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Moeen Ali stuns with odd one-handed switch hit attempt, fails miserably




Despite the fact that cricket players have adopted more quirky strokes over the course of the previous decade, only a select few players have the ability to go on to try a stroke as strange as the one that Moeen Ali exhibited against South Africa on Wednesday. Although England won the third and final one-day international of their series against the Proteas, the series was eventually won by South Africa by a score of 2-1.

The only one of England’s top four batsmen to reach double digits when they began the batting was Dawid Malan, who ended with 118 runs and was the only one to reach double figures. Jos Buttler, who also serves as the team’s wicketkeeper, was another player to achieve a century. He amassed 131 runs while facing just 127 deliveries. However, all-rounder Moeen Ali was the one who caught the attention of the crowd.

He scored 41 runs in a hurry off just 23 balls before being run out by Lungi Ngidi, making a substantial contribution to the final score with his run production. After being down to 14/3 at one stage in the match, his brilliance on the field helped England score an intimidating total of 346/7, and the tourists went on to dismiss South Africa for 287.

Ali’s attempt at a one-handed reverse slap smash was perhaps the most memorable part of the fight, despite the fact that he was unable to successfully execute it. The attempt was both funny and frustrating. Ali decided not to try his hand at the unorthodox shot again during the match after he was unsuccessful in his effort to hit Tabraiz Shamsi’s left-arm wrist spin to the boundary. Ali’s attempt had disastrous results.


Ali’s unorthodox effort at hitting the ball has everyone in the cricketing community in fits of laughter. Because of this, he was able to punish Shamsi back over his head with one of the four sixes he hammered in his short innings, proving that his decision not to do it again was the correct one.

South Africa’s chances of directly qualifying for the ODI World Cup are kept in the balance by England.
Although the batting of England, with the exception of Ali, Malan, and Buttler, left a much to be desired, England’s performance with the ball in the second innings was the deciding factor in the match. Jofra Archer’s career-best statistics of 6/40 helped the visitors break a five-game losing run in one-day internationals, just as the reigning World Champions are gearing up for the 50-over World Cup, which is set to take place later this year.

South Africa maintained their chances of automatically qualifying for the World Cup that will be held in India later this year by winning the series 2-1. Despite the fact that they may still need to win both of their One-Day International matches against the Netherlands in March and April, South Africa won the series so that they could maintain those chances. The fact that the home team was bowled out for 287 runs despite Heinrich Klaasen’s (80) and Reeza Hendricks’ (52), opening batsman, Reeza Hendricks’ contributions helped the visitors secure a victory. Archer was largely responsible for this.

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