Player of the Match
Player of the Match
722dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

India close out comfortable win over England

It took, perhaps, a little longer than may have been expected but India duly cantered to an eight-wicket victory in Mohali and unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RA Jadeja
90(170) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 27 runs
  • 4x4 - 1x6
1 0 5 9 15 26 17 17
JM Bairstow
89(177) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 22 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
3 16 9 11 24 4 7 15

Best performances - Bowlers

BA Stokes
O26.2
M5
R73
W5
Eco2.77
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
3W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AU Rashid
O38
M6
R118
W4
Eco3.10
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 5-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30

Match days

26,27,28,29 November 2016 (5-day match)

Test debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

3.50pm So that's all we have from this Test. India thoroughly satisfied with their work, England frustrated with their cricket. Both teams have injury and niggles issues. Hameed is headed back home. It is fitting we get a break of more than a week before the pleasantries and hostilities resume in Mumbai on December 8. Thanks for joining us. Elsewhere on the site we will have all the analysis and reportage on this Test and it will continue into Mumbai. See you there

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Time for presentation

"It was a good toss to win," says Alastair Cook. "But if you get bowled out for 280 you won't win games. You need to get 400 on this pitch at least. We knew from the last time we beat them after getting them out for 300. Stokes is a brilliant player. He gives balance to the team. He is only going to get better and better. Haseeb showing character was a positive. It has been a frustrating four days. Credit to India, they outplayed us. Unfortunately Haseeb has to go home. Showed a lot of character to come out and bat."

"None of the pitches have been turners," says Virat Kohli. "We have just played very good cricket. We are getting more and more confident. We lost the toss, bowled them out for 280. It was amazing to see the lower order contribute. I was surprised to hear the cheer when they won the toss. You still have to go out and win the game. We got motivated by that actually. The lower-order contribution is a proud achievement. That pushes the opposition back. Ashwin is a champion, No. 1 allrounder, Jadeja is in the top 10, and for Jayant to show the maturity in his first Tests. He asked me for the fields he wanted. He took their spinners on. For our quicks to hurry their batsmen is great too. Shami feels the injury was a blessing in disguise. He has become more hard-working. He has come back fitter and stronger. Very happy with the way the guys have stood up. Felt bad for Karun the debutant but he is a good batsman. I am sure he is looking forward to his next Test."

"Obviously very happy with my performance," says Ravindra Jadeja, Man of the Match. "Especially with the bat. I knew the ball was not turning. I took my time. I knew if I play 40-50 balls, I could play a big innings. I knew I could easily score runs later on. I was just thinking I was not taking a chance against the offspinner. I took the risk against the legspinner. Unfortunately the ball came off slowly, and I couldn't connect it. The next time I reach 90 I will be careful. The pitch wasn't turning pitch so I had to bowl tight. Myself and Virat discussed that I should bowl five maidens in a row. Fortunately I got Stokes in the first innings and Root in the second."

Kohli and Patel hug. Hands are shaken. India have completely outplayed England. They lost an opener and a wicketkeeper before the start of the match, then they lost the toss on what looked like a pitch that break up on day two, they dropped four catches, but they kept coming back and they kept coming back hard. Fitness, endurance, intensity, skill, India have outplayed England on every front. They now have an unassailable lead in the series. The higher skill of India's spinner showing through when the pitch didn't do it for them. India are now undefeated for 16 Tests. Parthiv Patel might have cemented his position as India's No. 2 keeper, but here's a feature on a youngster causing a lot of buzz: Rishabh Pant grabs the spotlight on first-class stage

Do stay around to hear from Kohli, Cook, and I assume Jadeja, the Man of the Match

"I was very nervous before the start of the Test," says Parthiv Patel. "The kind of welcome I got from the dressing room, it never felt I was joining them after eight years. That's the beauty of this team. Playing aggressively suits my game. The intent was very important, and I backed myself. Ashwin was brilliant. The way he varied his pace was brilliant. He deceived even me. There wasn't much help in the wicket."

"A bit of a lower abdomen strain," says R Ashwin of his discomfort. "It was very bad on the second day but it has got better. We were in a bit of bother on day two but we back ourselves. The lower order backs itself to put on 125 runs every time. We put on a stellar show. We got the wickets because of the pressure. Special mention needs to go to Jaddu. The wicket wasn't doing much, he kept bowling those boring areas. I enjoyed both Cook and Moeen wickets. I knew he would step out, so I slowed it down. Parthiv plays like this in first-class cricket too. When you drop it short, for us it is good length but for PP it is short."

20.2
4
Batty to Patel, FOUR runs, chips this inside-out, over cover, ends the match
20.1
0
Batty to Patel, no run, flat ball, goes back to cut it, but finds the man at point

This could be the last over of the match

END OF OVER:
20 | 7 Runs | INDIA: 100/2

  • V Kohli6 (11b)
  • PA Patel63 (52b)
  • AU Rashid5-0-28-1
  • GJ Batty3-0-14-0
19.6
2
Rashid to Kohli, 2 runs, legbreak, from leg, Kohli lets it turn, opens the face of the bat, gets a couple past point
19.5
0
Rashid to Kohli, no run, short of a length, on the pads, pushes this into the shin pad of short leg
19.4
1
Rashid to Patel, 1 run, another wrong'un, this time he doesn't pick it but gets a single off the outside half of the bat
19.3
0
Rashid to Patel, no run, down the wicket again, might have read the googly and driven it to mid-off. He was to the pitch of the ball anyway

A First

0

No. of times 3 batsmen at No. 7 or lower got 50+ scores in a Test inns for India before this. Ashwin, Jadeja and Yadav have got 50s in this inns.

Jadeja's best

68

Jadeja's previous highest in Tests which came against England at Lord's in 2014. This is now his highest score in Tests and only his third fifty-plus score.

Rahane's poor series

12.60

Rahane's batting average in this series. He has made just 63 runs in five innings with a highest of 26.

Pujara's prolific year

7

Fifty-plus scores for Pujara in 2016 in 13 innings - his most in any year. He has made scores of 124, 18, 119 and 1 before this inns in this series.

another day, another gear

110.00

Kohli's strike rate in his first 30 balls in the second innings of the Vizag Test. He made 15 runs from this first-30 balls (53.33) in this inns

No trifling matter

2001

Last time a visiting team recovered from 4 for <100 to post a total higher than ENG's 283 in a Test in IND - AUS, who made 349 from 98 for 4

Bairstow's bumper year

10

No. of 50+ scores by Bairstow at No. 5 or lower in 2016. Only 2 others have managed this in a year - Mathews ('14), Chanderpaul ('02)

counter attack

44

Runs Bairstow and Stokes added in ten overs after lunch. England were on 92/4 in 29 overs at lunch.

Shuffle at No. 4

6

No. of batsmen tried at No. 4 by England in Tests this year - most by any team. Moeen Ali came in at No. 4 in this innings.

Cook of nine lives

2

No. of times Cook has already been dropped in this inns - by Jadeja in the 3rd over and Ashwin in the 11th over, both chances off Shami

India in Mohali

1994

Only time India lost a Test in Mohali, to WI. After that loss they have won 6 and drawn 5 at this venue