India and England will be keen to get the match underway after play got called off on the opening day of the second of the five-match Test series at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Meanwhile, the game travelled from one end to other, as the hosts held nerves to win by 31 runs at Edgbaston. There were plenty of positives for both the sides coming out of that match.
England, therefore, will have the confidence by their side at Lord’s but they will not write off India. The visitors almost came close to winning it in Birmingham and are capable of doing the same at Lord’s. Moreover, India won their last counter at Lord’s, back in 2014.
However, all is not rosy for the batsmen from either side. Barring Virat Kohli, Joe Root, and Jonny Bairstow, other batsmen struggled to tackle some quality swing bowling. An improvement on the batting front will be on both sides’ agenda for this game.
The India captain, Kohli scored 200 out of the 436 runs that India amassed during the match, and they had lost half their side by 100 in both innings. The batsmen need to come good.
England will be without their premier all-rounder, Ben Stokes, who has a court hearing to attend. Bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes has been named as Stokes’ replacement.
Furthermore, the 20-year-old Ollie Pope will make his debut at the iconic Lord’s, as he replaced Dawid Malan, who was going through a lean patch. England will hope Pope continues his domestic form into the international arena.
However, now, a day wasted, the onus will be on India to take giant strides and level terms in this series.
Friday’s weather looks very similar to Thursday’s with plenty of rain expected in the afternoon and evening. It means even on the second day; there are minimal chances of full 90 overs of action.
The temperature will hover around 30 degree Celsius with a lot of wind blowing around the ground. Both teams will want to field first if the match starts at least considering the morning sky is likely to remain clear.
Here are some more details on the weather at Lord’s: