In­dia beat Eng­land by 8 wick­ets

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

RAVIN­DRA JADEJA’S sparkling all­round per­for­mance floored Eng­land and handed In­dia an un­beat­able 2-0 se­ries af­ter they can­tered home to a com­pre­hen­sive eight-wicket win in the third Test yes­ter­day.

Top-ranked In­dia sur­passed the 103-run tar­get in the fi­nal ses­sion of the fourth day at Mohali with re­called opener Parthiv Pa­tel (67 not out) hit­ting the win­ning runs.

Eng­land seamer Chris Woakes had struck early to send back opener Mu­rali Vi­jay for nought but the wicket was just a small glitch on In­dia’s road to vic­tory.

Pa­tel and Chetesh­war Pu­jara (25) then put on an 81-run part­ner­ship to en­able the hosts reg­is­ter their sec­ond straight win of the five-match se­ries.

The first Test in Ra­jkot ended in a draw be­fore In­dia won the Visakha­p­at­nam game by 246 runs.

Pa­tel, re­turn­ing to the Test side af­ter an eight-year gap, struck 11 fours and a six off 54 balls on way to his fifth Test half-cen­tury.

Skip­per Vi­rat Kohli, who was at the other end when stumps were drawn, hugged Pa­tel to cel­e­brate his team’s well-earned vic­tory.

It was the steely lower-or­der re­sis­tance from the In­dian bats­men and a com­bined ef­fort by their bowlers that set up vic­tory for the Kohli-led side.

Left-handed Jadeja scored a ca­reer-best 90 in In­dia’s 417-run first in­nings to­tal be­fore fin­ish­ing with a match haul of four wick­ets.

Jadeja’s knock sur­passed his pre­vi­ous-best of 68 he made against the same op­po­si­tion at Lord’s in 2014.

Ash­win, who claimed three wick­ets in Eng­land’s sec­ond es­say, also hit 72 with three other In­dian bats­men mak­ing half-cen­turies. – AFP Open, will be the sec­ond to play in the sixth group out. It will be the first time Woods has played com­pet­i­tively since he shared 10th at Greens­boro in Au­gust of last year. Woods, who fell to 898th in the world rank­ings yes­ter­day, missed the cut at the US and Bri­tish Opens and the PGA Cham­pi­onship last year. De­fend­ing cham­pion Bubba Wat­son and Rickie Fowler are the first duo out fol­lowed at 10-minute in­ter­vals by two more US pairs, Jimmy Walker and Brandt Snedeker then J.B. Holmes and Zach John­son. Reign­ing Olympic cham­pion Justin Rose of Eng­land and Swe­den’s Hen­rik Sten­son, the run­ner-up in Rio, will start in a re­peat of their dra­matic last-round Olympic pair­ing, with past win­ner Jor­dan Spi­eth and Matt Kuchar next fol­lowed by Woods and Reed. Reign­ing US Open cham­pion Dustin John­son and fel­low Amer­i­can Brooks Koepka fol­low Woods onto the course with the fi­nal two duos con­sist­ing of in­ter­na­tional tal­ent – Ja­pan’s Hideki Mat­suyama and South African Louis Oosthuizen fol­lowed by Scots­man Rus­sell Knox and Ar­gentina’s Emil­iano Grillo.


In­dia’s bats­man Chetesh­war Pu­jara drives on the fourth day of the third Test match be­tween In­dia and Eng­land at The Pun­jab Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Sta­dium yes­ter­day. –

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