Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

India vs England: Rain Plays Spoilsport on Opening Day of Lord's Test

India vs England: Rain Plays Spoilsport on Opening Day of Lord's Test

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said. The big question that India will be who will play if Cheteshwar Pujara has to be slotted in.

Arjun, legendary Sachin Tendulkar's son, bowled to Kohli as the latter used the time at the nets to combat the left-arm angle. He also amassed 9779 runs in 211 ODIs at 58.2 and 2102 runs at 48.8 in 62 T20Is.

After the best Test match in England for years, despite the rush to castigation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, it's just our luck that the start of the second instalment will be delayed as this golden summer heat ends and Lord's reverts to its customary conditions when India visit.

Neither side made 300 in the match, England posting 287 before India replied with 274 in the first innings.

There have been talks about bringing Pujara back into the scheme of things to bring some solidity and if that happens, Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul will have to sit out.

India's captain scored almost half of the team's runs in the first Test at Edgbaston; he was asked if he felt let down by his colleagues.

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Virat Kohli has jumped to the defence of India's batsmen, believing that all they need to do to fix their issues is show greater composure.

R Ashwin's performances (7 for 121) at Edgbaston may have tempted India to play an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja but the team management is expected to take a call based on the weather.

England, on the other hand, will be without their star all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Dawid Malan. Ajinkya Rahane scored a first innings hundred to help India recover from 145 for seven, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets in the first innings and Ishant Sharma seven in the second as England wilted against the short ball.

Apart from this decision, England's bowling line-up looks set with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid. The uncapped Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter again misses out from the squad of 13.

The Indian batsmen, who succumbed to England's probing pace and swing, will look to answer their batting woes in the second match.

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