Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (61) and Cheteshwar Pujara (45) added a crucial 100 runs for the fourth wicket on Day 4 of the Lord’s Test against England. However, both fell before the close of play as the hosts seized back the advantage. India ended the day on 181 for 6, with a lead of only 154 runs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (14 off 29) and Ishant Sharma (4 off 10) were at the crease for India at stumps.
England captain Joe Root struck his 22nd Test hundred as England took a 27-run lead over India in the second Test at Lord’s on Saturday. Root remained not out on 180 as England responded with a spirited 391 to India’s first-innings total of 364. After India squandered the advantage with the bat, they couldn’t stop England from going past India’s total as well.
Team India opener KL Rahul, who became the latest to score a hundred at the hallowed Lord’s surface, stated that while he was pleased with the effort, for him every Test century is special. Rahul scored 129 off 150 balls, holding the Indian innings together under tough conditions.
Team India batter Rohit Sharma praised fellow opener KL Rahul for his splendid hundred on Day 1 of the Lord’s Test against England. Rahul remained unbeaten on 127 from 248 balls as India went to stumps at 276 for 3. Rahul and Rohit (83) featured in a brilliant opening stand of 126 after India lost the toss and were asked to bat first under overcast conditions. The two openers ensured that India did not lose early wickets even as England came hard at them.
Team India captain Virat Kohli made it clear that India wouldn’t look at batting ability while deciding Shardul Thakur’s replacement for the second Test at Lord’s. Kohli said that claiming 20 wickets is more important and they will go with that option for Thakur’s replacement. The Mumbai pacer is said to be suffering from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to take part in the Lord’s Test. He was impressive in Nottingham, with four wickets in the match. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin or pacers Ishant Sharma/ Umesh Yadav could replace Thakur for the Lord’s Test.
England Test captain Joe Root has asserted that all-rounder Moeen Ali has the ability to win matches for the team with both the bat and ball in hand. Moeen has been brought into the England team for the second Test against India at Lord’s. The cricketer has an excellent record against India and will look to add the same. With Stuart Broad uncertain for the second Test, which starts on Thursday, there is a fair chance of Moeen getting into the playing XI.
Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed disappointment after the first Test against England ended in a draw, with rain washing out the entire final day’s play. India needed 157 runs with nine wickets in hand to go 1-0 up in the five-match series but persistent rain did not allow a single ball to be bowled
England skipper Joe Root scored a brilliant hundred on Day 4 of the Nottingham Test against India. Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah however claimed five wickets to keep India ahead in the game. Root’s ton led England to 303, giving them a lead of 208. Needing 209 for victory, India finished Day 4 on 52 for 1. Stuart Broad dismissed India’s first-innings hero KL Rahul for 26. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were at the crease when stumps were drawn.
Team India batsman KL Rahul has stated that one must be ready to do anything for the team and utilize whatever opportunity comes your comes. Rahul said that this is the one of the main lessons he has learnt from the last two years, when he was away from the Test scene