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India vs England: Joe Root Reveals Reason Behind Visitors' Approach in Second Innings

England skipper Joe Root on Tuesday defended team's approach in their second innings, stating they wanted to take India's win out of the equation in the first Test which the visitors eventually won by 227 runs here. England, after winning the toss, posted 578 runs in their first innings -- in which Root contributed with 218 -- and then bowled out India for 337, taking a 241-run lead. However, in their second essay, the visitors batted for 46.3 overs and managed just 178 runs before being all out.

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  • Updated: February 9, 2021, 3:39 PM IST
India vs England: Joe Root Reveals Reason Behind Visitors' Approach in Second Innings

England skipper Joe Root on Tuesday defended team's approach in their second innings, stating they wanted to take India's win out of the equation in the first Test which the visitors eventually won by 227 runs here. England, after winning the toss, posted 578 runs in their first innings -- in which Root contributed with 218 -- and then bowled out India for 337, taking a 241-run lead. However, in their second essay, the visitors batted for 46.3 overs and managed just 178 runs before being all out.

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"It was a crucial toss but from that point we had to follow through and make the most of a very good wicket. We did that very well," said Root speaking after the match.

"To take 20 wickets in alien conditions is a brilliant job from the bowlers. We knew from the outset it was going to be a good wicket. The first partnership got us going. At different stages, guys came in and contributed. That's got to be the way - if we're going to win out here, someone has to do that. Fortunately it was me this week," he added.

Setting India a 420-run target, spinner Jack Leach (four wickets) and veteran pacer James Anderson (three wickets) helped England bundle out India for 192 and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

"We know that India are going to come back hard at us. The idea was to get to 400. It didn't quite materialise like that. But having spent some time out there, I knew the wicket had changed drastically and knew it was going to change again," said Root while talking about England's approach in their second innings.

"We wanted to take India's win out of the equation. As a bowling group we didn't want to worry about the run rate," he added.

Courtesy this win, England have moved to the top spot in the points table in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

They have 70.2 percentage points, 0.2 points ahead of second placed New Zealand who have already sealed a spot for the WTC final slated to be played in June at Lord's, London.

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Australia are at the third spot with 69.2 percentage points, followed by India with 68.3 percentage points.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
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