India defeated England in the third Test at Mohali by eight wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. India needed 103 runs to win, and the hosts reached the target with eight wickets to spare in 20-2 overs. Parthiv Patel finished unbeaten on 67 as he guided his side to victory. You can watch India vs England 3rd Test day 4 video highlights here. Also check- India vs England, 3rd Test Full Scorecard
Requiring 103 runs to win the Test, India got off to a poor start losing Murali Vijay for a duck in the second over. However, Parthiv and Cheteshwar Pujara then steadied the Indian innings and took their team to 33 for one at tea.
After the break, the duo played freely and collected runs at will. Parthiv, playing a Test after eight years, was more aggressive of the two. During his 81-run stand with Pujara, Parthiv completed his fifth Test fifty. Also Check- India vs England 3rd Test day 4- As it Happened
The duo was separated after Adil Rashid struck to remove Pujara (25). After that Parthiv and captain, Virat Kohli guided their team home as India scripted a win by eight wickets.
Earlier, England resumed the day’s play on 78 for four. The visitors lost nightwatchman early in the morning without adding anything to the score. Gareth Batty (0) was trapped in front of the wickets by Ravindra Jadeja.
Jos Buttler was the second wicket to fell in the day as the right-handed was looking to score quickly. Buttler (18) was caught in the deep giving Jayant Yadav his second wicket. Root was then joined by Haseeb Hameed, who could not open the innings due to the thumb injury.
With these two batting, it looked like England will set a decent target for the home side. However, just before the lunch, Jadeja struck again to remove Root (78). Ajinkya Rahane took a splendid catch at first slip to dismiss well-set Root. At lunch, England’score read 156 for seven.
Hameed and Chris Woakes the joined force to take their side close to 200-run mark. Both players played their shots at will and looked threatening. It was then the second new ball that did the trick for hosts.
Mohammad Shami struck twice in one over with the new ball to remove Woakes (30) and Adil Rashid (0). Hameed, who played with bruised thumb, guided the England innings towards the end with James Andreson. The duo added 41 runs for the last wicket with Hameed scoring his second Test fifty.
Eventually, Anderson(5) was run out, and England could only post 236 in their second innings. A first innings lead of 134 runs, meant India needed only 103 runs to win the game. Ravindra Jadeja was adjudged man of the match for his all-round effort. Apart from picking four wickets in the match, Jadeja scored valuable 90 runs to help India secure the lead. The two teams now meet in Mumbai for the fourth Test starting December 08.