But Moeen, dropped on 15, thrashed 67 off 59 balls including three sixes - the second of which took him to fifty, launched onto the England balcony where it was caught by Jonny Bairstow.
England were bidding for a first home Test series win over SA since 1998, with Joe Root seeking a victory in his first Test series as England captain.
England had struggled against the spin of Keshav Maharaj who was making the most of the rough outside off-stump to the left-handed batsmen.
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But just as the players were walking back on for the start of South Africa's second innings, rain lashed down on Old Trafford and stopped play before a ball had been bowled in the Proteas' chase.
Despite almost going first ball as the fourth of Duanne Olivier's victims in a decent spell from the James Anderson End, chopping past his leg stump on the first ball he faced and then being dropped, he has the attitude to make the most of his luck.
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His 17 wickets in the series hardly do his work justice, and he set the tone for South Africa's initially excellent Sunday by removing both Alastair Cook and Westley in the morning session as he charged in to deliver pace and precision in equal measure.
It was also just South Africa's second defeat in 20 away Test series, their other overseas campaign reverse in that sequence coming against India in 2015/16. He had added just one to his interval score when he edged a cut off Kagiso Rabada to first slip Hashim Amla.
Jonny Bairstow earlier hit 99 as England rallied to 362 all out.
But the Middlesex left-hander, born in London but brought up in South Africa, exited for six - having been dropped on five - when caught via bat and pad at short leg off Maharaj.
With two full days still available, although the weather could be an issue, England are unlikely to declare any time soon as it is the Proteas who have to make the running to win the match and square the series.
This was turning into a fine spell by Olivier, whose two wickets for four runs in eight balls threatened to put the contest back in the balance.
Though BJP national president Amit Shah made the party MPs raise the issue in the Lok Sabha, it also did not have any impact. The minister complained that had some something similar happened in a BJP-ruled state, there would have been a hue and cry.
On his part, Oseloka Obaze, a former Secretary to the Anambra State Government, said such callous attacks dehumanised the society. Governor Obiano condemned the attack and promised to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice.
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McMaster cites the historical resentment in Latin America over the long history of USA military interventions in the region. But another opposition leader, Leopoldo López, remained in the infamous Ramo Verde prison southwest of the capital.
Republican senators looked exhausted as they recited the day's talking points on the latest presidential foul ball. Meanwhile, 26% said they were more likely to vote for him because of the vote, and 20% said it made no difference.
Stephen Curry may be known for his buzzer beaters on the court, but what he may not be known for is his impressive golf game. He was then able to settle his nerves and make a birdie on the par-five 15th on his way to a front nine score of 37.
Russian President Vladimir Putin , left, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu rested after fishing in southern Siberia. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a fish he caught during a hunting and fishing trip in southern Siberia.
Chandimal's overnight partner Mendis attempted to force Yadav over the infield only to be caught by Indian skipper Virat Kohli . Kohli now has 18 wins under his belt-only three less than India's second-most successful captain Sourav Ganguly (21).
However, Iran said earlier this week that it would lodge a complaint with the commission that oversees its implementation. Iranians re-elected Rouhani as the President in the country's May, 2017 elections.
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Some of them went on a night-long dharna condemning the incident and demanding immediate arrest of the perpetrators. Jayesh Darji, a member of the BJP's youth wing in Banaskantha, was arrested on Saturday.
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Man brandishing knife arrested at Eiffel Tower
A terror investigation has been launched in Paris after a man with a blade tried to force his way into the Eiffel Tower . No shots were fired and no one was hurt, a Paris police spokesman said .
NY Jets owner confirmed as United Kingdom ambassador
Johnson raised big money for Trump's presidential campaign and donated $1 million to the President's inaugural committee. This is not the first instance of an National Football League owner serving as an ambassador to a foreign nation.
Rouhani sworn in as Iran's President for 2nd term
He vowed that in his second term in office, Iran will "insist on constructive engagement with the world more than before". North Korea has rejected calls for Iran-style nuclear talks, noting its situation is different from that of Iran.
Vijender Singh vs Zulpikar Maimaitiali
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