IND vs ENG: Opener KL Rahul scored a brilliant fifty.© AFP
KL Rahul showcased some impressive defensive skills as he reached his fifty in 137 deliveries as Tea was taken. Along with Indian opener Rohit Sharma (83 runs), Rahul added 126 runs for the opening wicket in the first innings on Day 1 of the second Test between India and England at Lord’s cricket ground, on Thursday. After Rohit’s wicket, Cheteshwar Pujara also departed for only nine runs. Rahul was grinding it out on 55 not out and was joined by Virat Kohli, 0 not out, in the middle, as India reached 157/2 in 52 overs at Tea. Earlier, rain delayed the start of play as England skipper Joe Root won the toss and asked India to bat first. India made one change, bringing in the experience of Ishant Sharma in place of an injured Shardul Thakur. While England, made three changes. Stuart Broad was replaced by Mark Wood, batsman Haseeb Hameed came in place of Zak Crawley and all-rounder Moeen Ali was picked ahead of Dan Lawrence. The first Test match ended in a draw after Day 5 was completely washed out due to rain in Nottingham. (LIVE SCORECARD)
2nd Test, Day 1, Live Cricket Score, England (ENG) vs India (IND) From Lord’s, London
Tea – 2nd Session Ends !
Tea has been taken on Day 1 of the 2nd Test
India go in at 157/2 after 52 overs as Pujara fell right before the end of the second session
KL Rahul 55*
Virat Kohli 0*
India have gone to tea at 157/2 after KL Rahul brought up a fine fifty.
— ICC (@ICC) August 12, 2021
Wicket – Anderson Gets Pujara !
Anderson gets a wicket again, this time its Pujara
Skipper Kohli joins Rahul in the middle now
IND 150/2 after 50 overs
KL Rahul 48*
Virat Kohli 0*
Pujara Holds On !
As tea time approaches, Pujara is trying to find his feet and keep his wicket intact against the lethal bowling of Anderson
While Rahul approaches his fifty
IND 150/1 after 49.5 overs
DRS Appeal !
DRS appeal but Pujara survives due to the height factor
Anderson bowls a beautiful incoming delivery to trouble the batsman straight away
IND 136/1 after 45.1 overs
Wicket – Anderson Gets Rohit!
And it had to be Anderson — James Anderson !
Jimmy moves the ball off the surface into the right hander, who fails to bring down the bat in time
Rohit departs after making 83 runs off 145 balls
IND 126/1 after 43.4 overs
Rohit Sharma’s innings comes to an end on 83.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 12, 2021
Anderson Is Back !
Joe Root brings back James Anderson into the attack
This shows the urgency from the skipper to take wickets
Not one, but two or maybe three in quick succession
IND 122/0 after 42 overs
Here’s something new from KL Rahul
Down the track and six over long-off by Rahul off Ali’s first ball of the over
IND 120/0 after 40.1 overs
LBW Appeal !
Huge lbw appeal by Sam Curran against Rohit Sharma, survives
It was a Yorker length ball which swung late
IND 114/0 after 40 overs
India Going Strong !
Sam Curran is looking rather innocuous with little support from the pitch or conditions
IND 111/0 after 38 overs
Drinks Taken !
Players take a breather and take drinks
Rohit Sharma is slowly inching closer towards a historic 100 at Lord’s
IND 108/0 after 36 overs
Rohit Sharma 81*
KL Rahul 18*
KL Rahul – You Beauty !
This is an appreciation post for KL Rahul who has shown the world today that he has in him what it takes to be a Test cricketer
He has put a prize on his wicket and is grinding it out on 16 not out in 89 deliveries
IND 93/0 after 32 overs
Run-Out Scare For India !
Indian openers get away with some poor understanding between the wickets with Moeen Ali bowling
KL Rahul was almost half-way down the pitch when Rohit sent him back
IND 92/0 after 31 overs
India In Control !
Both Indian batsmen seem to be in total control apart from some rare edges and French cuts behinds the stumps
Mark Wood is consistently over the 90mph bracket but needs to make the batsman play more often
IND 86/0 after 28 overs
Rohit Sharma 64*
KL Rahul 15*
Four – India Cruising !
Rohit Sharma Unleashed!
Rohit pulls Mark Wood’s 93mph short ball towards the mid-wicket boundary for an authoritative four
Brilliant Start For India !
Runs are beginning to leak here
Indian openers Rohit and Rahul are playing a perfect balancing act of scoring fours and regular changing of strike
IND 68/0 after 24 overs
Rohit Sharma 48*
KL Rahul 14*
50 Up For India !
50 up for Team India
This is the second 50-run opening stand of the series for Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul
Good start to the match for the visiting side, now they need to capitalise on it
IND 56/0 after 21 overs
Mark Wood Starts !
Pacer Mark Wood in the series for the first time
As expected, bowling quick and accurately in his first over
IND 46/0 after 20 overs
2nd Session Begins !
Play begins post Lunch
Robinson begins proceedings
Rohit Sharma is enjoying Curran’s lines and lengths at the moment, hits another four
IND 44/0 after 17 overs
Maiden From Anderson !
Anderson bowls a quiet over after drinks
IND 38/0 after 16 overs
Twin Fours !
Rohit welcomes Curran with a four on the off-side and then edges the next past the slips for another boundary
IND 30/0 after 14.2 overs
Rahul Drives !
KL Rahul plays a beautiful straight drive off Anderson to gather 3 runs
IND 22/0 after 14 overs
Four Off Curran !
Sharma flicks behind off the pads on the leg-side to register the first boundary of the innings
IND 18/0 after 13 overs
Anderson Show !
Anderson troubles both batsmen after the change of ends
IND 14/0 after 12 overs
Curran Well Negotiated !
Curran is moving the ball both ways but lacks speed as Indian batsman hardly seemed to be troubled
IND 13/0 after 11 overs
First 10 Overs Completed !
Both batsmen haven’t put a foot wrong in these starting 10 overs
Will need to keep this going as the conditions remain overcast
Curran bowls a maiden, has some swing on offer as he tries to find the right line
IND 8/0 after 9 overs
Curran Comes Into The Attack !
Interesting change in bowling
Sam Curran brought in by Root
Rahul Edges !
KL Rahul edges one but falls short of the second slip
Robinson is beginning to look threatening with some late movement
IND 8/0 after 8 overs
Anderson can repeat this throughout the day
It’s the Indian batting who will have to hold their ground and stay focused
IND 8/0 after 7 overs
Defensive Masterclass From Rohit !
We are watching the transformation of one of the most destructive batmsan in world cricket at the age of 34 – Rohit Sharma
IND 7/0 after 6 overs
Play And A Miss
It’s routine stuff from Anderson as the batsman is failing to understand the direction behind the moving ball, specially after pitching
IND 6/0 after 5 overs
Cautious Start For India !
Both batsmen start cautiously as they take their time against the swinging deliveries and the lateral movement
IND 3/0 after 3.3 overs
Robinson Keeps It Tight!
Robinson bowls a tidy line as he concedes only two runs in his first over
IND 3/0 after 2 overs
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