We are not out of the woods yet, looking for a score of 375: Ashwin

On a wicket where most top order batsmen struggled, Ravichandran Ashwin's unbeaten 60 in an unbroken partnership of 97 with Cheteshwar Pujara played a significant role in putting India in a position of strength. With the score now on 266, Ashwin spoke of his team's chances in the second Test. And why a score of 375 could make it anybody's match.

On pujara's knock

It was a brilliant knock. The amount of time he trusted his defense and kept on defending was brilliant. He eased the nerves as he batted on, playing beautifully. It was also a very well paced knock and it would have been a shame if he had not got a hundred. He has great temperament, he is in great form and he keeps on grinding the runs and even in domestic cricket. We have played together since 16-17 years old. Pujara does not get small hundreds, he gets big ones.

On india's target on day two

We batted pretty well to be at the position where we are. You don't go into any match thinking you are going to score 400 or 500 runs. At this stage, we are at a point where we are a little comfortable. There is lot of work to be done. We are not totally out of the woods. We need to gather a few more runs. The morning session will be crucial, we need to just pass the 375 run mark and I think we have really have a game on our hands.

On the wankhede wicket

The wicket has more bounce than Ahmedabad which was low and slow. There is enough bounce to encourage fast bowlers who can bend their backs as was shown even at the end of the day's play. It is one of the best wickets in the country and when it starts spinning, it becomes quite tough to bat on unless you get through the first 15-20 minutes.

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