England wicketkeeper Matt Prior was sloppy on the opening day of the Test match © Getty Images
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior was sloppy on the opening day of the Test match © Getty Images

 

Jul 18, 2014

 

England will aim to bundle out India soon as the tourists will resume their innings at 290 for nine on the second day of their second Test at Lord’s on Friday. Ajinkya Rahane‘s century thwarted England’s advantage of bowling out the top-order as the right-handed batsman scored 103 on the opening day.

 

According to IANS, it was imperative for India to make the England bowlers toil harder in the heat so as to tire them out – they having taken the field for a third time in a mere nine days. It looked as if India had failed to do so, as they handed an early edge to the home side.

 

But then Rahane stroked his brilliant second Test ton and saved the day for India adding 90 runs for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is developing into a fine all-rounder.

 

By retaining four quicker bowlers and possessing only a part-time spinner in their ranks, England fairly pre-determined what they would do if they won the toss. They had to bowl in order to take advantage of a green and moist pitch on the first morning, given the arsenal at their disposal.

 

Brief scores:

 

India 290 for 9 (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36; James Anderson 4 for 55, Stuart Broad 2 for 79) vs England.

 

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