Parthiv Patel was in fine form as he smashed his fifth fifty in the Mohali Test. He shared a magnificent 81-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara as India thrashed England by eight wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Catch highlights of day 4 between India vs England here. (SCORECARD | NEWS)
15:50 hrs IST: England’s day has just gone from bad to worse. Haseeb Hameed, who hit two fifties in three Tests, has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a fractured left finger. He did not come out to bat on day 2 and was seen practicing in the nets.
15:42 hrs IST: Here are some of the quotes from the post-match presentation
Ravindra Jadeja (Man of the Match): There was nothing for spinners. I was just looking to bowl in the right areas and not to give them boundaries
Virat Kohli: None of the pitches have been turners. We’ve been playing very good cricket and gaining confidence. I was surprised by the cheer after winning the toss to be honest. You still have to go out there and play good cricket. That motivated us actually to show that the toss doesn’t matter for this team. For Jayant Yadav to have that kind of maturity, he’s been a revelation
Alastair Cook: After getting bowled out for 280, you don’t win too many games in this part of the world. Haseeb Hameed has to go home unfortunately and have a plate put in his hand. Frustrating not to cross 300 of late
15:33 hrs IST: Virat Kohli’s unbeaten streak continues. He is yet to lose a Test as skipper at home while he is yet to lose a series as captain. These are great times for Indian cricket. For England, nothing went right after they won a toss but threw the advantage away.
15:29 hrs IST: Parthiv has sealed the game in style. Batty tosses the delivery up and the left-hander chips it to the deep extra cover fence for a boundary. India have thrashed England by eight wickets in Mohali and they now take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-Test series with two matches to go.
15:21 hrs IST: India need just 10 runs now to go 2-0 up in the series. It has been a fabulous performance.
15:17 hrs IST: WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara departs for 25. Flighted ball from Rashid and Pujara looks to sweep, he gets a top edge and Root moves to his left at short fine leg to take the catch.
15:13 hrs IST: India need less than 20 runs to clinch the Test and go 2-0 up. It has been a splendid knock from Parthiv Patel.
15:04 hrs IST: Parthiv is in a hurry to finish this Test match. He gets to the pitch of the ball and launches it over wide long on for a six. Next ball, he cuts a short ball to deep point to bring up his fifth Test fifty. Wonderful knock. India need 29 more to win. Catch all live scores here
15:01 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Rashid gets this legbreak to break back in sharply, Parthiv late cuts it over Stokes at slips and it goes to the third man fence, Stokes puts in a valiant effort but fails to stop it.
14:58 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel uses the ramp shot brilliantly and he nears his fifty. His strike-rate is over 100. India inch closer. Catch all live scores here
14:54 hrs IST: India’s run-rate is well over four but they will be wanting to quicken their scoring rate. Light could be a factor as the day progresses.
14:50 hrs IST: Light is a concern at the moment in Mohali. It is fading away quickly. India will want to wrap this up in the next 40 minutes.
14:44 hrs IST: Stokes is bowling short and not giving the batsmen any easy runs. However, it could be too little too late.
14:35 hrs IST: In the next ball, Parthiv uses the pace and width to glide a short ball to the third man fence. India need 63 more for victory. Catch all live scores here
14:33 hrs IST: We are back for the final session and there is immediately an appeal for an LBW. Parthiv Patel the batsman. England review. Inside edge and thus the decision stays.
14:16 hrs IST: That is Tea and India have moved to 33/1, needing another 70 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
14:10 hrs IST: Pujara is in sublime form. Rashid bowls this flighted delivery a bit too full and the batsman caresses the drive to the deep extra cover fence. Catch all live scores here
14:07 hrs IST: Pujara into the act now. He carts Anderson for two consecutive boundaries. India are making smooth progress despite the loss of Vijay. Catch all live scores here
14:03 hrs IST: Parthiv continues on his merry ways. Short ball again from Woakes and the batsman checks his pull shot, the ball goes away to the deep square leg fence. That ball did not rise up much. Two balls later, Parthiv shows even more intent by smashing a wide ball from Woakes to the fence.
13:58 hrs IST: That is a brilliant delivery from Anderson. He puts in the effort and gets this delivery to rise up sharply close to the off stump, Pujara drops his wrists at the right time and the ball just misses the glove, Anderson appealed for the catch but there was no glove.
13:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Good ball from Woakes and Vijay continues to fade away as the series progresses. Catch all live scores here
Short ball and it holds its line outside off, it climbs up awkwardly from the deck as Vijay fends at it and the ball goes off the outside edge to second slip
Murali Vijay c Joe Root b Chris Woakes 0, India 7/1
13:47 hrs IST: The innings has resumed and Parthiv Patel gets off the mark in style by cracking a wide ball from Chris Woakes to the deep extra cover boundary. India need less than a 100 now. Catch all live scores here
13:38 hrs IST: WICKET! Anderson is run-out. Hameed wanted a second run and Anderson was a bit too slow in responding, Jadeja fires a rocket throw at the bowler’s end and Ashwin just palms it at the stumps to catch Anderson short. This has been a fighting partnership but India need 103 to go 2-0 up in the series.
