India vs England, Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test, Day 4 at Lord’s, London: Play resumes after rain delay – Firstpost



Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 18:47 (IST)

Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting average in SENA countries in Tests:

Team’s first innings – 23.50Team’s second innings – 29.93

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FOUR! Full, width. Woakes asks Rahane to drive and he obliges. Drills it through cover. 

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After 13 overs,India 20/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 7 , Ajinkya Rahane 1)

Pujara after seeing out the first two balls plays loosely at a short delivery and got beaten. Takes a blow on the stomach on the fifth ball. No wicket for Jimmy though. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 18:43 (IST)

Its spitting rain drops at Lord’s… so whatever India do… they need to hang on. 

18:41 (IST)

After 12 overs,India 20/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 7 , Ajinkya Rahane 1)

Woakes has tried a couple of lengths in this over. He has mixed the back of the length deliveries with length balls. Rahane, though, has been remained undeterred along with Pujara. One came off the over.

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After 11 overs,India 19/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 6 , Ajinkya Rahane 1)

Anderson continues. Pujara prods forward to defend the first ball and the leaves the second alone. Another delivery outside off, Pujara opts to not mess with it. Cheteshwar retains the strike on the final. 

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Players are back on the field. Chris Woakes continues. Nasser Hussain on air reckons we might short passage of play and England must get in as many overs as possible. It could even last for 10 minutes. Pujara on strike.

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 18:30 (IST)

Thing for India is to dig deep until play continues… seems an obvious statement but the point is that once you are on… and play restarts, it will continue through light drizzle… which can affect the pitch like in the first innings. Through this Test, India have drawn the short straw but that is not an excuse anymore. England batted through these conditions. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 18:20 (IST)

More info… playing time has been extended… upto 7pm today. Also, playing overs have been reduced from 98 to 93… which means approximately 74 overs still remain in the day. Huge task ahead of India this. But rain expected at 3pm. So they need to hang around till then. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 18:05 (IST)

Official: Match restart at 2pm local time. That’s 26 minutes. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 18:05 (IST)

And yes… ground staff being called on… they are going to try and get the ground ready. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 18:05 (IST)

Umpires taking a walk now… more importantly… only one of the three has an umbrella…. we could see some action soon. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 17:56 (IST)

Few umbrellas still around which is enough to show that rain has not stopped yet. Post lunch session is underway… meaning no play. 

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The drizzle is still on and the covers stay on the ground. Further delay.

☔️ The covers are still on the pitch at the moment, with rain continuing to fall.

Fingers crossed this will soon pass! 🤞#ENGvIND#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/x9VdZOmUUZ

— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 12, 2018

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Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 17:04 (IST)

Early lunch taken… scheduled restart at 1.09 pm local time… if rain stops that is. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 17:03 (IST)

Players are off…. Marais Erasmus checked surface of pitch…. drizzle has got stronger and covers are coming on. India will be relieved. Once you go off… you cannot come back on until rain stops completely. You can play on in light drizzle but you cannot come back on. 

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Play interrupted due to rain. Covers come on and players walk off.

Early Lunch taken on Day 4. 

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After 9 overs,India 17/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 5 , Ajinkya Rahane 1)

Again the inswinger from Anderson cause some trouble to Pujara, as the ball raps on the pads. Joe Root doesn’t review it as the ball would have most probably missed the leg stump. We see some light drizzling in the background. Ajinkya edges, but again the deft hands ensure the ball doesn’t carry to slips. End of another good over from Anderson.

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After 8 overs,India 16/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 5 , Ajinkya Rahane 1)

Woakes gets it in the corridor straightaway and the ball goes just past the outside edge of Pujara. Pujara’s soft hands ensure the edge doesn’t carry to the slips off the next ball. After five dots in the over. Pujara tucks a short of length delivery on the onside for a single.

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Chris Woakes is into the attack. Replaces Stuart Broad after a short opening spell.

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After 7 overs,India 15/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 4 , Ajinkya Rahane 1)

Such a fine bowler Anderson is. He mesmerised with the ball that goes away in Edgbaston even in the first innings at Lord’s and now has had both openers of two well controlled inswingers. India in a hole here. Rahane gets off the with a confident push on the offside, moving his bat along with the pad perfectly. Two batsmen that can grind and graft their way are in the middle. India is in crisis but presents a great opportunity for Che and Jinks to stand up and put a valiant fight for India.

