India getting the ball to reverse was the turning point, reckons Joe Root

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06 Sep 2021 | 04:12 PM
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India getting the ball to reverse was the turning point, reckons Joe Root

India take a 2-1 lead with a clinical 157-run win at The Oval

While rueing the fact that his side did not get a much bigger first-inning lead, England captain Joe Root reckons that India getting the ball to reverse was the turning point.  India completed a comprehensive 157-run victory over England, registering their first win at the venue since 1971. 

"Frustrating not to get something from the game today, we felt we had an opportunity to win, but credit to India, they got the ball to reverse and that was the turning point. Could have made more of a first-innings lead, and you have to make chances count against world-class players," Root said at the post-match presentation.

"Got to find ways to get better but be realistic and realise that was world-class bowling. It might reverse at Old Trafford, we'll have to manage it better," he added.

England were bowled out for 210 in the second innings after being set 368 to win. The hosts took a 99-run first-innings lead after bowling India out for 191, but the visitors batted extremely well in the second innings to put up 466.

Root regretted that his team was not ruthless enough especially in the first innings. "We've got to be more ruthless, and make that a 200-run lead. Got to be clinical, not be comfy, make big partnerships. We have played good cricket and important to remember that," the England skipper added.

Root further added that his side has been unfortunate with injuries, but does not want to give that as an excuse. "Woody is coming good, injuries have been frustrating, but those guys that have had the opportunity have been excellent."

India lead the five-match series 2-1. The fifth and final Test will be played at Old Trafford between September 10 and 14.

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