Moeen Ali turned one big to crash Mohammed Shami’s stumps during India‘s second innings on Day 4 at Headingley to further dent the batting side. It took only one session for the England bowlers to claim the remainder of 8 Indian wickets, levelling the series in Leeds with two Tests to go.
In fact, the contest in which India had battled hard to remain alive on Day 3 was effectively closed out by the opening spell from Ollie Robinson and James Anderson with the second new ball where they removed India’s middle-order.
Ollie Robinson bagged his second series fifer, while Craig Overton returned with 3 wickets, With James Anderson and Moeen Ali scalping 1 wicket each.
The solitary wicket which Moeen Ali claimed, that of Shami, was a classic off spinner’s dismissal. Brought in for the first time on Day 4, the off-spinner striked on his second ball with an 86 kph tossed up delivery that spun in big from outside off, breaching Shami’s forward defence, through to his bat-pad gap and disturbing the timber.
Watch: Moeen Ali Rips castles Mohammed Shami with a big off-spinning delivery
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England level the series with a massive win in Leeds by an innings and 76 runs. All hopes of any sort of a miraculous comeback by the Indian side were banished by the English seamers first by Robinson as he sent back Cheteshwar Pujara, not allowing him to add any run to his overnight score of 91.
He again struck with the big fish in the Indian skipper – after he had survived for a while via a review – before dismissing Rishabh Pant as well. In between, Anderson accounted for Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket. Moeen Ali and Craig Overton nipped out the tail soon after.
While England would be pleased to have their batsmen other than Joe Root scoring runs, India will travel to London with further question marks over the form of Rahane. Pujara, for the time being, seems to have found his groove.