It's a trite football saying that you're never more vulnerable than when you've gone 1-0 up but for England sustaining a lead has been exasperating even though being forced to fight back has made for thrilling series.
All eyes have been on Virat Kohli and the Indian team management as they are expected to make some bold calls ahead of the second Test between England and India, starting August 9 at Lord's, London. The tourists' record at the venue is not a flattering one as they have won only 2 out of the 17 Tests they have played there. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test.
#Slight drizzle has delayed the toss. "It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", he said. Ajinkya Rahane scored a first innings hundred to help India recover from 145 for seven, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets in the first innings and Ishant Sharma seven in the second as England wilted against the short ball.
Virat Kohli has converted 13 of 20 Test 50s into 100s since the start of 2015; the best rate of any batsman to reach 50 more than once in that time (65%), although Joe Root has got to 50 11 times more than anyone else in the same timeframe (42), he has only managed to convert 19% of those into centuries.
Today's instalment, however, will see young Surrey batsman Ollie Pope thrust into the middle order to make his debut, with Root confirming yesterday the 20-year-old would bat at No 4. We expect Kohli and Co.to give a good performance in the second Test.
Two days before the game, there was a healthy amount of grass on the Lord's pitch.
The conditions have prompted the Indian camp to rethink their bowling strategy and find a combination to go with.
Asked about the prospect of playing two spinners, he said: "Walking in here, the pitch looked really hard, it's obviously dry".
"It's a good choice, a tough one too", Bharat Arun, India's bowling coach, told reporters at Lord's on Tuesday.