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India vs England: First look of Lord’s pitch out

The nature of the surface could well change on the morning of the match, but it looks conducive to the bowlers at the moment.

cricket Updated: Aug 07, 2018 19:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India's captain Virat Kohli (R) arrives with India's Lokesh Rahul (L) for a practice session at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on August 7, 2018 ahead of the second Test cricket match between England and India(AFP)

After the first Test in Edgbaston proved to be a humdinger, the action now shifts to Lord’s and like always all eyes will be on the pitch. While Edgbaston provided a brilliant Test pitch where bowlers dominated proceedings, it did have runs in it for batsmen who were willing to grind it out.

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However, if the first look of the pitch at Lord’s is anything to go by, a green surface awaits both teams. It could also be that the curator has kept this grass cover to retain the moisture even as London has been invaded by heat waves with temperatures in the high 30s.

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It should be mentioned here that back in 2014, the pitch at Lord’s was a green carpet with plenty of lateral movement for the bowlers. Ajinkya Rahane’s superb century and then Ishant Sharma’s seven-wicket haul turned the table on the hosts as India walked away with an emphatic win.

Also, the England batting is not at its peak and with Ben Stokes absent, it will be interesting to see if the 22-yards remains the same on the morning of the match.

Indian seamers, especially Ishant Sharma wreaked havoc in the second innings of the first Test and he should enjoy a green track. Also, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav would ideally want such a surface to assist them.

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Having said this, the high temperatures could well erode the grass cover and the pitch becomes conducive to spinners and assists reverse swing.

We await August 9.

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 18:34 IST