India spinners once again held centre-stage as the hosts produced a clinical performance to cruise to a comfortable eight-wicket victory on the fourth day of the third cricket Test and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
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.
Comeback man Parthiv Patel then made a mockery of the target of 103 runs, smashing his way to an unbeaten 67 off 53 balls studded with 11 fours and a six.
Fittingly he finished the match with a boundary over extra cover with skipper Virat Kohli at the other end, finishing at 6 not out.
Parthiv was in a mood to display his T20 skills as he took on the pacers and spinners alike with minimum fuss. The 50 came off 39 balls with eight boundaries and a six. His prowess at the top of the order will give Kohli and coach Anil Kumble another option for the opening slot.
Credit should be given to young Haseeb Hameed as well – the Englishman’s gritty unbeaten 59 off 156 balls came at No 8 (due to a finger injury) and helped England cross the 200-run mark. He hit six fours and a six off Ashwin to complete his second Test half-century and it was because of the teenager that India had to chase a 100-plus target.
It was a match where England were outbatted and outbowled by an Indian side that has been plagued by injuries.
But Ashwin as usual put up a lion-hearted performance, scoring a 72 and bagging four wickets. Equally creditable was the all-round effort of the other two specialist spinners — Jadeja (90 run and 4 wickets) and Jayant (55 runs and 4 wickets).
Having polished off the top-order save Joe Root, the question before the fourth day began was not how but when India will finish the match off.
Root, who was standing between India and victory, was dismissed for 78 by Jadeja (2/39 in 23 overs), who got one to turn away sharply as the edge was taken by an alert Ajinkya Rahane. After the dismissal, the writing was on the wall.
But Hameed delayed the inevitable and showed that he is one for the future with correct technique and a temperament to match with it – he will, however, fly back home to be treated for his finger injury, Alastair Cook confirmed.