With series all squared up, India aim to overcome the Lord’s hurdle : India vs England 2nd Test Preview
The rain lord’s had the last say in the much anticipated series opener at the Trent Bridge as it has been a fashioned Gordian Knot in England matches lately. But both the sides would be really piqued to pip one another getting an upper hand early into the series.
With Kohli pretty ardent of following a 4-1 pace-spin template throughout the series, India would be dubious of any major changes barring the forced change of Shardul Thakur who injured himself during the training. The 2014 Lord’s star Ishant Sharma would be raring to go on this green Lords track. Ishant Sharma playing would efficaciously close the door for Ashwin who’s been pretty untoward in the Overseas Tests recently. The Indian skipper also backed the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara to seek redemption following a consistent dip in form of India’s elite middle order batsmen. Kl Rahul who was the biggest positive from the first test match would like to perpetuate his form in the Lord’s test. England on the other side are without their premier bowling duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson sustaining injuries whilst training. While Stuart Broad is out for the remainder of the series, England have added Moeen Ali who is most certain of making his test comeback after over 8 months in England’s red ball side. His dynamic skills would mean England having a spin bowling option. Alongside a handy middle order batsman. Mark Wood too is set for a comeback in this inexperienced bowling unit containing Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran and probable debutant in Saqib Mahmood. Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed who had a good County stint this year, could juggle his way into the mix with Zak Crawley struggling to score runs at number three. The English opening duo of Rory Burns and Dom Sibley would also profoundly love to get amongst the runs. The middle order batting onus will be on the England skipper Joe Root who scored a fifty in the first innings and an exalted hundred in the second innings at Trent Bridge. Jos Buttler would seriously want to get in the groove as the English glovesman found himself in complete disarray in both the innings of the last test, his form in the 2018 series was second to none and he would definitely want to replicate the same in this series as well.
The weather for this match is pretty fine with the forecast of the sun shining bright mostly throughout the match with an outside chance of slight drizzles. The Lord’s pitch has been favoring the seamers and will continue to do so on the green Lord’s pitch. The match will start on 12th August and will air at 3.30 pm IST on Sony LIV for the Indian viewers. This will be a fascinating contest with both the teams looking to supersede each other.
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