India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 4: Visitors sense defeat at tea after being set a 103-run target

AFP, Nov, 29 2016

India were 70 runs away from beating England in the third Test after their spinners bowled out the tourists for 236 despite defiant half-centuries from Joe Root and Haseeb Hameed.

Set a victory target of 103, India were 33 for one at tea on the fourth day in Mohali with Parthiv Patel on 16 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 13 at the crease.

File photo of Murali Vijay. AP

File photo of Murali Vijay. AP

England seamer Chris Woakes struck an early blow, removing opener Murali Vijay who was caught at second slip for nought but the second-wicket partnership between Patel and Pujara steadied the chase.

Earlier Ravichandran Ashwin led a combined bowling effort to pack off the visitors and end the dogged resistance from Root (78) and Hameed (59 not out).

Root's steely resolve came to an end after the batsman, who opened in place of an injured Hameed, fell to Ravindra Jadeja.

India then tightened the noose around England, reducing the visitors to 295 for nine but Hameed, batting with an injured finger on his left hand, stuck to his guns.

The teenager, who sparkled on his debut with an 82-run knock in the drawn first Test in Rajkot, registered his second Test 50 in only his third game to frustrate the bowlers.

Mohammed Shami bowled at a lively pace with one of his bouncers hitting the helmet grille of Woakes (30) and breaking a portion of the protective gear.

Shami set Woakes up on the very next ball with another bouncer and the batsman gave away a catch to the wicketkeeper while fending off the short delivery on the leg side.

India wrapped up the innings by running out number 11 batsman James Anderson as Hameed remained unconquered.

India lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the second Test in Visakhapatnam.

Published Date: Nov 29, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 29, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115