England outclassed India in the 1st Test of the 5-match series and India gave a very tough fight with batting maestro Virat Kohli's innings. Except Virat Kohli, all the other batsmen failed to score runs in the toughest English conditions at Edgbaston.
Mind-blowing innings from the Indian skipper Virat Kohli raised him to the No 1 spot in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. All the cricket fraternity heaped praise on Virat Kohli for his exceptional batting skills in the first Test against the strong English bowling line up. All the Indian bowlers are in good form, but batsmen have to get some big scores on the board to win in the second Test.
On the other side, the Joe Root and his boys are in superb touch with the ball, but some of the players are not in good touch with the bat. England edged India in the first Test in their den. Let us have a look at the preview and probable playing XI for the second Test match between India and England, beginning on August 9 at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
The 22-yard Lord's strip seems like a batting friendly for the batters and it also favours the fast bowlers. Last time the Indian team have registered a victory against England on this venue under MS Dhoni's captaincy.
Average Scoring Runs In London
The Average 1st innings score on this venue is 315 and the average 2nd innings score on this pitch is 298. The average 3rd innings score on this ground is 258 and the average 4th innings score on this pitch is 156.
The highest score achieved on this track was 729/6 in the match between England and Australia while the lowest total was 42/10 in the game between India and England. The highest score chased on this venue was 334/1 in the game between West Indies and England.
Coming to the batting department, except Virat Kohli, all the Indian batsmen have to recover their form, even no batsmen have scored at least a fifty in both the innings. Coming to the home team, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran are in fine touch with the bat.
Whereas in the bowling department, all the Indian bowlers are in superb form and team management also happy with their bowling performance. Coming to the hosts, all the British bowlers are also in fine touch with the ball.
India's Probable Playing XI
Murali Vijay (opener), KL Rahul (opener), Cheteshwar Pujara (top order batsman), Virat Kohli(captain/middle order batsman), Ajinkya Rahane (middle order batsman), Dinesh Karthik (batsman/wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin (middle order batsman/spinner), Hardik Pandya (all-rounder), Umesh Yadav (fast bowler), Mohammed Shami (fast bowler) and Ishant Sharma (fast bowler).
England's Probable Playing XI
Alastair Cook (opener), Keaton Jennings (opener), Joe Root (captain/top-order batsman), Ollie Pope (middle-order batsman), Jonny Bairstow (middle-order batsman/wicketkeeper), Jos Buttler (middle-order batsman), Chris Woakes (all-rounder), Sam Curran (all-rounder), Moeen Ali (spinner), James Anderson (fast bowler) and Stuart Broad (fast bowler).
Virat Kohli & Co will lock horns with Joe Root & Co for the second Test match at the Lord's Cricket Ground in London on August 9 at 3:30 PM onwards.