India brought up the eight-wicket victory in the Mohali Test to lead the five-match series by 2-0. The match could have ended early if Haseeb Hameed was contained. The bowlers just left him on his own account while targeting the others to put an end to the English inning. In the final stretch, India brought up the win with Parthiv Patel's knock of 67 off 54 balls. It was a befitting reply to that of Hameed, who stayed in the crease for an unbeaten 59 off 156 balls. Even though, the young player could not compare with that of India’s batting, he was the second best in the team. The wobbly lower order found a salvage in the young player.
In the fourth day, England started the inning trailing India by 56 runs. There was a hope in the inning with Joe Root beating throughout the spin as well as pace attacks. Still, a pressure was on for the side as the fall of wickets was not restricted. Before Root was removed, two wickets already fell beforehand on the hands of India's spinners. There was an erosion in the lineup until Chris Woakes and Hameed delivered a short partnership. Until, the new ball arrived, the seamers were docile for a while. But the inning just disrupted with the new balls when Mohammed Shami removed two wickets in three balls. By the end, Hameed was left alone in the pitch hauling the score to 236.
India came to bat for the winning stretch to strike a mere 103 runs. The team had it in 20.2 overs at the rate of 5.11 runs per over. The inning started with the wicket of M Vijay in the second over. The opener ducked at the short ball from Woakes. Another wicket in the inning was that of Pujara's. The Player was playing all at ease ignoring the bounces in his own way to take 25 off 50. He was out from the pitch when the team required 15 runs to win. Parthiv Patel was quite upbeat with the strike. The player smashed 11 fours and a six in the inning. He had an excellent strike rate of 124.07, which the batsman scored in a typical T20 style. After Pujara, Kohli came in to play 11 balls with Patel. The inning ended with a roar from the Captain as Patel smashed the winning runs.
The test witnessed the stance of India's team as a combination of all-rounder players. Still, everything was not well within the squad. The squad is lacking a foolproof fielding. Also, an infallible wicket keeper like Dhoni is being missed in the team. Ajinkya Rahane has been in his poorest form in the current series. The batsmen had only 63 runs playing five innings with an average of 12.60. In contrast, Pujara established himself as a dependable batsman knocking tons in consecutive matches. The Mohali ground has always been better for India. The team lost only a single test match on the ground until now. The fourth test will be played in Mumbai. England still has a feeble chance to make the series draw. However, all the silver-linings seem to have shunned by now.
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