Moon of Liberty Cricket – 4th Test Match Eng v SA

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4th Test Match – England v South Africa at Old Trafford

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Moeen Ali was the hero for England as they wrapped up a 3-1 series victory over South Africa. England batted first and put enough on the board to leave South Africa chasing. Jonny Bairstow fell one short of his century top scoring as England set up their win with a total of 362. In reply nobody made a half century for the visitors as the collapsed to 202. James Anderson took four wickets to help England to a commanding first innings lead.

The Moeen Ali took over, first with the bat scoring 79 not out as England added 243 to set a target of 380 for South Africa to win. Rain took the game into the fifth day and the only real question was could England take the wickets. Haseem Amla put up resistance with 83 but Ali took the key wicket and went on to take 5 second innings wickets to seal the win and the series for England against what has been a depleted South African side.

England will now move on to face the West Indies in their final test series before heading to Australia in the winter for the Ashes.

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4th Test Match – At Old Trafford, Stretford, Trafford

England v South Africa

England1st Inns – 362 – (Bairstow 99, Stokes 58, Root 52, Rabada 4-91)

South Africa1st Inns – 226 – (Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-38)

England2nd Inns – 243 – (Ali 79*, Morkel 4-41)

South Africa2nd Inns – 202 – (Amla 83, du Pleesis 61, Ali 5-69)

England win by 177 runs

England Win the series 3-1

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Moeen Ali (England)

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Moon of Liberty Cricket – 2nd Test – SL v Ind

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2nd Test Match in Colombo – Sri Lanka v India

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India put 600 on the board for the second game in a row as they continued their domination in Sri Lanka. Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) both got centuries and four other got 50+ including Ravinda Jadeja who was unbeaten on 70 not out as India declared having put a mammoth total of 622 for Sri Lanka to chase.

The first innings reply was a total collapse by Sri Lanka who were bowled all out for just 183 with Ravichandran Ashwin taking 5 wickets. Sri Lanka put more of a fight up in the second inning after India enforced the follow on. Dimuth Karanaratne hit an impressive 141 and Kusal Mendis also hit a century with 110. The size of the total was too much though with the hosts finally dismissed for 386 with 5 wickets for the excellent Jadeja for a big innings and 53 run victory.

India now only have to avoid defeat in one of the next two games to take their eight test series win in a row.

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2nd Test MatchAt the Sinahlese Spots Club, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka v India

India1st Inns – 629/9 Dec (Pujara 133, Rahane 132, Jadeja 70*, Saha 67, Rahul 57, Ashwin 54, Herath 4-154)

Sri Lanka1st Inns – 183 (Dickwella 51, Ashwin 5-69)

Sri Lanka2nd Inns – 386 (Karunaratne 141, Mendis 110, Jadeja 5-152)

India win by an Innings & 53 Runs

India lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANRavinder Jadeja (India)

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Moon of Liberty Cricket – Eng v SA 3rd Test

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3rd Test at The Oval – England v South Africa 

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Debutant Toby Roland-Jones took 5 wickets in the first innings to leave South Africa well behind England first up score of 353 and set the tone for England to bounce back after their poor showing at Trent Bridge. Ben Stokes hit 112 and Roland-Jones took 5-57 as the visitors could only make 175.

63 from Jonny Bairstow and a captain’s 50 from Joe Root took the game away from South Africa in the second innings. However rain meant it went to day five and England went into the final day still needing 6 wickets. It was finished off with a hat-trick from Moeen Ali to seal a comfortable 239 run win. Roland-Jones also took 3 more wickets in the second innings to claim a haul of eight for the match.

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3rd Test MatchAt The Kennington Oval, Kennington, Lambeth, London

England v South Africa

England1st Inns – 353 – (Stokes 112, Cook 88, Morkel 3-70)

South Africa1st Inns – 175 – (Bavuma 52, Roland-Jones 5-57)

England2nd Inns – 313/8 Dec – (Bairstow 63, Westley 59, Root 50, Maharaj 3-50)

South Africa2nd Inns – 252 – (Elgar 136, Ali 4-45)

England win by 239 runs

England Lead the series 2-1

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANToby Roland-Jones (England)

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Moon Of Liberty Cricket – 1st Test Match India v Australia

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1st Test in Pune – India v Australia

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Aussie spinners at home on Indian soil

Australia have won a huge victory rolling back the years to a performance that looked like one of past glories as they thrashed India in Pune. Australia’s first innings score of 260 look precarious with Matt Renshaw top scoring with 68 and Umesh Yadav taking four wickets. The bowling star however was to come from the Australians as Steve O’Keefe took India apart taking 6 wickets as India collapsed to 105 all out.

The second innings was almost de ja vous. Steve Smith got a century but there was not much support As Australia added 285 and Ravichandran Ashwin this time took 4 wickets. It was far too much for India as O’Keefe took 6 more wickets and Nathan Lyon joined in the fun0 taking the other four.as the Aussie spinners dominated with India only getting 2 more than their first innings. A huge 333 run win for Australia on a pitch that was later criticised by the ICC. India were very confident going into this series, it will have been dented after this poor batting showing.

