England fail to make an early breakthrough against India

England fail to make a breakthrough in rain-disrupted morning session as India’s openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul settle in at Lord’s after Joe Root won the toss and put them in to bat

  • India reached lunch on 46 without loss with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul well set
  • Joe Root won the toss and put India into bat under heavy cloud cover at Lord’s
  • But James Anderson, Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson couldn’t break through
  • Rain showers brought about an early lunch after delayed start to second Test
  • The opening Test at Trent Bridge last week ended in a soggy draw 
  • England made three changes with Haseeb Hameed returning after five years 

England’s seamers failed to make any inroads before lunch despite favourable conditions as India’s openers made a strong start to the second Test at Lord’s.

Rohit Sharma was well set on 35 and KL Rahul on 10 as India reached 46-0 at lunch following a rain interrupted morning session.

Joe Root won the toss and elected to field under heavy cloud in London but James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran couldn’t capitalise as India reached lunch without too many alarms.  

James Anderson reacts as England toiled away in search of a breakthrough against India 

Rohit Sharma plays a shot to the boundary as India’s openers made a strong start to the Test

India’s openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma steered India through a rain-interrupted session

The morning session was interrupted by rain showers in London at the start of the Test

England had made three changes from the first Test draw at Trent Bridge, with Haseeb Hameed returning to the team for the first time since November 2016 in place of the out-of-sorts Zak Crawley. 

With Stuart Broad set to miss the remainder of the five-Test series with a torn calf, Mark Wood came in and Moeen Ali replaced Dan Lawrence. 

James Anderson had been suffering from a tight quad but the 39-year-old was able to take his place in the side and open the bowling. 

After the fifth day wash-out in Nottingham, there was optimism the weather would be set fair for this match but morning showers delayed the 10.30am toss. 

Sam Curran reacts to a near miss while bowling during the morning session of the first day

Anderson appeals in vain for a wicket after Joe Root had won the toss and opted to bowl first

But the new ball didn’t do as much as Root would have hoped with the sum total of the peril from Anderson and Robinson’s opening spells just a couple of muted LBW appeals.

Anderson swapped ends after his initial four-over spell but to little discernible benefit as India’s opening pair settled in.

India were happy to score slowly but Rohit did decide to take on Curran. His first three overs went for only six runs but his fourth was torn apart for four boundaries.

Rain forced the players off in the 19th over and, typically, lunch had already been called as the rain abated and the covers removed again.

Haseeb Hameed returned to the England side as one of three changes for the second Test

The India and England teams line up for the national anthems ahead of the second Test 

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