Pujara upbeat over India chances


Cheteshwar Pujara insisted India were satisfied with their work on Sunday, despite going the best part of two sessions without a wicket as England battled to save a draw in the second Test.

After dismissing India for 204, the tourists enhanced their hopes of avoiding defeat through a defiant partnership between captain Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed.

The openers shared 75 in 50.2 overs, but each fell before stumps - Cook lbw to Ravindra Jadeja with the final ball of the day - to leave England 87-2 in pursuit of a seemingly out-of-reach target of 405 with one day remaining.

"We are happy with the way things went," said Pujara. "We knew that it won't be easy to get them out but we had our plans and we knew what we wanted to do. Ultimately we achieved what we wanted.

"As a team we are prepared to be in a situation where we have to work hard for our wickets but when we see a victory, we know that we can get eight more wickets. I don't know in how many overs but we have got a very good chance tomorrow [Monday].

"I believe this wicket is such that if you play defensive, it is slightly difficult to get a batsman out but still as we saw today, there is low bounce.

"One or two balls from [Ravichandran] Ashwin bounced, from the rough. Jadeja was able to get a lot of bounce.

"Even if you play defensive also it is not easy, I don't think it will be an easy task to bat on this wicket."