It Stumps on Day Two. India will be feeling they are a wicket or two short. The bowling conditions were tough but exceptional bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India peppered Liam Plunkett with short balls which he dealt with comfortably. England on the other hand will be kicking themselves for conceding two wickets to a spinner here. Been more of a dull day of cricket thanks to a cautious approach from England.
If you can’t get him out with outswingers get it done bowling done the leg-side! Bhuvneshwar pitches this on leg and swings it down the leg, Ballance has a go at it and Dhoni behind the wicket takes a neat catch.
OUT! G Ballance c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 110(203)
India finally find the breakthrough and it’s Murali Vijay who gets it. He pitches it full and Moeen is trying to work it away on the leg, band is hit on the pads. Casual shot from him. England have decided to send a nightwatchman, Liam Plunkett in.
OUT! Moeen Ali lbw Vijay 32(106)
Only players to score hundreds in first 3 first-class matches at Lord’s: MJK Smith & Gary Ballance.
Top class innings from Ballance. England have one more batsmen to look for the future. It’s innings like these which builds your reputation. India would be ruing the dropped chance when he was batting in the 30s. Ballance got to 99 with a boundary on the leg and two balls later, flicked the ball past midwicket for four.
Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja bowling in tandem. Ballance hit two consecutive boundaries in the 73rd over to get into the 90s.
It’s been more like a Trent Bridge wicket post tea today. The lateral movement has disappeared and Moeen is playing at ease except against Jadeja.
India are toiling hard for the wickets. But India’s best chance now seems to be one from Jadeja who is keeping the left-handers in check. Partnership is inching closer to 50.
Jadeja continues to create chances against the left-hander Moeen Ali. But the pacers look a tad ineffective now. England are inching towards the 150-run mark.
Surprisingly it is Murali Vijay who starts off post tea, Ballance picks up a bonus boundary. It was down the leg-side and there to be it.
It’s tea on Day Two: A dull session. 73 scored but batsmen were mostly on the defence.Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled his heart out to take all three wickets so far. Hard work for the bowlers, not as much assistance as it was yesterday.
Murali Vijay brought on to bowl minutes before tea. Bowls accurately and Ballance gets to his fifty with a single towards deep point. This is his third fifty. Got a reprieve due to the miscommunication between Dhoni and Dhawan.
Jadeja gets the breakthrough. It was angled in from round the wicket and Root went forward to it, missed the ball and it hit him on the back pad. Jadeja was pleading for the dismissal and Umpire Oxenford raises his finger. Could have been bat before pad.
First ball from Jadeja and Moeen bends on one knee and lofts it over mid-on for four.
OUT! J Root lbw Jadeja 13(50)
Runs at a Premium but the contest is absorbing-that’s what Test Crkt is all about…..!!!!
Ravindra Jadeja comes in to attack for the first time. Bowls stump to stump. Just a single from it for Root.
Dropped! The second ball of the 39th over by Binny was edged by Ballance and neither Dhoni nor Dhawan at first slip went for it. A chance gone begging. Binny had shaped that away from the left-hander bowling over the wicket and Ballance flashed at it.
England feeling progressing steadily. Ishant and Bhunveshwar were bowling unchanged since lunch. And for the first time in the match, Dhoni brings in Stuart Binny. The first ball is driven and the outside edge balloons in the vacant area around point.
Bhuvneshwar has picked all the three wickets to fall in the innings. Unfortunate dismissal for Bell. It was a short ball, Bell was trying to leave it and the ball deflected off his gloves to Jadeja in the cordon. Once again it was the angle which tricked the batsman. Joe Root comes in to bat and gets off the mark with three runs playing towards deep midwicket.
OUT! I Bell c Jadeja b Bhuvneshwar 16(56)
A boundary in the 30th over for Gary Ballance off Bhuvneshwar. MS Dhoni has still kept Stuart Binny away from bowling. Batsmen have looked settled post the session break.
Ishant and Bhuvneshwar begin post lunch. The first over by Ishant post break cost just one run. In the next over, Bell played a fluent cover drive which went up the hill and Binny did well to stop it. Three runs for him. Ballance on the other end has been extremely cautious.
It’s Lunch on Day Two: India would be happy with the way things have turned out. The pacers have hit the right line and Bhuvneshwar has looked high above the rest. The key will be to maintain the pressure right through as they don’t have a big score on board.
