Persisent drizzle has forced Day 1's play of the Lord's Test to be called of without a ball being bowled. Following a final inspection at 4.45 pm local time, umpirers decided to end the Day. We will have an early start on rest of the days of this second Test.
Earlier, following a gloomy and wet day since morning, hopes were raised in the post-Tea session when the rain stopped for a while and things looked brighter. However, the at around 4.30 PM local time it started drizzling again which crashed all the hopes of at least two hours play on Day 1.
The forcast for the rest of the days seems decent as of now. However, on Monday, which will be the Day 5 of the Test, some scattered rain is predicted.
With 0-1 down in the five match series, India will take field at the Lord's from Thursday in order to make a comeback in the series. Last time they played here back in 2014, Ajinkya Rahana and Ishant Sharma's heroics fetched the visitors a memorable victory. In this second Test, the visitors would like to emulate a similar kind of performance.
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