India secure eight wicket win in Mohali


The 28-year old had started the five-match Test series against England at 15th place. At the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, India chased down the 103-run target in 20.2 overs on Day 4 of the match. He was unbeaten on 67 runs at the end, facing 54 deliveries in all, hitting 11 fours and a six. I knew if I play 40-50 balls, I could play a big innings.

But Ali failed to read the flight as he chipped an Ashwin ball to Jayant Yadav, Jonny Bairstow was deceived by a ball that kept low and was caught by Parthiv Patel, and Stokes fell to DRS intervention, adjudged lbw late in the evening.

Who that replacement will be, remains to be seen. It is yet to be confirmed how long the opener will be ruled out for. "That was just a phase in play and something I thought worked really well". "As a keeper as well he did well too", said Kohli. England's Alastair Cook walks off the field after losing the match.

The Indian bowlers also came back well to bowl out the visitors for 236 despite gritty half-centuries from Joe Root (78) and Hameed (59 not out), who came out to bat at number eight.

Resuming on 78-4, England suffered early setbacks.

The only wicket that would have seriously bothered them was that of Root. Hameed had a 43-run stand for the 8th wicket with Chris Woakes (30).

Joe Root was dismissed by Jadeja; courtesy Ajinkya Rahane's blinder in the slip.

A ball before his dismissal, Woakes was smacked on the helmet by Shami, the impact sending the neck guard flying. He survived two DRS referrals - the first one was dramatic when the ball tracking graphic had a glitch and a decision couldn't be made for nearly five minutes, and another that was more straightforward.

Considering the problems that Ben Duckett and Gary Ballance have endured, the England selectors might bring in a replacement if Hameed is indeed ruled out. Later, both captains paid tribute to the manner in which the youngster batted.

"From 150-odd for five, we built up the innings and put the team in a strong position", Jadeja said.

"He has got a broken hand, needs a plate within it to fix it". Luckily we are doing that. When he's playing for England, he'll do anything to get out there.

Kohli (left) talks to Hameed after the match. He has been India's weapon of destruction in Test cricket, specially in home games. Since then, under Kohli, India have not tasted defeat in 16 consecutive Tests. "Those two days, along with the third, were very pleasing for me as the captain". We're behind the eight-ball at the moment, but tomorrow's going to be a tough day. We are still in a good position. Mind you, the pitch had nothing to do with their decline. There is no hiding behind it. Kohli has been in terrific form since the third Test against New Zealand at Indore, wherein he scored his career-highest 211 to help India register a clean sweep. The first test in Rajkot was drawn.

He was overlooked for the two Tests in Bangladesh but has come to the fore against a far tougher Indian side.



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