India took a commanding and convincing 2-0 lead in the series against England after winning the third Test in Mohali by eight wickets. As soon as Parthiv Patel hit the winning runs, England heads sunk in disappointment with a harrowing ask up ahead of them.
If England are to salvage something from this series, they have to win both the remaining Tests – in Mumbai and Chennai. The third Test begins on December 8 at Wankhede Stadium.
There were some standout performers for the visiting side despite the loss.
For a third straight Test, Hameed has received plenty of praise from everyone around and it has been deserved. The teenager came into the series making his Test debut and has shown no signs of nerves. To add to his accolades, Hameed displayed plenty of guts to come out to bat at No 8 in the second innings of the England reply in Mohali. Suffering from a fractured finger, Hameed played with a security layer on his finger and plenty of padding to keep going. As England’s inning came to an end at 236, Hameed remained unbeaten on 59. It is a major loss for the visitors who will be without the Yorkshire player who returns back to England for treatment.
This has been an eventful Test for Stokes. He’s had an altercation with Virat Kohli which continued, in a way, into the second inning. But away from the silliness, he’s produced the goods with the ball too. With a fifer in the first innings, his third in Tests, Stokes displayed some sensational bit of seam bowling to create problems for India. With the bat, he looked good in the first innings before playing a poor shot.
2016 has been a phenomenol year for Bairstow. He had already become the highest scoring wicketkeeper in a year and in Mohali he became one with the most dismissals in a calendar year too. Record breaking and milestones aside, Bairstow has proven to be a handful for the opponents and that didn’t change in Mohali. He scored 89 in the first innings to play a role in partnerships of 207 runs encompassing four wickets.
Root opened the innings for England in the second innings with Hameed injured. And despite playing in a shuffled position, Root didn’t look phased. He played a key role in England being able to score 236 and extending the target to 103. Eventually, a fantastic one-handed catch by Ajinkya Rahane brought about his exit from the middle after scoring 78.
Between Moeen Ali and Rashid, the latter has looked the more threatening against India. He’s put in a shift in the series and found the right spots on the pitch to pick up wickets. In Mohali too, with pitch not being extremely turn-friendly, Rashid picked up four wickets.