Ali ton inspires England to victory



Moeen Ali starred with bat and ball to lead England to its first win of the ICC World Cup, a 119-run victory over Scotland in Christchurch on Monday.

Ali’s 128 – his highest one-day international score – provided the platform for England as it racked up 8-303 after 50 overs.

Scotland put up little resistance in reply, aside from opener Kyle Coetzer who hit an impressive 71, as it was bowled out for 184, with Ali claiming figures of 2-33.

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England came out all guns blazing, with Ali and Ian Bell (54) putting on a massive 172-run opening stand.

Ali brought up his half-century from just 39 deliveries, before going on to post his second ODI ton with his fourth six of the innings.

Bell fell to Richie Berrington (1-43), and Ali was out not long after as England were reduced to 2-201.

After initially threatening to post in excess of 350, Scotland’s bowlers did well to keep the total down as Eoin Morgan (46), James Taylor (17), Jos Buttler (24) and Chris Woakes (one) added just 100 runs from the final 14 overs.

Josh Davey was the pick of the Scotland bowlers with 4-68.

The minnows were never really in the hunt despite the efforts of Coetzer, who survived an early chance in the first over.

Freddie Coleman (seven) and Matt Machan (five) fell in quick succession to Woakes (2-25) and Steven Finn (3-26).

Captain Peter Mommsen and Coetzer put on 60 runs as Scotland edged past 100 before the former was out sweeping.

Ali dismissed Coetzer in the 27th over, all but ending Scotland’s resistance.

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