Moeen Ali's 67 run unbeaten knock kept the hosts in contest    Getty Images
Moeen Ali’s 67 run unbeaten knock kept the hosts in contest Getty Images

Just like Jonny Bairstow on Day Two, Moeen Ali turned England s hero on Day Three of the fourth Test against South Africa. His unbeaten 67 got the hosts back in the game after their top-order failed to contribute much. It was only 49 from skipper Joe Root that stood out of an otherwise ordinary-looking scorecard until Moeen launched his onslaught and took England s lead past 300. As the teams gear up for Day Four, here are some highlights from third day s action.

South Africa bundled for 226: With Morne Morkel and Duanne Olivier batting for the last wicket, South Africa had not much to ask for as far as batting was concerned. Stuart Broad struck early in the morning and South Africa could only add 6, finishing their innings with 226, conceding a lead of 136.

Morne Morkel strikes early: Though not impressive with bat, Morkel hit back when asked to bowl, sending back both Alastair Cook and Tom Westley in the first session of the day. England were reduced to 53 for 2 at lunch.

Joe Root s stabiliser: After a number of wickets falling within a small span, it was time for the captain to play a knock that added some stability to the innings. Even with wickets falling at the other end, Root held on to one end, eventually falling 1 short of fifty.

Duanne Olivier does 2 in 2: Root was probably reminded of the first innings: Olivier s delivery found the inside edge and hit the stumps. Olivier bagged Root s wicket for the second time in the match; he had earlier got him lbw for 52.

Olivier takes 3-for: Olivier backed the wicket of Root with a couple more. He got Ben Stokes, producing an edge and sending him back for 23. Three overs later, it was 99-man Bairstow who had to depart, scoring a mere 10 and causing a big blow to England.

Moeen Ali s 67 not out: Though Bairstow departed cheaply on Day Three, Moeen took up the responsibility, scoring a 59-ball unbeaten 67 that brought a stuttering England back into the game and helped push the lead past 350.