Hameed and Root resistance futile as India close on series win

India made routine work of seeing off England on the fourth day of the third Test to take a 2-0 series lead in Mohali.

Joe Root (78) and Haseeb Hameed, who made an unbeaten 58 battling through the pain of a reported broken finger, showed stern resistance to at least make India work for victory, but Parthiv Patel (67 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (25)comfortably knocked off the bulk of the 103 runs required for victory in the evening session.

While India will now look to wrap up a series victory in Mumbai next week, England's immediate focus will be the fitness of Hameed, who batted at eight due to an injury sustained across this Test and the previous one.

Having played with a maturity well beyond his 19 years, England will be desperate for Hameed to continue alongside captain Alastair Cook at the top of the order, but his absence from the field as India knocked off their required runs suggests that he will miss the rest of the series.

Virat Kohli will be enthused by his side's bowling performance, with seamer Mohammed Shami (2-37) producing an over of devastating quality to stymie a lower-order resistance between Hameed and Chris Woakes (30).

The more traditional route of India's success got them off to a fine start to the day.

Night-watchman Gareth Batty (0) was trapped lbw by Ravindra Jadeja (2-62) in the second over of the morning, though Jos Buttler's introduction shook off any cobwebs among the crowd. On nought, Buttler smashed his seventh ball for six over long off.

Buttler's approach would be his undoing when he again came down the track, but picked out Jadeja in the deep, falling for 18 and bringing Hameed to the crease, finally.

Shami caused problems for both Root and Hameed, who batted fluently with little evidence of a badly debilitating injury, but the pair toughed it out for 20 overs until their partnership was broken by a moment of individual brilliance from Ajinkya Rahane, throwing out his left hand to grab a Root edge off Jadeja's bowling.

Woakes was also a fluent and dogged partner for Hameed before Shami cracked him on the helmet with a bouncer and followed it up with another vicious short ball that hit the handle of the bat on its way to Parthiv.

After Adil Rashid went to another Shami bouncer in the same over, James Anderson (5) clung on with Lancashire team-mate Hameed, who hit four fours and a six in the space of 18 deliveries to bring up a second Test fifty, but England's number 11 was run out attempting to get the teenager back on strike, leaving England all out for 236 and India with a simple task for victory.

Murali Vijay (0) falling to a fifth-straight poor score when bounced out by Woakes was the only sour note in a chase that Parthiv powered with some exhilarating strikes, including a six and four in three balls that took him to a fifth Test fifty, before another classy boundary secured an eight-wicket triumph.

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