India vs England: Visitors need to be as devastating with ball on Day 3 as they were terrible with bat

With the pacers getting prodigious amounts of swing in their deliveries, as well as a cloudy forecast for Saturday, the onus will now be on the Indian pacers to give it back to the Englishmen in order to balance things out.

FP Sports, August 11, 2018

The second Test between India and England finally got off to a start on its second day, after the opening day was washed out due to incessant rain. However, there was a rain of dismissals after the Indians were put to bat by English captain Joe Root, as the visiting side got bowled out for a paltry 107.

Ishant Sharma was effective at Edgbaston, and the lanky pacer will hope to deliver the goods at Lord's on Saturday. Reuters

Ishant Sharma was effective at Edgbaston, and the lanky pacer will hope to deliver the goods at Lord's on Saturday. Reuters

With the pacers getting prodigious amounts of swing in their deliveries, as well as a cloudy forecast for Saturday, the onus will now be on the Indian pacers to give it back to the Englishmen in order to balance things out. Even though left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in as the second spinner in the side at the expense of pacer Umesh Yadav, India still have a potent seam trio in Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya — who was under-utilised at Edgbaston, but might get a lot more overs on Saturday.

The Indian attack had collected 20 wickets in the first Test, a trend that they had started in the tour of South Africa earlier this year, and will have to bowl with the same venom on Saturday. What they will have to guard themselves against will be dropping their guard after getting a few wickets, which happened in the second innings at Birmingham as Sam Curran made the most of it with a crucial half-century.

The first Test of the five-match series turned out to be a spectacle, with both sides refusing to give up till the end. Should Day 3 belong to the Indians, we could be in for a low-scoring thriller at the 'Home of Cricket'.

Updated Date: Aug 11, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 3668 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6470 127
2 India 5819 121
3 New Zealand 4602 112
4 South Africa 4275 110
5 Pakistan 3844 104
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2093 110