Thanks to Joe Root bowling possibly the spell of his life (5 for 8), England started the second afternoon with a spark. Even before the ring of fire at the Narendra Modi Stadium had come to life, the spark had been extinguished.
A combination of a difficult batting strip, accurate bowling by India’s spin twins and another ordinary performance by England batsmen meant the third Test ended with India registering a facile win to lead the series 2-1 heading into the last Test at the same venue.
Seventeen wickets fell for 176 runs on Thursday, resulting in India winning what turned out to be the shortest Test since World War-II. Starting the day at 99 for three after bundling England out for a paltry 112, Root’s off-spin and specialist left-arm spinner Jack Leach skittled India for 145.