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England vs India 2018

LONDON: England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to field against India in the second Test at Lord’s today. 
After rain washed out Thursday’s scheduled first day without a ball bowled, there were blue and sunny skies above Lord’s.
England made two changes from the side that beat India by 31 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston last week to go 1-0 up in this five-match series.
As confirmed by England captain Joe Root on Wednesday, Surrey batsman Ollie Pope was given a Test debut in place of Dawid Malan, who was dropped after a run of low scores.
Pope is the fourth player under 21 to represent England in Test cricket this year, following Mason Crane, Dominic Bess, and Sam Curran.
England was without Ben Stokes because of his ongoing trial on a charge of affray in Bristol.
Fellow pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes came into the side in Stokes’s absence, with off-spinner Moeen Ali dropped from a squad where uncapped Essex pace bowler Jamie Porter had already been released.
India also made two changes, with Cheteshwar Pujara coming in after struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan was dropped and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who caused England problems in the preceding white-ball series, replacing paceman Umesh Yadav.
KL Rahul was set to open alongside Murali Vijay.
Kuldeep’s inclusion meant India played two spinners, with off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, who starred at Edgbaston, retained.

Teams:
England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

India: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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James Anderson struck twice to leave India 11 for two at lunch after a rain-marred opening session on the second day of the second Test against England at Lord’s on Friday.
After rain washed out Thursday’s first day without a ball bowled, England captain Joe Root decided to field when he won the toss.
Although the skies above Lord’s were then blue and sunny, they soon clouded over and combined with a green-tinged pitch made conditions favorable for England’s pacemen and in particular swing specialist Anderson.
England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker started this match needing just six wickets to become the first bowler to take 100 wickets in Tests at Lord’s and he needed just five balls to move closer to that landmark.
The 36-year-old Lancashire star struck in the first over of the day. Murali Vijay, aiming legside as the ball moved in towards him in the air, was undone by late outswing and bowled for a duck to leave India naught for one.
His exit brought in Cheteshwar Pujara, recalled after India dropped struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Pujara may be sixth in the Test batting rankings but he averaged a meager 14.33 in 12 innings for Yorkshire this season with a top score of 41.
But Pujara could only watch Anderson dismissed KL Rahul (eight), who pushed forward defensively and got a thin edge to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.
Rahul might have left the ball but, with Anderson bowling from the Pavilion End, there is always a concern for right-handed batsmen that the ball can come down the slope that runs across the ground and hit the off stump.
India were 10 for two in the seventh over, with Anderson having taken two wickets for five runs in 15 balls.
But two balls later, after new batsman Virat Kohli, the India captain, had added a single, the umpires took the players off the field for rain.
Pujara and Kohli were then both one not out.
Lunch was brought forward to 12:40 pm (1140 GMT) in the hope the match could restart at 1:20 pm.
Both teams made two changes after England’s 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston — a match that, despite star batsman, Kohli’s first Test century on English soil, left the home team 1-0 up in a five-match series.
Ollie Pope, a 20-year-old Surrey batsman, made his England debut after Dawid Malan was dropped.
England was without Ben Stokes because of his ongoing trial on a charge of affray in Bristol.
Fellow pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes replaced Stokes.
For India, Pujara replaced struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who troubled England with 14 wickets in the preceding limited overs series, was selected for just his third Test after paceman Umesh Yadav was omitted.
Earlier, former England captain Ted Dexter rang the Pavilion bell to signal five minutes before the start of play.
That honor would have gone to India great Sachin Tendulkar had the match started on Thursday.

