IND vs ENG: The Lord’s Test is delivering on its promise, and we are in for a great finish. India dominated on day 1, but the tables have turned since then, and England seems to have the upper hand now. With India having a longish tail, it is Rishabh Pant who holds the key for the visitors.
The conditions on the final day will be chilly and overcast, a perfect scenario for the pacers. The chances of rain around noon are about 15%. The temperature will be a cool 18 degrees Celsius. It will be slightly windy than the previous days. Humidity will hover around 50-60%. The rain had washed out day 5 of the first Test, but it is unlikely to happen today.
On the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s, India scored 181 for six in their second innings at stumps. The visitors have a 154-run advantage overall. England wanted to take the second new ball as they did not want spinners to concede easy runs. However, the play was called off eight overs short of the mandated 90 overs due to low light.
Rishabh Pant was batting at 14 with Ishant Sharma on the other end. India was struggling at 55 for three at lunch. For once, England managed to get KL Rahul out early. Mark Wood accounted for both the openers, and Sam Curran got Virat Kohli caught fishing outside off.
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, two batsmen under pressure, rose to the occasion and stitched a hundred-run stand for the fourth wicket. Late in the last session, England chipped in with three fast wickets to give them a small advantage at the conclusion of the day.
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