Rain Delays Toss At Lord’s


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Live updates of India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 1, straight from Lord’s

15:15 IST: Fresh updates from the Lord’s: The covers are still on! Start of play delayed.

15:05 IST: The 15:00 IST scheduled toss has been delayed, for now. More updates awaited on the same.

14:52 IST: Looks like the England cricketers had a nice, fun-filled morning with the kids. Much needed before the hectic 5 days in the second Test. The toss looks a bit delayed for now.    

14:50 IST: Weather Update: Slight drizzle, the pitch is still under covers. 

14:28 IST: A view from the Long Room

14:22 IST: Weather update:

14:12 IST: It’s been a raining morning at Lord’s today.

14:10 IST: India captain Virat Kohli shares his views ahead of the second Test.

14:03 IST: India lost the first Test of the five-match series by 31 runs and will look to bounce back.

14:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from the opening day of the second Test between India and England at Lord’s.

In order to win the second Test, the batsmen — Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Vijay, Dinesh Karthik — need to click in unison because the bowlers are doing their job handsomely. Talking about the bowling, in both the innings off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four and three wickets respectively. He was well supported by pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami. Umesh Yadav was also impactful. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the second Test as he has not fully recovered from a left thumb injury, bowling coach Bharat Arun confirmed on Tuesday. Despite that the team management could make a few changes, bringing in a second spinner to add more firepower, depending on the nature of the wicket at Lord’s.

England, on the other hand, will be without their star all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Dawid Malan. Stokes, who picked up four wickets during India’s second innings, is trying to clear his name in court after being charged with affray following a brawl in September 2017, while Malan has been dropped due to poor performance. Malan was replaced by 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is set to make his debut.

England would also like to see an improved batting performance. They were reduced to 80 for seven in the second innings before young all-rounder Sam Curran’s attacking 63 rescued them as they reached 180.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

England: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jamie Porter, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes. Play fantasy league and win cash daily





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