Rain gods conspire against India at Lord’s

Under intense cloud cover, the Indian top-order had a testing time against Anderson and Stuart Broad (0-7).

London: India were tottering at against England on second day of second Test at the Lord’s on Friday. The opening day of the match was wiped out by the persistent rain.

As was expected, England’s captain Joe Root opted to bowl first in overcast conditions after the rain delayed the start of the play once again on day two. Pacer James Anderson took two wickets in the space of 15 balls as he sent the Indian top-order reeling in a 31-minute passage of play.

Under intense cloud cover, the Indian top-order had a testing time against Anderson and Stuart Broad (0-7). Vijay looked to leave well, but played an uncharacteristic flick shot to a late outswinger from Anderson, and was bowled for a five-ball duck.

Rahul (8) left well against Broad and managed to score two boundaries as well. Leaving against Anderson though was a sterner challenge, as he nicked one in the seventh over and was caught behind. Cheteshwar Pujara’s run-out worsened the situation for visiting India.


India 1st innings 

Vijay b Anderson 0

Rahul c Bairstow b Anderson 8

Pujara run out 1

Kohli c Buttler b Woakes 24

Rahane c Cook b Anderson 18

Pandya c Buttler b Woakes 11

Karthik b Curran 1

Ashwin not out 17

Kuldeep not out 0

Extras: (lb 3, nb 1) 4

Total: (7 wickets in 30 overs) 84

FoW: 1-0, 2-10, 3-15, 4-49, 5-61, 6-62, 7-84.

Bowling: Anderson 11-5-18-3, Broad 8-2-18-0, Woakes 6-2-19-2, Curran 5-0-27-1

Brief scores: India 1st innings 84/7 in 30 overs (Anderson 3/18, Woakes 2/19). (Scores upated till 30 overs)

Pujara gets run-out again for the record 5th time since January 2016

India middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has consolidated his position at the top in the unwanted list of getting run-out for the most number of times in Tests since January 2016.

During the second day of the second Test against England at Lord’s, a horrible mix-up between skipper Virat Kohli and Pujara cost the latter his wicket as he was run-out by debutant Ollie Pope for 1 after facing 25 deliveries.

This is the seventh time that Pujara has been dismissed in this fashion in the longest format, but more importantly, since January 2016, the right-hander has been run-out a record five times. The second player on this unwanted list is Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan.

Pujara has now been involved in the 10 Indian run-outs in the past few Test matches. Earlier this year during the Centurion Test against South Africa, Pujara had set the record of being the only Indian batsman to get run out in both innings of a Test. The last time a batsman was run out in both innings was New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming in 2000. Also, Pujara became the 25th batsman to be run-out in both innings of a Test.

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