After all the anticipation in the build-up to the second Test between India and England, steady rain through the day forced the first day’s play to be washed out at Lord’s on Thursday. The umpires had a second inspection well into what would have been the final session of play, which was a mere formality with the sky still overcast and a mild drizzle still coming down. It was a huge dampener for thousands of fans, who had streamed into the ground in the morning hoping that the weather would relent and allow some play after the series opener in Edgbaston proved an edge-of-the-seat thriller in the end. The weather forecasts for the next three days looks good.
Vijay takes guard
James Anderson runs in with the red Dukes. Vijay lets it go, good carry throughto the keeper.
INDIA: Vijay, Rahul, Pujara, Kohli (c), Rahane, Karthik (wk), Pandya, Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Shami, Sharma.
Kuldeep, Pujara in
Yes, 2 spinners in, Umesh is out, Shami and Ishant will take the new ball. Pujara replaces Shikhar Dhawan.
England win the toss
Joe Root says he will bowl first and hopes to take advantage of the conditions and pick up wickets up front.
Bat first pitch
Sanjay Manjrekar predicts a pitch which will good to bat on. He says that the team management would be worried about the weather forecast because there is rain expected in London.
Pujara seems to warming up, he might replace Shikhar Dhawan.
And, yes Kuldeep Yadav could just get the nod ahead of a fast bowler.
Covers are out
Do not be startled, there is a chunk of dark cloud which has become uglier and is hovering over the stadium. Just a precautionary measure, but then it is the London weather!
Day ✌ of the 2nd Test. Bright and sunny at the moment with a hint of black cloud cover approaching.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/ECMKdI0Bfb— BCCI (@BCCI) August 10, 2018
Revised playing conditions
The day will start at the normal time, all the sessions will be extended and the umpires will try to get in 98 overs every day!
The sun is shining
We welcome you with some cracking news. Lord’s is currently basking under glorious sunshine. Well, the forecast for the rest of the day is not entirely this bright, but we are happy with we have right now.
Test cricket is about to begin!