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Ravindra Jadeja’s crucial 90-run knock and four wickets in the match earned him the player of the match award IANS

Parthiv Patel must not have thought about playing for Team India anytime soon with the regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha doing well in Tests and MS Dhoni still leading the limited-overs sides. But an injury to Saha did not only mean that he was being added to the Test squad after an 8-year hiatus, but also given the chance to open the innings, for KL Rahul had not recovered from injury. He grabbed the chance with both the hands and scored 42 and 67 not out in India s 8-wicket win over England in the third Test at Mohali. Cheteshwar Pujara (25) gave him a good stand and added 81 runs for the second wicket after Murali Vijay fell for naught. Skipper Virat Kohli 6 not out finished up the formalities with Parthiv. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali.

With this win, India are now 2-0 up in the series, with two more Tests to be played at Mumbai and Chennai. Their win was set up by their spinners, who excelled with both bat and ball. In their first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav scored fifties batting at No. 7, 8 and 9. This was first such instance in Test cricket post 1976. Their knocks helped India gain that math-winning 134-run lead. Besides, the spin trio also picked up 12 wickets amongst them in the match.

England captain Alastair Cook had won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that was expected to deteriorate as the match progressed. Jonny Bairstow, England’s batting mainstay this year with most runs in Tests, scored a fine 89. And starts by Jost Buttler (43), Ben Stokes (29) and Cook (27) saw them reach 283. Had their batsmen converted their starts into good scores, the story could have been different. Indian bowlers put up a collective effort, with pacers and spinners sharing five wickets each.

In reply, India posted a massive 417, riding on the half-centuries of Kohli, Pujara and the the spin trio. Stokes five-wicket haul and Adil Rashid s four wickets were the highlights for England. Rashid s wickets in the first innings also put him on top of the bowling charts in this series. He now has 18 wickets, the most, in this series.

In their second innings, England needed to bat well. But they folded up for 236, thus taking a 102-run lead. They had lost their top four wickets in the last session on Day Three. Cook, Stokes and Moeen Ali fell to Ashwin while Bairstow was scalped by Jayant, as England ended Day Three on 78 for 4.

England then started Day Four on a bad note when Jadeja got rid of night-watchman Gareth Batty on the second ball of the day. Batty was replaced by Buttler, who straightaway made his intent clear, opening his account with a huge six off Jadeja s delivery over long-off on the seventh ball he faced. But before he could turn into a major threat and take the game away from India with his typical blitzkrieg, Jayant dismissed him for 18.

The story of England s second innings, apart from Joe Root s 78, was young opener Haseeb Hameed s resilience. The teenaged-batting prodigy braved the injury and batted through pain to serve his side, which badly needed him. Though he could not help them avoid a potential defeat, he did let the world know what he is made of with a fighting 59*. He did not have to look too far for inspiration, with his family being present in the stands to cheer for him.

England had included Batty for this Test, who ended up being a bystander. He neither contributed with the ball nor with the bat, meaning England were both a bowler as well as a batsman short. They still have around 10 days to figure out the best combination before the fourth Test commences in Mumbai from December 8.

India on the other hand will have a happy dilemma. With Parthiv coming good in his comeback Test, they would be tempted to play him in the next Test even if Saha returns. They’d also be particularlt happy with Man-of-the-Match Jadeja’s batting, which finally came good at an opportune time.

Brief scores:

England 283 (Jonny Bairstow 89, Jos Buttler 43; Mohammed Shami 3 for 63, Jayant Yadav 2 for 49) and 236 (Joe Root 78, Haseeb Hameed 58*; Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 80, Jayant Yadav 2 for 21) lost to India 417 (Ravindra Jadeja 90, Ravichandran Ashwin 72; Ben Stokes 5 for 73, Adil Rashid 4 for 118) and 104 for 2 (Parthiv Patel 67*, Cheteshwar Pujara 25; Chris Woakes 1 for 16, Adil Rashid 1 for 28) by 8 wickets

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)