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:52 (IST)

Most wickets against India at a venue in Tests:

29 – Muralitharan, Colombo (SSC)
26 – JAMES ANDERSON, Lord’s*
24 – Imran Khan, National Stadium, Karachi

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 16:51 (IST)

Confirmation: Four more minutes before Virat Kohli is eligible to bat…. that’s 12.23 pm local time. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 16:49 (IST)

Rahul gone… plumb… didn’t even bother checking for DRS with Pujara… 

Rahane is the new batsman… not sure 37 minutes have passed. Michael Holding says he is not allowed to bat yet. 

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OUT! Gone! Oh dear that’s as straight as it can get. Gets the wicket with another sharp inswinger. Rahul was shuffling across and is unable get the bat in way. Doesn’t think of reviewing it. Eyes turn to the clock and no Virat Kohli cannot come out to bat just yet. This is shambolic from India. Super from Anderson.

KL Rahul lbw b J Anderson 10(16)

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After 6 overs,India 13/1 ( KL Rahul 10 , Cheteshwar Pujara 3)

Rahul taps it on off side to rotate the strike off the first ball. After couple dots, Pujara turns it over from his hips for a brace. Three runs off Broad’s over.

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After 5 overs,India 10/1 ( KL Rahul 9 , Cheteshwar Pujara 1)

Lucky break for Cheteshwar Pujara as his inside edge evaded his stumps by not much. He would also have a blob to his name and Kohli wouldn’t be allowed to bat at his favoured number 4. Ends the over with a real beauty that starts from the off stump and curves away just enough. Pujara hangs his bat out and that is as good any batsman can do. Doesn’t get the edge.

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:42 (IST)

Instances of India losing their first wicket in each innings of a Test without scoring a runs:

Against Bangladesh, Chittagong, 2007Against England, Lord’s , 2018*

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:41 (IST)

Murali Vijay’s wicket was James Anderson’s

– 550th in Tests- 150th of an opener in Tests- 100th at Lord’s in Tests

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:41 (IST)

Most wickets in England v India Tests:

96 – JAMES ANDERSON*95 – B Chandrasekhar 92 – Anil Kumble 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 16:40 (IST)

Very light drizzle at Lord’s now…. not enough to take the players off…. it will spruce up the pitch though…. India won’t like this. 

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FOUR! Anderson slides one down the leg side and Rahul helps it along its way to fine leg fence.

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:40 (IST)

Bowlers dismissing Murali Vijay most times in Tests:

7 – JAMES ANDERSON*6 – Morne Morkel5 – Ravi Rampaul

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:39 (IST)

Indian openers with a pair in Tests in England:

Pankaj Roy, Manchester, 1952Virender Sehwag, Birmingham, 2011MURALI VIJAY, Lord’s, 2018*

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After 4 overs,India 4/1 ( KL Rahul 4 , Cheteshwar Pujara 0)

First runs for Rahul, first runs for India in the over thanks to lovely cover drive from him. Broad gets one to come back into Rahul earlier in the over and the ball thuds on then there is an appeal for leg before but was hit him high. 

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High praise from another world class pacer

I love how quick Jimmy is between deliveries. No stares, no words, no fuss. Gets back to his mark, bowls with intent, intelligence and great energy.Man knows what he wants (wkts) and most of all, he knows how to get them.Impressive bro 👍🏼

— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 12, 2018

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FOUR! Slightly overpitched and KL Rahul gets the first runs on the board with a delightful cover drive

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After 3 overs,India 0/1 ( KL Rahul 0 , Cheteshwar Pujara 0)

Another lovely over for James Anderson, again relishing the conditions available. Gets Vijay in both innings. Waves the Duke ball after taking his 100th wicket at the venue. Pujara is in at number three.

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:30 (IST)

Players taking 100-plus wickets at a venue in Tests:

166 – Muralitharan, Colombo (SSC)117 – Muralitharan, Kandy111 – Muralitharan,, Galle100 – JAMES ANDERSON, Lord’s*

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:29 (IST)

James Anderson becomes the first pacer to take 100 wickets at a venue in Test. He has done it at Lord’s.

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Cheteshwar Pujara is in at number 3

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 16:29 (IST)

Vijay gone… edged behind… bit of gap between bat and pad… another failure for Vijay against opposition of strength this year… Pujara in next…

Meanwhile, Kohli cannot bat until 37 minutes into the Indian innings… if he can bat at all. 

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OUT! There’s the edge. Anderson gets one to jag back in sharply. Vijay prods forward to defend, gets an inside edge to Jonny Bairstow, who was already following the trajectory of the inswinger. Vijay gets a pair at Lord’s! 550th Test wicket for Jimmy Anderson and 100th at Lord’s what a bowler.

M Vijay c J Bairstow b J Anderson 0 (8)

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After 2 overs,India 0/0 ( Murali Vijay 0 , KL Rahul 0)

Stuart Broad begins with a maiden as well! We see some drizzle in the background. 

