Team India completely outplayed England in Mohali to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series. Parthiv Patel was the hero for India in the fourth innings as the wicketkeeper scored an unbeaten 67 in his comeback Test to help hosts to a eight wicket win over the visitors.
This win stretches India’s unbeaten run in Tests to 17 at home – their second-highest. India lost the early wicket of Murali Vijay and then Cheteshwar Pujara but Patel and skipper Virat Kohli knocked off the remaining runs.
Earlier, England started their second innings at the overnight score of 78/4, still trailing India by 56 runs. Ravindra Jadeja gaveI ndia the perfect start, removing Gareth Batty for 0. Jos Buttler then tried to put up a partnership with Joe Root, but Jayant Yadav cut short Buttler’s innings, dismissing him for 18 runs as he perished while trying to hit a big shot. (Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes feud reminds us about Sourav Ganguly and Andrew Flintoff rivalry)
Root held the innings from the other end as he brought up his 25th Test fifty but on the other end there was not much of a support. Although he was given good support by the young Haseeb Hameed, who came down the order after injuring his fingure in the first innings but none of the other batsmen were able to hold the fort.
However, Jadeja finally got the prize scalp of Root to push India closer towards an innings victory in Mohali. Haseeb Hameed and Chris Woakes put on a sold partnership of 43 runs to increase visitors lead but Mohammad Shami dismissed the latter and Rashid in one over. (Hardik Pandya sidelined for six weeks due to shoulder fracture)
James Anderson was the final man out as he was run out by Jadeja as England were folded for 236 in their second innings to give India target of 103 runs to win the match.
Murali Vijay’s diminishing returns since his century in Rajkot continued when he fell for a duck, edging a short ball from Woakes to slip, but Parthiv led India’s surge to the target.