India produces another clinical performance against feeble England side at Mohali to take 2-0 lead in the series

Parthiv Patel did turn up good as he scored unbeaten 67 runs to see India chase down a small total of 104 runs and take 2-0 lead in five match series against England.The home side had to plenty of problems going into the game as regular wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and opener KL Rahul had to sit on the sidelines due to injury which meant any opportunity for debutant Karun Nair and wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.

Patel opened the innings in place of KL Rahul and showed excellent temperament to produce good scores of 42 and 67* in both innings. It was complete team performance from the hosts as there was no single player who did it for India but the spin troika in Ashwin, Yadav and Jadeja bowled superbly in tandem to keep England’s rate of scoring at bay. England did all the right things at the start as Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat first on a surface expected not to get any better as game goes on. England once again got decent starts and could not pile up big tons needed to put commanding total.Jonny Bairstow top scored with 89 runs while Buttler and Stokes got starts and threw their wickets easily to see England fold for 283 runs.

India also were given any easy way as once the hosts were reduced to 204 for 6 once Kohli was dismissed by Ben Stokes for 62 runs to see them still 79 runs short of England’s first innings total. But once again late order came to the rescue as Ravi Ashwin played a superb knock under extreme pressure and put on 97 run stand with Ravendra Jadeja to see India show resistance against England bowlers. Ashwin scored 72 off 113 runs and struck eleven boundaries in his innings. Jadeja also came to the party at the crucial moment as he timed an excellent 90 runs off 170 runs to help India reach 400 runs in their first innings as he was well aided by Jayant Yadav who also scored his maiden fifty. Stokes and Rashid were standout bowlers for England as India got a good lead of 134 runs.

England woes with the bat continued in the second innings as well they slumped to 78 for 5 as spinners did the damage with Joe Root unbeaten at the end of the days play. England resumed the next day only to fold for 236 with Root top scoring with 79 runs followed Haseeb Hameed unbeaten 59 runs to see them give India a total of 104 runs. India came out with positive intent to knock off the runs in 20 overs and win the game by eight wickets.

England problems have become more visible with the batsmen not firing as well as  injury to opener Haseeb Hameed means that we might see a change in the batting for the fourth test at Mumbai. India on the other hand will be pleased with performance of wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel who came in and batted well against decent England bowling attack. Ravendra Jadeja was awarded man of the match for his all-round performance with bat and ball. To add insult to injury, none of the surfaces at Vizag and Mohali were rank turners where England got outclassed by an Indian side led by Virat Kohli.

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