Mohali: India knocked off the 103 runs in just over 20 overs for the loss of two wickets to beat England by 8 wickets in the 3rd Test match being played at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here today.
Earlier in the morning, England resuming at their overnight score of 78 for four wickets, lost the wicket of night-watchman’s Gareth Batty’s in the second over of the day. Batty was dismissed by Jadeja for naught. Soon the visitors lost their sixth wicket at the score of 107 as Buttler hold out to Jadeja at deep midwicket of Jayant Yadav.
Haseeb Hameed, who was unable to open the batting yesterday, joined Joe Root after the fall of Jos Buttler, the two batsman tried hard to delay the inevitable. However, a brilliant catch by Rahane at slip of the bowling of Jadeja ended Joe Root’s long vigil at the crease. Joe Root, who opened the innings in place of injured Haseeb Hameed, played a gutsy innings of 78 for the visitors. At this point, England were struggling at 152 for the loss of seven wickets.
After Root’s dismissal Hameed, batting with an injured finger and Chris Woakes put on a 43 run partnership for the eighth wicket, which was ended by Mohammed Shami with a short pitch delivery which hit Woakes (30) on the gloves before being pouched by keeper Parthiv Patel. Couple of balls later Shami had Adil Rashid caught at fine leg for no score, as England lost their ninth wicket while leading by 61 runs.
Hameed continued his fight with a gutsy 59 unbeaten runs, as he put 41 runs for the last wicket with James Anderson (5), before Anderson was run-out by Ashwin.
England: 283 & 236 (Root 78, Hameed 59*, Ashwin 3/81, Jayant 2/21)
India 417 & 104/2 (Parthiv – 67*)
India beat England by 8 wickets. Take 2-0 lead