India rout England in Mohali
India wrapped up a clinical eight wicket victory over a sloppy England outfit inside four days at the PCA stadium in Mohali scoring the 104 runs needed for victory in just 20.2 overs.
Aggressive hitting from wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel ensured India chased down the paltry 103 runs they needed to win the match and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Earlier India had bowled England out for 236 runs with Haseeb Hameed showing the kind of application sorely lacking from much of the tourists batting lineup.
England resumed on 78 for 4 needing 56 runs to make India bat again.
It took just two balls for Ravindra Jadeja to send nightwatchman Gareth Batty packing with the spinner getting one to straighten and stay low to trap him leg before for nought.
Jos Buttler (18) joined Joe Root and the former would show intent but certainly not sound judgement as he hit a four and a six before slogging down midwicket’s throat to give Jayant Yadav his second wicket of the innings.
This finally brought injured opener Haseeb Hameed out to the wicket and England stabilized as their two best batsmen of the match put on 45 but Root (78) would edge Jadeja to slip and England were just about sewn up.
Hameed went on to make a patient 59 off 156 balls and become the first Teenager to score two Test fifties for England.
Chris Woakes helped prolong the Test somewhat as he hit 30 off 47 balls putting on 43 with the stoic Hameed.
Mohammed Shami bowled two brilliant short balls to account for Woakes and then Adil Rashid (0).
Anderson and Hameed stuck together for an annoying 10th wicket partnership before Anderson foolishly ran himself out for 5 leaving Hameed high and dry on 59 not out.
Patel was in no mood to hang around and India would reach 104 for 2 in just 20.2 overs.
The man who last played Test cricket in 2008 struck 67 off 54 balls including 11 fours and a six as he powered India to an eight wicket victory.
Patel’s opening partner Murali Vijay went for a duck as Woakes produced a Jaffa before Cheteshwar Pujara (25) nearly helped the keeper take things home but he swept Rashid to Root at short fine leg leaving Virat Kohli (6) to stay with the aggressive opener until the job was done.
India win the contest by eight wickets and take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.
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