England and India will be locking horns on Thursday in 2nd test match of the series in an iconic venue of lords. Both teams are coming here after a disappointing draw in Nottingham, but the good news is that weather is expected to be clear during the next 5 days of the test match but you never know and cannot exactly predict the weather of England.it should be a fascinating test match between two quality teams.
Both , India and England are having some injury issues before going to the test match. Stuart Broad is already out from an injury and he is even ruled out for the entire test series against India. while in Indian team , shardul thakur may also miss the second test due to an injury.
First test match of the series was a very good test match although India dominated the major part of it. Jasprit Bumrah was back in the form with an impressive figures of 9 – 110 .For England , their captain joe root was a big positive , Root made runs in both innings including a wonderful hundred in second test match with the help of which England made a comeback in the test match, interesting ending of the test match was sure but rain came at the last day when India was needing 157 runs with 9 wickets in hand but unfortunately we were not able to get a result, thanks to rain. India were favourites to win that match.
England have some serious issues to solve before the start of test match . Stuart broad is already out because of injury, even James Anderson is set to miss second test match due to a tight quad. This will be a huge blow for the home side as they both are most experienced test bowlers of England team. Mark Wood is set to come back into the team. Moen Ali has been recalled for the second test match and it is very likely that he will play the second test as a lone spinner.
India has only one problem that Shardul Thakur is expected to miss the second test due to strain in hamstring. It will be interesting to see who will come in place of Thakur , it could be spinner R Ashwin if India wants to play 2 spinners but recent matches in lords, pitch is helping fast bowlers rather than spinners. And the second option is to play a fast bowler in Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav , but it will weaken batting in lower order. Except this , India is much balanced and confident than England. openers are making runs , bowlers are taking wickets though middle order is a problem , but we except them to perform better in lords.
Weather forecast and pitch condition :-
The first test match was affected due to rain but the weather in 2nd test match is good and whole 5 days of cricket is expected although there is little bit rain On Sunday. The lord ‘s pitch should be a very good pitch , offering a good contest between bat and ball. little bit of grass is expected to be there in pitch. last time India played in lords they were bundled out for just 107 in first Innings.it should be a mouth watering contest in lords . (source : cricbuzz)