In­dia out­plays Eng­land to lead se­ries 2-0

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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 to be named man-of-the-match.

In­dia’s road to vic­tory was smooth de­spite Chris Woakes strik­ing early to send back opener Mu­rali Vi­jay for nought.

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

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 bats- men mak­ing half-cen­turies.

The In­dian lower-or­der con­trib­uted 213 runs to the to­tal score af­ter the hosts were re­duced to 204-6 fol­low­ing a fight­back by the Eng­land bowlers on the sec­ond day.

“I think we got in a bit of a bother on the sec­ond day but the be­lief in­side the dress­ing room was tremen­dous,” said Ash­win.

“We al­ways backed the lower or­der to get a lot of runs. We tell our­selves that we are ca­pa­ble of mak­ing 125-150 runs. And I think we put up a stel­lar show.”

Af­ter se­cur­ing a cru­cial 134-run first in­nings lead, In­dia bowled out Eng­land for 236 de­spite de­fi­ant half- cen­turies from Joe Root (78) and Haseeb Hameed (59 not out).

Teenage Hameed, who im­pressed on de­but with a 82-run knock in the drawn first Test in Ra­jkot, reg­is­tered his sec­ond Test fifty in only his third game.

But the In­dian bowlers al­ways held the up­per hand with pace­man Mo­hammed Shami (5-103) in­stru­men­tal in wiping off the tail in both the in­nings with his lively pace.

One of his bounc­ers even struck Woakes’ hel­met grille, break­ing a por­tion of the pro­tec­tive gear, be­fore get­ting the bats­man out off the next ball. MO­HALI: Eng­land skip­per Alas­tair Cook Tues­day blamed the team’s top-or­der fail­ure in both in­nings for their crush­ing eight-wicket loss to In­dia in the third Test in Mo­hali on Tues­day.

The vis­i­tors let go of their ad­van­tage of bat­ting first af­ter win­ning the toss as they were soon re­duced to 87 for four be­fore post­ing 283 in the first in­nings.

Apart from wick­et­keeper-bats­man Jonny Bairstow (89) and Jos Buttler (43) none of the English bats­men got go­ing against a dis­ci­plined In­dian bowl­ing.

“400 was par and we were be­low it. It doesn’t just hap­pen that you win the toss and get 400. We were not good enough to do it first time,” said Cook.

Even in their sec­ond out­ing, the English top half fell apart at 78-4 on the evening of day three with bats­men forced to bat up the or­der af­ter an in­jury to teenage opener Haseeb Hameed.

“It’s not ideal when you lose your opener, he busts his hand and ev­ery­one has to move up.

“That hap­pens once a year maybe, whichever team you are play­ing, but that was the sec­ond in­nings, we were be­hind the game in the first in­nings,” Cook told reporters.

“No magic balls were be­ing bowled re­ally... It was good ac­cu­rate bowl­ing as you ex­pect from In­dia in th­ese con­di­tions. You can talk what­ever way you want but the top or­der has got to de­liver.”

In­dia grabbed the op­por­tu­nity with both hands as their 417-run first in­nings to­tal saw five half­cen­turies, giv­ing the hosts a cru­cial lead of 134.

The In­dian bowlers also came back well to bowl out the vis­i­tors for 256 de­spite gritty half-cen­turies from Joe Root (78) and Hameed (59 not out), who came out to bat at num­ber eight.

The per­for­mance was cer­tainly a far cry from Eng­land’s strong open­ing per­for­mance in Ra­jkot when they posted 537 af­ter bat­ting first.

The vis­i­tors have lost two straight matches, in Viskha­p­at­nam and Mo­hali, af­ter the first drawn Test to trail the five-match se­ries 2-0.

In­dia's Parthiv Pa­tel plays a shot for a bound­ary against Eng­land on the fourth day of the third Test match in Mo­hali, Tues­day. (AP)

UEFA Slove­nian’s Pres­i­dent Alek­sander Ce­ferin. (AFP)

Eng­land’s Alas­tair Cook, right, and James An­der­son re­act af­ter loos­ing the match. (Reuters)

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