|England v India 2014|
ScheduleThursday, 17 July 2014 at 10:00 GMT / 11:00 UK / 15:30 IST
VenueLord's Cricket Ground, London
The opening Test of the Pataudi Trophy between England and India will be remembered by a historic 198 runs partnership for the last wicket between the young gun of the hosts, Joe Root, and their tail ender James Anderson. The home side was reeling at 7-202 and the 9th wicket went down at 298 while chasing a mammoth first innings score of 457 by the visitors. The outstanding association by the duo enhanced the total to 496 before Anderson missed his maiden Test ton by 19 runs and Root remained unbeaten for 154. The batsmen of both sides got a lot of confidence and will enter the second Test with determination and the bowlers from either sides should bring magical results.
Joe Root was the most prominent batsman of the Englishmen while Sam Robson and Gary Ballance registered fifties. Their skipper Alastair Cook is still going through a lean period and it is high time for him to wake up while Ian Bell can score in the middle order. James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Liam Plunkett were the most effective fast bowlers and Moin Ali spun the ball nicely.
Murali Vijay was the pick of the batsmen for India as he smashed 146 and 52 runs in the match. MS Dhoni, Cheteshwar Pujara and Stuart Binny went past the fifty runs mark whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar dispatched half centuries in each innings. Virat Kohli was unable to touch double figures but he is capable of surprising the opponents with big knocks. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma were excellent pacers and Ravindra Jadeja can be a useful spinner.
Thursday, July 17 – Monday July 21, 2014 @ 10:00 GMT, 11:00 local at Lord’s, London
A perfect weather with temperatures around 19-28ᵒC. Light rain is predicted which doesn't look threatening.
The winner to bat first
It will be suitable for the seamers but the batsmen with positive approach will score without any problem
England – Alastair Cook (C), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson.
India – MS Dhoni (C), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.
Team India will be the most likely winners of the second Test