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Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Can Kohli & co hold England to a draw at Lord’s?

India vs England Test 2018, Virat KohliOn Day 4 of Lord’s test, India led by Virat Kohli will look to get England out early and put a spirited batting performance afterwards to draw the match. After conceding a lead of 250-runs it will be difficult for Virat Kohli and co to stage a comeback into the match given their one of the worst batting performance (107 all out in 1st innings) in recent past. The result of the match will also depend on the weather with forecast of rain in London today. On Day 3, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes frustrated the Indian bowling attack in the second session to put England in total control of the second Test at Lord’s. Having lost four wickets in the first session, the hosts parted with only one post lunch, scoring 141 runs in the process that completely shifted the momentum.Lord’s Weather forecastInd vs Eng 2nd Test Day 4: Can Kohli & co hold England for draw at Lord's?Photo: Accuweather.comPhoto: Accuweather.comDropping Umesh Yadav backfiredIn conditions which were ripe for seamers, India had two frontline spinners, two frontline pacers and Hardik Pandya. And as they bowled in the first innings, the decision to not have another pacer in the ranks hurt them. India’s opening bowlers started off poor, but soon came into their own. The conditions weren’t as supportive as England enjoyed the previous day, but they still found enough to trouble Jennings and Cook. By the time the pair was out, to Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma respectively in successive overs, India’s main pacers were already towards the end of their spells. The need for a third frontline seamer was never more stark. India had decided to bring in Kuldeep for Umesh Yadav for 2nd Test at Lord’s, and despite seeing the conditions on the first day, which was washed out before the toss had even taken place, they decided to play with the left-arm wrist spinner. Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane defended team management’s decision of playing Kuldeep post Day 2 press conference and said “The answer to your question will be, I feel, when Kuldeep Yadav takes four of five wickets tomorrow.”On the other hand, England picked Chris Woakes ahead of Moeen Ali as they had Adil Rashid in the playing 11 but didn’t used him first innings as India were bundled out for 107 runs.Kohli changed the team for 37th time in a row
Source: Business Standard