England were humiliated by 10 wickets in the shortest Test match since the war.
All done and dusted inside 140.2 overs, England’s hopes of reaching the World Test Championship final were also dashed as India took a 2-1 lead in the series with one match left to play.
The over reliance on Joe Root’s batting this winter was exposed for the second match in succession, but so too perhaps was their reliance on his bowling as he claimed the first five wicket haul of his career.
But just when Root thought his 5-8 as part of bowling India out for 145 in response to England’s 112, might have given his side a way back into the game, all hopes were dashed by a second innings horror show of 81 all out.
The state of the pitch has been the main talking point with the ball bursting through the surface from day one and 17 wickets falling on day two.
Some balls turned violently to put huge doubts into batsmen’s minds, but the most damage was done by balls not turning and going straight on with the arm.
The conditions though were not to former batsman Mark Butcher’s liking after returning from India where he had already taken a dim view of the 2nd Test in Chennai.
“That is a poor pitch. Objectively, regardless of the result that is a poor pitch as too was the pitch in Chennai,” said Butch on Talksport.
“I don’t care who won or lost. Even if England had won both matches, they are still poor pitches.”
Root became the first England skipper to take five wickets in an innings since Bob Willis did so in 1983 but he realised it might have had more to do with the pitch and even the pink ball than his skill.
Root said: “It sums the wicket up slightly if I’m getting five wickets on there. It is taking fair amount of spin.
“I’d say an element is probably the ball, that plastic ball gathers pace off the wicket and the majority of the time you’re beaten for pace rather than actually from the line of things.”
There were other views of the conditions though, with victorious India captain Virat Kohli revealing where he thought the blame lie with so many batsmen getting out so cheaply.
Kohli said: “Getting out to the balls going straight on, I feel that is just a lapse in concentration. I think batsmen need to trust their defence more than they are at the moment.
“This was a classy example of batsmen not applying themselves enough. It was a bizarre game. I’ve never experienced a game moving on so quickly.”