History made at Lord's as rain prevents play on day one


History made at Lord's as rain prevents play on day one

Ross Houston
August 12, 2018

India, who opted to play another spinner in the second Test, could not stop the flow of runs and looked desperately short of pace options.

On a rain-curtailed second day, it was a Cheteshwar Pujara run-out that cost the visitors dearly, as James Anderson's five-wicket haul helped the hosts bowl India out for 107.

It means that despite a first-day washout, Joe Root's team, 1-0 up after winning last week's first Test at Edgbaston, have a genuine chance of victory here even though just 35.2 overs have been bowled so far in this match. It left Pujara stranded as Ollie Pope, presented with his Test cap by Alec Stewart in the morning, started his debut with a simple run out.

Kohli and Pujara were friends before the mix-up.


Instead of taking on the challenge himself, the divisive skipper turned around and headed back towards bowler's end, leaving Pujara stranded, with nowhere to go.

Soon afterwards, rain stopped play soon afterwards with Cheteshwar Pujara, recalled after Shikhar Dhawan was dropped, and Kohli then both one not out.

Fans on social media were blowing up over Kohli's role in the dismissal. With the partnership appearing to take the game away from India, Hardik struck at a vital juncture in the game trapping Pope (28) plumb in front.

Only off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number eight, provided any real resistance, making 29 in a 49-minute knock before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad.


He was selected in the India U-19 squad for the Youth Test-series against Sri Lanka and he ended up claiming a wicket in his first over of that match.

Pujara and Kohli were involved in a run out which led to Pujara's wicket and turned the match in England's favour.

Woakes, who reached his century off just 129 balls, is playing in place of Ben Stokes, who was forced to miss the second test as he stands trial in a court in Bristol charged with affray.


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