Day 4 of the second Test match between India and England set up the game in balance with all the results possible. Although the Indian openers failed to give their side a good start, the experienced duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara stood up and stole the show.
KL Rahul came to the middle with a century to his name in the last innings. Rahul looked tentative in his approach and a delivery pitched at the outside-off channel led to his dismissal.
As Rohit Sharma faced the first ball of the day, the expectations were on him to extend his good run with the bat. The batsman scored 83 runs in the first innings but failed to get going this time as the short ball ploy to get rid of him worked in favour of England. Wood set up Rohit with short stuff as the opener finally pulled one straight to the fielder’s hands and departed after scoring 21 runs.
Virat Kohli walked in next with India reeling at the score of 27-2. He exchanged a few words with his arch-rival James Anderson. Kohli was looking in good touch and was not holding himself back from playing shots. However, just when the things started to get a bit bright for India, the skipper poked one delivery aimed away from his body. The 20-run knock looked good as long as it lasted but India again lost a wicket at an important juncture.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane – the batsmen for obvious reasons were under the pump. However, Pujara’s defiance and Rahane’s solidity gave India a sense of relief. The duo did not play their strokes at all and took their side to a comfortable position. As the confidence increased with every passing delivery, they searched for runs as well.
The critical 100-run partnership ended as an absolute peach of a delivery with an awkward bounce took Pujara’s wicket. The batsman could not do much and perished at the score of 45. After scoring a valiant 61-run knock, Rahane also walked back to the pavilion as a short-delivery by Moeen Ali pushed him for a cut and led to his dismissal.
Moeen struck again as Ravindra Jadeja completely missed a sharp-turning delivery that hit the off-stump. At the moment, Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma are on the crease with India sitting at the score of 181 runs (lead of 154 runs) at the loss of 6 wickets.
Day 5 is expected to be a nail-biting one with every result possible. Will India register a win at Lord’s or it would be England gaining at 1-0 lead. We will find the answer in the next few hours.