India vs England 2nd Test Day 4 scorecard: England won by an innings and 159 runs
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Lord's Test: Day 4, third session report
- Post tea, Ravichandran Ashwin (33 not out) and Hardik Pandya (26) added 55 runs for the seventh wicket, the highest for India in two innings of this Test.
- More importantly, they batted out nearly 12 overs showing that with a little more application, this Indian line-up could have done better. Both batsmen took hits on their right hands, yet continued to soldier on.
- Chris Woakes (2-24) broke the resistance, trapping Pandya lbw in the 43rd over.
- An over later, Anderson came back into the attack with a single-minded focus to finish off the Indian innings. Kuldeep Yadav (0) was bowled, a pair in this Test, while Mohammed Shami (0) played a horrendous shot to fall lbw two overs later.
- Woakes finished off the formalities, as Ishant Sharma (2) was last out, caught at leg slip.
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Lord's Test: Day 4, second session report
- Cheteshwar Pujara (17) and Ajinkya Rahane (13) had started watchfully after the lunch break and they looked to eat up as many deliveries as possible.
- Chris Woakes (0-17) had an entertaining contest with Rahane, but the batsman prevailed for a little while. The bowling changes worked though as England's relentless pace attack again benefitted from overcast conditions.
- Rahane was the first to go, playing at a wide delivery off Broad in the 19th over as Keaton Jennings held a sharp catch at third slip.
- Skipper Virat Kohli (17), struggling with a stiff back, came out to bat as India reached 50 in the 26th over. He was clearly restricted in his movement and stroke making, and received on-field attention before being dismissed.
- Broad then pulled out an inswinger that deflected off Pujara's pad and crashed into the off-stump, ending his 87-ball stay.
- Four overs later, Broad struck twice. First, Kohli was caught at forward short leg, with DRS detecting a faint glove as the ball bounced off his jumper. Immediately, another quick inswinger saw Dinesh Karthik trapped lbw for a first-ball duck.
- Ravichandran Ashwin (0) fended off his hat-trick ball, and thereafter just hung on with Hardik Pandya (1) for company as a 0-2 score-line loomed large over India.
In Pics: K L Rahul wicket and Session 1 Highlights
Lord's Test: First Session report
- Starting from overnight 357-6, England looked for some quick runs in this morning session. But they didn't come so easily as Mohammed Shami (3-96) bowled a very sharp spell.
- He beat Chris Woakes (137 not out) and Sam Curran (40) on a number of occasions, but was unlucky to not induce any edges at all.
- The runs came in a trickle, but when it started drizzling a bit, Curran threw his bat around. When he was finally out caught at third man off Hardik Pandya (3-66), England declared their innings close for fear of more rain.
- India then got off to another poor start. James Anderson (2-8) had Murali Vijay (0) caught behind in the third over. This was his 100th Test wicket at Lord's.
- Vijay became the sixth Indian batsman to score a pair' in a Test, and he has now managed only 128 runs in 10 overseas innings against South Africa and England in 2018.
- Meanwhile, four overs later, Anderson trapped KL Rahul (10) plumb lbw and the batsman walked off without even checking for DRS with his partner Pujara.
- Skipper Virat Kohli didn't come out to bat at number four because he didn't take the field this morning owing to back stiffness. There is no further communication from the team management about his condition, though he is now eligible to bat if a wicket falls on resumption of play.
- Pujara and Rahane struggled against movement generated by both Anderson and Chris Woakes (0-1) but somehow managed to survive.
- The Indian innings had progressed under light drizzle, but as soon as rain got stronger, umpires hauled off the players for an early meal.
Dropping Umesh Yadav backfired
In conditions which were ripe for seamers, India had two frontline spinners, two frontline pacers and Hardik Pandya. And as they bowled in the first innings, the decision to not have another pacer in the ranks hurt them. India's opening bowlers started off poor, but soon came into their own. The conditions weren't as supportive as England enjoyed the previous day, but they still found enough to trouble Jennings and Cook. By the time the pair was out, to Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma respectively in successive overs, India's main pacers were already towards the end of their spells. The need for a third frontline seamer was never more stark. India had decided to bring in Kuldeep for Umesh Yadav for 2nd Test at Lord's, and despite seeing the conditions on the first day, which was washed out before the toss had even taken place, they decided to play with the left-arm wrist spinner. Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane defended team management’s decision of playing Kuldeep post Day 2 press conference and said “The answer to your question will be, I feel, when Kuldeep Yadav takes four of five wickets tomorrow.”
On the other hand, England picked Chris Woakes ahead of Moeen Ali as they had Adil Rashid in the playing 11 but didn’t used him first innings as India were bundled out for 107 runs.
Kohli changed the team for 37th time in a row
For the 37th time in a row, Kohli picked the team with some changes from the previous match. He picked Cheteshwar Pujara picked in place of Shikhar Dhawan and also included Kuldeep Yadav ahead of Umesh Yadav. With the pitch assisting the quick bowlers and likely to do on Saturday as well, it will be interesting how much the quicks can get out of this pitch and whether or not the inclusion of Kuldeep will have a big bearing on the game or not.
Here are the playing 11 of both the sides:
England playing 11: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Oliver Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Stuart Board, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid
India Playing 11: Murali Vijay, K L Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
Lord's is notorious for low Test scores: India are in danger of going 0-2 down in the five-Test series against England unless the elements, which made their life miserable after being asked to bat first, conspire to save them or even help them to turn the tables on the hosts. After the first day's wash-out, conditions were difficult for batting even though the pitch reports suggested that it was dry and good for a knock. At least one former captain thought Virat Kohli losing the toss was a blessing in disguise though the Indian captain also wanted to bowl. The conditions were certainly not batting-friendly as the ball did turn quite a bit and England had the ammo to attack relentlessly. It is not easy to deal with James Anderson in any conditions and on this day he was making the ball talk. He craftily planned his five dismissals. The social media was not kind to the Indians and some got too personal, as they would in such circumstances. Someone shared a picture shot of the Lord's menu card and the Twitterati had their fill matching it with the scorecard! Read full article here
India’s record at Lord’s cricket ground in London:
India have played 18 matches at Lord’s, of they have lost 12 and won only two. The most recent win for India came in 2014, when Ishant Sharma took 7 wickets to win the match under M S Dhoni’s captaincy.