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3rd Test, Mohali, November 26 - 29, 2016, England tour of India
283 & 236
(T:103) 417 & 104/2

India won by 8 wickets

Player Of The Match
2/59, 90 & 2/62
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INDIA 2nd Innings
Full commentary

3.50pm So that's all we have from this Test. India thoroughly satisfied with their work, England frustrated with their cricket. Both teams have injury and niggles issues. Hameed is headed back home. It is fitting we get a break of more than a week before the pleasantries and hostilities resume in Mumbai on December 8. Thanks for joining us. Elsewhere on the site we will have all the analysis and reportage on this Test and it will continue into Mumbai. See you there


Time for presentation

"It was a good toss to win," says Alastair Cook. "But if you get bowled out for 280 you won't win games. You need to get 400 on this pitch at least. We knew from the last time we beat them after getting them out for 300. Stokes is a brilliant player. He gives balance to the team. He is only going to get better and better. Haseeb showing character was a positive. It has been a frustrating four days. Credit to India, they outplayed us. Unfortunately Haseeb has to go home. Showed a lot of character to come out and bat."

"None of the pitches have been turners," says Virat Kohli. "We have just played very good cricket. We are getting more and more confident. We lost the toss, bowled them out for 280. It was amazing to see the lower order contribute. 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. The lower-order contribution is a proud achievement. That pushes the opposition back. Ashwin is a champion, No. 1 allrounder, Jadeja is in the top 10, and for Jayant to show the maturity in his first Tests. He asked me for the fields he wanted. He took their spinners on. For our quicks to hurry their batsmen is great too. Shami feels the injury was a blessing in disguise. He has become more hard-working. He has come back fitter and stronger. Very happy with the way the guys have stood up. Felt bad for Karun the debutant but he is a good batsman. I am sure he is looking forward to his next Test."

"Obviously very happy with my performance," says Ravindra Jadeja, Man of the Match. "Especially with the bat. I knew the ball was not turning. I took my time. I knew if I play 40-50 balls, I could play a big innings. I knew I could easily score runs later on. I was just thinking I was not taking a chance against the offspinner. I took the risk against the legspinner. Unfortunately the ball came off slowly, and I couldn't connect it. The next time I reach 90 I will be careful. The pitch wasn't turning pitch so I had to bowl tight. Myself and Virat discussed that I should bowl five maidens in a row. Fortunately I got Stokes in the first innings and Root in the second."

Kohli and Patel hug. Hands are shaken. India have completely outplayed England. They lost an opener and a wicketkeeper before the start of the match, then they lost the toss on what looked like a pitch that break up on day two, they dropped four catches, but they kept coming back and they kept coming back hard. Fitness, endurance, intensity, skill, India have outplayed England on every front. They now have an unassailable lead in the series. The higher skill of India's spinner showing through when the pitch didn't do it for them. India are now undefeated for 16 Tests. Parthiv Patel might have cemented his position as India's No. 2 keeper, but here's a feature on a youngster causing a lot of buzz: Rishabh Pant grabs the spotlight on first-class stage

Do stay around to hear from Kohli, Cook, and I assume Jadeja, the Man of the Match

"I was very nervous before the start of the Test," says Parthiv Patel. "The kind of welcome I got from the dressing room, it never felt I was joining them after eight years. That's the beauty of this team. Playing aggressively suits my game. The intent was very important, and I backed myself. Ashwin was brilliant. The way he varied his pace was brilliant. He deceived even me. There wasn't much help in the wicket."

"A bit of a lower abdomen strain," says R Ashwin of his discomfort. "It was very bad on the second day but it has got better. We were in a bit of bother on day two but we back ourselves. The lower order backs itself to put on 125 runs every time. We put on a stellar show. We got the wickets because of the pressure. Special mention needs to go to Jaddu. The wicket wasn't doing much, he kept bowling those boring areas. I enjoyed both Cook and Moeen wickets. I knew he would step out, so I slowed it down. Parthiv plays like this in first-class cricket too. When you drop it short, for us it is good length but for PP it is short."

Batty to Patel, FOUR runs

chips this inside-out, over cover, ends the match

Batty to Patel, no run

flat ball, goes back to cut it, but finds the man at point

This could be the last over of the match

end of over 207 runs
INDIA: 100/2CRR: 5.00 
Virat Kohli6 (11b)
Parthiv Patel63 (52b 10x4 1x6)
Adil Rashid 5-0-28-1
Gareth Batty 3-0-14-0
Rashid to Kohli, 2 runs

legbreak, from leg, Kohli lets it turn, opens the face of the bat, gets a couple past point

Rashid to Kohli, no run

short of a length, on the pads, pushes this into the shin pad of short leg

Rashid to Patel, 1 run

another wrong'un, this time he doesn't pick it but gets a single off the outside half of the bat

Rashid to Patel, no run

down the wicket again, might have read the googly and driven it to mid-off. He was to the pitch of the ball anyway

Rashid to Patel, no run

down the wicket, reaches the pitch of the ball, digs it out

Rashid to Patel, FOUR runs

Patel charges him, is beaten in the flight, but manages to chip it over midwicket. A lesson for Moeen. At least go through with the shot when beaten

Over the wicket

end of over 194 runs
INDIA: 93/2CRR: 4.89 
Virat Kohli4 (9b)
Parthiv Patel58 (48b 9x4 1x6)
Gareth Batty 3-0-14-0
Adil Rashid 4-0-21-1
Batty to Kohli, 2 runs

tossed up outside off, worked past short leg for two

Batty to Kohli, no run

fuller, straight, pushed to mid-on

Batty to Kohli, no run

short of a length, punched in the air but short of midwicket

Batty to Patel, 1 run

driven back to Batty who misfields to allows them the single

Patel's bat sticker has "opener" written on it. Surely he didn't procure it overnight?

Batty to Kohli, 1 run

full, outside off, drives it to mid-off and steals a single

Batty to Kohli, no run

on a length, on off, stays back to defend it

end of over 181 run • 1 wicket
INDIA: 89/2CRR: 4.94 
Virat Kohli1 (4b)
Parthiv Patel57 (47b 9x4 1x6)
Adil Rashid 4-0-21-1
Gareth Batty 2-0-10-0
Rashid to Kohli, 1 run

short of a length, outside leg, he goes back to punch this past short leg

Rashid to Kohli, no run

looks to play this inside out. Sends it to mid-off

Rashid to Kohli, no run

sharp turn from outside leg. A touch too short. Defended to leg

Rashid to Kohli, no run

Kohli defends a legbreak pitched outside leg

This brings out the greatest finisher of all time. Virat Kohli

Rashid to Pujara, OUT

just to make it eight wickets for every day, Pujara has perished trying to sweep from outside leg. Gets a top edge as he looks to sweep this from outside leg. Root takes the catch at short fine leg

Cheteshwar Pujara c Root b Rashid 25 (63m 50b 4x4 0x6) SR: 50
Rashid to Pujara, no run

and Pujara kicks one away after it pitches outside leg

Rashid to continue. Only 15 required. Round the wicket