Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    15.1 who writes their scripts? India have turned it around. And Ashwin it is. He dropped a sitter 10 minutes ago. And this is not a wicket-taking ball either. This is short and wide. The cut is on. Just that Cook doesn't play it well. Gets a thin edge into Patel's gloves. England have let India back into the game. And now India feel it 51/3
    9.6 U Yadav finally gets the reward for a testing spell, and they are all looking at the pitch. There have been balls bouncing in front of the keeper from a similar length, which is just short of a good length. Hameed pushes forward ti this, and it kicks off from nowhere to hit him on the higher glove. Lobs up to Rahane at gully. Even the Indians looking at the pitch here. Poor Hameed. After a shooter in his last innings, he gets one that bounces from a length, like on a trampoline 32/1
    14.1 and J Yadav strikes first ball after drinks. Slightly short of a length, Root pulls across it but the ball stays low a touch. Having said that, this shot is never on. Caught plumb. What makes this shot poor is that this is the first ball of spin he has faced on a pitch expected to be up and down 51/2
    26.3 and Moeen out on the bouncer again. This is a good bowling change, a good plan, and good field placement. Bouncer, head high, Moeen goes for the hook, gets a top edge fine, and Vijay has been placed fine at fine leg as opposed to the squarer long leg that we are used to seeing nowadays 87/4
    83.4 J Yadav has got his man immediately after that drop. This offbreak turns. From just outside off, and finally one turns past Bairstow's bat. Hits him low in front of middle and leg after turning in from outside off. The projection shows it is hitting leg. So Patel will be relieved. J Yadav says it's okay if you guys won't catch, I will take the lbw myself. Bairstow reviews, but it is a desperate attempt as he has not hit the ball 258/7
    43.6 a terrible way for Stokes to go! Credit to the bowler for beating him all ends up, but Stokes simply walked straight past an ambitious drive, and Parthiv has all the time in the world to whip off the bails. Deceived by the pace and skid of Jadeja's tight line. But there was no need to do that, England were accumulating very calmly after lunch 144/5
    68.1 tossed up, drilled in the air, and Kohli is on hand at mid-off to gobble a simple catch! Buttler becomes the latest England batsman to give it away after a comfortable start. And kudos to Kohli, he actually anticipated the shot and was running round from cover, Billy's Boots style, as the shot was played 213/6
    88.6 and U Yadav has his man after so much hard work. This is excellent bowling. He has been going wide on the crease, making them play the angle, but the ball has been holdings its line. Two balls ago was wide. The last one was closer to off and beat the outside edge. This is on off and pegs back the pole after beating the outside edge. This is a big wicket just before stumps. Will lift India up for tomorrow 266/8
    91.1 beauty first up. Perfect ball. Shami has his second. Seam movement here. Shami bowls short of a length, seam upright, Rashid has to play the angle, the ball hits the seam and moves away. Rashid is squared up, and edges it through. Lovely bowling. All bowlers bar Ashwin now have two wickets each. Ashwin has one 268/9
    93.5 Batty has reviewed an lbw decision, but this is just because they have a review. Short of a length, angling in, and Batty plays across its line. A sort of half-pull, the kind Root played yesterday. He is hit in front of middle, and with the bounce not extraordinary on this pitch, Batty is out plumb. The review confirms that 283/10
    not out
    12 (b 8, lb 3, nb 1)
    283 all out (93.5 Overs, RR: 3.01, 376 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Haseeb Hameed, 9.6 ov), 2-51 (Joe Root, 14.1 ov), 3-51 (Sir Alastair Cook, 15.1 ov), 4-87 (Moeen Ali, 26.3 ov), 5-144 (Ben Stokes, 43.6 ov), 6-213 (Jos Buttler, 68.1 ov), 7-258 (Jonny Bairstow, 83.4 ov), 8-266 (Chris Woakes, 88.6 ov), 9-268 (Adil Rashid, 91.1 ov), 10-283 (Gareth Batty, 93.5 ov)
    Mohammed Shami21.556332.8800
    UT Yadav1645823.6200
    J Yadav1554923.2600
    R Ashwin1814312.3800
    RA Jadeja2345922.5601
    14.4 Vijay is walking. Once again a drop has not hurt the fielding side. Stokes strikes in the first over, but Vijay has played a poor shot here. Stokes digs this in short and wide outside off. No need to play at it unless you are going to go hard at it. Vijay just pokes at it. Gets the edge that the umpire Gaffaney doesn't spot, but Vijay saves them the trouble of the review to walk off. There are only a few left but there are walkers in this world. Moeen is another 39/1
    25.6 ambitious appeal as Parthiv advances and is struck on the kneeroll. But England have reviewed. There's no bat involved, but he was a long way down the pitch. Wow, HawkEye gives it the three-red treatment! It turned after pitching, but not enough to miss leg stump. Can't blame Marais Erasmus for turning that down in the first instance, but England have their breakthrough! 73/2
    51.2 good grief, has Pujara holed out to cow corner? A dirty long-hop, and his eyes light up. But Woakes is one of three men on the leg side, and he scampers in to scoop a thrilling low chance, inches from the turf! The umpires are taking a second look, but the soft signal was out, and sure enough, there's no quibbling from the third umpire! 148/3
    64.3 Kohli's gone! This is a massive moment in the game. Outside off, maybe nibbles away a touch, Kohli was sizing up another glide to third man but instead he merely feathered an edge to the keeper! 204/6
    53.2 pinned on the pad by the googly and up goes the finger! Didn't pick this at all, thumps the front pad and it looks like a bit of a futile review. Sure enough, it was umpire's call on impact and smashing the stumps! 152/4
