England Vs India 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights – Aug 9, 2018

Ind v Eng highlights today – Second test day one from Lord’s, London (England) Thursday 9th August 2018. Indian team was too close to their first huge victory in the first Pataudi trophy 2018 test match but after their team captain, V Kohli’s wicket dismissed their next batsmen lost their control in the game. V Kohli the captain and the most runs scorer of the test series so far, he scored 200 runs in two innings, JM Bairstow scored 98 and JE Root scored 94 runs. R Ashwin took seven wickets, I Sharma took six and BA Stokes also took six wickets in the first match.

Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8QN, this venue always produced lot of runs, which means it is the best venue for India because of their batting power but the home side England is also so strong at this ground according to their previous performances. The highest total of the venue is 729/6d scored by Australia in 1930, South Africa scored 682/6d in 2003, England scored here 653/4d against India in 1990. India scored 454 all out in 114.1 overs it was the same match when England scored 653 runs.

Toss: ?

England team/playing XI
1 Alastair Cook, 2 Keaton Jennings, 3 Joe Root (capt.), 4 Ollie Pope, 5 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Chris Woakes/Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Sam Curran, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.
India team/playing XI
1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan/Cheteshwar Pujara, 3 KL Rahul, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 R Ashwin, 8 Hardik Pandya, 9 Ravindra Jadeja/Umesh Yadav, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami.

The Lord’s ground staff has worked hard to maintain a tinge of green on the pitch despite the heatwave in England. The days of the Test match itself are expected to be cooler with the odd shower around. The conditions underfoot are expected to be similar to Edgbaston, which raises the question to which we don’t have a definitive answer: will the ball swing similarly too? India has never played the same XI in successive Tests under Kohli. It will be a surprise if they do so at Lord’s. The questions they have: do they need an extra batsman, do they need an extra spinner, and who should the reinforcements be?

If India goes for that extra batsman, it will mean leaving out Hardik Pandya, who admittedly didn’t get much to bowl but was India’s second-highest run-getter at Edgbaston. Listening to Bharat Arun, India’s bowling coach who has seen the pitch, India doesn’t seem ready to make the “conservative” move of going in with only four bowlers. That means if the spinner – Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav – comes in, he will replace either Umesh Yadav, who didn’t start off well at Edgbaston or Pandya. Even if the combination doesn’t change, will India keep persisting with Shikhar Dhawan, in whom they have put the trust earlier teams used to invest in Virender Sehwag? And if they don’t, do they pick Cheteshwar Pujara, who hasn’t had a great time in England this year or Karun Nair, who will come with less baggage and memories of a triple-century against the same opposition?

Having raised all these questions, this might well be the time India doesn’t change their XI under Kohli. England made one change the day after the Test, partly to deny R Ashwin so many left-hand batsmen to feast on, partly as a response to Dawid Malan’s form with the bat and in the slips. The 20-year-old promising right-hand batsman Ollie Pope has been confirmed to make his debut. Which one out of Woakes and Moeen plays will depend on the pitch and the forecast.

Match Timings: 11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Umpires – Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpires – Aleem Dar
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire –
Match number – Test no. 2315

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