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After 1 over, India 0/0 ( Murali Vijay 0 , KL Rahul 0)

Atypical over from Anderson first up. No real swing off the first ball, gets the shape away off the following, which Vijay is able handle it easily. Anderson even slipped one down the leg side. Maiden to start with.

Importantly, Virat Kohli will not be able to bat for first 37 minutes of the innings. say the commentators on air.In case you just joined in, this is because he was have some back trouble and didn’t take field for 37 minutes on Day 4 morning. Good thing is he is fit to bat

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:23 (IST)

2016 was the last time when Murali Vijay scored a fifty in the second innings of a Test. He did that against New Zealand at Kanpur in 2016. Since then he has played 13 second innings knocks. 

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Murali Vijay and KL Rahul are out in the middle. Remember, Vijay is on a pair. Who else but James Anderson has the ball. India’s second innings begins.

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician 16:14 (IST)

The average third innings score at Lord’s in Tests is 258. England’s lead is 289 runs now. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Lords 16:13 (IST)

Shami does all the hard work and Pandya gets a wicket. Curran out with a slog… Root on the balcony and England have declared with rain forecast soon. Lead of 289 runs… Virat down with back stiffness and there is no update if he can bat… this is going to be a huuuuuuge test for India’s credentials. 

Latest update: Pujara after seeing out the first two balls plays loosely at a short delivery and got beaten. Takes a blow on the stomach on the fifth ball. No wicket for Jimmy though.

Day 3 report: Allrounder Chris Woakes displayed his batting ability with a first test century as he guided England to a commanding lead over India on Day 3 of the second test at Lord’s.

Woakes struck an unbeaten 120 to take England to 357-6 and a 250-run lead over top-ranked India at stumps on Saturday.

Joe Root and Virat Kohli with the Pataudi Trophy. AP

Having come together shortly after lunch with England struggling at 131-5, Woakes and Jonny Bairstow (93) shared a match-changing stand of 189 through to 320-6.

“It’s still a bit of a blur — incredible feeling,” said Woakes, who hit 18 boundaries and took 2-19 in India’s first innings of 107. “That feeling of raising your bat to a standing ovation at Lord’s is a bit of a boyhood dream.”

The 29-year-old Woakes is playing in place of Ben Stokes, who was forced to miss the second test as he stands trial in a court in Bristol charged with affray.

England’s highest sixth-wicket partnership against India has given the hosts a good chance of taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The forecast of further rain over the final two days appears to offer India’s best chance of avoiding defeat.

England had looked like wasting an inspired bowling performance that dismissed India so cheaply on a rain-interrupted second day. That followed a first-day washout in London on Thursday.

Mohammed Shami (3-74) removed Keaton Jennings (11) and then England captain Joe Root (19) with the last ball before lunch — both of them leg-before dismissals — to leave England 89-4 at the end of the opening session.

Inbetween Shami’s strikes, Ishant Sharma had Alastair Cook (21) caught behind and Hardik Pandya (2-66) removed England debutant Ollie Pope for 28 to help bring India back into the match.

When Jos Buttler went for 24 — Shami’s third leg-before wicket — England looked capable of crumbling again.

However, having become the first batsmen to pass 30 in the match, Woakes and Bairstow took England to 230-5 tea, before going on the attack in the evening session.

India’s decision to replace pacer Umesh Yadav with slow left-arm bowler Kuldeep Yadav came into question as the tourists struggled to maintain control on a wicket that appeared better suited to seamers than spinners.

“As a bowling unit we tried but all of a sudden the ball stopped swinging,” Pandya said. “And Woakes and Bairstow took the game away.”

Woakes surged past Bairstow and was suddenly in sight of securing a place on the batting honors board at Lord’s — to go along with his place on the bowling honors board after taking two five-wicket hauls at Lord’s against Pakistan two years ago.

“I was probably getting a little bit nervous,” Woakes said. “I went from 60 to 80 pretty quickly and all of a sudden you start thinking of three figures and you start wafting at things outside off-stump, which I hadn’t been doing.”

A quick word from Bairstow helped Woakes to compose himself and a pull shot over mid-wicket for three took him to the landmark off just 129 balls.

Bairstow fell agonizingly short of his second test century at Lord’s, edging Pandya through to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik for the only wicket of the final session.

Sam Curran struck 22 not out from 24 balls as England chose to continue batting despite Sunday’s forecast predicting rain.

England won a tense series opener by 31 runs at Edgbaston.

With inputs from AP

Updated Date: Aug 12, 2018 06:47 PM