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What an exciting game of Test cricket it has been at the Mecca of Cricket. The game was evenly balanced till Day 3 of the 2nd Test at Lord’s but on Day 4, India has pushed their way ahead and are in control of the match. With England needing just 214 runs to win with 6 wickets in hand and an entire days play left in the test match, both teams will have to give it their all to clinch the match. Stay tuned for updates of Day 5 of the 2nd Test Match at Lord’s.
England 105/4 after 46 Overs
England are in trouble as they are chasing 319 runs to win the second Test against India at Lord’s and have already lost four wickets. The pitch has helped the fast bowlers but the spinners have also been very effective. There is also some low bounce which is causing the batsmen problems and adding to the problems for England.
India 342/10 after 103.1 overs
India has been dismissed here for 342 as Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has added yet another half century to his account in 4 innings. England will have to make what they made in the first innings here in the second innings as well. The match is well set to be one of the classics, but one still gets the feeling that it is slightly in the favour of the English team.
India 338/9 after 100 overs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 48*, Ishant Sharma 0*
England is once again back in the game as they have picked up the all important wicket Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami and all they need to do now is pick the wicket of the remaining wicket before having ample time to chase down a stiff but highly chaseable total.
India 307/7 after 94 overs. Ravindra Jadeja 60*, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 29*
India have got off to a brisk start here in the second session with Ravindra Jadeja going for everything that is in his range. With Bhuvaneshwar providing solidity from the other end, the game looks to be slipping away from the English team, but its not all down for the English team because if they manage to pick the remaining three wickets in quick succession than they will be left with not much to chase.
India 267/7 after 88 overs. Ravindra Jadeja 37*, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 13*
India has managed to make 98 runs in that session , but they also lost 3 of their top order batsmen. The game is in balance so far, as you don’t know whether the pitch will behave the same the next day, or even the next session. Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are still in the middle and the Indian team would expect them to add another 50/60 idd runs so that they heave a sigh of relief.
India 235/7 after 83 overs. Ravindra Jadeja 15*, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 0*
India have lost the wicket of Murali Vijay and look to be in a huge problem as the lead does not amount for much at this moment and the tail end beginning, with just Ravindra Jadeja standing in the middle as the lone recognised batsmen. Murali Vijay will be the most disappointed man in the world right now, as he has missed a century at Lords by just 5 runs.
India 228/6 after 81 overs. Murali Vijay 92*, Ravindra Jadeja 15*
England are back to put pressure on the Indian team by getting those 2 wickets early in the morning. This match now lies in a tricky position and to be very true, England might just be the team in control at this point of time as they now have the new ball in their hand.
India 203/6 after 77 overs. Murali Vijay 81*, Ravindra Jadeja 0*
Just when India looked like running away with the game, once again England have struck back with a couple of wickets, this time the wickets of MS Dhoni and Stuart Binny, with the later just throwing away his wicket. Huge wickets in the context of the game. England can make an in road into this match if they manage to get another couple of wickets here in the first session.
India 191/4 after 71 overs. Murali Vijay 75*, MS Dhoni 14*
Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni have got India off to a brisk start on the fourth day. With still 10 overs remaining for the new ball, India would be looking to get as many runs as possible and then again consolidate for a few overs before going for the Final kill.
The game rests in perfect balance as far as the two teams are concerned. Neither team were able to carry the advantage into the 4th day, although the Indian team would be a bit disappointed over the fact that they lost 3 important wickets late in the day.
When India was in their backyard the last time around, the English team played all over the Indians and managed to pull off a whitewash, a result that the Indian team suffered in 2 successive oversea’s series. It is pretty evident that things have changed considerably in the past three years, and the Indian team that is touring the British Isles this time around seems to be a lot more comfortable against pace, bounce and swing than the team that toured the last time around.
India will come into this game with a slight advantage over the host;s as they outperformed tham convincingly with bat and ball in the first test if you exclude the last wicket stand between James Anderson and Joe Root. The match will begin with the clouds of uncertainity of recent spat between Anderson and Jadeja and the pending decision of the same.
India has only won one test on this venue and their main aim would be to replicate the performance of Kapil Dev’s team and get off the mark in this series. They nearly had the host’s in their grab but as he has done on so many occasions, Dhoni just couldn’t manage to hold on the advantage that the team had built. Signs are looking promising for the Indian team and the test might just prove to be the start of a good series for the Indian team.