India vs England 2nd Test Day 4 Lord’s: India captain Virat Kohli is on the verge of joining Ajit Wadekar and Sourav Ganguly with this unwanted record. The two occasions India have lost a Test match after the 1st day’s play was washed out without a ball bowled was in Birmingham 1974 and then during Sourav Ganguly’s tenure in Hamilton in 2002.
India trailing 250 by 250 runs and with the hosts having four wickets in their hand if the play goes on, India’s biggest challenge would be to avoid a 0-2 deficit. England knows it will be big asking for the visiting side, who have been heavily reliant on their captain Virat Kohli. India was all out for a paltry 107 on Day 2 after the first day’s play was washed off due to rain. Ashwin with 29 was the highest scorer for India.
Kohli scored 23 and was dismissed by Chris Woakes, who not only got the most prized scalp but also went on to score a century in difficult conditions, considering he was making a comeback after an injury.
He is still unbeaten and would hope to take the lead beyond 300 and hope they do not have to bat again. From England’s point of view, they would dearly hope the rain stays away. No doubt the on-and-off rain has troubled India more than the hosts. Pujara one feels will hold the key if India has to draw the London Test. It was James Anderson’s five wickets that rattled the Indian batsmen.
India would hope they can go to third Test trailing 0-1 and then take it from there on in.