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Cricket: India all out for 283, trail Australia by 43 runs

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India takes a stranglehold on 1st Australia Test

PERTH: Australia held a 43-run first innings lead after bowling India out for 283 on the third day of the 2nd test here today. 
In reply to Australia’s 326, the Indians lost their last five wickets for 35 runs after captain Virat Kohli made his 25th Test century to provide the backbone of their reply.
Nathan Lyon was the best of the Australian bowlers, taking 5-67. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood both grabbed two wickets each.
Kohli became the second-fastest player to reach 25 Test centuries in terms of innings, behind only  Don Bradman, in making 123.
He also joined Sachin Tendulkar as the only Indian batsmen to have scored six Test centuries in  Australia. His innings came to a controversial end when he was caught at second slip by a diving Peter  Handscomb from the bowling of Pat Cummins.
Kohli was given out by the on-field umpires but believed it had not carried. However, the decision stood after it was reviewed by third umpire Nigel Llong. His dismissal triggered a late collapse, despite some aggressive blows by Rishabh Pant, who made 36.

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Cricket: N. Zealand vs S. Lanka 1st Test

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India takes a stranglehold on 1st Australia Test

WELLINGTON: Scoreboard at stumps on day two of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka here today:

New Zealand
1st innings
J. Raval c Dickwella b Kumara 43
T. Latham not out 121
K. Williamson c Rajitha b de Silva 91
R. Taylor not out 50
Extras (lb4, nb1, w1) 6
Total (2 wickets; 84 overs) 311
Fall of wickets: 1-59 (Raval), 2-221 (Williamson)
Yet to bat: H. Nicholls, BJ Watling, C. de Grandhomme, T. Southee, N. Wagner, A. Patel
Bowling: Lakmal 18-2-60-0, Rajitha 21-5-78-0 (1w, 1nb), Mathews 4-3-1-0, Perera 13-0-59-0,
Kumara 20-1-79-1, de Silva 8-0-30-1

Sri Lanka
1st innings (275-9 overnight)
M. Gunathilaka lbw Southee 1
F. Karunaratne c Watling b Wagner 79
D. de Silva c Watling b Southee 1
K. Mendis c Patel b Southee 2
A. Mathews c Watling b Southee 83
D. Chandimal c Patel b Southee 6
N. Dickwella not out 80
D. Perera c Watling b de Grandhomme 16
S. Lakmal c Nicholls b Wagner 3
K. Rajitha c Watling b Boult 2
L. Kumara c de Grandhomme b Southee 0
Extras (lb7, nb2) 9

Total (all out, 90 overs) 282
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Gunathilaka), 2-7 (de Silva), 3-9 (Mendis), 4-142 (Karunaratne), 5-167
(Chandimal), 6-187 (Mathews), 7-223 (Perera), 8-240 (Lakmal), 9-275 (Rajitha), 10-282 (Kumara)
Bowling: Boult 27-6-83-1, Southee 27-7-68-8, de Grandhomme 13-2-35-1 (nb1), Wagner
20-2-75-2 (nb1), Patel 3-0-14-0

Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS), Michael Gough (ENG)
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)

Opener Tom Latham’s unbeaten century put New Zealand in charge of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington
on Sunday, as the Black Caps raced past the tourists’ first-innings total and looked to build an imposing lead.
Latham was 121 not out at stumps on day two with New Zealand cruising at 311 for two in reply to Sri Lanka’s modest 282.
It was a frustrating day for Sri Lanka’s bowlers on a Basin Reserve pitch that transformed into a  batters’ paradise after wreaking havoc during the tourists’ innings on day one.
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson narrowly missed out on his own century, falling for 91, and all  New Zealand’s batsmen made good starts, with Jeet Raval making 43 and Ross Taylor not out on 50.
While the Sri Lanka attack worked hard, they could not build pressure and the two New Zealand wickets that fell were the result of rash shots from Raval and Williamson.
That was not an issue for Latham, who meticulously crafted his seventh Test century from 219 balls and never looked rattled at the crease.
He combined with Williamson for a 162-run partnership, laying the foundation for a huge total from a line-up that still has plenty of batting to come.
Despite failing to reach triple figures, Williamson still has a remarkable record against Sri Lanka,  with three centuries against them in seven Tests.
That includes an unbeaten 242 at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in 2015.
Sri Lanka will be hoping for a dramatic New Zealand collapse on day three to salvage any hopes of a win.
Earlier, they added just seven to their overnight batting total before Tim Southee coaxed an inside edge off Kumara to claim a six-wicket innings haul.
Kumara’s departure for a duck left Dickwella stranded on 80 not out after he led a rearguard action for Sri Lanka.
Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne were the only other batsmen to offer any meaningful resistance, notching 83 and 79 respectively and forging a 133-run partnership.
Sri Lanka ranked sixth in the world, have lost their last five Tests against New Zealand and suffered a 3-0 home Test series whitewash against England last month.
They have faced upheaval in their coaching and selection ranks in recent weeks and arrived in New Zealand low on confidence.
In contrast, the fourth-ranked Black Caps entered the two-match contest buoyed by their first away Test series win over Pakistan in 49 years.

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Kohli leads Indian fightback on day two in Perth

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PERTH: India expects captain Virat Kohli to continue to lead from the front after he guided their fightback on day two of the second Test against Australia at Perth today. 
At stumps, the visitors had overcome a terrible start and were 172 for three, still trailing the Australian first innings total of 326 by 154 runs with seven wickets in hand. The imperious Kohli was unbeaten on 82 and shaping as the major stumbling block for Australia, with Ajinkya Rahane also in fine form on 51, the pair having added 90 for the third wicket.
Paceman Ishant Sharma, who claimed four first innings wickets and will start the Australian second innings on a hat-trick, said the game was still evenly poised. However, he believes Kohli is their trump card heading into day three. “We feel pretty confident whenever he is batting,” he said of Kohli. “We finished the day in a strong position.
“It’s equal right now, hopefully, we’ll win the first session tomorrow and turn the game in our favor.” Australian batsman Usman Khawaja admitted Kohli was the prized wicket but believed his team still held the upper hand. “We’re still ahead of the game in a lot of respects,” Khawaja said. “Virat’s a good batsman, he respects good balls and tries to put away bad ones.
“It took them 70 overs to get 170, so I still think one or two wickets hopefully in the first session on Sunday will be pretty big for us.” Up 1-0 in the four-Test series, India made a terrible start to their first innings after cleaning up the Australian tail in the morning session, before Kohli came to the rescue. With the last ball before lunch, left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc found a gap between opener Murali Vijay’s bat and pad to send his stumps flying for a 12-ball duck.
Shortly after play resumed both openers were gone, with Josh Hazlewood getting through KL Rahul’s defenses to bowl him for two with India slumping to eight for two on what appeared a tricky pitch on the first day. However, Kohli looked comfortable from the moment he strode to the crease, a crisp on-drive from the second ball he faced from Hazlewood racing to the boundary. His only real moment of concern came on 22 when he left a delivery from spinner Nathan Lyon and the ball just bounced over the bails.
Kohli faced 181 balls and hit nine fours, with a 25th Test century firmly in his sights on a wicket showing few of the devils of the first day. Rahane hit six fours in 103 and had the honor of hitting the first Test match six at the new venue. The stubborn Pujara offered strong support for Kohli initially, but fell in surprising fashion for 24, caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Tim Paine from a wayward Starc (2-42) delivery.
Earlier, India had cleaned up the Australian tail with Sharma claiming 4-41. At 310 for six, the home side was edging towards an imposing first innings total after winning the toss and electing to bat. But the Indians, who are out to win their first-ever series in Australia, struck back to claim the last four wickets for just 16 runs. Australia resumed at 277 for six, with overnight batsmen Paine and Pat Cummins building a useful lower order partnership.
The pair put on 59 before Cummins (19) was clean bowled by a sharp delivery from Umesh Yadav (2-78) to end his 66-ball knock. That sparked the Australian collapse, with Paine then trapped lbw by Jasprit Bumrah two balls later for 38. Sharma claimed the wickets of Starc (6) and Josh Hazlewood (0) in successive balls to end the innings.

 

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