England all-rounder Moeen Ali hailed his teammate Mark Wood for having an impressive outing in the second innings of the Lord’s Test and turned the tide in England’s favour. India lost two wickets early on Day four with Wood getting the job done on both times. His pace troubled KL Rahul certainly getting caught behind while Rohit Sharma top-edged his pull shot to get caught at Deep Square Leg.
Wood’s priceless scalp was indeed Cheteshwar Pujara who wasn’t rattled at all and looked like a big knock was around the corner. It took a gem of a delivery from him to get India’s number three while Moeen picked up two crucial wickets at the back end of Day Three.
“The Wicket Of Pujara Was Massive” – Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali was pretty happy for his team-mate Mark Wood’s performance as the latter was worried about not taking wickets in the first innings. He added that the catch from him to dismiss Rohit was excellent and added that Pujara’s wicket after grinding out those 200 deliveries was a big moment for England. He lauded Wood for keeping his energy levels up.
“I was very pleased for him (Wood). He was telling me in the first innings that he doesn’t get the wickets he would like, and I said these things can happen and they will come. The way he bowled was fantastic and it was a great catch by me at deep square leg!
“He fully deserved his wickets and the wicket of Pujara was massive. The way he ran in and banged the wicket with a soft ball on a dead wicket. I thought he was fantastic,” Moeen Ali told at the end of the day.
“They’ve Got Pant, But We’ve Got Jimmy” – Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali mentioned that he was personally satisfied to be back in the England Team for the Lord’s Test and hoped that they could end up winning this Test on day five. He added about Pant’s presence be a big factor and James Anderson could nullify it.
“It’s a fantastic Test match. It’s great for me personally to come back and to be a part of it, and hopefully tomorrow morning we can bowl them out and chase the runs down. They’ve got Pant, but we’ve got Jimmy,” he added.
India ended day four on 181 for the loss of 6 wickets with a lead of 154 runs and the final day will be exciting.