Latest Updates: Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma struck early for India on Day 3 of the second Test againstEngland at Lord’s. The hosts were in the driver’s seat after dismissing India for 107 on Day 2. James Anderson was at his destructive best as the England fast bowler took five wickets to dismantle the visitors’ batting attack. Ravichandran Ashwin was the top-scorer for India with 29 and the onus will be on Ashwin & Co to launch a counter-attack. A lot depends on the fast bowling duo of Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav being the wildcard.
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The game has completely changed with India looking quite dangerous against the two new batsmen. Joe Root and Ollie Pope have a a tough job ahead of them and this partnership can be key. England 38/2
Cook out, India fight back
This is an amazing response by India as Ishant Sharma removes Alastair Cook. Cook was caught fishing outside the off-stump and the ball kissed the edge of his bat with Dinesh Karthik completing the catch. England 32/2
Jennings out, Shami strikes
Mohammed Shami provides India with the early breakthrough as Keaton Jennings is trapped LBW for 11. This can be a big break for the visitors are England are 28 for the loss of one wicket.
Not looking good for England
Things aren’t looking that well…please file a ‘missing’ report for the seam and swing that was in abundance yesterday 🙈 #EngvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 11, 2018
Easy going for England
There is nothing special in the pitch for Indian bowlers and Alastair Cook is looking in fine form. 5 overs gone and this is just too easy for England. Can Ravichandran Ashwin be the trump card for India?
There are four fielders in the slip cauldron but Ishant Sharma surprisingly is bowling on the leg side. This is weird strategy but the Indian pacer and the England openers are off to a steady start. ENG 14/0
Good conditions for batsmen
It’s a sunny day at Lord’s and the pitch seems comfortable for the England batsmen. The moisture is almost non-existent at this point and it can be a tough day for the Indian bowlers. ENG 4/0
Ishant to start
Ishant Sharma will be bowling the first over for India on Day 3. With Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings opening the batting for England, they will be looking to start well.
Few marks are present but there is not any devil in this pitch. There is enough dryness for Indian spinners to get some turn but it won’t be prodigious, according to Sanjay Manjrekar.
No weather woes
No threat of rain, at least for now. But, you never know with London weather; the stormy winds could make a comeback without warning at any given point of time.
England look to capitalise
With an improved weather forecast for Saturday, England will have better conditions to attempt to build a big lead.
Batting at No. 4 will be 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is making his debut after replacing Dawid Malan.
Virat Kohli’s record
Virat Kohli, who scored 23 in the second Test before edging one behind off Chris Woakes, has scored 1404 runs thus far in the calender year, beating out England’s Jonny Bairstow, who’s scored 1389.
“I think that if we bowled like that today, with those conditions, we’d bowl most teams in the world out because I think we were that good. We hardly bowled any bad balls, didn’t give them much to hit and when you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are around the world, it is difficult,” – James Anderson’s confident statement after Day 2.
Hopefully no rain
No play was possible on the opening day and further rain ensured only 35.2 overs were bowled on Friday, but that was all England’s collection of seamers needed to rip through the tourists. Hopefully, there will be full play on Day 3.
Rahane defends batsmen
“I don’t think you can get any more challenging conditions than this (in Test cricket) especially with Duke ball in these weather conditions. But as a batsman you have to back your ability. It is all about intent out there, of not only scoring runs but also leaving the ball and defending well. As a batsman it is always a challenge to come here and play against this kind of attack,” Ajinkya Rahane said after Day 2 play.
James Anderson starred with the ball taking five wickets to help England bowl India out for a paltry 107. It was the sixth time that Anderson has produced a five wicket haul at Lord’s and he now has 99 test wickets at the famous London venue.
India on back foot
It was a horrible outing for India on Day 2 of the rain-marred Test match as they were bowled out for just 107. The Indian batsmen were helpless against the swinging deliveries of the England pacers and just two – Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli – were able to post score above 20.
Welcome to Day 3
Hello and welcome to the Day 3 action from the second Test match between India and England at Lord’s!