Latest Updates: Rain intervenes as India lose 2 wickets against a seaming ball on a cloudy morning at Lord’s. James Anderson got the ball hooping around and the Indian openers were all at sea. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have a tough job to do if and when the match resumes after this rain break.
England won the toss and elected to bowl first under cloudy skies and then that man, James Anderson was superb with the new ball. He sent back the Indian openers and the conditions look murky, to say the least. It will be a battle and a half for Kohli and the rest of his men.
Earlier on Day 1, 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.
Rain is back
Just as the game was about to commence, the rain comes pelting down. And out go the umpires, there is no action happening at the moment.
Lunch has been taken.
Play to resume at 12.45 pm local time. That’s 26 minutes from now. Lunch at 1.45 pm local time.
Finally, some positive news. We wait!
It has become much brighter at Lord’s, the umpires trudged out, walked around and then went back in. Still awaiting any official word.
Rain has almost stopped
The rain has almost stopped, but there is no official word yet on the resumption of play. Could happen after lunch, but my guess is as good as yours.
Looks very bleak
It is absolutely bucketing down at Lord’s right now. This will take time to clear up, another frustrating day awaits us. Not very bleak in the Indian dressing room too, but they will happy they are not out there facing the music.
It has started spitting again at Lord’s and the umpires drag the players out. India needed this break, Anderson has been breathing fire.
Not a very smart stroke from Rahul, lunges forward to a length ball, then tries to defend, manages a feather through to Bairstow.
Ball hooping around
The conditions are overcast, that Dukes ball is seaming all over the place and it is a tough time to be a batsman out there, but then this is the battle!
First runs for India
Lovely stroke by Kl Rahul, leans forward to a pitched up ball and then times it through covers. The outfield is still quick enough and India get off the mark
Litmus test for Pujara
This is perhaps the biggest Test of Cheteshwar Pujara’s career. He has been brought into the side to provide solidity to the top order. With India losing Vijay in the very first over and James Anderson bowling at his best, Pujara will have to dig his heel deep and bail India out.
Vijay knocked over
The ball was angled in, it pitches on the stumps and then decks away to beat Vijay’s prod, crashes into the stumps.
India rocked early.
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!
— 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!