    54.2 wow, that's incredible fielding, and this is surely a run-out! A stab to point, a stunning full-length dive and gather from Jos Buttler, and a fierce shy, while still on his knees, at the non-striker's end. The direct hit does Nair like a kipper, who was halfway down the pitch, answering his captain's call, but had to turn and fling himself back to the crease! 156/5
    94.5 and Stokes strikes. England delayed his introduction too much. Unlike Woakes he is not bowling this dead straight. Wide length ball, Ashwin finally plays a drive like he did against Woakes, and the ball holds its line to take the thick outside edge lands with point. Ashwin walks back frustrated but he has played a crucial innings for India. Raises his bat to the 10 spectators in the stands 301/7
    123.1 spanged up in the air, this one spirals down to long-on, off the toe of the bat, and Jadeja has holed out for 90! What a pity, that aggressive intent proves his downfall in the end, but it was a mighty and matchturning innings all the same. England, finally, have some respite 381/8
    136.6 Stokes finally gets a much-deserved wicket. Bairstow gets away with his drop. Stokes bowls a slower offcutter looking to keep Jayant on strike. Jayant has an almighty swing at it, fails to keep it down, and Moeen takes a sharp catch diving to his left at short straight midwicket 414/9
    138.2 Stokes has five. The outside edge finally pouched. On a length, just outside off, he has to play the angle, and the ball moves away to take the outside edge. Regulation chance for Bairstow but nowadays there is no guarantee regulation catches are taken 417/10
    not out
    16 (b 8, lb 4, nb 1, w 3)
    417 all out (138.2 Overs, RR: 3.01, 581 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Murali Vijay, 14.4 ov), 2-73 (Parthiv Patel, 25.6 ov), 3-148 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 51.2 ov), 4-152 (Ajinkya Rahane, 53.2 ov), 5-156 (Karun Nair, 54.2 ov), 6-204 (Virat Kohli, 64.3 ov), 7-301 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 94.5 ov), 8-381 (Ravindra Jadeja, 123.1 ov), 9-414 (Jayant Yadav, 136.6 ov), 10-417 (Umesh Yadav, 138.2 ov)
    JM Anderson2144802.2800
    CR Woakes2478603.5800
    MM Ali1313302.5301
    AU Rashid38611843.1000
    BA Stokes26.257352.7730
    GJ Batty1604702.9300
    13.6 through the gate and smashing the stumps! Simply played the wrong line as Cook played for turn but left a gaping hole between bat and pad. Probing line from Ashwin but the seed of doubt caused by a nibble of turn was enough to unsettle England's master player of spin 27/1
    66.3 what a lovely catch from Rahane. And that might be the Test. Root pushes at a length ball. Finally makes an error. Pushing in front of his body. Jadeja gets this to turn from around off, takes a thick edge, and Rahane sticks his left hand out at slip. The ball sticks. England 18 for 7 now. Rahane kisses the ball 152/7
    19.5 chipped in the air, such a nothing shot, and he is pouched with ease at mid-on! Came down the track, expecting the half-volley, but was bamboozled in flight, tried to check his stroke, and gave his innings away once again! 39/2
    31.3 what a catch. That is a stunner. Bairstow goes back and pays the price. This is a shooter that doesn't turn. The only way to deal with them is to meet them on the half-volley but Bairstow has been playing back especially after he fell lbw lunging forward in the first innings. Having said that this is a stunning catch from Patel. He stays low, and the ball is about a foot high when he collects it. Sensational way to come back from the two earlier blows. The best part of the catch is that hands go down as the ball stays low. Helps if you are not too tall 70/3
    37.1 big appeal first ball as he squares him up. And Kohli has reviewed this. Given not-out on the field. India have pulled one out of the hat. The review has worked, and the big wicket of Stokes is in the bag. This is pitched middle and off, Stokes is squared up by the turn, and is hit in front of off. The projection shows hitting the top of off 78/4
    39.2 and Jadeja has got through the nuisance of the nightwatchman in his first over of the morning. Batty pushes forward with bat and pad together. Jadeja pitches on a length, the ball straightens and also stays low, hitting the pad before it hits the bat. Looks like he is hit in front of off. Hitting middle and off 78/5
    46.4 Buttler has found the man at cow corner to perfection. This is not really smart batting. He dances out, looking to go over mid-on, but Jayant keeps it shorter than his reach and Buttler ends up dragging it wide. Easy catch for Jadeja at cow corner. Think Buttler advanced too early, giving Jayant the time to adjust his length. This is unlike Pujara who leaves his crease only after the ball leaves the bowler's hand, but once he leaves the crease he is really quick 107/6
    not out
    83.2 and Shami doesn't relent. Bowls another bouncer and takes India one strike closer to the win. This is just really really good fast bowling. Follows the bouncer with another sharp bouncer, into his armpit, giving him no chance to get away from it. It lobs off the handle of the bat for easy catch for the wicketkeeper 195/8
    83.4 fantastic clean-up job from Shami. Rashid is not going to get out of the line of the bouncer. This is at his head, and he just hooks. The top edge flies to fine leg. Shami, when he has the bit between his teeth, is a wonderful sight 195/9
    90.2 smashed high and hard over the leg side once more! Good intent as the ball plugs in the deep, but the second run is a tight call ... and Jadeja's shy is smart enough for Ashwin to lob the ball onto the wickets with Anderson inches short! 236/10
    9 (b 8, lb 1)
    236 all out (90.2 Overs, RR: 2.61, 347 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Sir Alastair Cook, 13.6 ov), 2-39 (Moeen Ali, 19.5 ov), 3-70 (Jonny Bairstow, 31.3 ov), 4-78 (Ben Stokes, 37.1 ov), 5-78 (Gareth Batty, 39.2 ov), 6-107 (Jos Buttler, 46.4 ov), 7-152 (Joe Root, 66.3 ov), 8-195 (Chris Woakes, 83.2 ov), 9-195 (Adil Rashid, 83.4 ov), 10-236 (James Anderson, 90.2 ov)
    Mohammed Shami1433722.6400
    UT Yadav832603.2500
    R Ashwin26.248133.0700
    RA Jadeja30126222.0600
    J Yadav1222121.7500

