India took an unassailable 2-0 series lead over England with an eight-wicket win over England on day four of the third Test, despite battling fifties from Joe Root and Haseeb Hameed in Mohali.
Set 103 to win on Tuesday after the tourists made just 236 in their second innings, India motored to 104-2 off 20.2 overs as Parthiv Patel (67no) struck a fluent 39-ball fifty.
England must now win the remaining Tests in Mumbai and Chennai to square the five-match series following their 246-run second Test defeat in Visakhapatnam.
Root's 25th Test fifty and a second for Hameed, who barely looked troubled by the suspected broken finger that forced him to come in at eight, were rare batting highlights as England failed for a second time on a pitch that deteriorated far less than expected.
Teenager Hameed (59 not out) reached his half-century off 174 balls, getting there with an impressive slog-sweep for six off Ravichandran Ashwin (3-81), making his demotion down the order puzzling.
England began the day 56 runs behind on 78-4 in their second innings and lost three wickets they could not afford in the morning session - nightwatchman Gareth Batty falling lbw to Ravindra Jadeja (2-62) in the second over of the day.
Jos Buttler (18) attacked with intent, getting off the mark with a glorious straight six off the same bowler, but it proved his undoing when he dragged Jayant Yadav's fourth ball to deep midwicket.
His exit brought in Hameed, who had an X-ray on his hand following the close of play on day three, England only revealing after the conclusion of the match that the opener would fly home to have a plate inserted in his hand.
Root (78) completed his 25th Test fifty off 147 balls as he worked Jadeja through midwicket for four and put England into the lead with a glorious cover drive to the rope off Ashwin, who waited 79 minutes for his first bowl of the day.
The towering off-spinner almost struck in his first over but wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel could not grasp a sharp chance offered by Hameed on six, the ball clipping his finger-tips.
It took a special reflex catch from Ajinkya Rahane to finally remove Root - the slip fielder sticking out his left hand to grasp a sharp chance and deliver a hammer-blow to English hopes just before the break.
The lead was a mere 22 runs at lunch but grew steadily thereafter as Chris Woakes (30) drew level with Hameed on 15 - the all-rounder reaching the mark off 25 balls, 68 fewer than his partner.
In a rare moment of aggression, Hameed swept his 111th ball over midwicket for four - Ashwin the bowler - to move to 21 as England's lead broke through the 50-run barrier.
The stand stood at 43 when Mohammad Shami (2-37) broke through in brilliant fashion in the second over with the new ball, striking Woakes on the head before forcing him to glove the very next delivery behind.
Shami made it two wickets in four balls when Adil Rashid top-edged attempting to pull his second ball only to be pulled swiftly from the attack with one wicket needed to end England's innings.
Hameed took full advantage, slog-sweeping both Ashwin and Jadeja to the rope - the extra protection on his hand coming off on both occasions - but he ran out of partners when James Anderson failed to make his ground, Ashwin shovelling Jadeja's throw onto the stumps.
England picked up two wickets as India made light work of knocking off their target, Murali Vijay (nought) edging Woakes to Root at second slip and Cheteshwar Pujara (25) top-edging a sweep off Rashid.
Watch highlights of day four between India and England at 2pm on Sky Sports 2, followed The Verdict at 3pm on the same channel.