New Delhi: India completed a comprehensive 8-wicket win over England at Mohali to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Parthiv Patel remained unbeaten on 67 in his comeback Test as the hosts chased down the target of 103 runs with ease.
Earlier, England restarted their second innings at the overnight score of 78/4, still trailing India by 56 runs. Ravindra Jadeja gave the hosts the perfect start, removing Gareth Batty for 0, trapping him in front of the wicket.
Jos Buttler tried to put up a partnership with Joe Root, hitting couple of boundaries early in his innings. India’s new spin sensation Jayant Yadav cut short Buttler’s innings, dismissing him for 18 runs as he perished while trying to hit a big shot.
Meanwhile, Root held the innings from the other end, notching up his 25th Test half century as he continued to play a lone hand. He was given able support from the other end by the young Haseeb Hameed, who came down the order after injuring his finger in the first innings.
Jadeja finally got the all important wicket of Joe Root to push India closer towards an innings victory in Mohali.
But Haseeb Hameed and Chris Woakes had other plan as the duo put on a sold partnership of 43 runs to increase England's lead.
The young Haseeb Hameed though was not ready to throw in the towel and he pushed England's lead past the 100-run mark with some flashy strokes.
James Anderson was run out by Ravindra Jadeja as England folded for 236 in their second innings to give India a target of 103 runs to win the match.
Parthiv Patel's aggressive unbeaten 67 was the cornerstone of India's easy chase.
The foundation for the victory was set up after the Indian bowlers managed to skittle England for a below par 283 runs in the first innings, with pacers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav sharing 5 wickets among themselves.
India were cruising in their first innings with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in the middle. But a middle-order collapse brought the visitors back in the match. Ravichandran Ashwin's good form with the bat continued. Ravindra Jadeja, who was struggling as a batsman in the series, decided to dig in deep and joined forced with Ashwin to take India on the road to recovery.
The duo shared a 97-run stand to put India inthe lead. Ashwin departed for 72 but Ravindra Jadeja carried on in the company of the impressive Jayant Yadav to score a career best 90.
Yadav too went on to get his maiden Test half-century as India amassed 417 in the first innings to take a 134-run lead.
Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for India in the second innings as he finished with 3 wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja was adjudged the 'Man of the Match' for his valiant 90 in the first innings. He also picked up 4 wickets in the match.
The fourth Test match starts in Mumbai from December 8.