Match Details


England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 5-match series 2-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30

Match days

26,27,28,29 November 2016 (5-day match)

Test debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Sat, 26 Nov - day 1 - England 1st innings 268/8 (AU Rashid 4*, GJ Batty 0*, 90 ov)
  • Sun, 27 Nov - day 2 - India 1st innings 271/6 (R Ashwin 57*, RA Jadeja 31*, 84 ov)
  • Mon, 28 Nov - day 3 - England 2nd innings 78/4 (JE Root 36*, GJ Batty 0*, 38 ov)
  • Tue, 29 Nov - day 4 - India 2nd innings 104/2 (20.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

India in Mohali


Only time India lost a Test in Mohali, to WI. After that loss they have won 6 and drawn 5 at this venue

Cook of nine lives


No. of times Cook has already been dropped in this inns - by Jadeja in the 3rd over and Ashwin in the 11th over, both chances off Shami

Shuffle at No. 4


No. of batsmen tried at No. 4 by England in Tests this year - most by any team. Moeen Ali came in at No. 4 in this innings.

counter attack


Runs Bairstow and Stokes added in ten overs after lunch. England were on 92/4 in 29 overs at lunch.

Bairstow's bumper year


No. of 50+ scores by Bairstow at No. 5 or lower in 2016. Only 2 others have managed this in a year - Mathews ('14), Chanderpaul ('02)

No trifling matter


Last time a visiting team recovered from 4 for <100 to post a total higher than ENG's 283 in a Test in IND - AUS, who made 349 from 98 for 4

another day, another gear


Kohli's strike rate in his first 30 balls in the second innings of the Vizag Test. He made 15 runs from this first-30 balls (53.33) in this inns

Pujara's prolific year


Fifty-plus scores for Pujara in 2016 in 13 innings - his most in any year. He has made scores of 124, 18, 119 and 1 before this inns in this series.

Rahane's poor series


Rahane's batting average in this series. He has made just 63 runs in five innings with a highest of 26.

Jadeja's best


Jadeja's previous highest in Tests which came against England at Lord's in 2014. This is now his highest score in Tests and only his third fifty-plus score.

A First


No. of times 3 batsmen at No. 7 or lower got 50+ scores in a Test inns for India before this. Ashwin, Jadeja and Yadav have got 50s in this inns.