Bell is loosening up with a few well-timed shots. No problems for the batsmen in the last three overs. Five minutes left for lunch.
A clean and clear goal set for Bhuvneshwar by Aakash Chopra…
At Trent Bridge Bhuvneshwar picked the bottom five..here at Lord’s he’s already dismissed the top 2. Seven done for the series 23 more to go
MS Dhoni won’t be interested in replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar from one end, he is looking in sublime touch. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma too has started off well from the other end replacing Shami. Bhuvneshwar has done what none of the England pacers managed consistently – make the batsmen play at the ball on such tailor-made pitch for swing bowlers. Dhoni is up to the stumps to Bhuvi. Superb spell from him. 10 overs on the trot under such humid conditions. Ian Bell is off the mark with a boundary. Typical Bell shot, playing late and getting it past thirdman. We are around 25 minutes away from lunch and India will be hungry for one more wicket here.
One more wicket for Bhuvneshwar. Finally gets the edge of Sam Robson going forward. He looked tentative in this innings and it was time he nicked one. Survived on the first ball of the match. Ian Bell is the new man in.
OUT! S Robson c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 17(42)
Should have been two wickets by now, but India will still accept the one to start with. Alastair Cook finally nicks one to keeper MS Dhoni. Bhuvneshwar persisted with over the wicket line and finally gets Cook. Earlier in the 10th over, Robson nicked one straight to Rahane at second slip. It will still remain a mystery how that popped out of his hands. Robson has looked susceptible right since the start of the innings. Gary Ballance is the new man in.
OUT! A Cook c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 10(29)
Cook looking very balanced at the crease whereas Robson is still looking nervous. Bhuvneshwar in the ninth over gives an easy one on the leg for Cook to push it past midwicket for four. Entices Cook to go for a drive bowling over the wicket and getting it past away from him.
Bhuvneshwar is bowling an accurate line forcing the batsmen to play whereas Shami has been bowling at back of good length so far. The last ball of the over from Shami was down the leg-side and Cook guides it away for a boundary..
Not much problem for Sam Robson facing Shami from the other end. The ball is swinging but he hasn’t pitched it fuller. With enough bounce on the wicket, Robson is comfortable leaving them.
First ball from Bhuvneshwar is over the wicket, fuller and Cook defends it solidly back to the bowler. The next ball is played on the leg-side for a single. First ball to Robson and he nicks it, Jadeja dives to his right but the ball drops just short. Beaten by the away swing on the second ball. Somehow manages to get one away off the edge to get off the mark.
Pressure on England now. The pitch is not that green, if Indian pacers bowl in the right areas there’s still a lot of purchase to extract from this wicket. All set, Alastair Cook takes first strike to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Stat: Alastair Cook has completed 100 Test catches
India lose their final wicket in the second over of the day with five runs added to the total. Shami is out caught in the slips. A decent score from India looking at the green wicket. It’s not as dark as it was last morning but there’s still lot of grass on it.
OUT! Shami c Cook b Stokes 19(24)
It drizzled earlier in the day and the conditions are a bit humid. No problems for Shami facing the first two deliveries from James Anderson. The third one comes back in and the ball takes an inside edge off a wild swing from Shami to run away past Prior for four. Shami then flicks one off his pads for a single.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the second day of India vs England second Test at Lord’s. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing the live updates of the match. The curator at Lord’s welcomed the English pacers by gifting typical home advantage. At the start of play, there was little difference between the pitch and the outfield. India survived such a minefield to reach 290 for nine. It was all due to a fluent century from Ajinkya Rahane. With a sound technique, Rahane once again batted with the lower order and posted his second ton in the short Test career. Catch the stats highlights from Day One of the Test here
England bowlers will have to blame themselves for throwing away the momentum. They bowled short on a wicket where it was al about pitching it up and making the batsmen play. They will be eager to finish off this innings and come back to score well.
The pitch is expected to behave in the same way as it did on the first morning. Indian pacers have an exciting challenge ahead, but before that, reaching 300 would be the goal for Shami and Ishant. There were a few records as well on the first day. Rahane becae the first batsman since Sourav Ganguly to score a century at Lord’s in their first appearance at this iconic venue.
James Anderson has become the leading wicket-taker in England. He also has the highest wickets at Lord’s surpassing Ian Botham’s 69. His partner Stuart Broad completed his 250th Test wicket dismissing MS Dhoni. Catch the Photo Gallery of the first day’s play here