England Beat India to Level Test Series 1-1

London, July 31 (QNA) – England defeated India by 266 runs Thursday in the second cricket Test at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, and levelled the five-Test series one-all.

Off-spinner Moeen Ali claimed six wickets for 67 runs today to help England dismiss India for 178 runs off 66.4 overs in the second innings.

The win ends England’s winless streak of 10 Tests. The hosts’ last won a Test in August 2013 when they beat Australia at Durham.

Resuming the fifth and final day from Wednesday evening’s perilous state of 112 for four wickets, England’s in-form paceman James Anderson removed Rohit Sharma (6) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (6), both caught behind by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.

Ali then clean bowled three batsmen Jadeja, Shami and last man Pankaj Singh while Bhuvanesh was caught in the slips.

The only batsman to resist the England bowlers, Ajinkya Rahane remained not out on 52 well-made runs.

Speaking to Sky Sports presenter Mike Atherton after the match, England captain Alastair Cook, who returned to form with a fine effort of 95 runs in the first innings, praised Ali for his bowling, debutant wicketkeeper Buttler and pace lead Anderson.

For taking seven wickets in the match, Anderson won the Man of the Match award, beating strong candidates Ian Bell (167), Gary Ballance (156) and Ali.

The fourth of the five Test series begins August 7 at Old Trafford in Manchester. (QNA)

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