January 26, 2022


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ENG v IND, 2nd Test 2021 ; India clinch a thriller at Lord’s.


England will take on India at home of cricket for the second test match of this series. Both teams are facing lot of issues about player’s injuries. After dominating display by team India on day four of first test match ; where team India was very near to win, rain ended whole day five without a ball bowl.

Joe Root helped England to back in the game

The captain consistent Joe Root slammed another hundred, while it’s back to back too. In thie year (2021) he is in form of his life. He smashed five hundred in this year so far. England lost two early wickets in this innings also. Top order is huge problem for England’s test side now. Their openers and no.3 batsman are inconsistent except Rory Burns who looked in great touch but got unfortunately out on 49. Jonny Bairstow scored a fifty, but the main highlight was Joe Root’s masterful knock.

Team India posted a decent total in first inning

A watchful opening partnership from India’s openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped India to dominate the first inning. As per pitch and weather conditions, the total is good. Now it’s turn of Indian bowlers to show their skillsets. KL Rahul smashed his second hundred in England, while Rohit Sharma able to manage his maiden test fifty at England.

KL Rahul’s 129 and Rohit Sharma 83 were the main things in first inning. However, still India’s middle order not in good touch. Virat Kohli finding his class and big knocks while Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane continued their bad runs.

James Anderson was the star with ball in the first inning for England. He took another fifer of his international career.

Toss update : surprising England will bowl first

Shardul Thakur and Stuart Broad both were struggling with hamstring injuries after first test match. Shardul Thakur was ruled out from second test, he will be available for third test was confirmed by captain Virat Kohli. England’s pacer Stuart Broad is rules from remaining series, this is huge setback for England’s team.

Surprisingly, both team were looking to bowl. England’s captain Joe Root won the toss again and opted to bowl first. Ishant Sharma replaced Shardul Thakur in India’s XI while Haseeb Hameed making debut for England cricket. Moeen Ali came back in with his great form in England. James Anderson is fit to play, in place of injured Stuart Broad, Mark wood came.