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08-Aug-2018 10:59:00 GMT
Eng v Ind, 2nd Test, the Lord's

Wounded India look to bounce back in second Test

London: After an enthralling game at Edgbaston, the caravan now moves to Lord's for the second Test of the five-match series between England and India.

England came out on top at Edgbaston but only just – by 31 runs – in what was a thriller, where teams wrestled back and forth for the advantage before England finally got the better of Virat Kohli's men.

There were plenty of positives in both camps – Kohli's 149 and 51 in the game, R Ashwin's seven wickets in the match and Ishant Sharma's five-wicket haul in the second innings for India

For England, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow's half-centuries, Sam Curran's all-round Player of the match winning performance (87 runs and five wickets) and Ben Stokes' match-winning spell on the fourth day for England.

England finished on 180, setting India 194 to win – a chaseable target by all means – but the Indian batsmen faltered against some high-quality swing bowling and were bowled out for 162. The next highest score after Kohli's 51 was Hardik Pandya's 31.

England were better than India but not by much, as barring Root's 80 and Bairstow's 70, the batsmen were found wanting in the first innings. Dawid Malan has since faced the consequences of a string of low scores – 8, 20, 6, 28 and 7 in his last five innings – and some lapses in the slips as he lost his place in the team. Replacing him is the 20-year-old Ollie Pope.

For India, Shikhar Dhawan (26 and 13), Murali Vijay (20 and 6), and KL Rahul (4 and 13) had all failed at Edgbaston. Cheteshwar Pujara’s omission at Edgbaston drew much criticism, but to be fair Pujara has been in terrible form this English summer, scoring 172 runs at 14.33 without a fifty for Yorkshire in the County Championship. Pujara

Teams from

Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Jamie Porter

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur

Pitch and condition
London is expected to hot and dry owing to the heat wave in England. However, it is expected to be cool on the first day of the game and there are chances of some rain. The pitch is expected to assist both seam and spin.

Stats and trivia

  • Kohli one win away as captain to go past Sourav Ganguly (21) and reach second spot among Indian captains in history. Only MS Dhoni (27) has won more Tests as captain.
  • 6 wickets needed by James Anderson to reach the 100-wicket mark at Lord’s. No fast bowler has taken a hundred Test wickets at a single ground.
  • 67 runs needed by Murali Vijay (3,933) to reach the 4,000-run mark in Test cricket, while 90 runs needed by Ajinkya Rahane (2,910) to reach the 3,000-run mark in Test cricket.
  • 12 runs needed by Stuart Broad (2,988) to reach the 3,000-run mark in Test cricket.

Match facts
9-13 August, 2018
Start time: 11:00 local (10:00 GMT)

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