India spinners once again held centrestage as the hosts produced a clinical performance to cruise to a comfortable eight-wicket victory on the fourth day of the third cricket Test and thereby take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
The trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (3/81), Ravindra Jadeja (2/62) and Jayant Yadav (2/21) shared bulk of the spoils to dismiss the visitors for 236 in their second innings.
Comeback man Parthiv Patel then made a mockery of the target of 103 runs, smashing his way to an unbeaten 67 off 53 balls studded with 11 fours and a six. Parthiv and Cheteshwar Pujara (25) added 81 runs in only 15.2 overs in what turned out to be an easy chase completed in 20.2 overs.
Parthiv was in a mood to display his 'T20 skills' as he took on the pacers and spinners alike with minimum fuss. His prowess at the top of the order will give Kohli and coach Anil Kumble another option for opening slot.
Earlier, credit should be given to young Haseeb Hameed for his gritty unbeaten 59 off 156 balls coming in at No 8 due to a finger injury that helped England cross 200-run mark. He hit six fours and a six off Ashwin to complete his second Test half-century. It was because of the teenager that India had to chase a 100 plus target.
It was a match where England were outbatted and outbowled by an Indian side that has been plagued by injuries. But Ashwin as usual put up a lion-hearted performance once again scoring a 72 and bagging four wickets. Equally creditable was the all-round effort of the other two specialist spinners – Jadeja (90 run and 4 wickets) and Jayant (55 runs and 4 wickets).
The question on fourth day was not how but when will India finish the match. The only wicket that would have seriously bothered them was that of Joe Root. But post Root, Hameed did put up a fight but it was always for a losing cause.
Root, who was standing between India and victory, was dismissed for 78 by Jadeja (2/39 in 23 overs), who got one to turn away sharply as the edge was taken by an alert Ajinkya Rahane, who reacted quickly to stretch his right hand. Root played 179 balls hitting six fours in the process. Once Jadeja removed the gutsy Root minutes before lunch, the writing was there on the wall. But Hameed delayed the inevitable and showed that he is one for the future with correct technique and a temperament to match with it. During the post lunch session, it was Mohammed Shami (2/37 in 14 overs) who blew away the lower order with a barrage of short balls.
Hameed had a 43-run stand for the 8th wicket with Chris Woakes (30). With the second new ball, Shami bowled a bouncer which Woakes missed and it broke the protective shield at the back of the helmet.
Woakes was sufficiently softened up and the very next delivery also reared up and he fended awkwardly to give Parthiv an easy catch. Adil Rashid (0) was also welcomed with a short ball which he mis-hooked to Umesh Yadav at deep square leg. The only consolation for England would be the fact that they managed to make India bat for the second time in the match. But that would count for little as the match turned out to be a lopsided contest.
Hameed again lived up to his nickname 'Baby Boycott' for his dogged resistance during initial period. He mostly presented dead bat to the spinners and only played a few sweep shots after he was set. He could have got out when Ashwin was introduced into the attack in the second hour of the morning session. Hameed, batting on six, tried to cut a delivery that Parthiv couldn't hold onto.
England's troubles started in the second over of the day as nightwatchman Gareth Batty (0) failed to open his account and was trapped plumb in-front by a Jadeja arm ball. England were reduced to 78 for 5.
Jos Buttler (17) was expected to show some restraint considering the match situation. He came down the track to loft Jadeja for a six and a thickish outside edge off Umesh fetched him a boundary. But he played one shot too many trying to loft Jayant over deep mid-wicket boundary but failed to get the required elevation to clear Jadeja and England were reduced to 107 for six.
Root was ready to play in occasional ones and twos even though Jadeja tried to hurry him which forced the Yorkshire man to play the left-armer off his backfoot.
Injured Hameed to go home, England off to Dubai for break
Young opener Haseeb Hameed's tour is over as the youngster, who sustained a fractured hand during the first innings of the Mohali Test, is going back home.
Injured Hameed came out to bat on Tuesday and showed his steely temperament with a gritty 59, which forced India to chase a target of 103 runs.
"He has got a broken hand, needs a plate within to fix it. Yes, it's obviously unlucky for a youngster, who impressed us all with his technique and talent and obviously now when he's playing for England, he will do anything to get out there," skipper Alastair Cook said after England lost the third Test here against India by eight wickets to trail the five-match series 0-2.
"To play like that, that was a very special knock. But he is out for the whole tour, he is going home. A replacement would be called," he added.
Cook said that Hameed was having difficulty in holding the bat.
"He was really struggling actually. He was holding with slightly different grip to not put pressure on it. Still the vibrations were there when he hit it. Without having a good grip, you use your little finger quite lot of times to grip in general to feel a good strength. He just took it off the bat and found it a lot easier," Cook explained.
Even rival skipper Virat Kohli patted the youngster and termed him one for the future.
"He showed great character for a 19 year old at this level. He put his hand up when his team wanted him to do it.
"He is great prospect for England and definitely going to be a future star in all forms if persists with his skill. Really impressed and that's why I patted him on the back, innings full of character and something to applaud," Kohli said.
With the England players wary after two Test defeats, they will be flying off to Dubai for a break as the next Test match will start from December 8 in Mumbai.
About the team flying off to Dubai, Cook said that they needed a break.
"The break has come at a very good time, obviously three back to back Test matches. I don't think we have to play four in a row but you never know. We have this week off and I think, most people are going to Dubai, mentally it will be a break from cricket. We come back little bit more refreshed.
"The challenge is try and put in that performance which consistently over five days we play well. We have done that in one game, we haven't done it in other two."
Team Got extra motivation after losing toss: Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday revealed that his team got the extra motivation for winning the third Test after he lost the toss and therefore the opportunity to bat first on a good wicket.
Winning the toss and batting on the opening day is considered as a big advantage in Indian conditions but Kohli and Co overcame that to win the game by eight wickets.
"None of the pitches have been turners," said Kohli. He was surprised at the England fans' reaction after the toss.
"We have just played very good cricket. We are getting more and more confident. We lost the toss, bowled them out for 280. I was surprised to hear the cheer when they won the toss. You still have to go out and win the game. We got motivated by that actually," he said.
He was all praise for his three spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Jayant Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.