IND vs ENG: India dominated proceedings on day 1 of the second test against England at the Lord’s cricket ground in London. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were the stars of an incredible day for the visitors.
It is another fine day in the English Capital. The conditions will be overcast once again and skies will be mostly cloudy. Winds will be light and humidity will be around 60%. Temperatures during the day will be in the range of 18-22 degrees Celsius. There is again a small chance of a drizzle in the first session but it should subside quickly.
The start of play yesterday was delayed by half an hour yesterday due to rain. There was some drizzle once again and early lunch was taken. The final two sessions went ahead uninterrupted.
England opted to field after winning the toss given the overcast conditions. The decision looked on point as James Anderson and Ollie Robinson started with a threatening opening spell. However, the Indian openers showed grit and played with caution. India went into lunch at 46 for no loss.
After successfully negotiating the new ball, Sharma started scoring freely while Rahul continued in an unusually sedate manner. The duo’s 100 run partnership ended a 69-year-old record for the opening stand by India at Lord’s.
In the absence of Broad, Anderson looked like a one-man bowling army. He took two quick wickets of Sharma and Chesteshwar Pujara before tea. After their departure, Rahul stepped on the gas. Filled with graceful cover drives, he played one of his best knocks yet and brought about his fifth Test ton.
Rahul and Kohli put together a 117 run stand before the skipper knicked one behind off Robinson. Rahane came in next and ensured there were no more casualties for the day. India finished on 276-3 at stumps.
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