Moeen helps England take charge

07 July 2017 13:51:23 EST

All-rounder Moeen Ali celebrated a double milestone as England enjoyed the better of the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Lord's.

Moeen contributed 87 with the bat as the hosts were bowled out for 458 in their first innings, before claiming two wickets with his off-spin as the Proteas closed on 214-5 in reply, still 244 runs in arrears.

His runs took him past 2,000 in Test match cricket, while the second of his two wickets was his 100th in Tests.

Resuming on 357-5 at the start of the day, England soon lost skipper Joe Root just ten runs shy of a double century, while both Liam Dawson and Mark Wood fell lbw without scoring.

However, Moeen came within 13 of a century as he added valuable runs with Stuart Broad, who would eventually finish unbeaten on 57 after putting on a last-wicket partnership of 45 with James Anderson.

When South Africa batted they soon lost debutant Heino Kuhn (1), who was caught at first slip by Alastair Cook off the bowling of Broad.

Moeen then entered the fray once again, first trapping Hashim Amla right in front for 29, before captain Dean Elgar prodded a catch to Gary Ballance to short leg after making a well-constructed 54.

When JP Duminy was adjudged leg before to Broad for 15, the tourists were deep in trouble at 104-4, at which point Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn dug in impressively.

Bavuma was unbeaten on 48 when the close of play arrived, but De Bruin (48) perished just before the end of the day, as he feathered an edge to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow off Anderson to leave the hosts on top heading into day three.

England are now 1/1 to win the first Test, with the draw 1/1 and a Proteas victory 1/1.

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