Courtesy an all-round performance on all four days, Virat Kohli-led India thrashed England by eight wickets in the third Test at Mohali and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Gracing the crease to conquer the uncertain, Joe Root and Gareth Batty proceeded the England innings at 78/4. Just before the pair could settle their nerves down, Ravindra Jadeja scalped the night-watchman on the second ball of the day for a duck.
Stepping in next was Jos Buttler, who after whacking a six over the sight-screen made his intentions clear. Though he could not excite the crowd for long as a mistimed shot from him saw Jadeja completing a neat catch at deep mid-wicket, granting Jayant Yadav his second scalp of the innings.
Haseeb Hameed, who injured his thumb in the first innings, came in to bat at No. 8. Struggling to push the ball away with a bottom hand earlier, he along with Joe Root instilled some calmness in the England’s dressing room for a short span.
Riding on his good form in the series, Root brought up his 25th half-century. With what looked like a non-spin friendly wicket even on Day 4, Jadeja extracted some turn from the turf to dismiss England’s vice-captain for well made 78. A blinder from Ajinkya Rahane in the first slip added value to the wicket. At lunch, England were 156/7.
Post lunch, Hameed stood tall and displayed an innings of character and bravery with the tail to support him on the other side. The youngster scored his first boundary after facing 111 deliveries as he crawled towards his first fifty of the match. The visitors did not shy away from giving a fight as they added more runs to their lead.
When India took the new ball, the equation changed completely. Within first four balls, Mohammed Shami dismissed both Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid with steamy bouncers. Moments later, Hameed completed his second Test fifty by putting the ball over the ropes for a six to Ravichandran Ashwin. England’s innings ended on 230 after James Anderson fell short of reaching the bowling crease for five. India required 103 runs to win the match.
The hosts did not start well as Murali Vijay was caught behind for zero. Parthiv Patel and Cheteshwar Pujara found some gaps as India took tea at 33/1.
Making his return into the Test outfit, Parthiv Patel looked in bit of a hurry to finish the game. The southpaw notched up 5th fifty of his career. Not only this, he smashed his first six in Test cricket too during the course. Standing on the other end, Pujara’s stint was cut short on 25 by Rashid.
Patel, who was then joined by skipper Kohli, lofted one over the covers to give India their second win of the series.
Second Test Match At Mohali:
England – 283 & 230 vs India – 417 & 104-2