Parthiv Patel played an unbeaten knock of 67 as India on Tuesday beat England in the third Test at Mohali. With the win, the hosts have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Chasing a target of 103, India suffered an early jolt when opener Murali Vijay was dismissed for a duck. However, Patel stitched together an 81-run partnership for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara who scored 25. The visitors managed to get the second wicket after Pujara was caught by Joe Root off Adeel Rashid’s delivery, with 15 needed for a victory.
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“None of the pitches were turners. We have played very good cricket,” India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony. He praised the lower order batsmen for their feat. It should be mentioned that Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav scored half-centuries. It is a unique record for India as it is the first instance when the No 7,8 and 9 batsmen hit fifties in a single innings.
But, India easily accomplished the target after Patel dispatched a delivery by Gareth Batty to the covers for a boundary. Ravindra Jadeja was awarded man-of-the-match award for his all-round performance. He scored a brilliant 90 in India’s first innings and took five wickets in the match. “I am very happy with my performance, especially with the bat,” Jadeja said after receiving the man-of-the-match award.