‘We are very optimistic’: England opener Alex Lees

He said: “(Ben) Stokes’ spell turned the game on its head. (England) bowling this morning was the biggest turning point.” England captain and all-rounder Stokes took four for 33 with the low-pitched bowlers taking advantage of the home side as the Indian batsmen bound with judicious hooks.

Speaking about the sentiment in England’s dressing room before the start of his second innings, Lees commented: “Ultimate belief that from one to 11 that we can do it.” He said: ‘My role was to put some pressure on the Indian bowlers.

India roped in batting coach Vikram Rathor to meet the media.

He added: “We had a pretty normal day with our batting. We couldn’t make changes at the start.”

He further added: “If two wickets fall tomorrow morning, the game can still open. It’s not going to get ahead of (Mohammed) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah.” However, he conceded: “We needed to bowl better in better areas, dropping a few catches also made a difference.”

Regarding Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a half-century before going into an uncharacteristically upish square cut, he felt he had “given his best”.

In a dramatic day, India slipped from a dominant position to be in danger of losing the test. He was dismissed for 245 in his second innings. England were then on 259 for three, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow unbeaten on 76 and 72 respectively, chasing 378 for victory.

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