India and England have been neck-to-neck in the ongoing second Test match at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium. While the visitors would have been pleased after positing 364 in the first innings, the Three Lions bounced back and mustered 391 runs. Although the home team has gained a handy 27-run lead, they’ll have to bat last in this match. Hence, the game is perfectly poised and it would be interesting to see how the remaining game unfolds.
As far as the happenings of Day 3 are concerned, the Three Lions resumed at their overnight score of 119/3. With the weather being sunny and bowlers not getting much assistance from the surface, the conditions were ideal for batting and the home team made optimum utilization of the opportunity. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow toiled the Indian bowlers, adding 121 runs for the fourth wicket.
Bairstow eventually fell prey to Mohammed Siraj but not before scoring a well-paced 57. Jos Buttler (23) and Moeen Ali (27) also chipped in with handy cameos but they couldn’t accompany their skipper for long. Nevertheless, Root didn’t lose his concentration and continued giving a tough time to the visitors.
In the process, he also advanced to his 22nd Test century and second of the series. He remained unbeaten at 180 as England went past India’s first-innings total. For the visitors, Mohammed Siraj scalped four wickets while Ishant Sharma got three scalps in his kitty.
Meanwhile, Day 4 has a lot in prospect and it could well decide the fate of the encounter. While Team India would like to post a substantial score in the second innings, James Anderson and Co will try to stop them from doing so. Hence, the game can go either way and fans must be ready to witness some exciting action in the longest format.
Meanwhile, here is a look at how the weather is expected to play on Day 4 of England vs India 2nd Test:
In what can be called a rare incidence, rain hasn’t played much part in the ongoing Lord’s Test. Barring a slight delay on Day 2, the weather has been cricket-friendly. However, things might not be the same on Day 4. As per accuweather.com, there will be slight showers at the start of the day’s play. In fact, clouds will dominate the London sky throughout the day. Hence, cricket lovers must keep their fingers crossed.