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India vs England: Hosts inflict devastating collapse to claim emphatic 434-run win and take 2-1 series lead

England's final eight wickets fell for just 102 runs in the evening session with Ravindra Jadeja (5-41) claiming a five-for;follow over-by-over text commentary from the fourth Test across Sky Sports' digital platforms from 3.45am on Friday (first ball at 4am)

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Sky Sports' Michael Atherton praises India's young batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal after his double century in the third test against England

India inflicted a devastating collapse on England to claim a record 434-run win in the third Test and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

England were bowled out for just 122 inside 40 overs late on day four in Rajkot having earlier been set a mammoth 557 for victory.

Yashasvi Jaiswal (214no) had showcased an exhibition of brilliance smashing another double hundred before India declared their second innings on 430-4.

Ravindra Jadeja (5-41) then skittled England's middle order to claim a heroic five-for on his home ground as India at one stage had England 28-4 and then 50-7 before going on to complete their greatest-ever margin of victory in terms of runs.

Sky Sports' England player ratings: Third Test vs India

Zak Crawley 5
Ben Duckett 8.5
Ollie Pope 5
Joe Root 3
Jonny Bairstow 3
Ben Stokes 6.5
Ben Foakes 6
Rehan Ahmed 7
Tom Hartley 6.5
Mark Wood 7
James Anderson 6.5

Having resumed overnight on 196-2 with a lead already at an imposing 322 runs, Jaiswal and Shubman Gill (91) shared a terrific 159-run stand for India before the latter was ran out by England's captain Ben Stokes.

Sarfaraz Khan (68no) continued to shine on his debut Test smashing back-to-back half-centuries before Rohit Sharma declared in the 99th over to give his side more than five sessions to bowl England out.

But it quickly proved they would need much less time than that to complete victory as England's chances looked even slimmer when openers Ben Duckett (4) and Zak Crawley (11) fell before tea to leave them 18-2.

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Their final eight wickets then fell in the evening session for just 102 runs. Tailender Mark Wood finishing top scorer with 33 off just 15 balls before he holed out to double centurion Jaiswal at long-off to give Jadeja his fifth wicket and India a second win in as many Tests.

The series continues with the fourth Test in Ranchi, starting on Friday.

England leave Rajkot wounded and 2-1 down

England desperately needed to make a positive start to their unlikely run chase, but Duckett and Crawley were outdone by the terrific skill India’s bowlers.

Duckett, who smashed a brilliant 153 in the first innings, was run out carelessly after coming halfway down the wicket. With no confirmation from teammate Crawley, and a combination of a fantastic throw from Mohammed Siraj and impressive glovework by Dhruv Jurel, the first-innings centurion was out for single figures.

Bumrah’s unique sling-arm action and natural pace continued to mystify England’s batters after he struck Crawley lbw leaving the tourists faltering on 18-2 on the stroke of tea.

Ollie Pope (3) attempted to play a square cut off Jadeja but got a thick edge to Rohit at first slip triggering a collapse reminiscent of England’s first innings where they were all out for 319 after a lower-order slump.

England's Ollie Pope (Associated Press)
Image: England's Ollie Pope leaves the field after edging to Rohit Sharma at first slip

In a bid to continue being positive, and perhaps a blinding loyalty to Bazball, Jonny Bairstow (4), Joe Root (7) and Stokes (15) were all trapped lbw after mistimed sweep shots leaving England shockingly at 50-6 by the 23rd over.

Bairstow fell lbw to Jadeja’s third ball in the 12th over and immediately started walking but double checked with Root who advised him wisely not to review as he had done in the first innings.

Root's disappointing series continued when India's left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav dismissed him for a seventh time with a turning ball set to hit outside of off-stump.

It wasn’t the first time that England’s hopes were pinned on their skipper Stokes who faced 39 balls before a full length delivery from Yadav (2-19) struck him on the pads with the replay showing it crashing into leg stump, leaving the supporters at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium shell-shocked.

India's captain Rohit Sharma (Associated Press)
Image: India's captain Rohit Sharma and teammate Ravindra Jadeja celebrate their second win in the five-match series

Rehan Ahmed, who has a modest first-class batting average of 28.53, was removed by Yadav for a duck as the carnage continued.

Ben Foakes (16) was caught smartly on the cut by fellow wicketkeeper Jurel as Jadeja fired in a ball that turned away from the bat.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who returned to the squad after a withdrawing for a family emergency at the end of day two, had Tom Hartley (16) inside edge on to the stumps.

Wood was determined to uphold the aggressive nature of Bazball smashing six boundaries and one six during his 15-ball outing before he was eventually caught at long-off wrapping up the inevitable.

Jaiswal revels in glory

It seemed unlikely, but never impossible, that Jaiswal could smash another double-century. He showcased an exhibition of pure brilliance and looked invincible against every tactic England used against him.

India's Yashasvi Jaiswal (Associated Press)
Image: India's Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates his double century on the fourth day of the third Test

The left-hand opener swatted Anderson (0-78) for three consecutive sixes in the 85th over equalling the world record for most sixes in a Test innings with Wasim Akram’s 12.

Jaiswal brought up his 200 with a single pushed to cover off Root and claimed the record of the third-youngest player to score two double centuries in Tests behind Vinod Kambli (21 years 54 days) and Don Bradman (21 years 318 days).

His terrific batting invited the applause of Brendon McCullum, Rohit and Sarfaraz with the entire stadium rising to their feet for the youngster.

To add insult to injury, Sarfaraz was dropped on 38 when Root failed to cling on to a drive that was hammered back to him in his follow through.

England's James Anderson congratulates India's captain Rohit Sharma (Associated Press)
Image: England's James Anderson congratulates India's captain Rohit Sharma

India only lost two wickets in the morning session with Gill being run out by Stokes and Yadav being caught by Root at slip off Rehan's bowling.

India's skipper Rohit ensured Jaiswal and Sarfaraz both reached their respective milestones before declaring. The 434-run margin is England's largest defeat in terms of runs since World War Two.

Stokes: 'Sometimes game-plans don't work out'

England captain Ben Stokes:

"Ben Duckett played an unbelievable first innings and that was the tone we wanted to set through the whole innings.

"It was about identifying the opportunity to push the scoreboard on and get as close to India's total as possible.

"I wanted to be bowling at some point yesterday although it came earlier than we initially wanted. We wanted to push the game on. Sometime game-plans don't work out, that's just sport."

Rohit: 'India stayed calm to fight back'

India captain Rohit Sharma:

"When you are playing Test cricket, it is not played over two days or three days. We understand the importance of staying in the game.

"England played well and put us under pressure but we have class bowlers and the message was to stay calm.

"It is easy to drift away from what you do as a team but I am really proud of how we came back."

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