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England, who lost two wickets off successive balls immediately after tea to Mohammed Siraj (2/34), were reduced to 23 for two before Root and opener Rory Burns (49) added 85 for the third wicket to stabilise the innings
India were 52 for one chasing a target of 209 but Root felt that England still had a chance as the pitch was offering assistance to fast bowlers.
"We are coming into a period of time now where rest and rotation is put behind us," Root was quoted as saying by 'ESPNcricinfo'.
England had chosen to bat after winning the toss, with Root hoping that they could put as many runs on the board before the pitch would start assisting spin.
Rohit attributed his sublime first innings half-century to the positive intent that he displayed during the day-night third Test in which England got thrashed by 10 wickets
Ashwin has already taken 17 wickets in the series against England so far and is expected to add some more to his kitty in the third Test beginning here on Wednesday
Root also said that England's bowlers have to learn to put pressure on batsmen in these conditions and could have done better on the first day of the Test
The off spinner puts India on brink of a massive series-levelling victory against England
England lead the four match series 1-0 after defeating India by a massive 227 runs in the first Test.
England made a big statement with a more clinical show that that caught the Indians napping. Naturally, all eyes were on Virat Kohli’s men when the series began against the disciplined Joe Root’s team.
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