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England clinch series as Moeen outfoxes India; CRICKET.

Byline: DAVID CLOUGH

MOEEN ALI finally broke India's resistance as England sealed the Specsavers series with a 60-run win after a titanic struggle in Southampton.

The world's number one team pushed England into the penultimate evening of the fourth Test, thanks to a century fourth-wicket stand between Virat Kohli (58) and Ajinkya Rahane (51).

But Moeen (four for 71) took his match haul to nine wickets, and India lost four for 13 soon after tea to give England an unassailable 3-1 lead with one match to play.

| England's India's target, one they have exceeded just once in their history to win outside Asia, was 245 after England were bowled out for 271 in their second innings.

Kohli, especially, and Rahane made Joe Root sweat, but Moeen eventually dismissed both, on an increasingly helpful pitch, in a total of 184 all out.

Kohli had just nine when he survived in a moment of controversy after England opted for an lbw review.

Technology depicted Moeen's off-break hitting in line and going on to leg-stump, but third umpire Joel Wilson interpreted an Ultraedge as Kohli's bat-on-ball saviour - despite an apparently synchronised impact with the front pad.

Rahane also had a marginal escape on 12, given out lbw to Curran on the field but handed a lifeline by DRS which demonstrated a fingernail protrusion of the front pad outside off-stump.

Kohli dealt with the lot, reaching his 114-ball 50 with just his third boundary, until Moeen got one in the perfect place to spin, bounce and take the glove for a catch at short-leg.

Moeen Ali Rahane went to the off-spinner too, lbw deep in his crease after a 147-ball 50 which contained a solitary boundary, England were at last on the home straight.

Root said it was the way England performed as a team which pleased him most.

He said: "Credit to the group. They were up against it from that first morning.

"Today was probably the best I've seen (Moeen) bowl in an England shirt. That's such a testament to the way he has gone about things and the way he has come back."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Sep 3, 2018
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