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England romp to Test win

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Moeen Ali took 3-6 in 25 balls as England ripped through South Africa's lower-order to clinch a thumping 241-run win over the world's top-ranked team in the first Test, in Durban. 

Spinner Moeen added 3-47 to first-innings figures of 4-69 as South Africa, 136-4 overnight in pursuit of an unlikely victory target of 416, imploded to 174 all out in 71 overs.

Against the additional firepower of Steven Finn (4-42) and Chris Woakes (1-25), the home side lost their last six wickets in just over 100 minutes of play - Stuart Broad sealing South Africa's fate by trapping Morne Morkel lbw for eight.

It's the first time England have won the opening Test of an away series since their victory over Bangladesh in Chittagong in March 2010.

Their last success on the road against major opposition in the first Test of a series came in December 2004 when they beat South Africa at Port Elizabeth by seven wickets - some 16 away Test series ago.

The procession of wickets began in the first over - dangerman AB de Villiers, 37 not out overnight, going back to the third ball of the day and falling lbw to Moeen as he looked to work to leg.

His departure so early exposed South Africa's fragile lower-order to England's galvanised attack and the pressure told as Temba Bavuma walked past the third ball of Moeen's second over to be stumped by a distance.

Jonny Bairstow, who beat the turf in frustration on day four after missing a far tougher chance offered by De Villiers when he had 33, made no mistake to make it 136-6.

Two runs later Dale Steyn's 21-ball innings ended in emphatic fashion as Finn struck the top of off-stump to knock the pole out the ground.

There was little doubt about Kyle Abbott's demise either - the batsman barely waiting for the decision as he played back to Moeen to be hit in front of middle-and-leg, the ball lodging between his pads.

JP Duminy (26no) punched Finn nicely down the ground to take South Africa's total past 150 and together with Dane Piedt ensured the hosts got through the first hour of play, in which they lost 4-19.

Woakes quickly deepened England's in-roads thereafter, inducing a bat-pad catch from Piedt in his first over and while Morkel and Duminy added 19 for the 10th wicket off 42 balls, they could not see out the session.

The second Test begins in Cape Town on Saturday when England could have James Anderson available for selection after the seamer, ruled out of this Test with a calf strain, came through a pre-play practice bowling session in the middle.

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