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England takes 1-0 lead with 169-run win

Broad, Moeen take three wickets apiece as Australia bowled out for 242 on Day 4 in Cardiff

England takes 1-0 lead with 169-run win - Cricket News
Moeen Ali took 3 for 59 in 16.3 overs as England bowled Australia out for 242 for a 169-run win.
It seemed like an exciting finish was in the offing at the halfway mark, but England's pacers came up with an inspired display of swing bowling to deliver a memorable 169-run win on Day 4 of the first Ashes Test at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Saturday (July 11).

Prior to the start of the series, England spelt out the need to play aggressive cricket and the team walked the talk as Australia, chasing 412, was bowled out for 242 in the final session. Moeen Ali, quite fittingly, took the final wicket to finish with figures of 3 for 59 in 16.3 overs, while Stuart Broad, who started the slide, also had three wickets to show for his efforts.

David Warner's sprightly 52 and Mitchell Johnson's thrill-a-minute 77 stood out in an innings that lasted 70.3 overs. The only other contribution of note came from Steven Smith, who made 33.

Australia's slide began in the post-lunch session where it lost three wickets in the first six overs. That it came on the back of Warner’s wicket shortly before lunch didn’t help matters either, as Broad’s mastery with the new ball caused trouble on an overcast day.

England struck early when Broad removed Chris Rogers (10) in the 10th over, but Australia continued to play positively and drive the game forward. Warner, who started tentatively, took a liking to Ali and hit him for two fours and a six off his second over to set the tempo. He soon brought up a half-century off just 72 balls before going into a shell, which also resulted in his dismissal.

Smith fell immediately after lunch to Broad as Ian Bell took a straightforward catch at second slip. Elation turned into ecstasy for England when Michael Clarke was dismissed soon after, as he sliced a catch to Ben Stokes at backward point. At 106 for 4, England was on the ascendancy.

In a masterstroke move, Alastair Cook introduced Mark Wood, the seamer, for a second spell and he delivered immediately with the wicket of Adam Voges (1). England’s sensational morning was complete when Brad Haddin and Shane Watson, Australia’s last recognised batting pair, also fell cheaply. Haddin (7) was caught brilliantly by Cook on the second attempt at short midwicket, while Watson (19) overbalanced and was lbw to Wood.

But Australia didn’t give up as Johnson, who picked up only two wickets with the ball, entertained the crowd with some lusty blows. He hit nine fours and two sixes in his 77 to frustrate England, but Joe Root’s introduction changed all that.

He broke 72-run stand for the eighth wicket by dismissing Mitchell Starc before England wrapped things up with Ali getting Josh Hazlewood caught at long-off. It was fitting that Root, who played a key role for England with knocks of 134 and 60, took the catch to seal the win.

The second Test will be played at Lord's from July 16.

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