The second test of the five-match series between India and England kicked off on Friday at Lord’s cricket stadium in London. The match was scheduled to start from Thursday but due to rain the first day of the match was washed out. The second day of the match was like a nightmare for Virat Kohli and company as English bowlers restricted team India for only 107 runs.
English pacer James Anderson was the hero for the hosts as he dismissed 5 Indian batsmen for only 20 runs in 13.2 overs out of which 5 were maiden. Performing equally well Chris Woakes picked 2, Stuart Broad and Sam Curran clinched 1 wickets each.
Worlds no 1 test team’s batting line collapsed like a house of cards at Lord’s and visitors were totally clueless on the green and bouncy track in front swinging deliveries.
Earlier today, after winning the toss, English skipper Joe Root opted to bowl and invited India to bat first. For the Lord’s test, skipper Virat Kohli made 2 big changes as test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been recalled to the team in place of Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav.
Shikhar Dhawan’s form was in talks as he is out of form from a long time. While the second big change that may help India is adding Kuldeep Yadav, who had performed outstandingly well and troubled English batsmen allot in the one day and T20I series.
As per the latest reports, England started the day on a very good note as hosts managed to dismiss 2 Indian batsmen- Murali Vijay (00) and KL Rahul (08) for just 11 runs in 6.3 overs and the play has been interrupted by rain once again.
England’s playing XI for the Lord’s test match against India:
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
India’s playing XI:
Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma