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India have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the ongoing Test series IANS

India took an unassailable lead in their ongoing five-Test series against England, hammering the touring side by 8 wickets inside four days to go 2-0 up. Parthiv Patel struck his fifth Test half-century as India did not waste much time in chasing down England s paltry total of 103 runs. Earlier in the day, England were bowled out for 236 with half-centuries from Joe Root (78) and Haseeb Hameed (59 not out) providing them some much-needed support after the collapse they suffered on the third day evening. Hameed, in particular, was fabulous in his effort as he played with far more assurance despite a finger injury than some of his senior players in the side. Let us take a look at the highlights of the fourth day s play between India and England at Mohali:

Ravindra Jadeja makes presence felt: With his fabulous innings of 90 runs against England in the first innings, Jadeja already had a huge impact on the game. When he is on-song, it is next to impossible for opposition teams to keep the Indian all-rounder quiet. On the second ball of the day, Jadeja began damaging England further when he removed Gareth Batty for seventh-ball duck, not allowing the nightwatchman to add any run to their total. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

When Jos Buttler started looking aggressive, India did well to spread out their field. Jadeja was manning the deep midwicket position when Buttler danced down to attack Jayant Yadav, but did not put enough power in the bat. One of the close-in fielders shrieked catch it as Jadeja got himself in position to take the catch, and made no mistake in grabbing it. Jadeja imitated his captain Virat Kohli s celebration by keeping his finger on the lips.

Joe Root shines with 25th Test fifty: The England batting mainstay was brilliant in his effort on Tuesday. He was expected to lead the run-scoring for his side with Hameed providing a steady support from the other end. The right-hander top-scored with 78 for which he consumed 179 balls, and struck 6 boundaries. Root was expected to form big partnerships with the remainder of the batsmen to come, but he did not get ample support throughout the innings. On the third day evening, he could add only 29 with Jonny Bairstow. When he got along with Hameed on Day Four, the two could manage only 45 runs from 19.5 overs they batted. The manner in which he went about his job signalled that it will be a tough task for India to dismiss Root, and a spectacular one-handed catch from Rahane proved it.

Jos Buttler s failure underlines England s botched up approach: Buttler went about his job with a lot of aggression, and perhaps that was the best approach knowing his natural style of play. He tried finding the gaps almost every ball, the running between the wickets was aggressive, and he even hit a six to signal that England will be looking to make runs aggressively. While Buttler could have accomplished that kind of approach, the others to come, especially Hameed would never have batted with same intensity. Understandably, England hobbled to a 102-run lead.

Mohammed Shami rattles England: India s spinners had dominated the game so far and they were expected to maintain the tone on Day Four. But when India began struggling to go past Hameed s defence and remove Chris Woakes from the crease when he started attacking, the hosts had no other option to turn to their pacers. Umesh Yadav bowled an over with the old ball, and on his insistence, Kohli agreed to take the second new ball as well.

Umesh started off with a probing over against Hameed, and in the next over, Shami turned up with a spell from the hell. He aimed Woakes head with a perfectly-directed short ball that clipped off his neck guard. The Indians showed sporting spirit when they got around the Englishman, but they returned to same passion next ball onwards. Having already suffered a blow on the head, Woakes went for a pull shot on the next delivery which was short again. However, the execution was half-hearted: Woakes took away his head in the process and ended up lobbing an easy catch to the Indian wicketkeeper.

Adil Rashid was the next man in, but without having learnt the lesson from the batsman who would have met him on the way to the middle. Rashid too went for a pull shot, with no execution at all. At deep fine leg, Umesh would not have had to move even an inch to grab the ball safely.

Haseeb Hameed shows mettle: When England ended the third day in a precarious position, it was not known whether Hameed will bat at all. The injury to the little finger kept him off the field since morning, and England spent some anxious moments while wickets kept tumbling one after the other.

On Day Four, when Buttler perished to a poor stroke, strode out England s rock-solid opener. Hameed wasted no time in settling down, and began dead-batting deliveries while his partner Root looked to score runs. England would have wanted these two to add a lot of runs, but together they could manage only 45.

Hameed did not change his approach till the very end, and when he got along with the last man James Anderson, he began attacking. Hameed had struggled particularly against Ravichandran Ashwin, but there was no hesitance in lifting the bowler for boundaries over the in-field. Hameed added 41 runs with Anderson in 40 balls, in which he contributed 36. He remained unbeaten on 59, which came off 156 balls, 6 boundaries and 1 six. It was a remarkable recovery for someone who was batting on mere 13 not out at lunch, off 88 balls.

Parthiv Patel s assault: Behind the wickets, Parthiv missed three catches. The senior-most Indian cricketer knew that he had to make sure he remains in contention for a spot in the national side when Wriddhiman Saha returns, and he provided strength to his claim with a timely fifty.

Murali Vijay perished once again on a short ball, but Parthiv remained undeterred. In fact, he took the attack to the opposition. Short deliveries from Rashid were hammered powerfully towards midwicket, and the leg-spinner was smacked for a six as well. The upper-cut came into play when England peppered Parthiv with short balls. Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara might have fallen, but Parthiv remained there till the end and finished off the game in his captain s company, creating a strong impression.

(Devarchit Varma is a senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)