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1st Test MatchAt Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India

India v Australia

Australia1st Inns – 260 – (Renshaw 68, Starc 61, Yadav 4-32)

India 1st Inns – 105 – (Rahul 64, O’Keefe 6-35)

Australia2nd Inns – 285 – (Smith 109, Ashwin 4-119)

India2nd Inns – 107 – (Pujara 31, O’Keefe 6-35, Lyon 4-53)

Australia win by 333 runs

Australia Lead the series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSteve O’Keefe (Australia)

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Moon Of Liberty Cricket – Test Match updates

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3rd Test in Johannesburg – South Africa v Sri Lanka

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South Africa secure whitewash with an inning thrashing of Sri Lanka

South Africa secured a 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka with an emphatic victory by an innings and 118 runs in Johannesburg. South Africa batted first with Jean Paul-Duminy (155) and Hashim Amla (134) helping South Africa to a total of 426. They then skittled out Sri Lanka for just 131 with Vernon Philander taking 3 wickets for just 28 runs. In a move used less often these days South Africa enforced the follow on ruthlessly exploiting their opponents lack of confidence. Only Dimuth Karunaratne with 50 put up any resistance as South Africa coasted to victory with Wayne Parnell taking four wickets to finish the series in style.

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1st Test Match in Wellington – New Zealand v Bangladesh

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Williamson guides New Zealand to victory in run fest

New Zealand secured an extraordinary victory against Bangladesh despite the visitors putting a huge total of 595 on the board. Shakib Al Hasan with 217 and Mushfiqur Rahim with 159 were the catalyst for the huge opening score. New Zealand hit back however, Tom Latham hit 177 and Mitchell Santner supported with 73 as New Zealand scored 539 to put themselves back in contention. Bangladesh then collapsed in their second innings bowled out for 160 with Trent Boult taking three wickets. This gave New Zealand the chance of what looked an unlikely victory and Kane Williamson with a fine 104 not out led the way with support from Ross Taylor (60) to eventually coast home with seven wickets to spare

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3rd Test MatchAt The New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa v Sri Lanka

South Africa 1st Inns – 426 – (Duminy 155, Amla 134, Pradeep 4-78, Kumara 4-107)

Sri Lanka 1st Inns – 131 – (Mendis 41, Philander 3-28, Rabada 3-44)

Sri Lanka2nd Inns – 177 – (Karunaratne 50, Parnell 4-51)

South Africa win by an innings & 118 runs

South Africa Win the Series 3-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJean-Paul Duminy (South Africa)

1st Test MatchAt The Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand v Bangladesh

Bangladesh1st Inns – 595/8 Dec – (Al Hasan 217, Rahim 159, Haque 64, Rahman 54*, Wagner 4-151)

New Zealand1st Inns – 539 – (Latham 177, Santner 73, Williamson 53, Rabbi 3-87)

Bangladesh2nd Inns – 160 – (Rahman 50, Boult 3-53)

New Zealand2nd Inns – 217/3 – (Williamson 104*, Taylor 60)

New Zealand win by 7 Wickets

New Zealand Lead the Series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANKane Williamson (New Zealand)

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Moon Of Liberty Cricket – Australia v Pakistan 3rd Test

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Australia v Pakistan 3rd Test Match

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Power batting sets up Australia to take the Whitewash

Three first innings centuries from Matt Renshaw, David Warner and Peter Handscombe enabled Australia to put a dominant 538 on the board taking advantage of the best of the batting time that left Pakistan chasing. Younis Khan’s class 175 not out was not enough to stop Australia taking a 200 plus first innings lead helped by Josh Hazlewood’s four wicket haul. The home side then added a high speed 241 batting Pakistan totally out of the game. Hazlewood took 3 more wickets in the second innings as Pakistan got nowhere near their target. The win means Australia take the series by a whitewash 3-0 scoreline.

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3rd Test Match – At The SCG, Sydney, New South Wales

Australia v Pakistan

Australia – 1st Inns – 538/8 Dec – (Renshaw 184, Warner 113, Handscombe 110, Riaz 3-89)

Pakistan 1st Inns – 315 – (Khan 175* Ali 71, Hazlewood 4-55)

Australia – 2nd Inns – 241/2 Dec – (Khawja 79*, Smith 59, Warner 55)

Pakistan – 2nd Inns – 244 – (Ahmed 72*, Hazlewood 3-29)

Australia win by 220 Runs

Australia Win the Series 3-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANMatt Renshaw (Australia)

Moon of Liberty Cricket – SA v SL 1st Test

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Cook the difference as Sri Lanka fail to take their chance

Stephen Cook’s second innings 117 helped South deliver a 2nd innings score that enabled them to get away with a poor first innings as Sri Lanka failed to take advantage. The hosts only posted 286 first up with Cook getting 59 of those, however Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 205 with Vernon Philander taking 5 wickets. South Africa did not reject the second opportunity post a score of 406 finishing any Sri Lankan hopes and easing through the visitors order in the 2nd innings to post in the end a big 206 run win.

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1st Test Match – At St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

South Africa v Sri Lanka

South Africa1st Inns – 286/10 – (Dumint 63, Cook 59, Lakmal 5-53)

Sri Lanka1st Inns – 205/10 – (de Silva 43, Philander 5-43)

South Africa 2nd Inns – 406/6 Dec – (Cook 117, de Koch 69, du Plessis 67* Elgar 52)

Sri Lanka 2nd Inns – 281/10 – (Mathews 59, Mendis 58, Rabada 3-77)

South Africa win by 206 Runs

South Africa Lead the Series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANStephen Cook (South Africa)

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