13:30 hrs IST: England’s lead is now 100. Haseeb’s fifty and his quick runs with Anderson has ensured England are not embarrassed. England 234/9, lead by 100 versus India. Catch all live scores here
13:28 hrs IST: Superb from Haseeb Hameed. He uses the slog sweep and deposits Ashwin for a big six over deep mid wicket. Brings up his second fifty. Gutsy effort after being injured. However, he should have batted higher up the order.
13:21 hrs IST: Hameed is targeting the spinners. Jadeja replaces Shami and he is also deposited to the deep mid wicket fence for a boundary. Catch all live scores here
13:20 hrs IST: Hameed has taken the lead to 80. England will be hoping that these two get them past 100.
13:18 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Ashwin bowls with the new ball and he lures an edge off Hameed, however, the ball goes to the third man fence for a boundary.
13:13 hrs IST: Third umpire being called for a run-out. Anderson is safely in. Although he collided with Shami as the bowler ran to pick up the ball, he made it safely. Catch all live scores here
13:11 hrs IST: India opt for the review. It is against Haseeb Hameed. The original decision is NOT OUT. And it will stay that way. Hameed looked to pull a short ball but missed it completely.
13:07 hrs IST: England bring up the 200 thanks to a wonderful square drive from Anderson. India will not mind it though.
12:59 hrs IST: WICKET! Another one goes to the short ball. Shami is delighted and so is Kohli. Catch all live scores here
Short ball on middle and leg stump, it rears up and Rashid hooks it to fine leg, but it is not properly timed and he finds the man on the fine leg fence.
Adil Rashid c Umesh Yadav b Mohammed Shami 0 (2), England 195/9, lead by 61
12:56 hrs IST: WICKET! Shami gets Woakes. That was a nasty short ball and the batsman had no choice.
Shami bangs the bouncer on middle and it climbs up awkwardly, Woakes takes his eyes off the ball as he looks to swing it to mid wicket, the ball hits the glove and pops up to Parthiv Patel who takes the catch.
Chris Woakes c Parthiv Patel b Mohammed Shami 30, England 195/8, lead by 61 run
12:54 hrs IST: CLANG! Shami bangs a short ball and Woakes takes his eyes off the ball, the new cherry slams into his helmet and knocks the protective gear off, Kohli checks on Woakes but the batsman is fine. A new helmet arrives for Woakes. Catch all live scores here
12:49 hrs IST: The new ball has been taken. India are desperately aiming to take the remaining three wickets.
12:42 hrs IST: The second new ball is now available but Virat Kohli has not taken it yet. Umesh Yadav is into the attack with the old ball. Time for some reverse swing. Catch all live scores here
12:38 hrs IST: Woakes helps himself to another boundary by sweeping Ashwin to the deep square leg fence. England’s lead has crossed 50. India under control but they will want to break this partnership as soon as possible.
12:34 hrs IST: Only two overs left for the new ball to be taken. Will Virat Kohli take it? Ashwin seems to be struggling for rhythm while Jadeja is not causing too much comfort to the two batsmen.
12:30 hrs IST: Woakes helps himself to another boundary. He has outscored Hameed. Don’t forget, this guy can bat.
12:27 hrs IST: Haseeb and Woakes are slowly building a partnership. In this match, the tail-enders have overshadowed the top order. Maybe, the era has come to flip the batting?
12:18 hrs IST: England are scoring some quick runs after the break. Woakes comes on the front foot and drives this full, flighted delivery to deep extra cover. England 170/7. Catch all live scores here
12:15 hrs IST: Woakes gets going with a boundary. He sizes the error in length and rocks back to punch this short ball past point for a four.
12:11 hrs IST: Jadeja will open the bowling. Will he get a five-wicket haul or will Ashwin walk away with yet another fifer? It is a race on between these two. Let us not forget, Jayant Yadav also has a chance.
12:08 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session. India need three wickets. They will be looking to chase a smallish total, preferably under 100. Or even better, under 50. Catch all live scores here
11:30 hrs IST: That will be lunch on day 4 and India are firmly on top. Root’s dismissal for 78 just before the break has totally shattered England. It is only a matter of time before India take the remaining wickets and chase down the total to go 2-0 up.
11:19 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant from Rahane. Joe Root is gone for 78 and that is the Test match for England, one feels. Catch all live scores here
Jadeja gets this delivery to straighten outside off and it kicks up from the deck, Root pokes at it and the edge flies to slip, the ball is almost past Ajinkya Rahane but he stretches his left hand and holds on to it, brilliant catch.
