England pacer Stuart Broad seemed pleased with his team performance on the second day of the fourth Test against India at Southampton on Friday (August 31).
Meanwhile, Moeen Ali bagged a five-wicket haul as England fought their way back into the game but an excellent hundred from Cheteshwar Pujara ensured India to have the upper hand.
Previously, Broad provided the early setback removing both the openers early in the morning session.
However, Broad feels the wicket slightly changed its nature in the morning session from day one. But it improved a great deal as the day progressed with the spinners coming into play lately.
“We had an excellent day. I think the pitch actually changed in its style slightly. Day one, I thought it had some good zip and obviously swung a lot for the seamers whereas yesterday, there was still a bit there for the seamers but we saw the spin come into play a lot more later in the day,” Broad said to Sky Sports ahead of the third day’s play.
Furthermore, the tall and lanky pacer expressed delight with the effort put in by his team’s bowlers. Broad bagged a fifer while Moeen Ali returned with a five-wicket haul to concede only a 27-run lead.
England vs India, 2018: We managed to put pressure on India: Stuart Broad
Speaking on their plans, Stuart Broad revealed he had a chat with pace spearhead James Anderson about putting some early pressure. It also worked in favour of England as they managed to removed the openers quite early.
“Jimmy and I talked at the start of the day about creating the sort of pressure that we needed. We knew India would come out and look to play quite positively because when you’ve only got 240 or 250 on the board, that can disappear quite quickly if you have a leaky start. We managed to create that pressure and get a couple of wickets within that,” Stuart Broad concluded.
Meanwhile, England will look to post a huge target and bowl India out in the remaining days of the Test.