India vs England Highlights, 2nd Test, Day 1: Rain Washes Out Play On Day 1 At Lord's
India vs England, 2nd Test: The first day of the Lord's Test was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Frustrating the two teams, incessant rain washed out the entire day one of the second cricket Test between India and England at Lord's at London on Thursday. The play was called off at 4.50 pm local time without a single ball being bowled. The match officials decided to take an early lunch, moving the scheduled break ahead by 30 minutes. Even after lunch, there was no respite from the rain and it went on throughout the afternoon. Finally, 45 minutes after the tea break, the umpires inspected conditions twice before declaring no play was possible today. The remaining four days will see 96 overs each to make up for the lost time. However, there is more rain forecast for this weekend and as such this match could see routine rain breaks. A few players, including Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, did make their way to the indoor nets to pass time. As the scheduled tea break came over, there was some weather clearance in the distance and the rain did slow down. The umpires came out and had a chat with the ground staff as well, who were regularly cleaning off water from the covers. England are leading the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Birmingham by 31 runs. England did name a first 12 on Wednesday, with 20-year-old Olliver Pope waiting to make his Test debut. India have not announced their playing XI but skipper Virat Kohli had said that he was tempted to play a second spinner. That thought might well have changed now, given the weather conditions and forecast ahead. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Highlights of India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 1, straight from Lord's
21:25 IST: Thank you for joining us on the blog, until next time, it's goodbye!
PLAY ABANDONED— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 9, 2018
Sadly the rain has failed to stop so play has been abandoned on the end of Day 1 of #ENGvIND at Lord's.
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21:20 IST: STUMPS on Day 1. The first day has been washed-out without a ball being bowled. The second day will begin with the toss, which was kept on hold through out the day. But the rain did not provide any respite for the proceedings to take place.
21:15 IST: Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is at Lord's. He displays the MCC Honorary Life Membership pass in his hands.
20:20 IST: Two sessions of the first day have been lost to rain. Tea has been called in the opening day of the second Test between India and England. Still no updates on the start of the match.
20:05 IST: All eyes on the ground staff now. They have come out in numbers to soak up the conditions and make it feasible for the match to get underway.
There's still some rain in the air at Lord's with the Groundstaff hard at work.— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 9, 2018
Hopefully it will clear soon and we can have some play
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20:00 IST: Positive updates from Lord's: The ground staffs are inspecting the situation, we might see the toss happening in a few minutes from now. Stay tuned for further updates.
19:00 IST: Weather Update: The play looks unlikely to start anytime soon after the first session of the second Test in the opening day has been washed out. The drizzle continues to pour in. Further updates awaited. If the match gets underway, expect half an hour to be added.
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18:38 IST: Ben Stokes has wished England luck for the second Test. He has also made a special wish for debutant Ollie Pope. Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali are available for hosts England to replace unavailable Stokes.
Good luck to all the englandcricket lads today and for the rest of the week,always exciting seeing guys get there first opportunity,hope it goes for you well for you @opope32 #loveengland https://t.co/7y4yb2sLne— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) August 9, 2018
18:28 IST: Fresh weather update: According to ICC, after lunch, the overhead conditions are still not suitable for play to commence. The toss cannot be conducted either. So the wait continues on.
18:17 IST: Sam Curran, after a prolific bowling performance in the previous encounter, tries to find some sunshine from the balcony. Meanwhile, the delay to the toss continues.
17:55 IST: Over two hours of play lost so far. Still no signs of the rain God showing some mercy. As it looks so far, we can lose a bit more of time to be played on the opening day of the second Test. Further details awaited.
17:35 IST: Have a look at the top three run-scorer for India after the first Test at Edgbaston:
200 - Virat Kohli
53 - Hardik Pandya
39 - Shikhar Dhawan
17:20 IST: Fresh Update: The ground staff are looking ready, they have taken a walk over the covers. The weather forecast suggests that the sky is expected to clear in due course. More updates awaited.
17:17 IST: The elegant looking players' dining room board at the historic venue of the Lord's Cricket Ground.
17:09 IST: The lunch menu looks scrumptious. At least something to relish on for the players of both the sides, while rain continues to dominate the opening day of the second Test.
17:05 IST: Rain has forced for an early lunch on the opening day of the second Test between England and India. Drizzle, still on!
17:00 IST: Over an hour of play lost in the opening day. The sky has still not dried up. More updates awaited.
16:45 IST: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will ring the five-minute bell at the Lord's before the start of play on the opening day of the second Test.
16:35 IST: Glimpses of life in London, on a rainy day. Waiting for your home side, who have already pocketed a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series, to play against the top ranked nation, India. But will the rain God allow?
