India vs England, Highlights, 2nd Test at Lord's:Highlights, India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 1: Frustrating the two teams, incessant rain washed out the first day of the second Test between India and England at Lord's, London, on Thursday. The players did not even step out for warm-ups due to the rain, lashing the city of London since last night.
INDIA VS ENGLAND 2ND TEST DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON:
21.25 IST: Rain washes out first day's plays at Lord's.
21.13 IST: There will be another inspection at 9:17 PM IST.
20.40 IST: As the persistent rainfall in London washed out the first session of the opening day of the second Test between India and England, former India opener and IndiaTV cricket expert Virender Sehwag has claimed that the Lord's Test will be a "bowlers' Test match".
20.22 IST: Tea taken at Lord's but still no respite from the rain.
20.18 IST: As umpires walk out for an inspection, it starts drizzling again.
20.11 IST: As we wait for an official word on the start of the play, an early tea is expected.
20.07 IST: The rain seems to have stopped at Lord's.
20.01 IST: England skipper Joe Root has said that their victory in the seesawing first Test, despite being "not at our best", has energised the hosts with confidence. "It (the win at Birmingham) fills you with masses of confidence. One of the most exciting things about last week is that we weren't at our best, certainly areas we can improve, but we found a way to win under pressure, and wrestle momentum back in our favour," Root said at the pre-match press conference on the eve of the second Test. (Read full story)
19.55 IST: WEATHER UPDATE! The weather is starting to clear up around Lord's.
19.45 IST: Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler feels England need to be more clinical in some aspects, including catching, as they seek to extend their lead over India in the second Test. "Even though we won at Edgbaston, there are definitely some areas for us to work on. We were 216-3 in the first innings, with Root and Jonny Bairstow going very well, and we didn't capitalise on that. And then, bowling, we had India 100-5, but allowed them to get up close to our score," he said. (Read full story)
19.20 IST: IndiaTV Sports Editor Samip Rajguru, from London, says the weather forecasters have predicted that the rain will stop later in the day and we may get to see a one-hour play on Day 1 at Lord's.
19.10 IST: Sanjay Manjrekar says nothing has changed as far as rain is concerned. However, the temperature has dipped, he adds. Manjrekar claims that outfield seems unaffected despite constant drizzling.
19.00 IST: UPDATE! We could have a play at around 9 pm IST if the rain stops.
18.50 IST: Meanwhile back at home, MS Dhoni's wife Sakshi Dhoni flaunts the bike collection of India's limited-overs wicketkeeper. (SEE PICS)
18.00 IST: It's still pouring heavy out there. The heatwave for sure will dissapear after this.
17.40 IST: Well, it's still drizzling. The skies are expected to clear up by 7.30 PM IST.
17.05 IST: Early lunch taken as no respite from the rain in sight at Lord's.
16.50 IST: And it's India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who will be ringing the five-minute bell before the start of play today.
16.45 IST: Here's the scheduled start of the second Test across the globe.
16.35 IST: Sanjay Manjrekar says he hasn't witnessed such "tropical" rainfall in London before.
16.30 IST: Following a 31-run defeat in the 1st Test, Virat Kohli has said that his team needs "to bring down the margin of error" to make mental adjustments ahead of the big-ticket Test match at Lord's. (Read full story)
16.20 IST: Former India opener and IndiaTV cricket expert Sourav Ganguly believes that the second Test, starting Thursday at Lord’s, will be the best chance for the visitors to make a comeback in the five-match Test series. “This will be a crucial game for India. England haven't won a match here for a long time. Recently, Pakistan also defeated them at Lord's. Earlier, India and Sri Lanka have also won Test matches here. It's a great chance for India to make a comeback. If wicket is helpful to bowlers, India have the best chances to win,” Sehwag said. (Read full story)
15.50 IST: The rain is persistent at Lord's.
15.38 IST: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly told IndiaTV during the show ‘Cricket Ki Baat': “The weather has improved in London. The playing conditions are perfect for cricket. India have the best chance to bounce back in the series at Lord's." (Read full story)
15.30 IST: Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav might get a chance to play at Lord's.
15.15 IST: "It's pouring down at the moment and the toss has been delayed due to the same," the BCCI confirms.
15.00 IST: Rain has delayed the toss at Lord's.
14.35 IST: IndiaTV Cricket Experts Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag feel Lord's is the best chance for India to make a comeback. Watch it here.
14.30 IST: Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of the second Test between India and England at Lord's.
The Indian cricket team would expect its floundering batsmen to take more responsibility in pursuit of a series-levelling victory in the second Test against England, starting tomorrow at the Lord's.
If captain Virat Kohli had got support from his batting colleagues in Birmingham, the scenario would have been completely different. The world number one Test side came close to taking the lead but fell short by 31 runs.
The mood in the Indian dressing room, though, is quite upbeat.
Two days before the game, there was healthy amount of grass on the Lord's pitch. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits off before the first ball. But even if they don't, the general expectation is that the pitch would turn out to be quite dry. (READ FULL PREVIEW HERE)