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Lord's Test PIX: First day's play called off due to rain

Last updated on: August 09, 2018 22:41 IST

General view of covers on the pitch during a rain delay during the 2nd Test at Lord's in London on Thursday

IMAGE: General view of covers on the pitch during a rain delay during the 2nd Test at Lord's in London on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Frustrating the two teams, incessant rain washed out play Day 1 of the second cricket Test between India and England at Lord's, in London on Thursday.

 

Play was called off at 4.50 pm local time without a single ball being bowled.

The match officials decided to take an early lunch, moving the scheduled break ahead by 30 minutes. Even after lunch, there was no respite from the rain and it went on throughout the afternoon.

Umpires on their way to inspect the pitch at Lord's during a rain delay on Thursday

IMAGE: Umpires on their way to inspect the pitch at Lord's during a rain delay on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Finally, 45 minutes after the tea break, the umpires inspected conditions twice before declaring no play was possible.

The remaining four days will see 96 overs each to make up for the lost time. However, there is more rain forecast for this weekend and as such this match could see routine rain breaks.

A few players, including Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, did make their way to the indoor nets to pass time.

At the scheduled tea break, there was some weather clearance in the distance and the rain did slow down. The umpires came out and had a chat with the ground staff as well, who were regularly cleaning off water from the covers.

England's Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and Ollie Pope on the players balcony during a rain delay on Thursday

IMAGE: England's Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and Ollie Pope on the players balcony during a rain delay on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

England did name a first 12 on Wednesday, with 20-year-old Olliver Pope waiting to make his Test debut. India have not announced their playing XI but skipper Virat Kohli had said that he was tempted to play a second spinner.

That thought might well have changed now, given the weather conditions and forecast ahead.

England are leading the five-match series 1-0, having won the first Test in Birmingham by 31 runs.

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