We're very pleased, says Moeen Ali after the end of second day's play

We’re very pleased, says Moeen Ali after the end of second day’s play

Moeen Ali had a six wicket haul when he played last time against India at the same venue in 2014.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali of England successfully appeals. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Indian team had a good chance of stitching a huge lead in the first innings of the ongoing Southampton Test but things didn’t go well as Moeen Ali’s fifer destroyed the visitors hopes of building a good lead. All the Indian team managed to add was a 27-run lead. Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 132.

Moeen Ali had a six wicket haul when he played last time against India at the same venue in 2014. Ali stated that the whole team is very happy with the way they performed in the ongoing game. From 140/2 India was expected to add a huge lead, but they were collapsed to 195/8 and eventually got all-out for 273 runs.

“I think in the end, we’re very pleased. At one stage they were 140-2, going well, and so to bowl them out just 20-odd runs ahead is fantastic. It’s been good and nice to bowl on that wicket from that end. I have nice memories from the last Test I played here which helps as well,” told Moeen Ali to Sky Sports at the end of day’s play.

A bit disappointed

Moeen Ali wasn’t used well in the first half of the India’s innings. He stated that he was a bit disappointed when the captain took him off when he started his spell. He also that he wanted to bowl at Bumrah and aim for another 6-fer but captain had other plans to bring in pace, which eventually worked for England.

“From the first over I bowled today, I felt quite good and I was a bit disappointed Rooty took me off but then he brought me back on. I wanted to stay on, especially when Bumrah was on strike but I think Joe wanted a bit of pace against him to see what happened.”

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