Spin bowler Moeen Ali stars in England's fourth Test and series victory against India

England dismissed India for 184 to earn a 60-run win in the fourth cricket Test and complete a series victory today, taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match contest as Moeen Ali finished with overall figures of 9-134.

England had set India a second-innings target of 245 after being bowled out for 271 early on Day 4 and quickly made inroads before lunch.

Stuart Broad bowled Lokesh Rahul for a duck, before James Anderson (2-33) got his first wickets of the match as he trapped Cheteshwar Pujara (5) leg before wicket and had Shikhar Dhawan (17) caught at slip to leave India 22-3 at the Rose Bowl.

However, a fourth-wicket century stand between Virat Kohli (58) and Ajinkya Rahane (51) moved India within sight of victory and put the pressure back on England.

Not for the first time in the match, Ali responded. England's off-spinner, who was playing his first match of the series, took the crucial wicket of Kohli just before tea and ended with 4-71.

Ali had taken 5-63 in the first innings and was finally rewarded in the second when Kohli gloved his delivery to Alastair Cook at short leg.

With the partnership broken, England returned with confidence after tea and Ben Stokes (2-34) quickly removed Hardik Pandya for a duck.

Rishabh Pant struck a brisk 18 from 12 balls before being caught on the boundary off Ali, who then claimed the other key wicket of Rahane, leg before wicket, to all but end India's hopes.

Stokes dismissed Ishant Sharma for a duck and then Ali got his ninth wicket of the match as Mohammed Shami (8) launched the ball straight to James Anderson at long on.

Fittingly, it was Sam Curran (1-1), whose first-innings 78 guided England to a competitive total, who took the final wicket. The 20-year-old all-rounder dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin (25) to end the match.

England resumed overnight on 260-8 but could only add 11 runs with Curran run out for 46.

India scored 273 in its first innings in reply to England's 246.

The fifth and final Test starts at the Oval in London on Friday.


Spinners galore as White Ferns name side for T20 series against Australia

New Zealand will take a spin-heavy bowling attack into their three-match women's Twenty20 series against Australia.

Five players are proven international slow bowlers and should get plenty of overs during the series starting at North Sydney Oval on September 29.

Coach Haidee Tiffen has based selection on her belief slow bowling will be important at the women's World T20 in the West Indies in November.

One of the spin group is new skipper Amy Satterthwaite.

The allrounder takes over from Suzie Bates, who surprisingly relinquished the captaincy last week.

Bates is the most potent batting force in the New Zealand team and is ranked second in the world in the shortest format, just ahead of Australian pair Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney.

Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.

New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr. International womens cricket, White Ferns v Australia, Blake Park, Tauranga, New Zealand. Sunday, 5 March, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz
New Zealand bowler Amelia Kerr. Source: Photosport


'You can always capitalise at the end' - Colin Munro reflects on record-breaking CPL season

Colin Munro has revealed the mindset he's maintained in a record-breaking campaign for the Trinbago Knight Riders which he capped off with a man-of-the-match performance today.

Along with winning the final against the Guyana Amazon Warriors today, the left-hander was also named in the tournament team and became the first batsman in tournament history to break the 500 run mark in a single CPL season.

Munro finished with 567 runs from 13 innings at an average of 51.54 while generating a strike rate of 140.

He finished 110 runs clear of the second best run producer - fellow Black Cap Glenn Phillips - by 110 runs.

The 31-year-old said after the match he's had a constant approach to the tournament which helped him generate the record numbers.

"On these surfaces you can't just go from ball one as I've done in the past.

"I just tried to get myself under way before I took too many risks, get myself set for 20-30 balls and you can always capitalise at the end."

Munro finished the CPL in Hollywood fashion, knocking the game-winning runs for Trinbago to backward point before getting swamped by his teammates.

He even took a moment to stand and appreciate the standing ovation from fans at Brian Lara Stadium who attended the final.

"There's a few more supporters out here for me than there is back home I reckon," he said.

Munro was selected in Black Caps' T20 and ODI squads to face Pakistan in the United Atab Emirates in November before a full summer at home.



Watch: Euphoric Colin Munro sprints to swarming teammates after blistering knock wins CPL title

New Zealand combo Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum have played starring roles in helping the Trinbago Knight Riders win their third CPL title in six years this afternoon.

Both Munro and McCullum starred with the bat at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago, much to the dismay of fellow Kiwi Luke Ronchi who also had a strong showing for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

After Trinbago won the toss and elected to field, Guyana scored a total of 147 runs despite Ronchi's opening score of 44 off 35 deliveries.

But his efforts were countered by McCullum who opened the batting for the Knight Riders with 39 runs off 24 balls before Munro finished the job with a stellar 68  runs off 39 balls.

Munro drove a four to deep point to win the match with eight wickets and 15 balls to spare.

It caps a stellar campaign for the 31-year-old leftie who finishes as the top run-scorer in the competition with 567 runs.


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