India won the third Test comprehensively by eight wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series today at Mohali. England in their second innings scored 236 runs and managed to give India a paltry 103 runs to chase down with over a session and day remaining, but the hosts chased down the total inside 21 overs thanks to Parthiv Patel’s gutsy unbeaten 67. At the beginning of the innings, Murali Vijay was out for a duck as Chris Woakes removed him with a short delivery. India then lost the wicket of Puajara (25), but completed the chase easily.
Earlier in the match England batting first posted 283, India in reply scored 417 and took a valuable lead of 134 runs lead thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin (72), Ravindra Jadeja (90) and Jayant Yadav (55). These batsmen made important contributions as India was struggling at 204/6. Indian tail-enders made the real difference in the match. The trio-Ashwin-Jadeja and Yadav- also did an excellent job with the ball in hand along with Mohammad Shami, who took five wickets in the match. Here are five talking points of the match.
Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes rivalry:
The third Test at Mohali witnessed some on-field fireworks between Stokes and Kohli. On day one of the third Test, Stokes was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja’s outstanding delivery. After the dismissal, Stokes got involved in a verbal spat with Kohli while returning to the pavilion an act that got him ICC’s reprimand. On Day two it was Stokes’ turn to get well-set Kohli out and give him a comical ‘sealed lips’ sendoff. So as to make people aware that he has been under sanction. On the third day as soon as Stokes was dismissed by Jayant Yadav, Kohli didn’t waste his time as he showed his ‘I am quiet’ gesture which said it all.
The rivalry between captain Kohli and all-rounder Ben Stokes reminds cricket fans about the old rivalry between former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes feud reminds us about Sourav Ganguly and Andrew Flintoff rivalry
The left-arm spinner did a great job with the bat in hand after a long time. Jadeja is India’s second most important spinner after Ashwin, but he is also a competent all-rounder but his inconsistency erodes the reputation. He last played a tangible innings at the Lord’s in 2014, following that his bat had become numb. However, in recent time he scored a half century in Kanpur Test against New Zealand which helped him to get into the groove. His 90-run innings, which is his Test career’s best, pulled India out of danger zone as Jadeja built two crucial partnerships with Ashwin and Jayant Yadav. While he built 97 runs partnership with Ashwin, his next partnership was of 80 runs with Jayant Yadav. (India vs England 3rd Test: All-round India take 2-0 series lead)
Ashwin all-around performance:
Ashwin has become the answer to India’s search for an all-rounder. The offie has taken 59 wickets in 2016 and scored 445 runs at an average of 48.70. In the third Test in Mohali, he again played a crucial role with the bat in hand. He scored 72 and built a 97 run-stand with Jadeja. This year he has scored two hundreds and three fifty-plus scores which made India’s pride and world’s envy.
Ben Stokes’s fifer:
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has done a great job with the ball in hand. England batting first managed to post 283. Stokes’ reversed the ball and took the wicket of Murali Vijay. He then took his most wanted wicket of Virat Kohli, who was well-settled at the crease on 62. However, after wrecking havoc on the Indian top order he had to wait for next three wickets as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja stitched a fine partnership. This crucial partnership was broken by Stokes when India were at 301 for 7. He had to wait for another 29 overs for his fourth wicket as he broke another important 80-run partnership between Jadeja and Jayant Yadav. He has earned a reputation of a breakthrough bowler for England. His fifth wicket victim was Umesh Yadav.
Recalled into the Test team after a gap of eight years, Parthiv Patel did well to earn praise on his return. The wicket-keeper batsman may not have been that impressive behind the stumps, but did a fabulous job while opening the innings. The left-hander scored 42 in first innings and then capped off the Test with an unbeaten 67 to guide his team to a win.
England suffered another blow as their young opener Haseeb Hameed suffered a little finger injury. Doctor classed the injury as an external blow so as a result; he failed open the innings with Alastair Cook in the second innings. Alastair Cook and Joe Root opened the innings. As Indian spinners bamboozled the England top order Hameed had to bat with an injured finger. He showed his great character during his unbeaten 59-run innings. However, it seems that for rest of the two series his availability is uncertain.