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England all-rounder Chris Woakes has revealed that the national team were “under a bit of pressure to bowl” India out after they decided to bowl first on a batsman-friendly pitch.
However, India collapsed once again as they were skittled out for 148 thanks to three wickets apiece from Woakes and Chris Jordan.
“Having won the toss and choosing to bowl first, we were under a bit of pressure to bowl them out,” Woakes told Sky Sports. “So to do it for under 150 is fantastic and then the way the boys batted to get us through to the close was brilliant.”
India were spared the embarrassment of being bowled out for less than 100 when Ian Bell dropped a catch that would have dismissed Ishant Sharma. Instead, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni launched a counter-attack and scored 82 vital runs.
“When he is in that sort of mood and batting at the tail he’s pretty good at it,” Woakes said. “He was hard to bowl out, but I thought we did pretty well to restrict them.
“He could have got away from us so to get him out in the end was nice. It would have been nice to get them all out a little bit cheaper but we’d have taken that at the start of the day.”
Woakes added that he was pleased to finally reap the rewards after bowling “pretty well over the last few Test matches”.
“I’m pretty pleased, I feel like I’ve bowled pretty well over the last few Test matches but haven’t had the rewards I would have liked,” he said. “The pitch was helpful to us today and I felt like I got the ball in decent areas and got the rewards for it.
“I think in general I’m probably a lot more accurate than I was a year ago. I just know my action and my body a little bit better from playing a lot more cricket and I feel I’m just in a good rhythm.”