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India vs England: Parthiv shows class as hosts take unassailable 2-0 lead

India have completely outplayed England in Mohali to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series. Parthiv Patel was the hero for India in the fourth innings, with the wicketkeeper scoring an unbeaten 67 in his comeback Test to lead India to an 8-wicket victory against the visitors.

That it was not until after tea that they knocked off the runs was largely down to a resilient display from Haseeb Hameed, batting at No. 8 due to his finger injury which was confirmed as tour-ending, who ended unbeaten on 59.

The trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (3/81), Ravindra Jadeja (2/62) and Jayant Yadav (2/21) shared the bulk of the spoils to dismiss the visitors for 236 in their second innings.

The only wicket that would have seriously bothered them was that of Joe Root. The right-handed batsman, who was standing between India and victory, was dismissed for 78 by Jadeja, who got one to turn away sharply as the edge was taken by an alert Ajinkya Rahane, who reacted quickly to stretch his right hand.

When Root departed, there were visions of a swift conclusion to the match but Hameed dug in and Chris Woakes played positively to persuade India that the second new ball was needed. It was used with potent effect by Mohammed Shami who claimed two wickets in three deliveries. Hameed was eventually left stranded when James Anderson was slow coming back for a second run.

When India came out to bat, Murali Vijay decided not to stand in the heat for too long and departed for a duck, edging a short ball from Woakes to slip. His replacement, Cheteshwar Pujara was content to play within himself, avoiding a regular diet of bouncers, until top-edging a sweep with 15 required.

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