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South Africa comeback against England at Lord's

South Africa comeback against England at Lord's”

Earlier in the day, England bowled out South Africa for 361 runs and gained a handy 97 run first innings lead.

Worcestershire's Moeen, 30, has batted in every position from one to nine for England as well as often being the sole spinner in the side.

It always looked a ferociously hard task on this wicket - and when South Africa were quickly 12 for two, the script was written.

Kagiso Rabada, South Africa's nightwatchman, got through the first 40 minutes before nicking Dawson into Jonny Bairstow's gloves to end a stand of 41 and England made an even bigger breakthrough in the following over when Moeen had Bavuma taken at slip, playing back as a delightfully flighted ball drifted away and then spun in to clip the outside edge.

A half-century from Alastair Cook proved his return to the ranks would be as seamless as expected from a fine team man and he relished the prospect of making hard runs on a pitch that will be very tough to survive on for long in the fourth innings.

Set to make an unlikely 331 for victory, the Proteas crumbled to 119 all out in the final session on day four with England off-spinner Moeen Ali taking 6 wickets to give him 10 in the match.

Sometimes criticised for being too expensive with the ball, Ali - who made his name with Worcestershire as a batsman - nevertheless has the happy knack of dismissing leading top-order players, with his first innings haul of four for 59 including the wicket of Proteas star Hashim Amla.

In an inspired move, Root turned to Dawson after tea and the spinner delivered in his first over by trapping Hashim Amla lbw with a ideal delivery.

By doing so Root wrote his name into the history books by amassing the highest score by an Englishman on Test captaincy debut.

"I've never got him out in a Test before and I'm really happy with that", Ali said.

He and Elgar dug in and stifled England's bowlers for almost 20 overs, but with their partnership on 62 Ali wrapped the pads of Amla and he went for a brisk 29. Vernon Philander wanted a review for lbw with Stuart Broad on four.

England went on to add 101 to their overnight total inside 19 overs and Broad's innings (57 not out off 47 balls, 8 fours and 2 sixes) enabled England to post a challenging total of 458 instead of getting them out for below 400. The team will travel to Nottingham to prepare for the second Test on Tuesday.

England, who named an unchanged 12-man squad including uncapped Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones for the second Test, which starts on Friday, now travel to Nottingham in an upbeat mood.

Recalled for a third crack at Test cricket after churning out the runs for Yorkshire this season, Ballance was lbw to fast bowler Morne Morkel, altering his delivery angle to around the wicket, for 20.

Rabada's day, however, and South Africa's as a whole, would be marred at the close of play, when he was served with a suspension for next week's second Test after picking up his fourth ICC demerit point, following an altercation with Ben Stokes on the opening day.



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