Cape Town - England all-rounder Moeen Ali says that his team responded
to the challenges of the first day brilliantly well on day two of the second
Test against India.
The hosts fought back after India ran through their
middle-order on the first afternoon as Jos Buttler and Stuart Broad added 98
for the ninth wicket and England reached 332 all out.
Speaking after play Moeen said that England exceeded their
expectations with the bat: "I think today we played perfectly. We thought
yesterday if we can get 250, 260, but we exceeded that massively today.
"We found when the lights came on and in the last
session of the day it nipped around a little more. I thought we bowled really
well. We were patient, set good fields, and we're in a fantastic
The off-spinning all-rounder wasn't too pleased with his own
bowling effort as he ended the day wicketless.
He added: "The pitch was quite slow and I felt maybe I
needed to bowl a little bit quicker. I actually struggled a little with my
action today, but I created a few chances and I still felt like I was in the
Moeen has recently given up all social media, feeling that
it offers an unnecessary distraction.
He said: "I spent a lot of time on the phone and I
don't think its a great thing, especially with having a family. I just feel
like sometimes it's too much. I realised what was the point of me being on? I
felt like, I don't need it in my life."
India slipped to 174 for 6 by stumps on day two to leave
England in charge.