Unfortunately the rain here at Lord's has failed to clear as yet, meaning the toss has been delayed.— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 9, 2018
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16:30 IST: Fresh update: The drizzle still continues, not pouring heavily but still so signs of the skies drying up.
16:15 IST: The entire cricket fraternity wants to get rid of the rain. We have waited for the what is expected to be a cracker of a contest to get underway, so has the former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh!
16:05 IST: Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan predicts it's going to be a day for the bowlers on the opening day of the second Test. However, we are still to see the coin flip in the centre out here. Still drizzling!
16:00 IST: India skipper Virat Kohli, might fancy playing top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in the second Test. Barring the captain and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, the Indian batting line-up struggled in the previous Test. A few changes on the cards for the hosts, looks surely on the cards.
15:55 IST: England are also expected to have a new slip cordon in absence of Dawid Malan, who has been replaced by Ollie Pope for the second Test. Malan had dropped India skipper Virat Kohli on a couple of occasion in the opening Test.
15:50 IST: At the moment it looks like the 20-year-old Ollie Pope has to wait longer for his England Test debut. The hosts skipper Joe Root had confirmed his presence in the playing XI on Wednesday. Pope is expected to come in to bat at number 4.
15:43 IST: Latest weather update suggests there is a constant drizzle in London.
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.
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
The players are out in the middle. Two southpaws - Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, will open as usual for the home side. Ishant Sharma will bowl first up to Cook. Here we go!
Right then. 96 overs. Will India get to bat today itself? Not that England cannot bat the whole day but you know... these days... batting 90 overs is a massive task for batsmen from any country whether the conditions be conducive or not. That temptation to set the tone early will be there and in that process, if India manage to snaffle a few early wickets, they can run through this not-so-strong England batting line-up.
Interesting thoughts from Sourav Ganguly. He reckons that there might not be too much purchase for the spinners early on but all is not lost. What he does warn the Indian side though is - DO NOT TRY AND DEFEND 107. Look at the target to restrict England to as 200. He expects the pitch to have uneven bounce on Monday, so if India manage to defend 250 in the final innings, we could have a nice game on offer.
PITCH REPORT - Sanjay Manjrekar doing the pitch report says that there are no devils on top of the surface. A few red marks are seen, a few indentations but nothing much. As far as the seamers are concerned, he reckons that keep it outside off on a nice length. For the spinners, he is ASSUMING the dryness of the pitch will help Ashwin and Kuldeep. But then, he also admits that it is too early to expect because it is just a Day 2 pitch - to be honest, not even a Day 2 one, with less than 40 overs bowled.
WEATHER REPORT - Wow. After the storm, comes the calm, goes the saying. We have been brooding for the last 2 days over the fickle weather but today, it is bright and sunny. What is more, there is only 12 percent forecast of rain, which we hope, is as good as 0. Beautiful conditions to play cricket.
Two days, 10 wickets taken. What thought comes to your mind? Ok... the team batting first might have batted long and hard and might not have felt comfortable enough to declare. Wrong. Very wrong. Someone did fight long and hard... long enough to frustrate the spectators and fans. RAIN. However, we did have some play and in that 'little' period, Jimmy Anderson's 5-fer skittled out India with terrific seam and swing bowling for 107. Paltry or enough? Only time will tell. Hello and a warm welcome to the third day's play of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.
... DAY 3, SESSION 1 ...
England are obviously on the front foot. A whole day tomorrow and they'll come out fresh in the morning and look to add to India's woes. The visitors will rely on the weather tomorrow, massively, to assist them as it did England today. It was evident that when the sun came up today, the ball wasn't moving much, so the clouds and the wind would be their best friends. Should be another exciting one on Day 3, weather permitting. So join us at 1100 local (1000 GMT) for all the action. See you folks then!
With the rain intervening and playing a crucial role in the toss, England chose to bowl and James Anderson, like he so often does, took full advantage of the swinging conditions on offer. He got rid of both the openers and set it all up from there. Cheteshwar Pujara's unfortunate run out at the hands of his skipper didn't help either. It seemed like a mere procession from that point on. Chris Woakes, along with Sam Curran, joined in and induced further damage. Anderson came back towards the end and finished with a fifer. With that, he now has 99 Test wickets at Lord's, one short of an important milestone.
So, after more stops than starts on this rain-marred Day 2 of the Lord's Test, we've had a lot of action towards the final leg of the day. India's batting frailties came to the fore once more and were exposed, rather embarrassingly, as they were bowled out for just a mere 107, in effectively just under a session. The ball was doing a lot, but you'd expect more from the no.1 ranked Test team in the world. If Ravichandran Ashwin is your highest-scorer with 29, there are some serious questions which need to be asked.