Joe Root c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja 78, England 152/7, lead by 18.
11:10 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Root attempts the sweep but gets a top edge, it lands safely behind the keeper and it goes away to the fine leg fence. England reach 150.
11:03 hrs IST: Root is growing in confidence as he sweeps Ashwin for a boundary. This partnership is vital for England. Let us not forget, England’s tail can also bat well.
10:59 hrs IST: Root drives Ashwin to the deep extra cover fence for a boundary and England have wiped out the deficit. They are 137/6, but India still in front. Catch all live scores here
10:55 hrs IST: England are close to wiping out the deficit. Root is the key for them along with Hameed.
10:51 hrs IST: DROPPED! Parthiv drops the catch of Hameed. Ashwin pushed this straighter delivery through on off stump, Hameed pokes at it but Parthiv fails to collect the outside edge. Catch all live scores here
10:49 hrs IST: Root and Hameed are playing with total application. Still no signs of Ashwin. Maybe, this is the time.
10:41 hrs IST: Shami is getting some good reverse swing. On the final ball, he nearly gets Hameed but the batsman gets his bat down at the right time. Catch all live scores here
10:37 hrs IST: The first hour has been dominated by India. However, England are just 12 runs behind. If the tail can chip in with another 100 or 150 runs, a target in excess of 150 might prove to be a bit tricky.
10:32 hrs IST: Things have ended rapidly in Hamilton. New Zealand have beaten Pakistan by 138 runs to clinch the series 2-0. It is their first Test series win over Pakistan in 31 years. Congratulations!
10:27 hrs IST: Close call! Hameed leaves a delivery that nips back in late just outside off, it just misses the off stump and Parthiv is unable to collect it. It goes for four byes. Catch all live scores here
10:25 hrs IST: Root gets to his 25th Test fifty. It has been a great resistance from him. He flicks a full ball from Jadeja to deep mid wicket to bring up the landmark. England are 113/6, trailing India by 21 runs.
10:23 hrs IST: Appeal for stumping! Jadeja rips this flatter delivery across outside off and Root is beaten, he gets squared up and Parthiv Patel whips the bails off. However, root’s back foot is safely in the crease.
10:22 hrs IST: Dramatic turn of events in Hamilton. Pakistan have lost three quick wickets and New Zealand are one wicket away from completing a 2-0 sweep. Catch all live scores here
10:13 hrs IST: India are just four wickets away from a 2-0 lead. In Hamilton, New Zealand are also four wickets away from sweeping the Test series against Pakistan 2-0. A 31-year-jinx is about to end.
10:08 hrs IST: Haseeb Hameed has come out to bat. He could not open the innings as he suffered a hand injury on day 2.
10:06 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot from Buttler and England sink further to 107/6. Catch all live scores here
Flighted delivery from Jayant Yadav and Buttler dances down the track, he looks to launch it over long on but finds Jadeja who takes a simple catch, not a good shot in the circumstances.
Jos Buttler c Ravindra Jadeja b Jayant Yadav 18, England 107/6
10:00 hrs IST: Buttler goes after an away-swinger from Umesh Yadav and he gets an outside edge that goes past gully for a boundary. England bring the 100-up.
09:53 hrs IST: Buttler is playing aggressively as England maintain a healthy scoring rate.
09:44 hrs IST: WHAM! Buttler is not showing any signs off pressure. Jadeja bowls this flatter delivery full on off stump and Buttler launches it over long off for a big six. Gets off the mark in style. Catch all live scores here
09:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes first ball and Gareth Batty departs!
Flatter delivery and it skids on, Batty is late in getting the bat down and gets it close to the pad, the ball hits the pad first and India appeal, umpire Gaffaney gives it out and England do not review.
Gareth Batty LBW Ravindra Jadeja 0, England 78/5
09:33 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav will open the bowling and he is getting some slight movement. However, Root is solid. Catch all live scores here.
09:24 hrs IST: England are set to face trial by spin as Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav will apply tremendous pressure.
09:19 hrs IST: A warm welcome to day 4 of the third Test between India and England from Mohali. India are six wickets away from taking a 2-0 lead in the series. With the pitch assisting Ravichandran Ashwin, it is only a matter of time before England are rolled over.
Ravichandran Ashwin will be a much feared man in the England camp. The off-spinner struck thrice in the final session on Monday to break the back of England’s top order. Joe Root’s caliber as the world’s No. 1 batsman will be tested today. He will start at his overnight score of 36.
England’s top order batting flopped once again on Monday. Skipper Alastair Cook survived two reviews but could not capitalise, Ashwin pushing a delivery through the England captain’s defence to bowl him for 12.
Cook moved past former Australia captain Steve Waugh to become the 10th highest run-scorer in Test cricket but it was a small consolation on a day when his team struggled on the field.