|Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the second Test between India and England as action unfolds at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London.|
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After a near humdinger unravelling in the first Test of the second World Test Championship, India move into the iconic Lord’s for a second shot to take the lead. England’s lucky escape orchestrated by skipper Joe Root’s stupendous hundred, meant rain was the eventual decider at Nottingham last week.
However, its already depleted squad has taken a further hit with the loss of Stuart Broad to injury and Jimmy Anderson’s fitness remaining under a cloud for the clash at the ‘home of cricket’.
India, on the other hand, have lesser yet substantial cracks to fill in. A misfiring middle-order has meant the onus of run-scoring and fortifying the innings has been left to the openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul besides a few late cameos down the order.
The big three – Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane – will be facing the heat even as the skipper seems to shrug off any major concerns. The trio’s overseas run and collective run-scoring have been on a lull for over two years now, save the odd glimpses of their best.
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With a massive chance in the offing at Lord’s to land a blow to Root’s slackened squad, India will need Pujara, Kohli and Rahane to back up the dogged work of the openers. The host will be dangerous nevertheless in its backyard despite heavy reliance on Root for its batting strength.
|Joe Root: As a squad, we are all desperate to see each other succeed. You see the guys put the work in time and time again. One thing you can never question about anyone in this team is their work ethic. I think everyone throws everything into their practice and does everything they can to make themselves better. Of course you want to see that materialise into results on the field and it can be quite tough at the top end of your sport. If that doesn’t happen at a certain point we might have to look at making changes
Virat Kohli: Our basic focus is not to think of where the individuals are at the moment. Collectively how much strength they bring to the team is our focus. As a batting unit, we’re looking to perform in difficult conditions so that we’re in winning positions and someone is going to put their hand up every game. You have to understand as a side what is the best batting unit you can take on the park. The batting unit that played last game is definitely our strongest
India Squad: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran
England Full Squad: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson, Craig Overton, Sam Curran, Jack Leach, Dominic Bess, Ollie Pope, Haseeb Hameed
WHERE TO WATCH IND VS ENG 2nd TEST LIVE?
|The second Test between India and England will be shown LIVE on SONY SIX and SONY TEN 4 channels and streamed online on Sony LIV and Jio TV from 3.30 pm IST.|