Mohali: All-round India take unassailable 2-0 lead over England

India beat England by eight wickets in the third Test in Mohali to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The hosts chased down the target of 103 runs easily and scripted a comprehensive eight-wicket win.

In the all-rounders' rankings table, Ravindra Jadeja, the 27-year-old all-rounder, has climbed up two spots to attain his career-best fourth spot after he top-scored in India's first innings with 90 and picked up four wickets in the match. The visitors, who are currently trailing by 0-2 in the five-match series, will now need to consider a replacement to the squad ahead of the Mumbai Test which begins on December 8.

Kohli (left) talks to Hameed after the match. But the run-out of James Anderson [5] curtailed the effort and set up an easy India run chase, despite a wicket each for Woakes and Adil Rashid. Just before lunch, India got the big wicket.

England's regular opener Haseeb Hameed, who batted at number eight due to a broken finger, remained not out at 57 for England.

Starting from overnight 78-4, Root looked to bat for time.

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. He got an able ally in young Hameed as the duo added 45 runs in 119 balls for the seventh wicket stand. On day two, you are 5-160 and your lower order steps up. So those two days, including the third day, were very pleasing for me as captain.

In the test at the same venue a year ago, the Indian spinners claimed 19 of the 20 wickets to beat South Africa inside three days.

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England captain Alastair Cook said he, along with others, misread the pitch but blamed the batsmen for the defeat.

Mohammed Shami grabbed a couple of wickets on day four with brilliantly bowled short balls proving his value to the team.

Kohli started the England series in the 15th position, his 405 runs in three Tests so far has allowed the batsman to climb the rankings quickly.



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