan c Jordan b Root 37
C Pujara c Jordan b Ali 2
V Kohli c Buttler b Ali 28
A Rahane not out 52
R Sharma c Buttler b Anderson 6
MS Dhoni c Buttler b Anderson 6
R Jadeja b Ali 15
B Kumar c Anderson b Ali 0
M Shami b Ali 0
P Singh b Ali 9

Extras (b 4, lb 6, w 1) 11
Total (all out; 66.4 overs) 178
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-29, 3-80, 4-89, 5-112, 6-120, 7-152, 8-152, 9-154, 10-178

Spinner Moeen took six for 67, the first five-wicket haul of his test career, and India crumbled to 178 all out in their second-innings on the final morning of the match.

England took the six wickets they needed to secure a first Test win since they beat Australia at Durham last August, ending a run of 10 matches without victory.

Moeen dismissed Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami in the space of 12 balls, before he aptly took the final scalp of Pankaj Singh.

Earlier in the morning, James Anderson, who on Friday faces a hearing into his part in an altercation with Jadeja at Trent Bridge, had got England off to the perfect start by dismissing Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane played with composure to reach his second half-century of the match, but his unbeaten 52 was in vain as England maintained the dominance they had shown over the first four days.

Man-of-the-match Anderson drew Sharma into a faint edge through to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler before dismissing Dhoni in similar fashion with a ball that nipped away from the right-hander.

The fourth Test begins at Old Trafford, Manchester on August 7.

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